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Your ultimate guide to what’s happening on the Donaukanal in 2021

The Donaukanal is one of the most popular places to have a chill summer evening in Vienna.

Meanwhile, in 2021, the summer strip is looking a little different than it has in previous years.

One of its beloved bars (RIP ADRIA) has been bulldozed making way for new faces on the waterway and with clubs closed, thousands are flocking to it on the warm evenings for good times with friends.

Here’s a guide to the canal’s classic and beloved spots, plus the new stuff happening on the summer strip in 2021:


das WERK – Donaukanal

MON&TUE: closed
WED–SUN: from 4pm–10pm

The cultural space slash art project slash club, Das Werk has been hit hard by the Coronavirus shutdown. With all of its clubbing events obviously cancelled until further notice, it’s had to get innovative, and its done so in a fantastic fashion.

These days, out the front of the waterside location, you’ll see festive flags strung across its entrance and a awesome terrace. They’re calling it their Kultur Terrasse, and this terrace o’ culture is offering street food, music, street art, cultural happenings and markets (on selected weekends). It’s like one long summer street festival is happening at Das Werk this year and we strongly advise you to get in on it.

Badeschiff – Donaukanal

Sundeck and restaurant: Daily, 8am–10pm
Kitchen: 12pm–2pm & 6pm–10pm
Pool: Daily, 8am–10pm

Like a penguin can’t fly, the Badeschiff is a ship that can never set sail. But wipe that frown off your face as that’s good news for us! As one of the first spots to hang out on the Donaukanal, little by little, the Badeschiff has grown to what it is today – a ship containing a restaurant, a pool, a sun deck, a football cage and a bowling alley. And the Badeschiff is back in 2021 with a pimped up look – it’s pink and has never looked better as a spot to hang out at on summer days.

It’s roof area boasts a double deck sun deck. On a sunny day, you’ll struggle to find a deck chair up here, as it proves to be a very random, and funky setting in the city to lie in your swim suit. Meanwhile, the pool is still a favourite amongst those taking a dip before or during work hours (the quiet hours), while it fills up after 5pm with all kinds of people.

Good to know: a day ticket to the pool will cost you 5€


Strandbar Herrmann – Donaukanal

MON–FRI: 11:30am–10pm
SAT&SUN: 10am–10pm

Nestled in a cove beneath the towering Urania, the umbrellas are up and the round bar is as busy as it is every year. The veteran of the Donaukanal hasn’t changed much this year, but keep your eye on the Strandbar Hermann website for the diverse event program they typically run throughout the summer season, including stuff like free morning yoga sessions, puppet theater, and  plenty of DJ sessions.

They’ve also upped their game in the kitchen in recent years if all that drinking in the sun inspires a hunger.

Tel Aviv Beach – Donaukanal

MON–THU: 4pm–10pm
FRI–SUN: 12pm–10pm
HOLIDAYS: 12pm–10pm

The familiar face of the Tel Aviv beach bar never ages, and they’re back this year looking better than ever. They’ll be doing their sexy thing, filling up with bronzed bodies and bikinis on a daily basis. Their menu has an international look to it with burgers and filled pita breads amongst the mix. And they’re hosting more and more events this summer so keep an eye on their website.

Hafenkneipe – Donaukanal

Daily: 4pm–12am (in case of good weather)

Steckerlfisch= 11€
Tzatsiki= 3€
Pizza Margherita= 6,50€

Hafenkneipe is one of the original bars that setup on the Donaukanal and to this day it’s still a favourite for many. Standing alone a little removed from the crowds of beach bars further upstream, you’ll find a bunch of people chilling on Hafenkneipe’s drink crates and deckchairs, while enjoying the Donaukanal breeze. You’ll also find a stand attached to the bar grilling and serving up trout on a stick, the mighty Steckerlfisch. Served with tzatziki, a slice of lemon, and all-you-can-eat bread, the fish comes served in the traditional no-fuss way – on a piece of waxy paper.

Plus: you’ll definitely want to get a classic Austrian sweet, a Schwedenbombe (chocolate puff), for desert after your fish – it’s the Austrian thing to do

Good to know… Hafenkneipe also serve up a good pizza.


