The Danube Tower or the Donauturm is the tallest free standing structure in Austria. It weighs 17,600 tons, 827 feet high and is considered as one of the 75 tallest towers in the world. You can find the tower by the north bank of the Danube River in the Donaustadt district. The Donauturm was constructed from 1962-1964 and it was designed by Hannes Lintl. It took 18 months to build the structure and in April 16, 1964, it was officially opened by Federal President Adolf Scharf.
To this day it has become a famous landmark and tourist attraction. The tower has two high speed elevators which can carry up to 14 passengers each. It only takes 35 seconds to reach the top of the tower except if there are strong winds, when the elevators travel only half their speed. There is also a 779 step staircase which may be used for emergencies or during the annual Donauturm run.
At the top of the Donauturm, you may dine at their rotating restaurant which serves Viennese cuisine. Enjoy your delectable meal while seeing a 360 degree view of the city. The Restaurant is open daily from11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. The view deck is one of the tower’s main highlights. It is an open air platform where you can get a magnificent view of Vienna, the woods and the Danube Park. They also have a two floor glass paned section where you can have the same view indoors, so that you can view the sights even if there are strong winds or bad weather conditions.
Danube Tower (Donauturm)
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