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Viewing points in Vienna

A landmark of the city, St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the most popular viewing points in Vienna. The architectural masterpiece in the heart of the city center can be ascended in two ways: an elevator takes visitors to the viewing platform on the north tower, where the large cathedral bell 'Die Pummerin' is located. A somewhat more strenuous option is to climb the 343 steps of the tight spiral staircase to the Türmerstube in the south tower, which is almost 67 meters high. The view of the historic center is fantastic from both viewing points. A ride in a gondola on the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater offers magnificent panoramic views of the city and impressive views of the spacious green area at the foot of this Viennese landmark. And in the Schönbrunn Palace Park, another sightseeing must in Vienna, it is worth climbing the hill to the Gloriette and enjoying the historic view of the city from on high.

In the MuseumsQuartier (MQ), the viewing terrace called MQ Libelle on the roof of the Leopold Museums offers the best views of Vienna city center – with free admission. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna lie here at one's feet. Designed by Laurids Ortner, the MQ Libelle is also an architectural highlight. The Austrian artist Eva Schlegel designed the glass façade, which is supplemented by light installations in the shape of a ring by Brigitte Kowanz. The light rings are a sign, visible from afar, that something is happening up here on the roof of the Leopold Museum.

The Danube Tower, built in 1964 on the occasion of the Vienna International Garden Show, is a great viewing point because of its height. Two elevators whoosh you up in 35 seconds to the rotating restaurant at a height of 165 meters with panoramic views across the whole of Vienna and the surrounding area. In the city center, it is worth visiting the House of the Sea aquarium and vivarium, located near to the bustling Mariahilfer Strasse. From its viewing platform, you can see for miles across the urban roofscape.

And then there are, of course, the most beautiful viewing points in the green spaces, which can be explored on walks and hikes. Good places for a view of the whole city are Vienna's local mountains Kahlenberg, Leopoldsberg and Bisamberg, the Vienna Woods with their observation points and the vineyards on the outskirts of the city.

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

Stephansplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Tu, 06:00 - 22:00
    • We, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Th, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Fr, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Sa, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 07:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 07:00 - 22:00
  • Guided tours

    • Guided tour of the Cathedral, daily

      • 3.30 pm, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the Cathedral english, Monday - Saturday

      • 10.30 am, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour

      • Monday - Saturday, 10 - 11.30 am
      • Monday - Saturday, 1.30 - 4.30 pm
      • Sunday and holidays, 1.30 - 4.30 pm

      Elevator to the Pummerin

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Evening tour including tour of the roof

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors 120 cm wide)
    • Side entrance
      • 3 Steps (Double swinging doors 90 cm wide)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
      South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
      Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).

      Evening guided tours with roof tour and guided tours of the catacombs are are not wheelchair-accessible.


Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)

Prater
1020 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -7%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 14,00€

  • Opening times

      • 05/22/2024 09:00 - 23:45
      • 05/23/2024 09:00 - 23:45
      • 05/24/2024 09:00 - 23:45
      • 05/25/2024 09:00 - 23:45
      • 05/26/2024 09:00 - 23:45
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors 200 cm wide)
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at parking garage Ausstellungsstraße
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and to the restaurant / café: no steps.
      Ramp for wheelchair, all special wagons of the Ferris Wheel are suitable for extra wide wheelchairs.

Gloriette

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße
1130 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 5,50€ / reduced ticket price: 4,50€
      Tickets available on site

  • Opening times

    • 02 April to 30 June
      • daily, 09:30 - 17:30
    • 01 July to 31 August
      • daily, 09:30 - 18:30
    • 01 September to 26 October
      • daily, 09:30 - 17:00
    • 27 October to 03 November
      • daily, 09:30 - 16:00
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Main entrance: 25 steps to the ticket office, 76 steps to the terrace, door width: Terrace: 101 cm, ticket office: 81 cm, single revolving door, turnstile: 53 cm.

      wheelchair-accessible restroom, approx. 50 m to the west in the park,

MQ Libelle

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna

Danube Tower (Donauturm)

Donauturmplatz 1
1220 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price Adults: 18 €

      Online Booking Code: VCC2024 (redeemable once per customer) / The Vienna City Card has to be displayed at the entry

      Please book here to get your Vienna City Card discount:

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 00:00
    • We, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 00:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Last elevator ascent at 21:45
      Last elevator descent at 22:15

      Tower slide: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm (last slide 9pm)

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Double swinging doors )
        via ramp
      • Ramp 100 cm long , 118 cm wide , 10 cm high
    • Side entrance
      • 1 Steps (Double swinging doors 180 cm wide)
        via ramp
      • Ramp 510 cm long , 120 cm wide , 17 cm high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Distance to the company: less than 50m
    • Elevator available
      • 130 cm wide and 170 cm low , Door 100 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Disabled WC and barrier-free access on the ground floor

    • Comments

      Observation terrace (at 150 m height) wheelchair-accessible via elevator (max. 3 wheelchairs at once). Special ramps (width: 99 cm, height: 25 cm) to allow wheelchair users to enjoy the view over Vienna. According to the building license, wheelchairs are prohibited on all other floors for safety reasons (escape routes). By way of compensation, wheelchair users can ride to the viewing terrace (150 m) for free.

      Central floor (165 m): 25 steps up to the restaurant (170 m), 25 steps down to the café (160 m, not accessible for wheelchair users). Wheelchair users only with escort. No wheelchair-accessible restroom in the tower.
      Strollers may not be taken into the elevators. The newly designed areas on the ground floor – the Donaubräu restaurant and beer garden and the Donaushop for souvenirs – are of course fully accessible.
      Guide & therapy dogs (with muzzle and leash) are permitted.

House of the Sea (Haus des Meeres)

Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1 (Esterházypark)
1060 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 20:00
    • We, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Su, 09:00 - 20:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Door 100 cm wide)
    • Elevator available
      • Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      All exhibition rooms and terraces accessible by elevator.

      3 wheelchair-users at once at a maximum.

Kahlenberg

Am Kahlenberg
1190 Vienna
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