Donau City Walking Tour, Vienna (Self Guided)

Donau City is the 22nd district of Vienna and is located on the North bank of the Danube River. This previously undeveloped district is now the most modern part of Vienna, with contemporary office and apartment buildings, skyscrapers, international centers and the Vienna Islamic Centre. Take the following tour to catch some of these incredible sights!
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Donau City Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Donau City Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: leticia
Vienna Islamic Centre

1) Vienna Islamic Centre

The Vienna Islamic Centre was completed in 1979, after 4 years of construction. The former Saudi Arabian King, Faisal Ben Abdul Aziz, sponsored the development of this amazing building. The center consists of a high minaret, mosque, library, multi-purpose hall and classroom. The Vienna Islamic Centre is the largest mosque in Austria, located in Vienna's 21st district Floridsdorf. The Minaret of Vienna Islamic Centre is 32 metres (105 feet) high, while the dome is 16 metres (52 feet) in height and 20 metres (66 feet) in diameter.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Donauturm (must see)

The Donauturm is the tallest structure in all of Vienna, standing an impressive 827 feet above ground level. It was built in 1964, and even to this day, it still stands as one of the 75 tallest structures on the planet. It is located just off the banks of the Danube in the 22nd District. The tower also takes its name after the famous river that flows nearby.

It took almost two years to build the structure. The construction was supervised by Eberhard Fodisch. Since that time, this place has become one of the more popular tourist attractions in all the city.

There are two super fast elevators that are used to take passengers up and down the tower. They can take you up to the observation tower, which sets 490 feet in the air over the town. You can also walk 779 steps to the top. In fact, a famous race is held each year on the steps of the Danube Tower.

There are two restaurants located in the structure – both are over 500 feet in the air. You cannot beat the view of the Danube from either of these locations. As far as design goes, the two eating establishments are pretty much identical. In terms of fair, the upper restaurant is now serving upscale cuisine.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-12am (last ride up at 11:30pm)
Sight description based on wikipedia

3) Donaupark (must see)

Donaupark is a shining example of what a city can do rejuvenate an area and turn a tragic place into a place of joy. This park covers around 200 acres of land that used to be home to the city trash dump. Prior to that time, this area was used by the Nazis as an execution site during the period from the 1930s through the 1940s.

In the 1960s the city decided to clean up the area and turn it into a green zone. The park now has something for almost everyone. A miniature train runs around the perimeter, a skate park is there for the skater crowd, concerts are held here, and a great game of tennis can all be enjoyed on the grounds. It is a great place to have a picnic lunch, take a stroll or read a book on a warm day. If traveling with kids, this is a great place to let them run off some energy before seeing another building full of “don’t touch” items. The Donautürm is also located here, and the view from the top is incredible.

There is plenty of parking available as well as public transportation. With its location on the Danube, this park can become crowded on weekends and holidays, so go early during these times, or visit during the weekday.

Opening Hours:
-Always Open-
Saturn Tower

4) Saturn Tower

Designed by architects Hollein and Neumann, this is one of the most modern office buildings in Vienna. It has a height of 89 meters and its 23 floors house offices of different companies. Saturn Tower also offers a wonderful view over Vienna. Its contemporary glass surface attracts a lot of attention.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mischek Tower (Mischek Turm)

5) Mischek Tower (Mischek Turm)

Mischek Tower was designed by Delugan Meissl and was built between 1996 and the year 2000. The tower represents Austria’s tallest apartment building with 35 floors and a height of 110 meters.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Austria Center Vienna

6) Austria Center Vienna

Austria Center Vienna is an international center that houses events of all sizes. Commitment to first-class quality will be provided for every event, be it a meeting, a trade exhibition, an international convention or a show.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Donau City Kirche

7) Donau City Kirche

Donau City Kirche is a wonderfully designed Roman Catholic parish church in Donau City. It was designed by architect Heinz Tesar and is located among Donau City’s contemporary towers and buildings.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Andromeda Tower (Andromeda Turm)

8) Andromeda Tower (Andromeda Turm)

Andromeda Tower was designed by Wilhelm Holzbauer and is another modern office building in Donau City. Completed in 1998, the tower was named after a figure of Greek mythology. It consists of 30 floors and has a total height of 113 meters.
Sight description based on wikipedia
ARES Tower

9) ARES Tower

Construction of this modern building of Donau City started in 1999 and finished in 2001. It was built by the Neumann & Partner construction company. It includes office space, a sky lobby, cafeteria and an underground car park.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tech Gate

