The Badeschiff (bathing ship) is a former freighter that has  been converted into a public summertime swimming pool on the Danube. It has an upmarket restaurant and has also become famous for the night-time electro parties in its underwater cargo hold.
Vienna – Been There

Meet Vienna’s bucolic pleasure-boat annex grunge-inflected nightclub

Photo by Andy Christiani

Vienna – Been There Meet Vienna’s bucolic pleasure-boat annex grunge-inflected nightclub

It’s midnight in Vienna. The operas are over; the amblers along the Ringstrasse have long since retired to bed. But on the Danube, the beat goes on.

Tara Isabella Burton
Tara Isabella Burton Travel Writer

Apart from an eye-catching swimming pool, Badeschiff is also a nightclub on a converted freighter in the Danube. It embodies the anarchic, grunge-inflected hedonism of Vienna’s riotous young. Electronic music blares over the beer garden until long after the clock strikes midnight; an enormous public pool runs the length of the freighter’s roof.

During the day, it’s a bucolic pleasure-boat: a place for harried mothers to bring their easily-distracted children. But it’s in the evening, as the Danube Canal transforms into Vienna’s best open-air nightclub, that the Badeschiff really shines.

Loud, smoky, crowded – boasting three-euro Jaeger shots – the Badeshiff is hardly the Opera Ball. But tonight, in this warm autumn breeze that has given Vienna a Mediterranean atmosphere, there’s nowhere that I’d rather be.

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