During the summer, Vienna’s temperatures rise and the city heats up. Nothing sounds more appealing to families with kids than a visit to one of the many bathing places in the city. Regardless of whether you are in the Danube, one of the open-air pools or a natural bathing spot, Vienna has a lot to offer. There are also many wonderful bathing places outside the city for families with children that provide the perfect bathing experience and a refreshing cooling.
When choosing a bathing destination for a family with children, it is ideal to find somewhere offering a variety of activities. The good thing about Vienna is that, besides great swimming options in the bathing lakes and bathing spots, there are many other activities and options to choose from.
The list of bathing places to choose from is extensive and choosing one for your family can be difficult. This is why we have visited the 20-best family-friendly bathing lakes around Vienna. We can provide you with all the information you need to choose your bathing destination.
1. Seeschlacht Langenzersdorf
One of the best bathing destinations for families with children is the Seeschlacht in Langenzersdorf. This bathing pond has a water surface of about 4 metres and is ideal for younger children due to its shallow access. There are large sunbathing areas and trees on the pond that provide wonderful shade. It’s a 20-minute walk from the train station, but a paid parking is also available.
The Seeschlacht in Langenzersdorf offers an all-around, feel-good package for the whole family, so a trip there is definitely worthwhile. To complete the bathing fun, there are various water slides and diving boards at the water’s edge, as well as sandy playgrounds for the children. Your culinary well-being is provided for by the on-premises restaurant, which is open all day and offers something to satisfy the cravings of every member of the family. A kiosk, as well as a WC and drinking water facilities, are also located on the grounds.
In addition to the bathing facilities, the Seeschlacht offers various play and sports activities for young and old. For the youngest, there are toddlers’ playgrounds. For slightly older children, there are additional playgrounds, as well as a basketball court with special baskets. There are also soccer goals, a youth sports ground and a beach volleyball court.
Our tip: The various fitness machines around the lake, along with the cycle path, invite you to take a family bike tour. We recommend combining the bike tour with a fitness trail.
2. Strandbad Klosterneuburg
View this post on Instagram
Rechtzeitig zum Sommerbeginn – oder ist es nur ein Intermezzo? – egal: Ab heute werden 500 Saisonkarten ausgestellt! Dank der Lockerungen können 500 Gäste mehr ins Strandbad Klosterneuburg. 300 Saisonkarten hat die Stadt für die Klosterneuburger Jugend reserviert, damit sie in den kostengünstigen Genuss vollen Freizeitvergnügens in ihrer Heimatstadt kommen. Mehr Infos unter www.klosterneuburg.at/de/Strandbad_oeffnet_am_29_5_19 🏊🏻🚣⚽️🏐🎾🏀🏖
The Strandbad Klosterneuburg (beach bath Klosterneuburg) is quite popular with both locals and many other Viennese. The area is about 28 hectares and offers a refreshing cool-down with plenty of activities for the whole family. Both young and old can enjoy their bathing pleasure as well as leisure activities.
The bathing rats of the family can splash around in the former arm of the Danube, and swim laps in the sports pool. The beach bath also offers a family pool with water slides, a current channel and a children’s pool for the little ones. Grab a light lunch or snack at the Greisslerei Rest, then dessert at the Eis-Greisslerei which serves delicious organic ice cream.
You can reach the Strandbad Klosterneuburg by public transport as well as by car, though the latter can be quite time-consuming at peak times of the day due to the limited number of parking spaces.
When you’re finished bathing, you will benefit from the other leisure and sports facilities featured at the lido. Apart from beach volleyball, there is also table tennis, a soccer field, a basketball court, a street-soccer field, trampoline, slackline and baseline. For a fee, you receive access to the tennis court.
Our tip: Boat rentals are very popular in the Strandbad Klosterneuburg. Many visitors rent a rowing or pedal boat to cross the old Danube arm. You can even rent stand-up paddleboats or simply swim to the other bank.