10) Tech Gate

Tech Gate is located at the entrance to Donau City. It has a modern environment and offers an ideal location for events with up to 600 people. At the top of the tower, on the 19th floor, you will find the Tech Lounge which features a wonderful panoramic view of Vienna.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hochhaus Neue Donau

11) Hochhaus Neue Donau

Hochhaus Neue Donau, also known as Seidler Tower, is the tallest Austrian residential building. It has 34 floors and measures 150 meters in height. The top floor of the building includes 5 split-level penthouse apartments with wonderful panoramic views from the terraces.
Sight description based on wikipedia

12) Wohnturm

Wohnturm is another impressive Austrian residential building. Its construction began in 1996 and was completed in 1998. The building features great modern style and design.

Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vienna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Homes of Vienna

Famous Homes of Vienna

Vienna was once the home or temporary residence for a number of celebrated people and noble families. Talented musicians, composers, architects and even famous psychologist Sigmund Freud once resided in this beautiful city. Most of their former homes are now museums which acquaint us with the lives and works of these famous persons.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

Alsergrund, the ninth district of Vienna, is associated with many notable names of Viennese art and science. It is the birthplace of Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Ludwig van Beethoven died here in his apartment at Schwarzspanierstraße 15. Berggasse 19 is the former residence and office of Sigmund Freud.

Josefstadt is the smallest district in Vienna. Most mayors of Vienna have lived here,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Old Town Center Walking Tour

Old Town Center Walking Tour

The Innere Stadt, first district of Vienna, is part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of the city. Originally the inner city was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates. Take this tour to explore the beautiful landmarks, famous museums and specialty shops in the Central area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Nightlife Walking Tour

Nightlife Walking Tour

Vienna has a reputation for history, classical music and elegance, but don't forget about its hot nightlife. The city is full of trendy bars, cafes, disco and clubs, where you can spend a fantastic evening dancing the night away. You can't visit Vienna without stopping at some of the following after-hours hot spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Old Town Souvenir Shops

Old Town Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Vienna without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vienna, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Old Town Palaces

Old Town Palaces

Among all of the amazing sites Vienna offers, none are more breathtaking than the palaces found around the city. All of them have maintained their great history, art collections, luxury interior and refinement through the last 4 centuries. Many of them were restored and became elite conventional centers. This tour will will guide you to some of Vienna's greatest royal homes in the Innere...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Vienna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vienna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Vienna's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Vienna PASS, Vienna City Card, or Vienna Card. A city pass combines all or multiple Vienna's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Vienna hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth, Hotel Royal, DO&CO Hotel Vienna.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vienna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Vienna typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to admire Vienna's best-known landmarks in comfort from the open top of the bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The tickets are valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours.

- Pedal your way around Vienna on a 3-hour bike tour to see the city's most spectacular highlights stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions along the way from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Follow an expert guide on a 2.5-hour walking tour of classic Vienna to see the city's greatest landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, Sacher cafe, and St Stephen's Cathedral, plus a number of hidden gems only the locals know about!

- Travel back in time for a glimpse of what the life of the Austrian monarchs was like on a 2-hour tour of their fabulous summer residence and the matching beauty baroque gardens. Feel yourself like a royal, if only for a few hours!

- Follow the trail of Graham Greene's “The Third Man” novel made into a movie in 1949 by Orson Welles, depicting post-WWII spy-ridden Vienna. Explore this fascinating city as it was more than 60 years ago.

- Give yourself away to the sounds of music on a memorable Mozart-filled evening in Vienna attending a combo of the world-renowned Vienna Mozart Orchestra concert and a lavish 3-course dinner at the elegant Bristol restaurant visited, back in the day, by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and other historic figures.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Vienna, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Salzburg, Melk Abbey and Danube Valley, Wachau Valley, Mauthausen, or Vienna Woods and Mayerling. For as little as circa US$60+ to US$160+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites - harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty manifested in Austria's medieval towns and countryside, visit Mozart's birthplace and original filming locations of "The Sound of Music" movie, admire picturesque Danube valley with ancient castles, grand monasteries and cute little villages, explore historic locations bearing sometimes grim memories of the past (e.g. the horrors perpetuated by the Nazis) and pay tribute to the Holocaust victims at one of the largest Nazi labor camps during World War II, take a boat trip along the Danube or down to the largest subterranean lake in Europe, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Vienna and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.