Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. I feel incredibly lucky to have lived there for the summer in 2016 and to have seen all of the amazing sights it has to offer. Around every corner seems to be another gorgeous building or another cute café. To me, it is the most romantic city and I fell in love with it instantly. Whilst I was there, I managed to find a lot of breath-taking views of the city. There is somewhere for every budget and interest and each with it’s unique view over Vienna. Here is a list of my top three:
3. Donauturm (Danube Tower)
Just off the banks of the Danube and out towards the edge of the city, the Donauturm is a brilliant place to see the whole of Vienna from very high up. Definitely not for the faint-hearted but the views are amazing and well worth seeing. When I visited the staff were quite rude but this is generally a pattern in Vienna, so just ignore it and enjoy your day. The views are best seen through the naked eye as opposed to your camera lens but above you can see an example of one of the many views. An adult ticket is just EUR 7.90 and if you buy a combi ticket for EUR 14.30 you can also ride the Riesenrad (ferris wheel) at the Prater on the same day as well. I went on the Riesenrad at night and this was definitely the best idea as the views of the Prater were colourful and more impressive than the views by day (picture below).
To get to the Donauturm from the centre you need to take the U1 line (red) on the underground towards Leopoldau and get off at Alte Donau and walk through Donaupark… you can’t miss it! To get to the Prater you take the same line in the same direction but get off at Praterstern.
2. Gloriette at Schönbrunn
Just behind the beautiful Schönbrunn palace, the lovely Gloriette building rests on a hill. A stunning building which may be petite compared to Schönbrunn, however has gorgeous architecture (pictured below).
The main reason to visit the Gloriette is definitely the view. At around EUR 3 to get onto the roof and see the view I think it is the most cost-effective way of getting one of the most instagram-able views of Vienna! You can also enjoy the interior of the building in the small café inside, and take in the views of the Schönbrunn palace whilst walking around the gorgeous grounds and gardens for free. To get to the Gloriette building/ Schönbrunn palace from the centre you should take the U4 line (green) towards Hütteldorf and get off at Schönbrunn station – the palace is just across the road.
1. Le Loft/Das Loft at the Sofitel hotel
The view from the bar at the top of the Sofitel, known as Le Loft/ Das Loft, is second-to-none. Free to get in, you take the lift to the top floor and are immediately wowed by the amazing views of Vienna. The drinks are slightly extortionate (a cocktail is around EUR 14/15) so if you are on a budget it may be better to get a beer or a glass of wine for around EUR 6-8. The drinks are definitely worth it though as the views are beautiful and I could spend ages (and certainly have) sipping cocktails and just looking out onto this stunning city. The best time of day to go is late afternoon/ early evening (depending on the time of year) so that you can watch the sunset. It is the most wonderful experience seeing the sun set over Vienna and one not to be missed. The view is however brilliant any time of day (see daytime view below).
To get to Sofitel hotel from the city centre take the U1 line (red) towards Leopoldau and get off at Schwedenplatz. You then need to cross the bridge over the river just opposite the station. The hotel is just a street back from the banks of the river on Praterstraβe.