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The best viewing points in Vienna

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Vienna offers many vantage points where you can see the city from very different angles than down on the ground.

The view of Vienna from above is something you simply must experience when visiting Austria’s capital. The mixture of historic and modern buildings gives the city a unique skyline. There are several opportunities to enjoy panoramic views of Vienna. We have visited some of Vienna’s best viewing points and are going to add more as we get around to visit them.

Donauturm

The 252-meter-high communications tower is the highest viewing point in Vienna. You take the lift up to a viewing platform at 150 meters. Two rotating restaurants (at 161 and 165 meters) also offer fabulous views and are recommended to enjoy the view in the evening. If you do not want to take the lift back down, you can bungee jump down from the tower.

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    The 252 meter high tower points into the sky in flat landscape north of the Danube. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
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    The viewing platform is found at 150 meters. In addition to enjoying the view, you can also dine in the tower's two revolving restaurants. Photo: Ana Lucia Marcos ©

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Donauturm

How to get there:

Metro: U1 VIC (Vienna International Center) / Kaisermühlen
Bus: 20A Donauturm

Haus des Meeres

The World War II bunker and flak tower is home to thousands of marine and terrestrial animals. Haus des Meeres is a combined aquarium and zoo (read the full article here). From the terrace of the Ocean´sky Café on the 11th floor you have a fabulous 360 ° C view of Vienna. You do not need to need a ticket to the aquarium in order to take the lift up to the 11th floor and access the terrace.

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    The view of Vienna city center is fabulous from the roof terrace at the Haus des Meeres. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
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    Haus des Meeres is very easy to spot as you approach it - from any direction. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

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Haus des Meeres

How to get there:

Metro: U3 Neubaugasse
Bus: 13A, 57A Haus des Meeres

Stephansdom

Vienna’s cathedral has towered over the 1st District since it was erected in the 12th century and is one of the city’s most important sights. The 136-meter-high south tower is a well-known and dear part of Vienna’s skyline. You can climb the 343 stairs to a viewing platform in the tower. A similar tower twin tower was planned. However, the North Tower which was built between 1467 and 1511, was never completed and only reached 66 meters. Nonetheless, this tower has a built-in elevator that takes you up to an outdoor viewing platform at a height of 50 meters. Whichever tower you chose, you get a pretty nice view of central Vienna.

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    The view from the Stephansdom might not be as spectacular as from the Danube Tower, but nevertheless a nice way to see more of Vienna. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

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Domkirche St. Stephan

How to get there:

Metro: U3, U1 Stephansplatz
Bus: 1A, 2A Graben / Peterplatz or 1A, 2A, 3A Brandstätte

Gloriette

On the roof of the magnificent Baroque building on the hill above Schloss Schönbrunn you get a fantastic view of the park and the castle as well as parts of Vienna. The Gloriette was built as a “temple of glory,” and probably also as a panoramic terrace in 1775, and was used by the monarchs as both a place of excursion and a ballroom. Today, the building houses a great café.

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    The magnificant Gloriette. You can access the viewing terrasse on the roof. Gloriette also houses a café. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
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    The view of Schönbrunn Palace from the Gloriette. From this view point you get an impression of how large the palace and the parks are. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

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Gloriette Café

How to get there:

Metro: U4 Schönbrunn – Tram: 10, 52, 60 Schloss Schönbrunn
Bus: 8A, 63A Stranitzkygasse (entrance to Gloriette via Hohenbergstrasse).

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Written by Ana Lucia Marcos

Ana Lucia Marcos

Ana Lucia has traveled the world, but fell completely in love with Austria. She loves the dramatic mountain landscape, the phototastiske lakes and the captivating castles. Moreover, a real Wienerschnitzel is always on the menu when she explores the alpine country.