Donaupark (Danube Park)
One of the vastest Viennese parks covering an area of 800,000 square metres, Donaupark (Danube Park) is certainly not to be missed by curious tourists visiting the capital of Austria. This park is easy to access, as it not only has numerous entrances but also borders many main roads, including Wagramerstrasse and Arbeiterstrandbadstrasse. Its location on the northern bank of the Danube River in the 22nd district of Vienna determines its neighbouring sights, some very state-of-the-art constructions. For example, there‘s the United Nations’ headquarters in Austria. In the so-called 'UNO-City‘
rises the largest conference building in the country, the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). A whole 'city within the city' called Donau City was also constructed upon this Danube island. The banks of the Danube close to Donaupark even offer beaches for all to enjoy.
Despite being a relatively young green space, as it was established as late as 1964, Donaupark features a rich assembly of sights, such as the Donauturm
(Danube Tower) and garden sections with various plants. It was designed for the purposes of the first Vienna International Garden Show in 1964, under the architectural guidance of the Director of Vienna's Parks and Gardens Department – Alfred Auer. During the period 1871-1945, the site was used as a military parade square and a shooting range called Kagran, as well as an execution arena during World War II. Today, a memorial stands there to commemorate those killed by the Nazis. After the war, the spot was a trash depot until 1960, then cleaned up and turned into a park.
The modern view of Donaupark is dominated by its imposing landmark, the Donauturm
(Danube Tower). The Donauturm
was constructed by Hannes Lintl at the same time as the park itself, so it has been an inseparable part of it ever since its inception. The Donauturm
boasts a height of 252 metres, and the magnificent view over Vienna if offers makes it a famous tourist attraction. Moreover, visitors can have some lunch at the revolving restaurant at the top. In the summer, bungee jumping fans have the opportunity to make their dreams come true. However, the Donauturm
functions not only as a tourist hot spot and an impressive figure of Vienna’s skyline, but also holds various kinds of antennae.
Donaupark is a fascinating park from any point of view. Not only is it easily accessible by any means of transport, including bicycle, but there’s also a designated mini-train within the park, Donaupark-Bahn, which offers a romantic round-the-park trip. Its entertainment facilities also shouldn‘t be underestimated, and if one is keen on art they‘ll have the pleasure of discovering great pieces of art such as memorials to Simon Bolivar and Salvador Allende. Chess players will have a chance to try the giant chessboard installed on the park’s premises. Also, sports facilities like skating and playground areas play their role in building the strong bodies and clear minds of the modern youth. All this and more awaits you in Donaupark.
Donaupark (Danube Park)
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