Sunsets at the Alte Donau (Old Danube): the Transition into Spring

April 22, 2021

by Tamar Shatberashvili, Alumni Scholarship Recipient and MA student in the Department of International Relations

Imagine being there, in the moment, present but at the same time taken away…(subheading) 

How do you feel connected to the place you live in? 

Moving to Vienna in the middle of a pandemic has been a challenge for many. Me being no exception, it was hard to have a certain kind of expectation before my arrival. All I knew was that I was excited to be living near the Danube as I spent my bachelor’s studies in Budapest. That is when a river became my thinking, relaxing and sharing space.  

Sunsets are always enjoyable, but the Alte Donau is a place like no other in Vienna. It is a part of the city, but at the same time not so much; you are surrounded by people but also given peace of mind for yourself. The first sunset I watched from there was breath-taking and unearthly. I thought it was my initial reaction to the beautiful sunset, but since then it has only taken a more special place in my busy schedule.  

Sometimes we get carried away, trying to finish the article, write 200 more characters or read 20 more pages, but eventually, we end up being unproductive. I never realised before how much a sunset walk can boost my energy and mood. As it gets warmer, the river only reflects a more and more colourful combination of sun rays creating an authentic sunset experience. If you carefully observe the photos, you will notice the delicate creature, a swan, usually joining me.  

Vienna is a city that has so much to offer but without exploring the Alte Donau with its magical sunsets, it would not be the same. It is just about the right time to enjoy the green areas of the city and perfect timing to watch the sunsets from the Old Danube.