Donaukanal (Danube Canal)
Unlike many cities, Vienna seems to make little of its river front. Admittedly it is only a canalised backwater of the Danube know known as the Donaukanal. The main course of the river was originally nearly five kilometres (three miles) north-east in what is now the large Alte Donau (Old Danube) boating lake.
I couldnʼt figure out whether the abundance of graffiti was due to neglect, or whether it was being encouraged as an art form. Suddenly coming across an old Volvo car planted up as a garden, and a group of art school students making a film came as a surprise, as did the trains of the U-Bahn U4 rushing along the arcades beneath Franz-Josephs-Kai.
If you are looking for pleasant riverside, try catching the U-Bahn U1 a few stops north-east to Donauinsel (Danube Island), a pleasant area between the new artificial riverbeds of the Danube with an almost seaside air. It is also within walking distance of the Donauturm.