The Danube Tower or the Donauturm is the tallest free standing structure in Austria.
It is one of the top ten visited attractions in Vienna – but by people from Austria, not tourists. So if you’re planning to go to Austria’s capital city you might want to check out what the locals are finding so enthralling about the Donauturm Tower.
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It weighs 17,600 tons, 827 feet high (252 meters), and is considered as one of the 75 tallest towers in the world. Situated in the 22nd district of Donaustadt near the Danube River, it is the tallest building in Vienna.
It took 18 months to build the structure, and on 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 Vienna tower has two high-speed elevators which can carry up to 14 passengers each.
You can find the Danube 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.
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It only takes 35 seconds to reach the top of the Vienna tower except if there are strong winds when the elevators travel only half their speed. There is also a 779 step staircase that may be used for emergencies or during the annual Donauturm run.
The building is outfitted with a spire that carries antennas of:
- private VHF stations
- mobile phone networks
- and other radio communication providers
Vienna Viewing Tower undoubtedly offers the best panoramic views around. The building was constructed for the “International Garden Show” that the city hosted in 1964 and now serves as a radio signal transmission tower.
Four commercial radio stations broadcast from Donauturm:
- Radio Arabella Wien
- Orange 94.0
- 98.3 Superfly
- Radio Stephansdom
There is a viewing platform at 150 meters where visitors can enjoy the views and during the summer, the more adventurous ones use as a bungee-jumping site.
Danube Tower Opening Hours
|The Danube Tower Vienna||Day||Time|
|Restaurant||Wednesday – Friday|
Saturday, Sunday & national holidays
|11.30 am – 11 pm|
10 am – 11 pm
|Cafe||Saturday, Sunday & national holidays||10.30 am – 3 pm|
|Shop||Monday until Friday|
Saturday, Sunday & on national holidays
|12 noon – 9 pm|
10.30 am – 9 pm
|Beer garden – pub||Monday until Sunday||10 am – 11 pm|
Danube Tower Ticket Price
These are single tickets for visiting Danube Tower Vienna Austria. You also have Vouchers, combined tickets and group Donauturm ticket that you can find here.
Donauturm Restaurant Opening Hours
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.
Vienna Viewing Tower Restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Wednesday – Friday) and from 10 am until 11 pm on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.
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:
- the woods
- and the Danube Park
They also have a two floor glass-paned section where you can have the same view indoors. That way you can view the sights even if there are strong winds or bad weather conditions.
For those who want to dine with splendid city views, there are also two revolving restaurants in the Vienna tower.
The Panorama Cafe is located 160 metres high and the more upscale Donauwalzer at 170 metres above the ground.
More info at their website!
Vienna’s Highest Tower
Skyscrapers are abundant particularly in international cities. Austria is not to be outdone and it’s highest tower is located, where else, but in the capital city of Vienna.
Called the DC Tower, the building is situated by the Danube River giving occupants a beautiful view of this famous body of water. It was designed by architect Dominique Perrault.
A total of 60 floors are in place while 93,600 square meters of space are up for rent. The lifts feature advanced technology in that it has touch screens and a computerized voice that bring people to the correct floor without having to press buttons.
The first lucky residents of the tower include a cosmetic surgery clinic as well as a bar and restaurant at the rooftop. The cosmetic surgery clinic is up there near the top on the 52nd floor occupying 300 square meters of space.
It is owned and managed by a surgeon by the name of Artur Worseg who said that vanity was his main reason for booking a space in the DC Tower. He also hopes to attract wealthy clients particularly those coming from the Middle East and Russia.
Apart from the DC Tower, the Millennium Tower is Vienna’s second tallest building with 51 floors and Austria’s fourth tallest. The others are the Donauturm and the chimney of the Simmering Power Station.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the Danube Tower Vienna Austria
How to get to Danube Tower Vienna?
You can use Metro U1 & Danube Tower Shuttle or Bus Line 20A. Or if you are planning to use your car, the southern motorway (A2) is the best solution.
Here are all the details you need to know about arrival!
Can you go up the Danube Tower?
Of course you can. The Vienna tower has two high-speed elevators which can carry up to 14 passengers each.
How high is the Danube Tower?
It is 827 feet high (252 meters)! It is considered as one of the 75 tallest towers in the world.
Is Danube Tower open today?
You can check Danube tower opening hours at the table above or check the Danube Tower official website.