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In our opinion, and despite its height of 252 metres, the Danube Tower is one of the most recognisable elements of the Vienna skyline offering spectacular views of the city, but not the best. Since this tower is set away from the city centre. If you want to see the best views, we recommend that you climb the tower of the Cathedral of Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral.
This tower, designed by the architect Hannes Lintl, was started in 1962 on the occasion of the celebration in the city in an international fair of horticulture in '64, an event for which the surrounding grounds were also developed, constituting the so-called Danube Park. About 20 months later, on 16th April 1964, the tower was officially opened.
Today it serves as a communications tower and also represents an attractive visit because of its spectacular viewpoint at 150 metres high. Fortunately for you, the 776 steps are reserved for emergencies and to reach the top it will only take you 35 seconds in one of the two high-speed elevators. A 360-degree view awaits you at the top. Its 17,000 and a half tons receive some 400,000 visitors each year.
Incidentally, we can tell you that, since they opened, each lift has travelled a distance equal to three times the distance from Earth to the moon.
We highly recommend eating at one of the two restaurants in the Danube Tower, not only are they at a height of 160 and 170 metres, respectively, but they are also mounted on a rotating structure moving at variable speed. This means the views change regularly without danger of getting dizzy.
Until 2008 a peculiar run had been held every 1st November, the Donauturm Stair Run, and the record to get to the summit is three minutes and 19 seconds.
The full moon day is also held in a very special way, with dinner and observation of the moon. Varied events are held such as concerts, book presentations, and you can even celebrate your wedding.
Finally, in summer the veranda is open to the more adventurous; you can practice bungee jumping, during which one leaps into the void with a large elastic tied to the ankles. If you accept the challenge of this free fall experience, you know where you need to go. Do you dare?
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