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Top spots for swimming in Vienna



Vienna, though not traditionally known for swimming, offers several excellent spots for a refreshing dip, particularly during the warm summer months. Here are some of the best places to swim in and around Vienna:

Outdoor Swimming Pools

  1. Strandbad Alte Donau
    • Located on the banks of the Old Danube, this area offers a variety of swimming spots with beautiful natural surroundings. It has sandy beaches, grassy areas, and clear waters perfect for a swim.
  2. Gänsehäufel
    • This extensive leisure area on an island in the Danube features a large outdoor swimming pool, several smaller pools, water slides, and direct access to the river. It’s a family-friendly spot with plenty of amenities.
  3. Krapfenwaldbad
    • Situated in the Vienna Woods, this outdoor pool offers stunning views of the city. It’s a popular spot for both swimming and sunbathing, with a large pool and plenty of green space.
  4. Theresienbad
    • One of the oldest swimming pools in Vienna, Theresienbad has both indoor and outdoor facilities. The outdoor pool is great for a summer swim, while the indoor pool is perfect for cooler days.

Natural Swimming Spots

  1. Neusiedler See
    • A bit outside of Vienna, this large lake is perfect for a day trip. It’s known for its shallow waters and is popular for swimming, sailing, and windsurfing.
  2. Donauinsel (Danube Island)
    • This long, narrow island in the middle of the Danube River offers numerous spots for swimming. It’s an excellent place for a swim, picnic, or bike ride, with plenty of recreational facilities.
  3. Neue Donau (New Danube)
    • The New Danube is a man-made waterway that runs parallel to the main river. It has several designated swimming areas that are clean and well-maintained, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Indoor Swimming Pools

  1. Amalienbad
    • This historic indoor swimming pool is known for its beautiful architecture and offers a great place to swim year-round. It features a large pool, a sauna, and wellness facilities.
  2. Stadthallenbad
    • One of Vienna’s largest indoor pools, Stadthallenbad has several swimming pools, including a competition pool and a diving pool. It’s suitable for serious swimmers and families alike.
  3. Hietzinger Bad
    • This indoor swimming pool is located in the 13th district and offers a modern facility with a large pool, a children’s pool, and wellness areas.

Thermal Baths

  1. Therme Wien
    • Located in Oberlaa, this is Vienna’s largest thermal spa. It features numerous indoor and outdoor pools, thermal baths, saunas, and wellness treatments. It’s a great place to relax and unwind while enjoying a swim.

Tips for Swimming in Vienna

  • Check Opening Hours: Some swimming areas and pools have seasonal hours or may close for maintenance, so it’s a good idea to check in advance.
  • Bring Cash: Not all facilities accept cards, so having some cash on hand can be helpful.
  • Respect Local Rules: Each swimming spot has its own set of rules and regulations, particularly regarding safety and hygiene. Be sure to follow them for an enjoyable experience.

Vienna offers a diverse range of swimming options, from natural spots to historic pools and modern thermal spas. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing dip or a place to cool off during the summer, you’ll find plenty of options to enjoy.



You are going on cacation to Croatia: These are the traffic rules you need to know




General Information about Traffic in the Republic of Croatia

The traffic rules on Croatian roads are the same as in the rest of Europe. Traffic moves on the right side of the road. Speed limits are posted along the roads. If there are no signs, the following speed limits apply: on highways 130 km/h (81 mph), on two-lane roads 100 km/h (62 mph), in urban areas 50 km/h (31 mph), and outside urban areas 80 km/h (50 mph).

The maximum speed for passenger cars with a trailer is 80 km/h (50 mph). The amount of the fine depends on the severity of the violation. The permissible blood alcohol limit is 0.5 ppm.

A traffic accident must be reported to the police immediately. The police number is 192. The number for HAK Road Service is 978. Road information is available 24 hours a day from the Croatian Auto Club (HAK). HAK cooperates with other international auto clubs.

