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The Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea) is a unique attraction - an aquarium housed in 10 floors of a World War II flak tower. Visit the sharks and the sea turtles and watch the piranhas eat their lunch - don’t worry, you’re not on the menu! A popular destination for local families as well as tourists, the aquarium gets busy on weekends and during holidays, so book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines.
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The House of the Sea displays tropical freshwater and saltwater fish, as well as fish from the Mediterranean and domestic waters, and sharks, all at a lofty height.
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1. Watch out for shark diving (Haitauchen) on the schedule of events and enjoy looking on as one of the keepers dives with the sharks. The dive will be narrated by another keeper, who’ll let you know all about the sharks at the aquarium and what the diver is doing to look after them and their tank.
Sharks eye | Photo: Flickr, Michael Pollak - CC BY 2.0
2. Make sure to enjoy the fantastic view of Vienna from the top of the tower! In sunny weather, you can even enjoy a coffee on the terrace, but make sure to bring a hat and scarf during winter.
Panorama of Vienna | Photo: Flickr, tribp - CC BY 2.0
3. Many visitors will head straight for the Atlantic Tunnel and work their way up, one set of stairs at a time. You can avoid some of the morning crowds if you take the elevator to the top and work your way down. You’ll also avoid climbing up so many stairs! Make sure to find the second elevator which can take you from the 9th floor to the 11th, which is where you’ll find the viewing platform.
4. If you can leave coats in a locker or use the coat rail then do - walking up the stairs can leave you feeling a bit warm, and the tropical zone is also heated to feel like a rainforest, so you won’t need them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of building is the Haus des Meeres?

The Haus des Meeres is a unique building - it’s a flak tower which was built to defend Vienna from air raids during World War II. It originally stood 154 feet (47m) high and has concrete walls which are 11 feet (3.5m) thick at their strongest point. In the 1960s the underground floors were used as a youth hostel, while other floors were used by volunteer firefighters. The Haus des Meeres moved into 1 and a half floors of the building in 1957, and has slowly been expanding to fill the rest of the space ever since.

Can we feed the animals in the zoo section?

Please don’t feed the animals! Their diets are strictly controlled by their keepers to make sure that they’re healthy. The monkeys are also especially good at stealing any food which is in open handbags or in the hands of visitors, so make sure any food you have with you is safely closed or wrapped up and hidden from view. You can also check the timetable for the times the keepers feed the animals so you can learn more about what they eat.

How long does it take to visit the Haus des Meeres?

A swift walk through the Haus des Meeres can take slightly less than 2 hours, but those who want to see everything up close, or visitors bringing smaller children, might want to take 3 or 4 hours walking through all the floors slowly.

Do we need to take a guided tour?

Information is given on boards and digital screens in both English and German, so it’s unlikely you’ll need a guided tour of the zoo or aquarium areas. Groups of 20 people or more can arrange a guided tour free of charge (regular entry fees apply). The only part of the tower you need a guided tour to visit is the exhibition “Errinern im Innern” (Remember Inside), which is led by a historian who will teach you all about the building of the flak tower and its uses during World War II.

What’s there to do in the surrounding area?

The Haus des Meeres is in Esterházy Park, which has a playground for children and a rock climbing gym which is open in summer. In the park, you’ll also find the Torture Museum (Foltermuseum). The Haus des Meeres is a 10-minute walk from the Museumsquartier, where you’ll find the Children’s Museum (ZOOM Kindermuseum), the Leopold Museum, and MUMOK.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The Haus des Meeres is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. It is also open until 9 pm on Thursdays. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. The roof terrace and staircase also close 30 minutes before the zoo closes.

Tickets:

Tickets for the Haus des Meeres cost €18.90 for adults, and €14.10 for children aged over 15, students under the age of 27, pensioners, those on national service, and disabled visitors. The special price for students and pensioners is only available on weekdays which are not public holidays. Tickets for children aged between 6 and 15 cost €8.60, and tickets for children aged between 3 and 5 cost €5.70. Children under the age of 3 can enter free of charge, and all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. You can also buy a ticket for just the stairs and the terrace, these cost €5 for all visitors over the age of 4, plus a €10 deposit for the ticket card.

Address:

Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo
Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1
1060 Vienna

How to get there:

The Haus des Meeres can be reached via a short walk from the U-Bahn station Neubaugasse (U3) or via bus lines 13A, 14A, and 57A to the stop ‘Haus des Meeres’. Parking is available in the WiPark parking garage in Windmühlgasse, a discount is available for visitors to the Haus des Meeres, just pick up a coupon from the ticket counter.

Lockers:

There isn’t a secure cloakroom, but jackets and backpacks can be deposited in the shop area for €0.50. There’s also a coat rack which you can use. Large items, including suitcases, strollers, and bikes can’t be left in the shop area due to a lack of space.

Accessibility:

Each floor of the Haus des Meeres can be reached via a lift, and is accessible to wheelchair users. Each visitor using a wheelchair may bring one companion with them free of charge. Please note that due to health and safety regulations only 3 wheelchair users can be accommodated in the tower at any one time.
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