Donau - Danube - Donau-Auen & Donauturm, Vienna

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Runs through the east side of Vienna. +43 2212 3450

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  • Donau park & tower

    by Fra.da. Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Donau Park.
    For the price of 8,50 €, I got a combo ticket that allowed me:
    *to make a lovely run with the Lilliput Bahn, which is a small red childish train that runs around the park;
    *to climb the DonauTurm (Donau Tower) and to admire the panorama from high, which I enjoyed very much (although it was very windy!!);
    *to make one more ride (yuppy!!) with the Lilliput Bahn at Praterstern.
    Tickets can be bought at one of the three train "stations" in Donaupark.
    Highly recommended, expecially for those like me who still feel children somehow...

    Tip: climb the tower on a clear day, if possible, so that you can enjoy the view better. I once went on a rainy day (a decade ago) and it was nearly impossible to go on the view terrace outside...

    The tower The tower before getting in The UN city seen from above The Lilliput Bahn sign Me having fun like a little child!
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    The New Danube Tower - Vienna from above !

    by WStat Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Some Viennese use to say: "the most beautiful spot in whole Vienna is on top of the Danube-Tower, cause it`s the only place, where you won`t see the ugly building !"
    Don`t take them too seriously - the Observatory in 150 meters will give you a dramatic close view to all the Viennese sights and landmarks. A coffee-house and restaurant complete your tour nicely!

    Open Daily 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Cafe: Daily 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
    Restaurant: Daily 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
    from 6 p.m. to 12 Midnight

    Adults: EUR 5,30
    Children (up to 14 years): EUR 3,90
    Seniors: EUR 4,20
    Students: EUR 4,20

    the New Danube Tower,
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    Oh, the Donau is great!

    by lulu_girl Written Nov 6, 2003

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    I had such a good time hanging out by the river. It's one of the few spots one can cool off at when the brief, but intense, summer hits...remember, there isn't much air conditioning so taking a swim is a well sought after treat.

    The river is kinda broken up into two sections...the Donau Island was created to help with flooding (which worked perfectly in 2002, btw) and also to provide grounds for festivals. There is *a lot* that goes on by the river....tons of musical festivals, demonstrations, etc... The communist party throws their annual punk rock party here...which I sadly missed (I was curious! What exactly is a communist punk rock event anyway? I imagine it's really no different than a bunch of kids hanging out at Astor Place in NYC...heh).

    The water is clean...it's great to swim in. There is a seperate area for boating, so no worries about accidenlty getting clobbered by a speed boat. There's also a rather long bike path as well for those who want to bike or rollerblade. Just watch out...the farther down you go from the crowd, the creepier some of the men become. (they tend to peep at you while doing 'things' in the bushes...you get the idea). If you ignore that or just stay aware, then everything's all good. It's safe.

    Things to note is that it is a nudist area, so there are going to be all kinds of swinging body parts gleaming in the daylight. If you're not used to that or not comfortable, then move along elsewhere or just deal. After all, if you've seen one boob you've seen 'em all...ok, that doesn't work, I know, I know...haha.

    Also, during the Donau festivals, if you buy beer, return the plastic cup. You'll get back fifty cents. Austria is super big on recycling. : )

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    The blue Danube is green!

    by mindcrime Updated Jan 22, 2012

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    Take a walk along the river Danube river! Ok, the “blue Danube” ain’t so blue but it’s nice to walk by some nice pedestrian areas, parks etc Because of the snow it was kind of dangerous in some paths but we loved the atmosphere of the area, one of the best moments for us in Vienna and it was for free… It was so relaxing, I guess it must be full of people during warmer months.

    By the way, the legend says that if you're in love you're always see the river blue.... But if you can’t see it that way don’t spoil the moment but telling your girlfriend about it ;)

    take a walk on the wild side... relaxing
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    Donauturm - see the Danube ...from a great height!

    by aaaarrgh Updated Sep 15, 2013

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    I headed out of the city to try and find the old Danube river, arriving at the Alte Donau U-bahn station - which is probably a good place for a view in itself. A short walk west of the station is the vast Donaupark (Danube Park) which stretches for 80 hectares between the old and the new rivers. Difficult to miss is the tall and slender Donauturm (Danube Tower) on the west side of the park. It was close to sunset so I hurried to catch the last rays of the sun (though don't worry, the tower is open till midnight).

