The “Waterpark” in Vienna’s 21st district Floridsdorf covers the area around the northern end of the Alte Donau. Nowadays this ‘old danube’ is actually a backwater, but before the huge regulation of the danube in the 19th century this is where the main river bed of the Danube ran. After being cut off from the river, this area slowly turned into a swampy marsh. Therefore in the 1920s the city council decided to build a park there. So there wasn’t really a need or demand for a park, they just wanted to cultivate a wasteland.
Anyway the Wasserpark is surrounded by several other green recreational areas, and that’s probably why it is so poorly frequented. But that’s exactly the reason why I like it. Even on the best days of the year, when the banks of Neue Donau and Alte Donau close by are crowded with people, here you will still be able to be on your own.
Another plus of the Wasserpark: About a third of it is actually water surface with a picturesque island in the middle, characterized by steeply rising, cute little bridges in Japanese style. Nevertheless this romantic scenery seems to be either not appreciated or not (yet?) discovered by the masses. The Wasserpark – wrongly – is one of Vienna’s least recognized and most underestimated parks.
By public transportation it can be easily reached with Tram 31 (station “Hubertusdamm”) or U6 (station “Neue Donau”).