I wonder how many cites in the world have a canal? Not a statistic easily findable through Google and Wikipedia, but certainly all of the cities I have been to recently.
Vienna is no exception , with the Donau Canal forming the missing side of the ringroad, or Ringstrasse.
This is no quaint canal with tiny dwellings or with small restaurants with outdoor tables and chintzy tablecloths. Rather, it is a wide canal with bold new buildings, striking street art and ferries eager to transport you to foreign parts. I imagine it has a lively bar scene down here in summer.
If you fancy a complete contrast to the striking but formal architecture of the old town, then take a short diversion to the canal. It really is just a quick walk away and in autumn you’ll have the place pretty much to yourself.
For today’s walk, we’ll start in the Stadtpark, where we’ll take time to marvel at the exuberant statue of Johann Strauss, before following the Wienfluss north to the canal.
When the Wienfluss runs out of steam, pop up onto the street from the waterside, cross the road and go down the side of Urania onto the Donau Canal towpath.
From here you can wander east along the south bank, past the Twin City ferry boarding point, then cross the canal at the Salztor Brucke and head back west on the north towpath. As it’s a canal, this is flat, easy walking and there is street art to entertain you along the way.
If you want a lunch or teatime break, I highly recommend the Motto am Fluss cafe above the Twin City ferry terminal on the south bank.
For your ultimate destination, especially if the sun is setting and you fancy a drink with views, head to the bar at the top of the Sofitel on the north bank. I can assure you that you’ll be there a while to absorb the views.