3. Danube old branch Greifenstein
The Danube old branch Greifenstein is a wonderful bathing destination for adults and children. Younger children can enjoy themselves at the bathing beach because the water is shallow. It should be noted that dogs are not allowed on the lawn.
If you are a cycling enthusiast, you can reach Greifenstein from Vienna directly by bicycle, thus creating an amazing day trip.
Besides bathing in the cool water, you can also enjoy pedal, sailing and electric boats; or just lying on an air mattress while relaxing in the calm water. When hunger strikes, you will find various delicacies at the restaurant buffet.
Looking for some non-water fun? Keep your kids busy on the playground or in the sandpit. We highly recommended that adults place their mooring next to the water-sandpit path.
Our tip: Take your children on an exciting exploratory tour of the many other small bays around the water. They offer little adventurers a lot of potential for investigation and awaken the spirit of discovery in everyone.
4. Strombad Kritzendorf
The Strombad Kritzendorf offers bathing fun of a different kind. Rather than swimming in stagnant water, you’ll float with the water along a stream. This spot is recommended for children who already know how to swim, but the fun is guaranteed. You can choose how far the water “ride” will take by either walking a further up or drifting further down.
If you and your family enjoy cycling tours, then Strombad Kritzendorf is an ideal destination from Vienna. After all the pedalling fatigue, you can cool off in the fresh water and enjoy a snack at the snack bar or in one of the restaurants. There´s an expansive lawn, offering enough shade on one side because of the many trees, so you can chill out and relax before going for another swim in the bathing current. If your energy reserves are not sufficient for the return trip by bike, you can comfortably take the S-Bahn back to Vienna in the evening.
Our tip: Strombad Kritzendorf features a great boat rental, so you can conquer the Danube in a boat, though it is quite funny with a swimming noodle. One thing is guaranteed: Your family will never be bored. Running up and down the Danube, your children will sleep wonderfully in the evening!
5. Aubad Tulln
The Aubad Tulln is the ideal destination for families with children. The large bathing lake boasts two huge slides: an 18-metre-long wide water slide and a 45-metre-long water slide. These are enough to keep the children busy for half the day. Once the slide euphoria has passed, the slightly older children can devote themselves to the big octopus floating on the water, while the smaller ones visit one of the many playgrounds. Ball enthusiasts will get their money’s worth on the various ball playing areas and beach volleyball courts. The water also features a nice adventure play creek with stones.
Fitness freaks will appreciate the fitness parkours that can be tackled as a family. Afterwards, you can relax on the water or in one of the boats available for rent. If you prefer to stand and enjoy the cool from above, you can do so on the rentable stand-up paddles.
Another popular activity in Aubad Tulln is barbecuing at one of the many available barbecue sites. Just be sure to book it online in advance.
Our tip: If you like it a little quieter, we recommend you look for a cozy bathing place on the opposite side. You may even be lucky enough to see a water turtle. If you want, you can even camp on the small campsite at Tullner Aubad and enjoy the cozy, summer nights.
6. Thermal bath Vöslau
View this post on Instagram
Es ist fix: Am 29. Mai, starten wir im Thermalbad in die Sommerfrische Saison 2020. Wir sind vorbereitet und das Thermalbad ist startklar. Wir freuen uns auf unsere Sommerfrische Gäste. Sobald die Rahmenbedingungen für den Besuch im Thermalbad definiert sind, geben wir auch diese bekannt. Auch wenn es keine „normale“ Saison wird, werden wir diese so angenehm und sommerfrisch wie möglich gestalten. #sommerfrische #thermalbadvoeslau #badvoeslau #saison2020
The thermal bath Vöslau can be reached in about 30 minutes by public transport from Vienna and is absolutely worth a visit. The thermal spa is eye-catching both optically and architecturally. You can also bathe directly in the spring or mineral water in the so-called Green Pool. The pool water comes straight from the spring and despite needing some effort to dive into due to the incredibly cool freshness, this pool is particularly popular during the hot summer days.
