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Open water swimming – The most beautiful places in Vienna
Open water swimming is very popular at the moment. Due to the Corona crisis, all of the public swimming pools and indoor swimming pools are still closed. Nevertheless, you do not have to go without swimming, because there are many bodies of water in Vienna just waiting for you to jump in. The Steiner Swimming School would like to present you a list of the most beautiful bodies of water in Vienna, rating them by degree of difficulty:
Open water swimming in Vienna – Family-friendly places
Experienced open water swimmers who prefer to swim longer distances can also circumnavigate the island. In this case, however, we recommend the purchase of a buoy and appropriate care, as rowers, sailors, pedal boaters etc. also use the water. One lap is about 3 km long.
There are many other ways to pass the time on the small island: there is an adventure park, kayak rental, tennis and volleyball courts, a mini golf course, and much more. However, the café and bakery on site only offer smaller snacks.
On weekends, it is recommended to leave early, because the Gänsehäufel is very popular with the Viennese. Since the small parking lot fills up very quickly, we reccommend taking the journey by bike. There is a bicycle parking lot on site, which is often less frequented.
Open Water Swimming in Vienna – Places for training after work
Long-distance swimmers, on the other hand, can compare their times over 1,600 meters using the Georg-Danzer-Steg and the Brigittenauer Bridge. The distance between the two bridges is almost exactly half an English mile! For this reason, swimming back and forth between these two points is popular for many Viennese triathletes, ice swimmers, etc.
However, the New Danube is always a few degrees colder than to other waters in Vienna. If you would like to train in the New Danube during the spring or fall, you might want to consider purchasing a wetsuit.
The culinary offerings at the New Danube are very diverse. From small snacks to gourmet food, there is something for every taste. Many restaurants also offer relaxing after-work cocktails on hot summer evenings.
The journey by public transport is quick and easy. Both the U6 and U2 underground lines have stops near the Reichsbrücke and the Donaustadtbrücke. It is also possible to easily travel by car thanks to numerous free parking spaces. But on boiling hot weekends, spaces can quickly fill up.
What makes the Klosterneuburg beach resort interesting for the ambitious open water swimmer? It houses the Barracuda Lounge! The Barracuda Lounge is not just a lounge, restaurant and bar. Over the years, it has become the ultimate meeting place for swimmers, triathletes and other athletes.
An 800-meter-long open water swimming track in the Danube sidearm and regular training events make our swimmer’s hearts beat faster. Body shaping, kickboxing and yoga classes are also very popular.
Concerning the cuisine, emphasis is placed on quality: the food is not only tasty, it’s also healthy. This is particularly important when you are facing a competition as an athlete. And if the swim training lasts longer, numerous evening events with live music ensure a relaxing end to the day.
If possible, we recommend traveling by public transport. The parking lot is large, but during the high season so is the number of guests at the beach. Whoever arrives first gets to swim first! ;-)