From Karlskirche, take the ten- to 15-minute stroll through Stadt­park and down to the Danube canal, which splits the main In­nere Stadt part of the city from Leopold­stadt on the other side (this area is ac­tu­ally an is­land, be­cause be­yond it is again di­vided, this time by the Danube river, to which the canal joins at ei­ther end). The banks of the wa­ter­way are trans­formed in sum­mer, when sand is brought in to create man-made beaches, and lo­cal hip­sters re­cline in deckchairs.You will also see pop-up bars sell­ing snacks and drinks, and splashes of vi­brant graf­fiti on the walls. In winter, it is still a pleas­ant stroll down to the Sof­i­tel ho­tel. If you have time to do a day trip to Bratislava, you can take a boat (twincity­liner.com) to the Slo­vakian cap­i­tal in 75 to 90 min­utes from the dock op­po­site the prop­erty.

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