Top 5 attractions in Vienna
Below is a selection of the most popular and most beautiful attractions in Vienna:
1. Schönbrunn Palace and Zoo
2. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
3. The Danube Tower
4. The House of the Sea
5. The giant Ferris wheel
Tourists wanting to see the one of the best tourist attractions in Vienna should pay a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace, Empress Sissi’s former summer residence. This baroque complex contains an enchanting park, a palm house, the Gloriette and the oldest existing zoo in the world. Spend a day at Schönbrunn and take a look at the magnificent ceremony rooms and splendidly decorated salons. Schönbrunn Palace also has one of the most beautiful baroque gardens in Europe.
The Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna is the oldest existing zoo in the world and has been voted as the best zoo in Europe three times. Baby pandas, elephant offspring and many other rare animals attract more than two million visitors each year. In the summer of 1752, the Emperor Franz I. and Stephan von Lothringen the husband of Maria Theresias, invited noble guests into the newly built menagerie at the Schönbrunn Palace.
Ever since then, it was established and became the oldest zoo in the world.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most prominent landmark of Vienna and Austria’s most important Gothic monument. It houses a number of important artefacts some of which can only be seen on a guided tour. The cathedral is 102.7 meters long and has four towers with 343 steps. In the smaller north tower is the Pummerin, a giant bell cast in 1951 with a weight of 21,383 kg and a diameter of about 3 meters. It is not only the largest bell in Austria, but also the second-largest free-swinging steeple bell in the world.
The Danube Tower or ‘Donauturm’ is 252 meters high in total, with two high-speed lifts taking visitors within 35 seconds to the rotating panoramic restaurant located at a height of 165 meters. This is one of Vienna’s top attractions and most recognised landmarks. The tower offers excellent views of the old city of Vienna and the Vienna Forests and depending on the weather the whole of the city can be observed. Courage is needed for anyone wanting to risk the 152 meter Bungee jump from the Danube Tower…
The House of the Sea shows in various departments tropical freshwater and saltwater fish, fish from the Mediterranean and home waters and sharks viewed from a great height. The House of the Sea (Haus des Meeres) is the largest aquarium in Austria. The café located on the 11th Floor of the aquarium has one of the most stunning views over Vienna. In addition, you can also visit a tropical house, a reptile house and an aquarium experience. In an artificial grotto you can see over 100 nocturnal animals and creepy crawlies too!
The all year-round Ferris wheel in the Prater district of Vienna is one of the most visited attractions of the Danube metropolis. In 2008 the ‘Riesenradplatz’ area was completely redesigned. The entrance is now a nostalgic theme world, reminiscent of the Prater in 1900. The Ferris wheel was built in 1896/97 by British engineer Walter Basset.
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