Donaukanal is a former branch of the Danube river that flows through the center of Vienna, bordering the Innere Stadt (1st District). The 17.3 km long canal, stretches from the Nußdorf weir and lock complex in Döbling district, to the Praterspitz in Prater park. It has been in use since the early 17th century.
The paths on both sides of the Donaukanal are recreational areas lined with cafes, where people walk, jog, cycle and skate. During summers, festivals and other events, flea markets, etc. are held on the banks of the canal).
The island formed between the Donaukanal and the Danube holds 2 of the 23 districts of Vienna: Brigittenau (20th District) and Leopoldstadt (2nd District). The canal is crossed by 15 road bridges and 5 train bridges.
Boat rides circling Leopoldstadt and Brigittenau via the Donaukanal and Danube start at Schwedenplatz, close to the city center. The same location provides the Vienna terminal of the Twin City Liner fast ferry service that links Vienna with Bratislava, transiting the Donaukanal to reach the Danube.
The Donaukanaltreiben Festival is held every year in June in several locations along the Donaukanal. Mainly Austrian professional and amateur bands are invited but from year to year the organisers invite bands from the neighbouring countries.
UBahn: U1 (Schwedenplatz), U2 (Schottenring), U3 (Erdberg), U4 (Heiligenstadt Bahnhof, Friedensbrücke, Roßauer Lände, Schottenring, Schwedenplatz, Spittelau Bahnhof), U6 (Spittelau Bahnhof)
SBahn: S40 (Wien Nußdorf Bahnhof), R, R 40, REX, S 40, S 45 (Wien Heiligenstadt Bahnhof), R, R 40, REX, S 40 (Wien Spittelau Bahnhof, Wien Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof)