• Schifffahrt auf der Donau © Robert Herbst
  • Schifffahrt Wachau © Andreas Hofer
  • Schifffahrt auf der Donau © Robert Herbst

Ships on the Danube

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. 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!

Ferries and Shipping Companies

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Boat Adventure auf dem Wasser

Boat Adventure Wachau

Charter a boat and explore this World Heritage landscape on a cruise of your own making.Enjoy several unforgettable hours on the Danube with friends, family or business associates....

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DDSG Blue Danube Schiffahrt

DDSG Blue Danube

The 1st DDSG (= Erste Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft) had a long tradition on the Danube extending back to 1829. With its recent successor DDSG Blue Danube, you can enjoy...

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Die Donaunixe

Donauschiffahrt Ardagger

This private company has been operating passenger ships since 1987 in the Strudengau and the Nibelungengau, two scenic sections of the Danube upstream from the Wachau. Besides...

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Kristallschiff © Wurm + Köck

Donauschifffahrt Wurm & Noé

This shipping enterprise operates 13 vessels and serves the Passau - Linz - Wachau - Vienna section of the Danube. Along with day trips and themed cruises, it also offers getaway...

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The Danube Stations, 37 landing stations from Linz to Budapest, are "anchor points" for ships but also for guests. They are places to stop for a break and to explore and enjoy the...

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Schifffahrt Haider

Event Schifffahrt Haider

On request, Captain Markus Haider offers round-trip cruises operated by his shipping company. The Carnuntum is 20 m long and can be chartered for company parties, birthdays or...

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Motorboot Taxi Kapitän Martin Weber

Motorboot Taxi Wachau

Fascinating trips through the locks or nighttime cruises from Spitz an der Donau downstream past Weissenkirchen, Dürnstein and Krems and beyond to Traismauer, ... These motorboat...

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Motoryacht Wachau © Engelbert Maurer

Motoryacht Wachau

For a wedding, birthday, beach party with friends? How about experiencing Dürnstein, Krems, Spitz or other Wachau highlights from the water? Or simply enjoy a few memorable hours...

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Naufahrt © Lachlan Blair


This ride consists of rafting downstream from Melk or Emmersdorf into the Wachau, a World Heritage landscape.Danube tours are conducted in the Wachowia and the Hinterhaus, two 10 m...

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Twin City Liner_robert-kovacs

Twin City Liner

Vienna and Bratislava are closer together than any other two European capitals. Just 60 km separates the two cities. The Twin City Liner has brought the two even closer, traveling...

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Motorboat Information

The website of the Lower Austrian motorboat association is a source of interesting and worthwhile information for motorboat enthusiasts: all regional motorboat clubs, water level and much more.

On the practical side: You can download a list of all Lower Austrian clubs along with river kilometer information!