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Best Rooftop Views Vienna: Top 8 Panoramic Views of Austria’s Capital

Best Rooftop Views Vienna. Before you climb up the wrong 300 stairs let me share my favourite rooftop views in my home city.

1. Canteen of the Palace of Justice

best rooftop views Vienna: from JustizcafeBest Rooftop Views Vienna. the weirdest and most ‘insider’ way to enjoy a rooftop view in Vienna; the publicly accessible ‘Justizcafé’ is the canteen of the Palace of Justice; pass bag search at security check, then take elevator to top floor; pass a few offices of judges and public prosecutors until you arrive at the canteen (food is above average for its kind);

Type of View: get an unrivalled clear view of 12 of Vienna’s top landmarks: Vienna City Hall, Votiv Church, Austrian Parliament, Minoriten Church (da Vinci Code!), Church of St. Peter, Michaeler Church, Giant Ferris Wheel, Volksgarten, Spanish Riding School Vienna, Stephansdom, Imperial Palace and the Museum of Natural History.
Height: approx. 40 metres
Directions and Opening Times: Schmerlingplatz 8; take trams 1 or 2 to ‘Parliament’; (open Monday to Friday 7.00am to 4.30pm)

2. Rooftop of Natural History Museum

best rooftop views Vienna: Museum of Fine ArtsBest Rooftop Views Vienna. You are surrounded by famous landmarks, high enough for a great overview and low enough to capture beautiful details of buildings you wouldn’t have spotted from below; A caveat: the rooftop visit comes as part of a guided 1-hour tour through the museum on Wednesdays and Sundays; the tour was quite interesting, though;
Type of View: similar to nearby Justizcafé, a little closer to Ringstrasse and Imperial Palace; the view of the opposite Museum of Fine Arts and Museumsquartier are stunning; great views of Vienna City Hall, Volksgarten, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral;
Height: 35 metres
Directions and Opening Times: Maria-Theresienplatz, along Ringstrasse; tours in English on Sundays at 3pm; in German on Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 4pm.

3. Lamée Rooftop

Best rooftop views Vienna: Stephansdom from Cafe BloomBest Rooftop Views Vienna.  The rooftop bar of Hotel Lamée is another magic spot from which to enjoy gorgeous views of the city centre and a good close up of Stephansdom. In the run up to Christmas, the café houses Vienna’s highest mulled wine booth on its roof terrace. Note that the roof terrace can get closed at short notice if the weather is bad;
Type of View: Stephansdom, city centre roof tops;
Height: n/a
Directions and Opening Times: Mon to Thurs 11.00 am to midnight; Fri to Sun 1.00 am to midnight;

4. Rooftop Restaurant of Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

best rooftop views Vienna: city centre from Le LoftBest Rooftop Views Vienna. Enjoy a grand view over the whole city centre with St. Stephen’s Cathedral clearly visible; the restaurant ‘Loft’ serves gourmet cuisine and has a fantastic bar and stunning designed ceiling that hovers like a canopy over the guests; go there in the evening to enjoy Vienna by night;

Type of View: great overview of the city centre;
Height: 75 metres
Directions and Opening Times: Praterstrasse 1, 1020 Vienna; take metro U1, alternatively tramways 1 and 2 to ‘Schwedenplatz’, then cross the Danube Canal;

5. North Tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral

best rooftop views Vienna: St. Stephen's CathedralBest Rooftop Views Vienna. You will be right at the epicentre of Vienna; the tiled multicoloured roof of St. Stephen’s is a marvel of its own; A caveat: once up there, you need to step outside of the North Tower on to metal stairways that open up the view below – not for people with vertigo;

Type of View: pedestrian area of historic city centre, dome of Michaelerkuppel at Imperial Palace, hills of the Vienna Woods in the back, nearby baroque church towers;
Height: 68 metres
Directions and Opening Times: Stephansplatz; take metros U1, U3 or U4 to ‘Stephansplatz’; open daily, January to June: 8.15 am to 4.30 pm, July and August: 8.15 am to 6.0 0pm, September to December: 8.15 am to 4.30 pm.

6. Rooftop Bar of 25 Hours Hotel

best rooftop views Vienna: Volkstheater from 25 Hours HotelBest Rooftop Views Vienna. Have drinks and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere at one of the best rooftop hotel bars in Vienna; you will likely meet locals at the ‘Dachboden’ (‘attic’) as the bar is unusually popular (for a hotel bar) with the Viennese; on Wednesday evenings from 7pm the bar stages its ‘Salon Hermes’ with swing pop and cha cha cha music; Caveat: In the evenings, you may have to queue in front of the busy outdoor glass elevator;
Type of View: across Ringstrasse to city centre; Museum of Natural History and Museum of Fine Arts;
Height: approx. 35 metres
Directions and Opening Times: Lerchenfelder Strasse 1 to 3, 1070 Vienna; take metro U2 to ‘Volkstheater’; (closed on Mondays)

7. Sky Bar Roof Terrace

best rooftop views Vienna: Stephansdom from Sky BarBest Rooftop Views Vienna. Even before you reach the rooftop the views get amazing. A glass elevator at the outside of Steffl Department Store right on Kärntner Strasse high street lifts you nine levels up. The modern bar and restaurant boast a crescent shaped outdoor terrace. Whereever you choose to sit, Stephansdom and the city centre’s rooftops are right in your face.
Type of View: Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Height: n/a
Directions and Opening Times: Kärntner Strasse, 19, 1010; Mon to Fri 10.00 am to 2.00 am; Sat 9.30 am to 2.00 am; Sun and public holidays 11.00 am to 0.00 am; live music Monday to Saturday from 9.00 pm;

8. Roof Terrace of Haus des Meeres

Best Rooftop Views Vienna: Church Maria Hilf from Haus des MeeresBest Rooftop Views Vienna. Get some World War II experience as you climb up the former air defence tower (FLAK Turm) that houses Vienna’s aquarium ‘Haus des Meeres‘; Either take the lift and have drinks at the rooftop Ocean Sky cafe and bar (aquarium tickets required) or take the 192 stairs to the observation terrace buying a ‘staircase ticket’.

Type of View: Vienna’s city life with its beautifully decorated 19th century townhouses; towers of nearby baroque church of Mariahilf; other World War II FLAK towers; St. Stephen’s Cathedral and hills of the Vienna Woods further away;
Height: 50 metres
Directions and Opening Times: Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1; 1060 Vienna; take metro U3 to Neubaugasse, alternatively busses 13A, 14A and 57A to ‘Haus des Meeres’; (open daily from 10am to 6pm; Thursdays until 9pm)

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