Water activity

Vienna: Guided Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: Venture Vienna
Water activity

Vienna: Guided Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: Venture Vienna

From US$ 96.43 per person

Enjoy kayaking on the waters of the Old Danube. Explore its undiscovered recreational heart, its emerging skyline, and discover the heart of 'new' Vienna.

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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy a guided paddling tour of Vienna's beautiful and quaint Old Danube
  • Learn all about how Vienna has become a truly global city as you paddle past the United Nations
  • Live like a local by visiting Viennese favorites such as the island of Gänsehäufel
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description
Discover the most quaint part of Vienna, the Alte Donau; a lakeside village which was cut off from the main channel of the Danube in 1870. This is where nocturnal beavers now roam in a section of the river. See how Vienna maintains its long-established reputation as a center for diplomacy, politics, and international relations as you paddle past the United Nations, along with several of the city’s other most important contemporary buildings. This view of the city is later contrasted with the cute lakeside huts which adorn the water’s edge to give vibrant bursts of color to the lakeshore. You will most likely be sharing the water with local rowers, the odd fisherman, and plenty of swans and ducks along the way. The Alte Donau is a watery oasis in the middle of the city, perfectly designed for further investigation via kayak. If it's hot, you can also take a break for a swim in the clean lake waters while making new friends, getting some sunshine, and being active. You'll also get loads of tips from the guide if you want to keep investigating ‘new’ Vienna for a bit longer. You could grab lunch or a cocktail at Vienna’s self-styled ‘Copa Beach’, swim off one of the island’s riverside pontoons, visit the Danube Tower with its 360° views over Vienna’s skyline, or explore the charming Danube Park, all within walking distance from the end point.
  • Single or double kayaks
  • RLSS certified guide
  • 10 litre dry storage bag
  • Waterproof phone cases
  • PFDs & kayak specific life vests
  • Gratuities for your guide
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Non-swimmers
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

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Meeting point

Tour meeting point is the western entrance to the 'Kaisermuhlen-VIC' u-bahn station. From the city center take the U1 red line and exit the train to the right. The correct entrance is the one with the 'Tabak' and 'Snack stop' directly opposite. If you are arriving by uber then please tell your driver to head to the 'Platz der Vereinten Nationen' and you will then see the u-bahn station entrance on arrival.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Swimwear

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  •  You may stop for a swim in the Old Danube along the way, so swimming gear is recommended
  •  Tours will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain and/or thunderstorms and the tour itinerary may be amended on days with strong winds
  •  All participants must be able to swim
  •  The activity is a gentle paddle and is suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness, but please note that in windier conditions the level of physical exertion required does increase
  • Minimum age is 6. Children aged 6-17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires a minimum number of three participants to take place
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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based on 10 reviews

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An excellent experience. James was an attentive host and let us go at our own pace (quite fast!). He shared lots of interesting facts and didn’t warn us about the geography revision needed for the quiz ! Lake was beautiful which made for easy kayaking for novices. Thoroughly recommended.

March 24, 2023

What a wonderful morning spent with James. He is an excellent guide, full of enthusiasm and knowledge of Vienna. It was lovely to get away from the crowds and spend a few hours in nature paddling in the pristine waters of the old Danube. It was our favorite part of our European trip. Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience!

March 24, 2023

The kayaking tour was a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend. We had so much fun! James was a great guide, experienced, he's been giving kayaking tours and wine tours in Vienna for a couple of years now and took care of everything for us - we got to just enjoy the water and the tour of the city from the Old Danube. l am a local in Vienna, but found the tour to be a real treat providing me with new insights into my city. It was a relaxing, beautiful day out on the water, paddling, swimming and learning about Vienna. I liked our small group of people on the tour and fell in love with my city in a whole new way. Highly recommended.

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 279917