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“Wrecked by Graffiti, Disappointing”

Danube Canal (Donau Kanal)
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Owner description: This offshoot of the Danube River flows through the city just north of the downtown area and, with paved pathways lining its banks, makes for a pleasant stroll.
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Vienna's Danube Canal area is a great place to walk, run, bike, cross-country ski, or just to sit and contemplate the passing water. It's uncrowded and clean, at least in the winter.

Sadly, it seems that graffiti is more than just permitted; it's encouraged. I understand the argument for graffiti as a vernacular, urban art form. The problem is, most of what you see along the canal falls into one or more of the following categories: someone's "street" name in line lettering, someone's "street" name in block or bubble lettering, angry political commentary, or something doing something unprintable with some other thing (including, creatively enough, a turtle by its own shell).

Not all "art" is worth looking at, is the point, and the graffiti along Vienna's Danube Canal overwhelms what would otherwise be a peaceful and charming public space.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

In the summer there is a lot going on there - the cool eating and people watching places, swimming pool, eateries and you can even board a boat for a quick and comfortable trip to Bratislava - Danube canal can never replace the real BIG Danube, but it is a kind of a small river running through the city (it used to be the divide between the Russian and Western zone) with colorful bridges. Do not miss it !

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

It's nice to see the attractions along the Danube canal by car (or any other activity along the canal - Ringstrasse Tram Tour). If you're taking a cruise on it, make sure it includes the Wachau Valley scenery. Otherwise, you may be disappointed. Our tour guide just took us over the bridge to see some of the highlights such as the the UN building, the Donauturm, the Vienna Prater, and other modern architectural buildings (Hundertwasser beautifications). She chose to book us on the Danube River sightseeing tour from Melk to Dürnstein (which doesn't include the canal). It was a good choice for us. The beautiful scenic wine country is the part of the Danube that we wanted to see. I'm only pointing this out because I've read many unfavorable reviews of the canal. Just be sure that you know what the attractions are along the canal before you decide on how you want to see it. The canal itself in not the pretty. It's as nice as any other canal in any other city.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

The canal is a nice place to have a quiet stroll,Had a boat trip on the Danube and went down the canal, there no to much thing to see

but i like enjoy in river view & walk around the river

1  Thank TaherAlbaghliJulian
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We went on the 3.5 hour river canal cruise, it was very good. Also we had lunch and the food was good, the service excellent which is not easy to find in vienna. Good excursion for the price

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