Danube Island / Donauinsel

 

The Danube Island is known to most visitors to Vienna as a RECREATIONAL MECCA with countless bars, restaurants and nightclubs, a wealth of sports opportunities from rollerblading to canoeing and a beach that looks and feels so Carribbean that it's been nicknamed the "Copa Cagrana".

 

Few, however, know that it's also a highly sophisticated FLOOD PROTECTION SYSTEM stretching for 21 km: a second bed for the mighty river Danube was dug out in the area of the city of Vienna, throwing up a strip of land in between which is now the Danube Island. Tested for real it saved Vienna in 2002 from being as drastically flooded as many other Austrian cities.