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Viennese water – in a class of its own

Simply turn on the tap and enjoy mountain spring water? It's possible in Vienna. Vienna’s water flows from the mountain springs in the Styrian/Lower Austrian Alps, reaching the Austrian capital city 36 hours later, without pumps and under the strictest regulations. It’s not for nothing that Vienna is the best city in the world to live in!

Vienna's water tower Favoriten Vienna Water Tower
Waterfall in the woods Vienna Mountain Spring Water
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Aerial shot of the water playground, with pond, sandy beach, lawns and lots of people Water Tower water playground

Vienna can be proud of its tap water. After all, the city is supplied with 400,000 m3 of fresh spring water daily from two mountain spring pipelines from the areas around Schneeberg, Rax, Schneealpe and Hochschwab. A positive side-effect of this is that on its way to Vienna, the water flows through hydroelectric power stations, which generates 65 million kilowatt hours of power, or enough for a small town. Vienna is the first city in the world to place the "White Gold" under the protection of the constitution.

The Vienna Water Tower in Favoriten is a relic from the time of drinking water supply before the second spring was constructed; it's no longer connected to the water network, but it is a striking example of the "industrial historicism" style and is definitely worth a visit.

All around is the water tower water playground, at 15,000 m² the largest water playground in Europe. The unique park landscape offers waterfalls, streams, ponds, bridges and pure relaxation on its extensive lawns. A water adventure path symbolizes and explains the journey of Viennese water from the mountains direct to Vienna!

Excursion tip:

In 1998, the first "Vienna water line hiking path" was opened along the most beautiful parts of the first Vienna spring water route. The hiking path is located just outside of Vienna, can be reached by public transportation such as bus or train, and is also manageable for leisure walkers.

Further information:

www.wienerwasser.at

1st Vienna Water-Line Hiking Path:
www.wien.gv.at/english/environment/watersupply/active/hikingpath.html

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Water Tower in Favoriten (Wasserturm Favoriten)

Windtenstrasse 3
1100   Wien
  • Contacts

    • +43 1 59953 31 300
  • Opening hours

    • 03. Nov 2010 to 07. Nov 2010
      Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • 01. Dec 2010 to 05. Dec 2010
      Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • 05. Jan 2011 to 09. Jan 2011
      Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • 09. Feb 2011 to 13. Feb 2011
      Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • 02. Mar 2011 to 30. Oct 2011
      Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Exhibions and guided tours upon request by telephone

Water Tower water playground

Windtenstraße 3
1100   Wien
  • Contacts

    • +43 1 40 00 80 42
  • Opening hours

    • beginning of May to the end of September
    • Mo, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Tu - Th, 09:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Sa - Su, 09:00 - 21:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 21:00