But no one has ever been swimming in the Donaukanal!

Swimming in the Donaukanal has a rich history, in the 1920’s,  there were public swimming pools on floats and people enjoyed swimming all along the canal.

It’s not by accident, that the banks of the Donaukanal have been called as “the Riviera of the working classes”.

In the pre- and interwar era, there has even been a swimming competition staged in Donaukanal that was called “Quer durch Wien / Across Vienna”. While experienced swimmers competed on long-distance swimming in the cold waters of the Kanal (varying from 11 to 14 degrees celsius), hundred thousands of spectators gathered to cheer on them along the banks.