And the ship traffic?

Even for experienced swimmers ships can be dangerous. On downstream routes ships are very fast and have no possibility to stop or evade you – as they have to operate faster than the speed of the current, in order to maneuver properly. From Schwedenplatz upstream, there are the ships of DDSG and downstream there are the ships of Twin City Liner and DDSG.

It is possible and necessary to inform yourself about the ship schedules: both companies update their monthly schedules online. So one is easily able to prepare before swimming and find times where there are no boats. Furthermore it is possible to estimate the ships positions via the app Vesselfinder (Link).

However, other boats (eg. smaller boats coming in from the Danube) can also pass outside of the schedule, and also Vesselfinder isn’t always 100% accurate, so it’s good to be careful anyways!