The view from above
There can hardly be a sight more spectacular than from the tallest building in Austria: the 57 Restaurant & Lounge in the DC Tower offers 360-degree panoramic views over Vienna. It occupies the top two floors of the 250-meter skyscraper designed by Parisian star architect Dominique Perrault, with its instantly recognizable zigzag façade. Close by, in the middle of the green Danube Park, stands the Danube Tower, opened in 1964. In addition to a viewing platform, a restaurant and a café revolve slowly around the tower.
From the Do & Co restaurant or the Onyx Bar, both in the Haas House (designed by Hans Hollein), the colorful tiles on the roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral seem almost close enough to touch. The roof terrace bar at Hotel Lamée also boasts great views of the cathedral, though it is only open during the summer – as is the Ritz-Carlton’s Atmosphere Rooftop Bar. All of the city’s major sights, from the Giant Ferris Wheel to the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles), can be seen from Sky Café Restaurant Bar. Das Loft at the hotel SO/ Vienna, designed by Jean Nouvel and situated on the Danube canal, also offers a fantastic panoramic vista. Diners and guests enjoying a relaxing drink at the bar can take in the 18th-floor views beneath the colorful ceiling artwork created by Pipilotti Rist.
Alternatively, a tour of the roof of the Natural History Museum offers impressive views of the old town and the Ringstrasse, and can be booked in combination with one of the dinner evenings held at the museum. A similar view can be enjoyed from the Justizcafé on the roof of the Palace of Justice (a little-known tip even amongst the Viennese), as well as from the roof terrace bar at the 25hours Hotel near the MuseumsQuartier. And a former anti-aircraft tower that today is home to the House of the Sea also contains the Café ocean’sky on its 11th floor, providing a stunning panorama of the capital. On the 12th floor of the Hotel am Parkring, situated right on Vienna's Ringstrasse, visitors to the restaurant "Das Schick" can look forward to Austrian-Spanish cuisine and a great view.
The rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Grand Ferdinand only opens its doors to the public once a week. Non-residents can also visit the Grand Étage for dinner every Tuesday from 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm. Information on the menu & reservations
57 Restaurant & LoungeDonau-City-Straße 7, 1220 Wien
- Restaurant Mo - Fr, 12:00 - 14:30
- Restaurant Mo - Fr, 18:00 - 22:00
- Restaurant Sa, 18:00 - 22:00
- Restaurant (Brunch) Su, 11:00 - 15:00
- Lounge Mo - Su, 18:00 - 01:00
- Lounge: reservation required +43 1 90104 2080, email@example.com
Food and drink in the Danube Tower Turm Restaurant & Turm Café, Donau Bräu & Donau CaféDonauturmstraße 4, 1220 Wien
- Turmrestaurant daily, 11:30 - 16:00
- Turmrestaurant daily, 18:00 - 00:00
- Turmcafé daily, 10:00 - 00:00
- Donaubräu Mo - Th, 16:00 - 00:30
- Donaubräu Fr - Sa, 11:00 - 00:30
- Donaubräu Su, 11:00 - 22:00
- Donaucafé daily, 10:00 - 22:00
- Observation terrace & lift: 10 a.m.-11.30 p.m.
- (Double swinging doors )
- Ramp 100 cm long , 118 cm wide , 10 cm high
- Parking spaces for people with disabilities
- 85 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 85 cm wide
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
Access to the viewing terrace (150 m): no steps, via elevator, (limit of three wheelchairs permitted on the terrace at one time), there are special ramps (width: 99 cm, height: 25 cm) to enable wheelchair users to enjoy the view over Vienna. Due to company operation restrictions (evacuation routes), wheelchairs are only allowed up to the viewing terrace level (150 m).
Central floor (165 m): 25 steps up to restaurant (170 m), 25 steps down to the café (160 m). Not wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair users only with companion (1 companion per wheelchair user free of charge). No wheelchair-accessible restroom.
Seeing-eye dogs (with muzzle and leash) permitted. Strollers must not be transported in the elevators (can be left at the elevator/shop counter).
- Main entrance
Do & Co StephansplatzStephansplatz 12, 1010 Wien
- daily, 12:00 - 15:00
- daily, 18:00 - 00:00
Onyx BarStephansplatz 12 (Haas Haus), 1010 Wien
- daily, 11:00 - 02:00
The Ritz-Carlton ViennaSchubertring 5-7, 1010 Wien
Sky Café Restaurant BarKärntner Straße 19, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 02:00
- Sa, 09:30 - 02:00
- on holidays - Su, 11:00 - 02:00
Das Loft Hotel SO/ ViennaPraterstraße 1, 1020 Wien
- daily, 06:30 - 00:00
- Bar daily, 17:00 - 02:00
- Different opening hours in summer - see website.
Café-restaurant in the Museum of Natural HistoryBurgring 7, 1010 Wien
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JustizcafeSchmerlingplatz 10, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 07:30 - 16:00
Attic bar (Dachboden-Bar) in the 25hours hotelLerchenfelder Straße 1-3, 1070 Wien
- daily, 14:00 - 01:00
House of the Sea (Haus des Meeres)Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1 (Esterházypark) , 1060 Wien
- Adults €17,60
- Children (3 to 5 years) €5,40
- Children (6 to 15 years) €8
- Tower stairs €5.00 (chip deposit €10.00)
- Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: Special gift (Free DVD)
- daily, 09:00 - 18:00
- Th, 09:00 - 21:00
- no steps ( Door 100 cm wide )
- 250 cm wide and 200 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
All exhibition rooms accessible by elevator.
3 wheelchair-users at once at a maximum.
- Main entrance
Das SchickParkring 12, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 12:00 - 15:00
- Mo - Fr, 18:00 - 22:30
- Sa - Su, 18:00 - 22:30
- on holidays, 18:00 - 22:30
- July & August only 6 p.m.-10.30 p.m.