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Donauturm (Danube Tower)


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What started as a gloomy morning turned blue and sunny at noon. Today, I went with my daughter's class again to a sort of outdoor learning...We went to the Danube Island (Donauinsel) just very near the Danube River. This was a regular scene when I was still working at the after-school institution 5 or more years ago. 

The island has a big playground, lots of greeneries, mostly a recreational area with bars, restaurants and unfortunately, nightclubs. It has sports areas for rollerblading, cycling, trampoline and swimming to canoeing. Actually, last weekend, the yearly Donauinselfest was held - we forgot!



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We went up the Donauturm or the Danube Tower,  the tallest free-standing structure in Austria. At a total of 252 metres (827 ft), it is the tallest structure in Austria, and among the 75 tallest towers in the world. There are two high-speed elevators that transport passengers to the tower's viewing platform at 150 metres (490 ft). Each lift can carry up to 14 passengers and it takes only 35 seconds to reach the observation platform. (I took a video but I'd post it later.)

There are two revolving restaurants at a height of 160 and 170 metres, or 525 and 558 ft up there. From there, you can get a good view of the Austrian capital and the Danube River below. It takes the platform either 26, 39 or 52 minutes to complete a full revolution - we've done this (hubby and kids) only at night - would love to come for lunch!

In the next days I'll show you views of the city from up there. :)


a post for Skywatch Friday.

11 comments :

  1. I am loving your Vienna posts! I fall in love with Vienna a little more every time you post!

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  2. Oh I can't wait to see the views from up there.

    Do you have to cross the Danube to get there?

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  3. Can't wait to go there myself... need to save up for this vacation!

    ~ Jo's Precious Thoughts ~

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  4. i wonder what the pagoda structure at the foreground is. sounds like an exciting place to spend the day. may Hungarian sausage ba dito?:p

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  6. It would be a great sight up there on a clear night, I'd bet.

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  7. How far is that place from here? Looks like a nice place to go. So many activities to do and beautiful place to appreciate.

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  8. I'll show this to hubby and will convince him to go there! :)

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  9. looks like a great place to visit + the view must have been spectacular up there!

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  10. As in umakyat talaga kayo sa taas? Bongga! :)

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