Along the Donaukanal

This was supposed to be a gym day, but I can’t pass up sunshine! Instead, I decided to check out the walking/biking path along the Donaukanal (Danube Canal).

Originally a natural tributary of the Danube River, the Donaukanal has been used as a canal and regulated as such for several hundred years. It’s easy to mistake it for the actual Danube, because it flows right beside the Innere Stadt and is much more a part of Vienna than the main river, with trails, parks, cafés and “beaches” alongside it.

I walked from Friedensbrucke to the Hundertwasser Promenade, snapping pics along the way. (Dear parents: though all the graffiti makes it look like I was walking in a bad neighborhood, it is in fact a well-populated  hiking and biking path right next to the city center!) Then, I hopped the nearest tram home. Great infrastructure sure allows for a lot of spontaneity!

For some reason, most of this section of the park is called a “Fairness Zone”— in English. I was unable to determine from looking online whether this means that bikers and walkers have to share the path “fairly” or if it demarcates the area in which graffiti is legal. Anyway, most of the graffiti is just graffiti, but some of it approaches pop art and is definitely the work of some talented taggers. I posted some pics my son took a few months ago—these are from the other side of the canal.

Entering the Fairness Zone...
Entering the Fairness Zone…
Maybe not so pretty, but could you do this with a spray can?
Maybe not so pretty, but could you do this with a spray can?
Eye-popping.
Eye-popping.
Charging station for electric bikes.
Charging station for electric bikes.
Every inch of wall is covered with graffiti.
Every inch of wall is covered with graffiti.
I think this may be about turf, but I don't know.
I think this may be about turf, but I don’t know.
Tidy, cage-like basketball courts.
Tidy, cage-like basketball courts.
No idea what this says.
No idea what this says.
This guy pops up at several points along the canal.
This guy pops up at several points along the canal.
Pop art?
Pop art?
Like many of the more elaborate murals, this one is signed.
Like many of the more elaborate murals, this one is signed.
I think this is a manga character.
I think this is a manga character.
I suspect this is an ad for a restaurant.
I suspect this is an ad for a restaurant.
Sorry! No more red!
Sorry! No more red!
Also signed.
Also signed.
At several points along the canal waterline someone has painted very realistic fish and lobsters. That couldn't have been easy work.  Note the perfect topiary above.
At several points along the canal waterline someone has painted very realistic fish and lobsters. That couldn’t have been easy work. Note the perfect topiary above.
Not pretty, but you have to admire the skill.
Not pretty, but you have to admire the skill.
This one is kind of different.
This one is kind of different.
The Urania Palace, an art deco building used for exhibitions. And to provide shade when fishing in the Wien River, a small river that flows into the canal at this point.
The Urania Palace, an art deco building used for exhibitions. And to provide shade when fishing in the Wien River, a small river that flows into the canal at this point.
A lot of the graffiti is in English.
A lot of the graffiti is in English.
The Hundertwasser Promenade, an especially pretty area of the canal path near the Hundertwasser Museum.
The Hundertwasser Promenade, an especially pretty area of the canal path near the Hundertwasser Museum.
The promenade, with Hundertwasser-esque columns.
The promenade, with Hundertwasser-esque columns.
The Hundertwasser Museum (which is really cool.)
The Hundertwasser Museum (which is really cool.)
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4 comments

  1. wow! fantastic graffiti!! i photograph it wherever i can and have a bunch from walls in atlanta, but they can’t hold a candle to the viennese. these artists are really something.

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