When I first stepped on this island in the middle of the old danube river in Vienna, I was quite surprised… Though it is one of the biggest and most frequented public baths in Vienna, it really feels like you’re on holiday when going there. Leaving the city and daily life behind- but with the view of the city! And entering a kind of world of your own. Be warned, this is not a remote and idyllic hideaway, but this is pure Vienna, its people, its environment!
The public bath, since August 1907, offers beach life in Vienna. After bombings in World War II it reopened in the 50’s with new buildings, and is now under conservation.
When entering the huge area, you will pass buildings from the 50’s with hundreds of cabins, which are rented out. Mostly to families and pensioners, who spend their day to day during the hot summer months in front of their so-called “cabanas”.
2 kilometers of shore/beach (without sand, but pebbles and grass), cafes and snack bars, an area for kids and parents, an area for nudists, a rope climbing garden (you can learn the nice long German word for it, “Hochseilklettergarten”) and plenty of huge trees and clear river water instead of chlorine pool water. A cheap quick holiday for locals and visitors!