Donauauen National Park
Vienna – the city of music – is mainly famous for its cultural heritage, magnificent buildings and imperialistic charm. But not far from Vienna you can discover more than you can expect at the beginning. Just one hour from Vienna you can find Austria’s biggest floodplain forest along the Danube. You can easily reach it by taking your own car or the bus to the visitor’s centre. During hikes and boat rides through the floodplain forest you can expect recreation for the city and interesting facts. We found out two great tours for you. They suit every backpacker’s budget and offer you a great diversion in a fascinating surrounding.
Boat trip from Vienna
The easiest way to get there is by taking a boat trip from the Danube channel. Directly from Vienna you can cruise along the Danube into the national park. As soon as you reach the national park you can explore the beautiful meadowy countryside Thereby you hike on tiny paths through dense branches for one hour. During this one hour hike you will learn a lot about the flora and fauna of the national park. Afterwards you get on the boat again to head back to Vienna.
Starting point: Danube channel Vienna, near Salztorbrücke
How to get there: From Palace Hostel take the U3 from Ottakring to Stephansplatz and from there take U1 to Schwedenplatz – From Hostel Hütteldorf you can take the U4 directly to Schwedenplatz.
Price: € 11,-
Exploring trip through the meadowy countryside
If you have your own car or you would like to explore Austria with the Bus you can reach the national park’s headquarter individually. Therefore you have to get to the U2 station Aspernstraße. From there you take bus 391 directly to Orth an der Donau. At the schlossOrth you can find the visitors centre and the museum of the national park. There you can choose from array of excursions. We opt for a rubber boat trip along the Danube and its branches. During this trip you firstly explore the meadowy countryside by foot and by boat. After the exhausting paddling you can relax during the return journey along the main branch of the Danube. Thereby you drift along the forests and buckle on lonely beaches – a perfect possibility to enjoy the scenery of the national park.
Starting point: Visitors centre schlossOrth at Orth an der Donau
How to get there: From Palace Hostel take U3 and U2 to Aspernstraße from there you take Bus 391 to Orth. From Hostel Hütteldorf you take U4 and U2 to Aspernstraße and from there you take Bus 391 to Orth
Price: € 27,- (students: € 19,-)