ALONG THE DANUBE CANAL
The Josef Schemerl Bridge, designed by Otto Wagner, with its striking bronze lions, forms Vienna’s “water gateway ”. 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 square between the waste incineration plant and the metro station Spittelau has been transformed into a modern mobility point. A plus is the living wall above the entrance to the metro.
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.
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.