Aside from the Green Pool, there is also a sports pool that is divided into non-swimmer and swimmer parts. The smallest ones can have just as much fun as the bigger children, who can jump from the edge of the pool in the swimmer part. Besides the various bathing facilities, you and your family will find a small playground, a children’s pool, a sandpit and benches, as well as a nappy-changing room.
If you want to do something other than water, you can relax on the lawn, play beach volleyball or duel on the miniature golf course or on one of the table tennis tables. Should the parents desire a break, they can bring someone with them to look after the kids while they can treat themselves to a massage or sauna.
Our tip: The Thermal Spa Vöslau offers an additional speciality – besides the already-mentioned pools, there is the so-called forest pool. This is a natural biotope, closed off on one side that is reserved for water lilies, tadpoles and dragonflies. The other side is for swimming and offers a unique, exciting experience, especially for children, to awake their spirit of discovery!
7. Bathing Lake Stausee Ottenstein
View this post on Instagram
@nocolourvision . . Schickt mir eure bilder von Ottenstein oder markiert mich @stauseeottenstein und ich reposte sie dann!😊 . . . #ottenstein #stausee #stauseeottenstein #ottensteinerstausee #waldviertel #visitwaldviertel #lake #explore #travel #nature #naturelove #wanderlust #enjoyaustria
Located about an hour’s drive from Vienna, the bathing lake Ottensteiner Stausee is ideal for a day as well as a weekend trip. The landscape around the reservoir is absolutely worth seeing. You almost wouldn’t think you were in Austria anymore due to the river Kamp being dammed up into several valleys. It almost looks like being at a fjord.
Besides bathing, you can enjoy many other activities at the Ottenstein bathing lake. Various water sports are offered and well as cycling. If your family likes walking, you will want to take a walk around the reservoir and cool off in the lake.
One of the Ottenstein reservoir’s more popular activities is renting from the large selection of water vehicles. You and your family will find everything from kayaks to pedal and electric boats to Canadians. You can also fish, sail, SUP and surf.
Our tip: The area around the Ottensteiner Stausee is ideal for campers wanting to stay the weekend. There are two campsites, also ideal for day-trippers looking for a great place to go swimming. The Lichtenfels campsite is particularly exciting and located next to a castle ruin, making it ideal for little knights and dragon catchers. The Seecamping Ottenstein is a bit more hidden., Both campsites offer barbecue sites and other eating options, as well as sunbathing areas and space for children to play.
8. Bad Podersdorf on Lake Neusiedl
The Bad Podersdorf (and the whole Lake Neusiedl) is known as the “Vienna Sea”. Although it is not saltwater, it comes close. A wonderful sandy beach awaits you and your children where you’ll wade over sand into the water. The optical highlight is the lighthouse, which decorates Bad Podersdorf. It is also known for the Surf World Cup, which opens the season.
Outside of the water, wide sunbathing lawns and wooden loungers invite you to linger, while children enjoy themselves on the playgrounds and in the sandpits. For the older ones, there are beach volleyball courts and the whole family can enjoy the boat rentals. There are also surfing and sailing schools for those who want to take part in the Surf World Cup at some point.
You can eat in the café and enjoy ice cream or chips under the shady trees – it almost feels like a summer holiday at the sea.
Our tip: The lido is ideal for children because the water is shallow and you can spend the day standing in it. During the summer, the water can reach a comfortable 30 degrees and due to the low depth, you can go for walks in it.
9. Donau Splash Tulln
The Danube Splash Tulln is located directly on the Danube in Tulln. Here, young and old can splash, swim and sauna, regardless of the weather. The youngest members of the family can enjoy themselves in the toddlers’ pool, which includes an elephant slide. The slightly older children can enjoy an exciting ride on the two-story slide. Meanwhile, you can keep fit in the large 25m. sports pool with a few lengths of swim or give your body and mind a break in the sauna. The adventure pool offers a pleasant change in the 32-degree warm water featuring different massaging jets.
