Best Viewing Spots in Vienna, Austria

View of Vienna from The Giant Ferris Wheel, Prater

Vienna is not a 3-day destination getaway. There is simply too much to enjoy and experience in Vienna to visit for only 3 days. A trip to Schönbrunn Palace, for example, would best be experienced over an entire day. The same can be said for the Prater Amusement Park. Then you still need to visit the opera, see the cathedrals, cruise the Danube, visit castles, museums, and market places, and attend Mozart concerts. How do you fit it all in? In order to get a better view of the city and its majestic size, I found two great viewing destinations: the Danube Tower and the Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater Amusement Park. From here, I gained perspective on the size and location of things in Vienna. 

Donauturm, Vienna, Austria

The magical view over all of Vienna can be experienced at the Danube Tower, a 150 m high viewing terrace with a spectacular view over the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. The terrace on the Donauturm comprises a fully accessible, open-air platform and a two-storey glass-paned inside section.

View of Vienna from DONAUTURM

Donauturm View, Vienna, Austria

Donauturm View, Vienna, Austria

A landmark of Vienna, The Giant Ferris Wheel, gives a view of the city from almost 200 feet up. The Giant Ferris Wheel is open year round and is one of the most frequented attractions in the Danube metropolis. As part of the Prater Amusement Park, it is a place of nostalgic dreams for many, an oasis of greenery for others, and the ideal viewing spot for me.

The Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna, Austria

Vienna from the Giant Ferris Wheel

Vienna from the Giant Ferris Wheel

View of Vienna from the Wheel

I need more time. I just arrived and I’m leaving tomorrow. With a fantastic view of Vienna, I’ll return to explore more and discover the majestic sights seen from above.

26 thoughts on “Best Viewing Spots in Vienna, Austria

  1. Brilliant piccies! We’ve lived in Austria for seven years and this summer are finally making our first trip to Vienna. Do you have any hot tips on cheap places/ good value hotels? Just so typical of this country, I’m sitting writing, watching last night’s snow melt, and you have shots of Cherry tree blossom! Maybe you should do an off the beaten track in Austria, where I live has so much to offer, rivers, mountains, castles, miles of walking, cycling, steam trains, alm huts, crazy traditions, but of course, I’m biased!!!!!


  2. I’ve been lucky enough to make it to Vienna twice and I’ve decided there may never be enough time to see and do everything.


  3. Years ago I was on a bus tour of Europe. We only had a day to wander through the city and an evening at a Mozart concert. I don’t feel like I can even say I visited this beautiful city. It’s definitely on my ‘go back to’ list.


  4. I toured a few cities in Austria 4 or 5 years ago with my orchestra group! We had the amazing opportunity to play in several cathedrals in the country, including a few in Vienna. It’s such a lovely place! Reading this post took me back to my wonderful experiences! Thanks!


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  6. It’s always good to have a reason to go back! I find the first time you are somewhere, it takes a few days to get a feel for the place and before you know it, it’s time to move on. The second time you go there, you have more of an idea of what you want to do and where you want to go (and in my case what I want to photograph!) I love reading about others’ travel adventures – thanks for sharing 🙂


  7. I love Vienna too! I feel that it is a city that draws you in. At first glimpse, it seems to be about the cafe, the music and the architecture, but after staying there longer, it’s really more of the culture and people 🙂


  8. I need to go back to Vienna and give it another chance too. You were only there for three days, I was only there for two days and it was pretty bad weather, miserable, gray, rainy, and cold. It was the tail end of a 9 day trip and I was so exhausted and so tired of traveling that I just could not get jazzed about the city no matter how hard I tried. I did like Schonbrunn Palace and the Opera House was beautiful but I still walked away going “Meh.” Will have to return in better weather and not just for 2 days!


  9. Something not many people know of, but is truly unique and reflects Viennese culture, is the Museum of Music – located just off of Maria Therese Strasse. I highly recommend visiting!


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