    The Donauturm is an incredibly impressive tower completed in 1964 with a rotating bar and restaurant high up in the sky. There is a viewing terrace 150m up with tremendous views over the Donaupark, the Danube and the city. The elevator also has a glass ceiling. Entrance costs were 7.40 euros (2013) for adult entry to the tower (with reductions for children and senior citizens). The rotating bar/cafe is interesting too, and worth stopping for a beer. It fully rotates about once every 25 minutes, so the cake counter sails slowly past you! There are pointers to nearby places attached to the (static) ceiling. All-in-all a splendid experience!

    turm park and old river rotating customer city and new danube
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    DANUBE TOWER (DONAUTURM)

    by mel_bee Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    In the last 35 years more than 14 million people have visited the Danube Tower, which was built for the Vienna International Garden Exhibition. It took 20 months to build and is 252 metres high with 776 stairs. The viewing platform is 150 metres high and the lift takes only 35 seconds to reach it. There is a café and restaurant with an amazing view of Vienna and on clear days you can see as far as the Schneeberg mountain. There are revolving restaurants at 160 and 170 metres, which turn at different speeds so you get the whole view in between 26 and 52 minutes.
    To get there, take U1 to VIC/Kaisermühlen and then bus 20B to the stop “Donauturm” or if you are feeling energetic get off the U1 at Alte Donau and walk through the beautiful Donaupark. A lift ticket costs 5.20 Euro for adults and 3.80 for children. Discount for seniors und students. The lift is open from 10:00 till 24:00! Check out the website for more information (especially if you fancy bungee jumping from it or want to take part in the Donauturmlauf – annual race up the stairs.

    As seen from the United Nations

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    Go swimming in Vienna

    by FRONA Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    There are a couple of very nice beaches around the ALTE DONAU AREA. The area we are talking about is KAISERMUEHLEN and there are a number of ways you can get there with public traffic. There are two main private and state(city) owned beaches:
    one is called STRANDBAD ALTE DONAU and that is in Arbeiterstrandbadstraße 93 in the 21. Bezirk;
    the other one is called GAENSEHAEUFL and that one is near the university in Kaisermuehlen. It is like a little island connected with the bridge. On both there is public transportation access but also plenty of spaces for cars. Tickets are between 2-6 euros depending on status (like seniors or students), if you take cabins and of course time of day. Pay attention that parking in Gansehaeufl is not for free!

    Gaenseheufl
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    Danube - Danube canal

    by Odiseya Written Feb 16, 2014

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    Danube connect many nice places and even capital and Vienna is just one of them. I spend some time strolling on Donaukanal. It is a cities heart beat and landmark with great touristic potential. I found information that by one of many organized boat trips about half million tourists every year. This is very good way to enjoy in city.

    I think the pop art murals around lower level of banks of Donaukanal is a way to make this space a popular for walking. I enjoy in strolling from "Marienbrücke", "Schwedenbrücke" and "Aspernbrücke".

    The "Marienbrücke" - bridge you will recognized by big statue of Virgin Mary. This bridge runs over the Danube canal and connects the first and second district of City. The bridge was destroyed in WWII and rebuilt in 1953. In the middle of the bridge is located a statue of the Virgin Mary.

    The "Schwedenbrücke" runs also over the danube canal and connects the first and second district. After the devastation in 1945 the bridge was rebuilt in 1955.

    The "Aspernbrücke" is 89 meter long and it was build 1951. It is next to the Urania center.
    Vienna is the seat of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Donau, IKSD) from 1999.