Central Garden – Donaukanal

What began as a little cart selling food and drink and some beer benches has evolved into a outdoor location, complete with decking and a little kiosk. The little location, Central Garden, is back again this year and its offering the same as it does every year – a pleasant spot for a drink with friends in a chilled waterside setting.

Good to know… The Central Garden is also a cultural and sport space. When COVID is not hanging around, you can catch all kinds of events happening here.


© Taste Food Market

Taste Food Market – Donaukanal

Obere Donaustraße gegenüber 83, 1020

check out the website

This is the newest addition to the Donaukanal – a small food market called Taste will be opening up in June 2021, full of stands offering all kinds of tasty treats from some of the city’s excellent restaurants and eateries.

Amongst the mix is the crowd from Superfood deli, the dumpling royalty, damn. good. dumplings. ballroom, and the Barbaro family behind Regina Magherita, who will be serving up Pizza Fritta (which is pizza…which is fried.

Check out all the hard details on their website. 


Blumenwiese – Donaukanal

Höhe Obere Donaustraße 100, Donaukanal, 1020 Wien

MON–WED: 11am–12am
THU–SUN: 9am–12am
(if the weathers good)

El Patron Burger= 15€
Blumenwiese Mojito= 9.90€
Blumenwiese Spritz= 6.40€

Having been on the canal a couple of years now, the Blumenwiese has outgrown their reputation as a newcomer and they now count as one of the classics along the Donaukanal.

It’s a popular after work drinks location, with a business crowd filling it up after office hours most days. The higher prices means this waterside bar keeps a certain kind of company.

They’ve got an extensive menu that includes burgers, steaks, cocktails and spritzers.

What really sells the Blumenwiese is the comfy couches and immaculate view.

Good to know: The Blumenwiese just released a new breakfast menu, and it is definitely worth checking out.

Motto am Fluss – Donaukanal

Motte am Fluss, Franz-Josefs-Kai 2 EG, 1010 Wien

DAILY: 8am–10pm

Mushroom risotto: 12.50€
Sticky crispy lime chicken: 16€
Salmon summer bowl: 17.50€

A delicious brekkie in the morning sun at Motto am Fluss has become now a ritual carried out by many at least once a month. It’s a popular spot for the breakfast-lovers.

Get a table on their terrace, where you can soak up the morning sun while enjoying a cup of coffee and something from their original breakfast menu. Don’t worry if the terrace is fully booked when you get there – the café also has lots of space inside, and due to it being surrounded in glass windows, you’ll surely get some sun rays peeking through and hitting your face. The café offers lots of yummy dishes and changes their menu from time to time.



Klyo – Donaukanal

Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Wien

Daily: 9am – 10pm

Fitness Egg White Omelette= 7.20€
Raw Chocolate Pancakes= 7.20€
Styrian free-range chicken= 13.20€

Klyo is the restaurant housed in the Urania occupying the space with a terrace perched above the Donaukanal. It’s interior is bright and green (there’s a bunch of plants all over the place), however, the best seat in the house is out on its terrace that hangs over the canal.

Carbohydratephobics (yes, this is a thing) will love it here: there is a strong focus on protein-packed food in their menu (they even clearly state the protein content of the dishes in their menu!).

Most of the menu is occupied by breakfast options (which is served until 10:00pm), but you can also find something for lunch or dinner in the mix, and various cocktails for a relaxed evening.

© Summer Stage

Summerstage – Donaukanal

Roßauer Lände - direkt am Donaukanal, 1090 Wien

Daily: 5pm – 1am
The terrasse: Sunday / Holidays from 3pm

Thai Vegetable Curry= 10.80€
Beef Tartar= 11.80€

The Summerstage is back in 2021, with its waterside bar, plus a raft of restaurants setup on its scenic decking.

On a warm evening, this is one of the best spots in the city to feast on good food and lean back in your chair with friends and drinks.

Amongst the lineup of restaurants starring at the Summerstage this year, there’s the Tex-Mex restaurant, Panchos, Pizzeria Riva serving up their Neapolitan-style pizza, the French eatery known as Pastis (serving up burgers alongside quiche and cheese platters), and more!

If you plan on turning up here, be sure to book a table.

Good to know: The Summerstage will also be hosting regular musicians to feed your ears while you feed your face.

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