For decades, the Viennese literally “overlooked” the Danube. After the river was regulated in 1875, removing the constant threat of flood, Vienna became somewhat removed from its artery. Not until the 1970s when flood protection was improved through construction of the “relief channel”– a parallel branch of the Danube along the entire city course of the river – Vienna again returned to the Danube. To the surprise of politicians, the Viennese greeted the 21-kilometer artificial island in the middle of the city with open arms. Today the banks of the Danube Island – a total of 42 kilometers of urban beach – are a sensation for which Vienna is envied by every international city in the world, with the exception of Rio maybe. It is only a six-minute ride on the underground from downtown Stephansplatz to a place to bathe, take a leisurely stroll, or enjoy a bit of seaside flair at one of the riverfront bars in the evenings. The Danube Island can be reached by the U1 (Donauinsel), U6 (Neue Donau) and U2 (Donaumarina and Donaustadtbrücke) underground lines. The Donauinsel U1 underground station is surrounded by bars, restaurants and clubs.
If you are more into surfing online than on the water, you can now access the internet via the free wien.at public wireless network at various locations including on the Danube Island and at the Gänsehäufel lido. More than 400 hotspots can be found all over the city. On the Danube Island, the service is available between the Floridsdorfer Brücke and Reichsbrücke bridges, except in the quiet area between the Brigittenauer Brücke bridge and the Donauturm tower. Users receive a password to access the internet after registering with their mobile phone number. Alternatively, to find out what’s happening where on the Danube Island, visitors can call in to the Inselinfo information center.
Source: Wien Tourismus