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    Swim at the Old Danube!

    by imran8852 Written May 18, 2009

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    So what's so great about the Old Danube? Well there are so many things you can do here! Cycling, swimming, walk your dog, family picnic, jogging or plain lazing around and watch the time fly. The view around is very nice & the people are friendly. There are also toilet & restaurant nearby if you feel like emptying or filling your tank. :)

    Swim all you want!
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    take that boat ride!

    by vpas Updated Jun 6, 2010

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    We took a boat cruise along the Danube and enjoyed watching the water levels change at the water gate.It was a fascinating experience.however the guided tour was not so impressive.The rides start from Swendenplatz. There are one hour rides as well as three hour rides.After taking the three hour ride,We realised that the one hour ride might have served the purpose as well considering the fact that you can experience the change of water levels in both the rides.

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    Donauturm (Danube Tower)

    by AnnS Updated Apr 27, 2008

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    For a panoramic view of Vienna and its surroundings, visit the Donauturm. Situated in the middle of the Danube Park, it's a tower 252m high with a restaurant at 170m , a cafe at 160m and an observation deck at 150m. A fast lift takes you to whichever level you want to visit.

    The cafe rotates very slowly so you can enjoy a good range of tasty snacks, drinks and ice creams as you admire the views in all directions. The staff are efficient and friendly and the food is good value.

    Down on the observation deck, you can go outside and walk right around but beware... it can get VERY windy!

    Apparently you can arrange to do a bungy jump from the top but we were quite happy to stay in the safety of the interior.

    Open Monday to Sunday, 10am until Midnight. Entrance Fee: 5.50 euros or 4.40 with a Vienna Card.

    The Donauturm View from the Donauturm Inside the Donauturm
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    Danube River

    by sely_asf Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Danube has different ambiance from the center of the city. When you sit there, you really feel yourself relaxed but of course you mustn't think about your job, your boss or your duties :)
    And in addition to this, I strongly reccomend you drink Radler near the Danube River. It's a kind of beer and has sweet taste. You must try it.

    And of course don't forget to take some photos near the Danube :)

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    The Danube Tower

    by antistar Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    In keeping with its German relatives across the border, Vienna has its own tower by the river. Stretching up over 250 meters, it can be seen from many parts of the city, but isn't considered to be one of the city's main attractions, unlike the Fernsehturms in Berlin, Munich, etc. One possible reason for this is that the views are somewhat mediocre. In Berlin the tower is central and you look straight down onto Alexanderplatz. In Munich you look down onto the amazing architecture of the Olympic Park. In Dusseldorf you get the perfect view along the Rhein, with the city's river front and distinctive bridges.

    Vienna's tower looks directly down onto a bland grass park. The city center is far away across a muddy Danube, itself packed with industry and criss-crossed by a spaghetti of motorways. Another view is of suburbia, and the only good view is of the least attractive side of UNO-City and the Messe on the far side of the park. There are few good photographic opportunities to be had.

    The place is also a nightmare to get to. Many people got off near the Messe and UNO-City and saw the tower, but had no idea how to get to it. I was asked repeatedly how to get there, while I struggled to locate the path to the tower myself. The trick, I learned afterwards, is not to take the walk from the U-Bahn station, but to take the bus from the city center. Still, it was a nice walk through the park.

    Donauturm, Vienna Danube Park, Under the Tower. UNO-City and the Messe, from the Tower Danube Park, from the Tower Motorway Spaghetti, from the Tower

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    The Donauturm (Danube Tower)

    by Martin_H Written Jul 14, 2005

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    This tower is close to the UNO city, there is a train station there and you can walk through the park. Although not the tallest tower in Europe by a long way (252m) the view from the observation decks and revolving restaurants is stunning, particularly as the day we were there was crisp and clear. There is also a permanently attached bungee platform!

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    Peace and quiet near the city

    by BLewJay Updated Aug 12, 2005

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    North of the 18th and 19th Districts is a heavily wooded area known as the Vienna Woods. From atop Leopoldsberg, you are afforded wonderful views of the city of Vienna, the old/new Danube (or Donau), UN City as well as the surrounding countryside. History says that the city of Vienna was saved from the Turks when and army from Poland came up through the Vienna Woods and helped the Austrians push back the invaders. These days, you can drive, bike or hike to the top.

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