The original & best guided Vienna kayak tour on the Old Danube

from €79/adult
April-Oct 3 hrs small groups

Vienna tours redefined

Ever wondered if you can go kayaking in Vienna on the famous blue Danube? We've developed Vienna's only guided kayak tour around the grand river's cleanest, calmest and most peaceful side arms & lakes. Along the way, learn about what makes Vienna such a globally important city, take in some of its most important contemporary architecture and hidden gems, and explore its undiscovered recreational heart. Not only is this a truly unique Vienna boat tour, but if you've been looking for things to do in Vienna with family, then THIS IS IT! Our Vienna kayak tour is popular with couples, solo travelers and larger groups alike, so come join us out on the water, away from the tourist crowds, and out in nature.

Open Water Lifeguard/Guide

Your guide is trained by the RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society - UK) as a certified open water lifeguard, so you can rest assured you're in safe hands on the water. We also provide you with a specialist kayaking life jacket, a 10 liter dry bag to keep your things dry, and a waterproof phone case. You can also keep anything you don't need on the water at our place by the lake.

Perfect for families

Vienna has loads of museums, art galleries and churches but these can get boring pretty quickly for younger (and older!) visitors. We have a range of single & double kayaks on offer, so no matter the level of experience or ability within your family, we'll ensure that everyone has a fun and safe time with us out on the water.

Group & family discounts

On all of our small-group tours we offer an automatic 15% discount on bookings of 4+ adults, and if you're in Vienna with kids we offer children's rates too. Book with us direct to always get the best price, and, in case your plans need to change at last minute, free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity is due to start.

When do you want to come kayaking in Vienna?


Unlike other Vienna tours, barefoot or flip flops are best during the tour, or any other footwear that you don’t mind getting a little wet.

We have a storage room where you can keep your things safe while we’re out on the water.

Although we strive to offer family friendly tours in Vienna, we do have a minimum age of 6 years old, and, of course, we have children’s life jackets.

All participants on the Vienna kayak tour must be able to swim. Life jackets (PFDs) are available. You don’t have to be a great swimmer, just don’t sink immediately in case you fall in. If this comes as bad news, then maybe stick to hiking and check out our wine tour instead, and also our FAQ for more info.

Our Vienna boat tours by kayak are ideal for lovers of slow and Eco-friendly travel, so if that’s also important to you then you’re in the right place, as we were awarded the title of Austria’s Eco-Friendly Tour Company 2024 by the Travel & Hospitality Awards!

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Check out our different prices & deals depending on your requirements and circumstances. As the leading provider of Vienna tours for families, we offer reduced children's rates (aged 6-15), so whether you're in Austria with teens or younger kids, kayaking with us is possible for the whole family. Please note that unless our younger guests are experienced solo paddlers, each should be accompanied by a responsible adult in a double kayak.

Guided Vienna Kayak Tour
Adult ticket (1-3 pax)
  • Live tour commentary from your certified open-water lifeguard & native English speaking guide
  • Single or double kayaks available, PFD/life vest, 10 litre dry bag, and waterproof phone cases all included
  • Sightseeing at various lakeside spots around the Old Danube, on Vienna's first & only guided kayak tour
  • Meet other international travellers & get insider tips on things to do in Vienna
Group discount on small-group tours
4-10 adults
  • Group discounts are applied directly on our booking calendar & checkout
  • For large group bookings of more than 8 people, please get in touch via email to discuss the pricing options
  • Live tour commentary from your dedicated lifeguard/guide & sightseeing around the Old Danube + tips on things to do in Vienna
  • Single or double kayaks available, PFD/lifevest & dry storage equipment
Private Kayak Tours
max 5 people
from €399/tour
  • Private kayaking tours available with either morning or afternoon start times (€459 or €399 respectively)
  • 2.5 hour private tour of the Old Danube taken entirely at your group's pace
  • Single or double kayaks available, PFD/life vest, dry storage equipment, waterproof phone cases & live tour commentary
  • Engaging & intelligent lifeguard/guide, with included photo service of your group activity
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Tour start time - Meet, briefing & kayak preparation
We meet at the u-bahn (underground/metro) station ‘Kaisermuhlen VIC’ on the U1 red line (more details & map below). Please arrive here 5 minutes before the confirmed start time of your tour to avoid delays and to give us more time on the water! We then walk to our launching point (5 mins) to get set up with safety & dry storage equipment, and to go over basic kayaking technique.
On the water - The Old Danube
We’ll be investigating the most relaxing part of Vienna, the Alte Donau; a lakeside village which was cut off from the main Danube channel in 1870. This is where nocturnal beavers now roam in an old side arm of the grand river. We’ll see how Vienna maintains its long-established reputation as a center for diplomacy, politics and international relations as we paddle past the United Nations, along with several of the city’s other most important contemporary buildings, which together are forging ‘new’ Vienna’s emerging skyline. This is later contrasted with cute lakeside huts which adorn the water’s edge to give vibrant bursts of colour to the lakeshore.You’ll get loads of tips from us on things to do during your stay, all while making new international friends, getting some sunshine, and being active in the great outdoors!
In the water - Optional swim in the Danube
If it’s hot, we can also pull up and take a short swim break in the clean lake waters. From May to September especially, the water temperature is perfect for cooling off while watching the slow-paced world of the Old Danube float on by! Expect to share the water with some rowers, the odd fisherman, and the local birdlife, but for the most part, we’ll have it to ourselves.
Tour finished
Once the tour is over, you could keep investigating ‘new’ Vienna for a bit longer. Grab lunch or a cocktail at Vienna’s nearby ‘Copa Beach’, swim and hang out on the Danube Island, visit Austria’s tallest building – the Danube Tower, or explore the charming Danube Park, all of which are within easy walking distance from where we’ll finish.

Choose a day to get off the usual tourist path and use either our small-group or private booking calendars below. Get in touch via our contact page if you're looking for a private tour outside of our published availability, or if it's for a larger group.


Tour meeting point for all of our kayaking Vienna tours is the western entrance to the 'Kaisermuhlen-VIC' u-bahn station. From the city center take the U1 red line and exit the train to the right. The correct entrance is the one with the 'Tabak' and 'Snack stop' directly opposite. If you are arriving by uber then please tell your driver to head to the 'Platz der Vereinten Nationen' and you will then see the u-bahn station entrance on arrival.

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