10. Bathing pond Gerasdorf
View this post on Instagram
Summer in the city is our recommendation on hot summer days. . . . . . . #summer #summervibes #summertime #summerphoto #schwimmen #badesee #badeteich #vienna #hobbyphoto #hobbyfotografie #hobbyphoto #wanderlust #outdoor #weekend #weekendvibes #wochenende #daytrip #ausflugmitkindern #unterwegsmitkindern #instaphoto #mitkindernunterwegs #sommersonnesonnenschein #enjoythemoment #familyday #familienzeit #familylife #travel #travelphotography #nature #teich #schwimmteich
The Gerasdorf bathing pond is located in the immediate vicinity of Vienna and was recently renovated. You and your family can find a cozy place to relax or mingle, depending on your preference and where you choose to position yourself. The area is well-maintained and the many trees around the bathing pond offer sufficient shade.
11. Ozean Guntramsdorf
The Ozean Guntramsdorf is about 2 hectares in size and 11 meters deep. It is located south of Vienna and can be easily reached by public transport. The Ozean is particularly popular with young Viennese as a popular meeting place and beach party location. The natural bathing lake is quite large, where many Viennese spend their afternoons enjoying the beautiful sunset. Because almost the entire lake shore is covered with reeds, only the small beaches and a few jetties offer water access. Aside from the sunbathing meadow, you will find a soccer field, a beach volleyball court, and a small jumping platform, as well as table tennis tables and a small playground. WC, showers and a buffet are provided as well.
12. 100 Tage Sommer Vösendorf
The 100 Tage Sommer (“100 Days of Summer”) swimming pond near Vösendorf is a trendy summer paradise with a Mediterranean beach flair. It is located directly behind the pyramid next to the SCS shopping centre. During the day, the bathing pond is used as an outdoor pool, and in the evening, there is a huge chill-out lounge with restaurant and bar.
The 100 Tage Sommer Vösendorf offers its bathing guests a large lawn for sunbathing, with plenty of shade thanks to the extensive tree population, and clear water on the approximately 50,000-m2 site. For children, it includes a separate bathing area.
For those who prefer non-swimming activities, there is a beach volleyball court, football pitch and table tennis tables. If you prefer a quieter time, you can use one of the deck chairs at the beach bar to chill out with food and drinks.
13. Bathing Pond Laxenburg
View this post on Instagram
When there are obstacles in the way – go and try to make the most of it 🙌 . . . . #laxenburg #österreich #austria #austriagram #architektur #archilovers #austrian #austria🇦🇹 #eur #wonderlust #wonderfuldestinations #europeangetaway #austrianholiday #samsunggalaxys20 #lonelyplanet #daytrip #summer2020 #newdestinations #servus #1000thingsinaustria #austria_memories #mysummer #laxenburgerschlosspark #laxenburgcastle
The well-kept bathing pond Laxenburg can be reached quickly by car from Vienna and offers a 17000-m² sunbathing area with many shady places. You can access the water via 3 jetties or a shallow bay, which is especially popular for families with small children. In addition to the cool water, you and your family can also enjoy one of the beach volleyball courts. The bathing pond Laxenburg is located in the immediate vicinity of the beautiful Laxenburg castle park and offers the perfect combination for a family outing. You can also arrange this with the children as a bike trip, because the bathing pond is located directly next to the bike path and can be combined with a bike tour.
14. Figurteich (Brown Boveri Pond) Guntramsdorf
The small Figurteich (“figure pond”), also called Brown Boveri pond, near Guntramsdorf is easy to reach from Vienna. If you and your family like to spend your time in a quiet and natural way, then this is the right place for you. The Figurteich is especially popular with nudists. This artificial pond is slightly hidden and offers large sunbathing areas as well as small intimate bays. It’s best to pack some food, because there is no gastronomy here – simply pure peace and nature.
