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
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 8.30am to 4.30pm)
2. Rooftop of Natural History Museum
Best 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. 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;
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
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
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’;
6. Rooftop Bar of 25 Hours Hotel
Best 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. 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.
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;
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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