ALONG THE DANUBE CANAL
The Josef Schemerl Bridge, designed by Otto Wagner, with its striking bronze lions, forms Vienna’s “city gateway to the water”. It is an ideal place to talk about flood control, hydropower and fish ladders.
Spittelau is the site of the waste incineration plant designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser until 1992. Hundertwasser’s work, which was very controversial at the time, now stands for environmentally friendly district heating or cooling rather than toxic exhaust fumes. The landscape along the Danube Canal became Hundertwasser’s favorite motif for his first drawings and watercolors.
The “Floating Gardens” are a park of about 1500 m², horticulturally designed by Carla Lo 2020 above the former Kaiserbadschleuse. Across the street we see Otto Wagner’s blue and white Schützenhaus.
The Twin City Liner and several sightseeing ships, including the “MS Vindobona” designed by Hundertwasser, depart from the Wien City ship station. The ships on the Danube Canal are powered by fossil fuels, when will climate-friendly energy be used here as well? The nearby bathing ship, firmly anchored, should remind us of the old stream baths on the Danube Canal, when people paid to be allowed to swim against the current.
In the mouth of the Wien River, anglers wait patiently for a catch, while magnetic fishermen also pull whole bikes and e-scooters out of the water.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed several buildings in his colorful style in the Weißgerber district: The landing stage of the DDSG Weißgerber, the Krawina-Hundertwasser-Haus and the “KunstHausWien”. The destination of the city walk is the beautiful courtyard of the KunstHausWien, built in 1991.
VARIANT WITH BICYCLE
In the warmer season (April to October) we offer the tour “Along the Danube Canal” for cyclists. The starting point and destination are the same as for the city walk, but we cover the distance along the Danube Canal on bicycles. We stop additionally at the Döblinger Steg, the Zaha Hadid House and at the Friedensbrücke.