Additional Useful Information

By calling the HAK number: 46 40 800, you can obtain the following information:

  • Road conditions and ferry traffic in the Adriatic
  • Toll fees for using highways in Croatia and abroad
  • Driving bans for certain categories of vehicles in Croatia and some European countries
  • Fuel prices in Croatia and abroad
  • Information on the membership rights of HAK members
  • Phone numbers of foreign auto clubs
  • Advice on choosing the most favorable travel route
  • Ferry schedules in the Adriatic

You can also get information about road conditions by calling the voice machine: 060 520 520.

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Healthcare services for tourists at 36 locations on the Adriatic



For EU tourists and domestic tourists, additional teams have been arranged in health centers for the first time this summer, contracted with HZZO (Croatian Health Insurance Fund), where everyone can receive healthcare services, prescriptions, and referrals covered by their health insurance. This is currently available at 36 locations.

Counties and health centers have so far secured staff for 36 teams out of a total of 51 teams contracted with HZZO, and they are expected to operate until September 30th.

According to Marko Rađa, director of the Health Center of Split-Dalmatia County, tourist clinics are currently operating in Supetar, Split, Trogir, and Makarska, with a clinic expected to start operating in Hvar this weekend.

He added that the clinic in Split, which has two teams, operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in one shift, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in two shifts. The clinic in Supetar operates from Wednesday to Sunday, and efforts are made to cover weekends at all locations since family medicine clinics do not operate then.

All domestic tourists can use HZZO health cards, while tourists from the EU and other countries such as Iceland, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland can use the European Health Insurance Card.

An additional temporary team, consisting of a doctor and a nurse, has been working since July 1st in Novalja on the island of Pag, near Zrće beach, a popular gathering spot for young people. The director of the health center, Zoran Vidas, told Hina that they have gained a lot from this as it will reduce the pressure on other family medicine offices.

“Tourist clinics were previously not contracted with HZZO, and services were charged. With this, we have gained a lot, primarily reducing the crowds and pressure on contracted offices where tourists went to avoid paying for a service,” said Vidas.

Vidas mentioned that they know they can have over 100 patients in one shift during the peak season, and now he expects an additional increase.

The additional team will work every day except Thursday, which is when the pressure is lowest based on their experience, and on holidays. Vidas also noted that they have had a special point with a team taking care of patients from Zrće for three years now.

Ten teams distributed across five tourist clinics in Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, and Labin will be available until September 15th to numerous tourists in the Istria County area. The number of people there doubles every summer, with up to 400,000 people daily.

In the Istrian health centers, it is noted that tourists often seek medical help, causing large crowds in the emergency hospital admissions of Pula hospital.

“In the peak season, almost 600,000 tourists are in Istria, which poses a significant burden on the healthcare system, both for the Istrian health centers and the General Hospital Pula,” said the director of the Istrian health centers, Dr. Nikola Žgrablić.

Gordana Antić, head of the Department of Health and Social Care of the Istria County, emphasized that HZZO ensures free examinations, but not the salaries of doctors working with tourists, so they are provided from local funds, specifically from the tourist tax.

She added that previously there was a problem because tourist clinics existed but charged for services, so everyone went where they didn’t have to pay, namely to family doctors. This part is now better resolved and is a significant step towards relieving family doctors and emergency services.

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Hrvatski otok Hvar je jedan od najljepših na svijetu




Američki magazin Travel + Leisure objavio je popis najljepših otoka na svijetu na temelju iskustava svojih čitatelja. Prvo mjesto su zauzeli Maldivi. Na popisu se nalazi ukupno 25 otoka, među kojima su brojne svjetske atrakcije, uključujući i jednu hrvatsku – Hvar.

“Priželjkujete li mediteransku avanturu, ne tražite dalje od Hvara i dalmatinskih otoka. Stari Grad na Hvaru mnogi često nazivaju ‘kraljem dalmatinskih otoka’. Ima prekrasan trg i srednjovjekovnu tvrđavu s pogledom na Jadransko more. Noćni život pridonosi nezaboravnom iskustvu”, napisali su iz magazina prema iskustvima svojih čitatelja.

U anketi je sudjelovalo 186 tisuća čitatelja spomenutog magazina, a otoke su ocjenjivali prema sljedećem:

prirodne atrakcije/plaže
vrijednost za novac

Hvar se našao na sedmom mjestu od ukupno 25.

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