The Danube and its various regions are particularly charming when viewed from a ship. Enjoy the diverse landscapes, artfully built stone-wall vineyards, broad plains and precious art treasures on both banks that make this one of the most beautiful sections of river valley in Europe. Whether you are riding on a ship along the Danube or visiting it on land: the Danube regions are just waiting to be explored.
There are several companies providing ship service on the part of the Danube flowing through Lower Austria. Most of them connect the towns and villages in the Wachau. For instance, ships run regularly between Krems and Melk. Every Sunday in high season, the old-fashioned paddle steamer MS Stadt Wien takes off from Tulln to the Wachau. There are several connections from Vienna in the direction of Bratislava.
For a special adventure, you might try a tour going downstream on the Wachovia, a ten-meter long vessel modeled on an historical ship. A sporty alternative is a ride in a zille, a flat-bottomed boat common to this region. The many ferries are a fun way to cross the river and explore perhaps the less well-known side of the Danube.
Enjoy your precious time on the Danube in Lower Austria!
The best way to explore the diverse landscape along the Danube from as many vantage points is to switch back and forth from one bank to the other. From April to October, cable ferries operate between Spitz-Arnsdorf and Weissenkirchen-St. Lorenz as does a motorized ferry between Dürnstein-Rossatz. They take passengers quickly and reliably to the opposite Danube bank. To the east of Vienna, there is ferry service between Haslau and Orth.
The hours of the different ferry companies can vary (see the information below).
|March 29 - November 2, 2019
|| Service ends
|Monday – Friday (workdays): 07.00 a.m.
|Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 08.00 a.m.