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House of the Sea
Enchanting Aquatic Adventure at House of the Sea
One of the most interesting facts about Haus Der Meeres is certainly the compound itself. The towering structure made out of concrete was built during the World War II with the purpose of thwarting enemy air raid attacks. During the war, the 47-meter tower was equipped with a sophisticated Wurzburg radar dome and accompanied with another gun battery located nearby. After the war, the bunker below the tower was used as a hotel for a while, before being converted into a fire station and finally into the House of the Sea as we know it. The building was initially considered as a protected landmark, a heritage due to the installment of a memorial wraparound box atop the tower as a symbol of war against fascism. However, due to a renovation in 2010, the House of the Sea lost the status since they have altered the building's appearance.
This ten-story building has plenty of attractions to keep its guests occupied. However, the main attraction of this aquarium is certainly the Tropic House, a section dedicated to tropical fishes from all over the world. From the freshwater to seawater, you can find almost all kinds of tropical fish in here. Visitors can also admire the beautiful coral reefs and colorful creatures that live inside and around it. Garden eels, seahorses, anemones, all sort of marine lifeforms being displayed here will certainly keep you entertained.
The House of the Sea has two tanks that contain the famed predator of the ocean, sharks. On the 4th floor, you can find the large tank used to hold various deep sea fishes and large fishes. Sharks such as black-tipped reef sharks are among the large fishes of this tank. Another large tank on the 10th floor is used exclusively to house an apex predator of the sea, the famed hammerhead shark. Bear witness as these majestic creatures swam back and forth inside the aquarium, stalking for their prey with their cold eyes at the tip of their protruding hammer-like head.
Not only fish, the Haus der Meeres also has a considerable number of reptiles in its collection. Located on the 2nd floor, there is a crocodile farm that is filled with the bony-skinned, plated carnivores that is believed to be the direct descendant of the dinosaurs, before the prominence of a new theory that linked the dinosaur with modern day birds. Other than crocodiles, you can find a nest of snakes from various species in here.
Whenever a guest is feeling peckish or want to rest their feet after a long walk around the aquarium, there's Cafe Sharky on the 4th floor ready to accommodate them. Situated just across the shark tank, you can also see the view of the beautiful Vienna from the windows. The cafe itself offers various refreshments from drinks, snacks, to small meals for those who are looking for something heavier. It is the perfect place to have a break after climbing up those tiresome stairs, don't you think?
For the visitors who are looking for a more gastronomical experience, head over to the 11th floor of the House of the sea. There, one can find a prestigious eatery called the Ocean'sky, a culinary experience that allows guests to enjoy their meal atop an aquarium-tower while surrounded by the breathtaking view. The height of the tower makes it a perfect vantage point to admire the view of the city of Vienna and its surroundings. The restaurant can also be used for special occasions such as company meetings, presentations, business seminars, and the likes. It is also perfect for small occasions such as birthday or anniversary party.
How to Get Tickets?
You can get the tickets to this aquarium via their ticket booth or purchase them online on the website. As the queue line can get pretty long during the peak hours, it is more advisable to purchase an online ticket to avoid the hassle of queueing.
How To Get Around?
As the aquarium is a tall flak tower, visitors must use the available stairs or elevators to travel between the floors. The aquarium is wheelchair accessible as there are enough elevators available and most of the floor is friendly to people with walking impairment.
What Should I Wear?
There is no specific dress code to visit the House of the Sea. Visitors should still dress accordingly to the season and you might want to dress a bit more formal to visit the Ocean's Sky cafe on the rooftop.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Haus des Meeres is certainly during winter, when there are fewer tourists visiting Vienna in general. Visitors don't have to worry about the cold weather as the whole installation is inside a building, so the weather will not affect the whole experience by too much.
Will I Need a Guide?
Information regarding the marine lifeforms and the aquarium itself in general is already put in the signs and placards. However, if you wish to learn more about the oceanic life, there's a guide available to provide you with an in-depth explanation.
How To Get There?
You can use several public transportations to get to the House of the Sea. If you want to go by bus, bus lines 13A, 14A, 57A all passed the the Haus Des Meeres stop. You can also take the underground U3, stopping ath the Neubaugasse stop. Alternatively, you can take a taxi as well. The app VOR-route planner can help you to reach the aquarium by providing the best route.