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!
The 252 meters tall Donauturm on the in the north-east Donaupark is worth a visit for great views over the city and the region.
The easiest way to get there is on the U-bahn, the red line U1. You can get off at Kaisermühlen (Vienna International Centre) and catch the bus 20B : come out of the U-bahn station, turn right and the bus stop is directly opposite on the other side of the road. Wait till the bus goes past Alte Donau U-bahn stop and get of at the second stop after that. The tower is on the other side of the park on the left, you can't get lost as you can see it from everywhere!
If you want to take the U-bahn directly to Alte Donau and walk, it's only about ten minutes. Come out of the station and turn right. The park is on the left and as soon as you see the tower you can start walking towards it.
We took the bus there (we got lucky, the bus was just at the stop when we got out of the train) and were going to take the bus back as well but when we got to the stop we noticed the bus only goes once an hour. This was the last day of May- the new summer, more frequent timetable starts on June the 1st.
But as it was only the ten minute walk back to Alte Donau it wasn't a problem.
The revolving restaurant (it takes 39 minutes to go round once and it does shake a bit when it's windy so if you get seasick it's not a good idea) up there is pricey but the food
was good. We had a couple of glasses of wine/bber, the main course and a sweet each, the bill was just over 60 Euros.
The cost of the lift to get up to the viewing platform and restaurant was 4.40 Euro with the Viennacard discount. The normal price is 5.50. Pensioners and Students is 4.40 as well.
On the ground there is a beisl style restaurant next door and a gift shop in the tower.
You can also bungee jump, it's the highest in the world no less, if you're feeling adventurous!
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.
Choose a bright sunny day if you can. The tower sees for miles but on a cloudy or overcast day you are limited to what you can see. The lift/elevator is rather interesting as it has a clear roof and you can see yourself rise fast up the tower. But the real thrill is plumiting down again.
Round the Tower is the park in here is a minature railway for cjhildren and adults alike. The park is a lovely open area and children will love running round and playing on the various swings and slides.
If you can take a walk across the Danube on the small bridge. This leads to a varied selection of eating places.
Have a fun day .. but hope for the sun!