Vienna Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Vienna Sightseeing cruises

Vienna: Danube Canal Cruise with Apple Strudel

1. Vienna: Danube Canal Cruise with Apple Strudel

Discover the wonders of Vienna from a different perspective on this idyllic cruise along the Danube Canal. The trip begins at Schwedenplatz and sets sail onto the Viennese Donaukanal. Watch as the lock below is turned and the boat turns around to continue the journey. As you glide along the water, soak up the sights that surround you and enjoy a delicious warm apple strudel and a hot drink. Choose between a melange, hot chocolate, or a tea, then find a seat to admire the view. On the tour, see a selection of the city’s most iconic buildings, including the Uniqa Tower, Uranie Observatory, Jean Nouvel hotel and commercial building, the Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner, Ringturm, Roßauer Kaserne, Zaha Hadid House and the Spittelau waste incineration plant designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Vienna: Boat Cruise on the Danube Canal with Optional Lunch

2. Vienna: Boat Cruise on the Danube Canal with Optional Lunch

Embark on a boat trip along the Danube Canal through the historical and modern city of Vienna, once known as the “Vienna Water,” the “Vienna Arm," and the “Little Danube." Choose to indulge in a delicious lunch on the boat or enjoy the live commentary of a street art guide on Sundays. On this tour, see important buildings including the Uniqa Tower, the Urania Observatory, hotels and commercial buildings by Jean Nouvel, and the Media Tower by Hans Hollein. Take a look at the Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner, the Ringturm, the Rossauer Barracks, and the waste incineration plant of Spttelau designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Choose to enjoy a 2-course lunch or schnitzel dinner during your trip. Below the lock, the boat turns around and heads back to the starting point. Let the new Vienna and its countless graffiti art pieces and trendy areas enchant you as they pass by. On a Sunday you can choose to have a street art guide discuss the graffiti art pieces.

From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

3. From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

Depart Vienna and journey by bus into the Austrian Alps to explore the Unesco World Heritage Site of Salzkammergut, famous for its scenic lakes, limestone mountains and historic castles. Continue to the beautiful village of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See and learn more about the development of the village and its salt production industry, dating back to prehistoric times.  Next, climb aboard a boat and cruise across the tranquil waters of the Hallstätter See (only in the summer). Get some free time to explore the village on your own before making your way back to Vienna.

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

4. Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

Experience a romantic sightseeing tour by bus and boat from Vienna, introducing you to the beauty of the Wachau and Danube Valleys in Lower Austria. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk with a guide. In winter, enjoy lunch in place of the Danube boat trip. Explore the River Danube as it flows around picturesque villages and steep vineyards. Pass by many ancient castles testify to the former importance of the river. One of these is the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where, according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was kept imprisoned, and was eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Then take a romantic boat trip along the legendary Danube (only in summer, in winter we offer you a lunch). In the old city of Krems, go to the heart of the Wachau wine-growing region, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and agricultural history. Then, follow your guide to the Danube River town of Melk. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous Baroque buildings and its cultural and spiritual center.

Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

5. Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

This day trip begins in the morning. Journey by modern bus to Bratislava, the beautiful capital city of Slovakia. Upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you and show you around the picturesque old town. Stroll around the city or enjoy shopping. After a fun day in Bratislava, head to the departure dock, Pontoon HUMA 6 at Razus Embankment, on time for your return trip. Experience high speeds on the water in the comfort of the air-conditioned catamaran. 

Vienna: Evening Cruise Along The Danube

6. Vienna: Evening Cruise Along The Danube

Let the day end by relaxing on the water and enjoying the sunset on board the MS Wien. Pass by the beautiful landscape and enjoy the view of the city in the evening light. Cruise along the Danube canal through an illuminated Vienna city center and cross the historic lock complex of Nußdorf to reach Reichsbrücke (only until October). Enjoy not only the cozy atmosphere on board but also the delicacies of the onboard restaurant. Get a wonderful view from the upper deck and see the impressions and images that will be transferred to a screen directly via live cam.

From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

7. From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

Every Saturday & Sunday between July and September, you can have the opportunity to take a ride on the luxurious MS Kaiserin Elisabeth II, traveling from Vienna to the Wachau Valley. Enjoy the navigation and the beautiful view of the surrounding villages, meadows and forests as you sit back and relax. During your two-hour journey, you can stroll through Dürnstein and explore the quaint village. The ship has a well-equipped onboard restaurant which allows you to choose from a wide range of breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. All meals are freshly prepared for you on board and the emphasis is placed on regional cuisine.

From Vienna: Day Cruise to Bratislava

8. From Vienna: Day Cruise to Bratislava

Discover the beauty of the Danube from the water as you cruise from Vienna to Bratislava. Travel in the elegant MS Kaiserin Elisabeth and enjoy the 360° views from her sun deck. This new ship boasts bright interiors with 2 decks, 2 bars, and a diverse gastronomic offering. Travel in comfort with full air conditioning and cozy seating. On the trip from Vienna to Bratislava, enjoy an extended continental breakfast. On the return journey, enjoy a light snack. Once in Bratislava, take 4 hours to explore on your own. Stroll through the old center or explore one of the city's many museums. After the visit, passengers will board once more for the return trip to Vienna.

Vienna: Melk Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

9. Vienna: Melk Abbey, Wachau, Danube Valley Private Trip

Travel in comfort to the picturesque Wachau and Danube Valleys following the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage Site status, enjoying a full-day trip from Vienna. Explore fabulous places and hidden gems along the way. Sightsee each different village on your own and discover beautiful sights. Stop in Krems where all looks like time has frozen. Walk through Krems Old Town and see Steinertor, Rathaus, and Gozzoburg Krems. See ancient ruins of Dürnstein Castle. According to legend, Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, and eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Get to the Spitz and experience a fantastic boat cruise to reach Melk. See wild Austrian landscapes while relaxing. Walk to the ruins of Hinterhaus Castle dated from the XI century, with some prime views of Lower Austria from the top. Walk around and explore the beautiful Abbey Park with the baroque garden Pavillion. Marvel at exceptional architecture from outside and step inside the Abbey Museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church with amazing chapels and decorations. Stroll around the village and see the hidden local gem of Parish Church of Assumption of Mary, a peaceful place with nice decorations. No worries about return, sit back and relax, the driver will drop you off at your hotel in Vienna.

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What people are saying about Vienna

It was very relaxing, food was excellent, a perfect short Tour and my daughter Doesn't want to go down for sure we will do it again in the future! Have a nice and more power!

Absolutely incredible. Beautiful views, delicious wine, and Tom was so knowledgeable about both the wine and Vienna as a whole! Would definitely recommend.

Durnstein, Melk abbey was so good. However, the Donau river cruise was a bit boring. It would be better if a little more time was spent on the Durnstein.

The trip was great, especially with elder people. The bus and boat were great for them.

Great guide, comfortable bus, very nice boat, well organized tour