20 Schilling view of Semmering, © Niederösterreich-Werbung/ M. Liebert

DDSG Blue Danube

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  • Niederösterreich-CARD


DDSG Blue Danube offers cruises that open up whole new ways to experience the Danube along the most scenic stretches of the river.

The 1st DDSG (= Erste Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft) had a long tradition on the Danube extending back to 1829. With its recent successor DDSG Blue Danube, you can enjoy cruises promising moments of true bliss on board. Relaxing excursions and sightseeing cruises in Vienna and the Wachau are part of the lineup, as are wonderful themed evening cruises complete with buffet and live music.

The proud DDSG vessel MS Wachau is considered a classic among the Austrian excursion ships and has a distinctive, finely balanced shape. It has undergone a complete refurbishment that lends it a new air of classic maritime chic. From now on, it takes its place along side the Dürnstein, refurbished in 2016, as the second modern DDSG ship in an authentic Wachau look to serve the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape.

From late March to early November, the red-white DDSG fleet operates up to three times daily in each direction for relaxed cruises through the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape. A cruise through the Wachau is magnificent any time of year, be it in the springtime with the apricot and other fruit trees in full bloom or summertime with azure skies or autumn when the vineyards shimmer in the afternoon sun in hues of red and gold. The full-service schedule offers so many possibilities for experiencing this stretch of the Danube between Krems, Dürnstein, Spitz, Emmersdorf and Melk from aboard a ship.

Every Sunday from July through September, the MS Admiral Tegetthoff operates from Vienna into the Wachau. Enjoy the ride and the wonderful views of the surrounding villages, meadows and forests. During a two-hour stopover, you can stroll through Dürnstein and explore this picturesque town.

On select days, the flagship MS Admiral Tegetthoff takes off downstream from Vienna.


Facility features

  • Baby-care room
  • Café in the establishment
  • Kid's play corner
  • Regional products available
  • Restaurant in the establishment
  • Shop
  • Toilet facility


  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Dogs allowed
  • Suitable for strollers
  • Wheelchair accessible as per ÖNORM
  • Wheelchair accessible toilet facility
  • Suitable for bad weather
We speak ...
  • English
  • German
  • Can be reached with public transportation

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