The popular urban happening celebrates a decade on Vienna’s inner-city waterway

Originally set in motion by Martin Staudinger in 2007, the free festival down by the water started on a simple premise: “We have a beautiful waterway in the city center but don’t use the site around it.” Relatively unused at the time, the Danube Canal has meanwhile transformed into an urban nightlife hotspot, with bars that are now iconic – like Tel Aviv Beach, Adria Wien or Motto am Fluss.

Now in its tenth year, Donaukanaltreiben has gone with the times it helped create to become one of Vienna’s emblematic festivals, mostly catering to the young & hip but still drawing people from all walks for three days on the waterfront, switching gears effortlessly from rock music to swing and from electronic to trance, with arts, culture and culinary delights rounding out the mix.

Julian & der Fux (Photo: Tiana Wirth)
Julian & der Fux (Photo: Tiana Wirth)

The musical variety is just as broad as the multitude of locations – a whopping eighteen this time, from Spittelau down to Franzensbrücke. Headlining this year are Hamburg-based indie-rockers Trümmer, alongside various local heroes like Austro-folk singer Nino aus Wien, the campy electro-pop duo Julian & der Fux (pictured), melancholic art punks Kreisky, the fuzzy powerchords of Moonwrecker, the haunting vocals of Clara Luzia or Avec and last but not least Linz’s finest: rapper Skero supported by DJ Chrisfader on turntables.

Additionally, there is an Art and Design Market at Salztorbrücke, a pre-organized picnic where all you need to bring is food in Central Garden, yoga on the beach at Strandbar Hermann, a food and fashion market and much more.

The official afterparties will be held up high, in Sofitel’s elegant rooftop restaurant, The Loft. There will even be a circus by Flex, with hypnotists, storytellers and feats of mind-blowing magic. The 1. Wiener Boots-taxi (Vienna’s first boat taxi) will be on duty, ensuring festival-goers can cross the water at will.



May 27-29, Donaukanal, various locations