|I love the colours on this picture!|
I was flying to Vienna on the Saturday, with the paddleboarding session scheduled for the Sunday. The week leading up to my trip, I was checking the weather forecast for Vienna on the BBC weather webpage. Everyday it was looking great. All was well.
So on the Friday I contacted the SUP business in Vienna to confirm the arrangements for Sunday and, to my shock and horror. he told me he would have to cancel as the weather was expected to be bad! Perhaps BBC was wrong? But every other source I looked at told me the same story. Sunshine. Very little wind. 15 - 18 degrees Centigrade. It was a mystery to say the least.
Maybe Vienna had its own weather forecast which wasn't available in the rest of the world, however I presumed my tour guide had decided to cancel for his own reasons. I did ask him if he knew of anywhere I could hire a board and he pointed my in the direction of Alte Donau, the Old Danube.
My hotel was on the north east of the city centre, not far from the giant ferris wheel at Wiener Prater. If you've seen the 1987 James Bond film, The Living Daylights, you'll know the one I mean. It as about a 30 minutes walk to Alte Donau, but it was a lovely Autumn day so I decided to walk anyway. I did wonder how easy it would be to rent a board when I got there.
|The sailing club at Alte Donau|
If you ever find yourself in Vienna I recommend a paddle on Alte Donau. I've no doubt that during the summer months it would be easy enough to rent the equipment, but out of season it would be safer to take your own. It wasn't a particularly lengthy or arduous paddle, just relaxing and fun.
The following day I headed to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It's only 65km down the Danube from Vienna. This time I took the train. Next time I might just SUP it!
|A post-paddle pint!|