15. Windradlteich Guntramsdorf
View this post on Instagram
Wir würden sagen, das beste Wetter um heute auch unsere Terrasse zu eröffnen. Es wurde geschliffen, geölt und geshoppt bei @waibel_shop 🌱Wir freuen uns auf viele entspannte Sonnentage mit unseren Gästen! Speisekarte und Infos zur Reservierung finden Sie auf unserer Homepage www.suedufer.at #suedufer #windradlteich #restaurant #restaurantamwasser
The approximately 1.8–hectare large Windradlteich Guntramsdorf (“Windmill Pond Guntramsdorf”) is a natural, sandy, gravel pond with equally-natural resting areas. The youngest members of the family will find a separate non-swimmers’ area as well as a playground with swings, slides and a gravel beach. You can also take a nice family walk around the pond and stop at the Südufer (“South Shore”), which is a combination of restaurant and bar with wonderful ambience.
16. Kahrteich Bathing Pond Wiener Neudorf
The Kahrteich is located in the industrial area of Wiener Neudorf and is a small, natural paradise. The pond is surrounded by reeds, bushes and trees and is the habitat for a great variety of animals and plants. Your little researchers will feel right at home. The pond is quite popular with divers and anglers and offers volleyball. There is also a large lawn for sunbathing, and the east beach features a drinking fountain, which parents have spent years asking for. The Seerestaurant Oase also offers delicious specialties for the whole family.
17. Bathing Pond Oberwaltersdorf
The Oberwalterdorf bathing pond, in the surroundings of the municipality of Oberwaltersdorf, remains an insider tip. The approximately 0.5-hectare large bathing pond was artificially created and is fed by uprising springs. It is a somewhat hidden bathing pond, offering many shady trees on the sunbathing lawn, a small water slide and for the slightly smaller members of the family, a separate non-swimmers’ area. If you prefer non-water activities, you can enjoy yourself the playground or beach volleyball court or have a delicious meal in the adjacent restaurant. It should be noted that dogs are not allowed on the premises.
Our tip: The small-but-nice bathing pond Oberwaltersdorf is located on the Tristingau cycle path, making it ideal for a cycling excursion with a bathing break.
18. Bathing Spot Zwentendorf
The bathing spot Zwentendorf is situated on the Danube, in the community of Zwentendorf, not far from the town hall and invites swimming enthusiasts to take a bath. You and your children can also play on the freely-accessible beach volleyball court or visit the multi-sport facility at the campsite. If you have skaters in the family, there’s a skate park at the campsite featuring different skating equipment.
19. Bathing Pond Erika (Wiener Neudorf)
The small Erika Teich is located in the Wiener Neudorf industrial area south of Vienna and is still rather unknown. Regardless, you and your family can spend wonderful summer bathing days here and enjoy experience dives down to 13 meters. There are 2 training platforms, one at a depth of 5m and the other at 10m.
The Erika pond is privately-owned, on the premises of the company Isovolta. They also operate other sports facilities in the area. You can shoot archery, or play tennis, beach volleyball or football. The lake is used by the surrounding industry as a cooling water lake, but its water quality is checked annually.
You will also find changing rooms, WC facilities and hot showers. In the canteen, you can get something to eat and drink. Sufficient parking space is also available.
Bathing fun for families around Vienna – there’s nothing easier
Austria is known for its bathing lakes and excellent water quality. To enjoy a fresh cooling-off, you don’t have to travel far into the country. There are many possibilities close to Vienna for an eventful bathing day or weekend with the whole family.
From bathing in the large bathing lake, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the river to splashing in the bathing pond, Vienna is the ideal starting point for visiting some bathing oases. You and your children can even enjoy activities aside from bathing fun.
Our family directory provides information about bathing possibilities in and near Vienna, the best free natural bathing spots in Vienna, as well as other activity tips for the whole family and day trips with children. You can also narrow your search and filter by different activities like hiking, cycling, animals, adventure experiences and cultural activities or play and fun.