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Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo, Vienna

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Watch out for free-flying birds and free-running monkeys at Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo. Housing over 10,000 aquatic beings, and home to the country's first saltwater aquarium, the zoo offers a panoramic view of the city from the terrace of the building. Made from German bunkers used during World War II, the zoo has animals like crocodiles and snakes in the terrarium section; sharks, sea turtles, and corals in the tropical seawater section; and anemones, shells, crabs, sea urchins, and starfish in the Mediterranean sea section. Enjoy light refreshments at the cafe on the terrace as you take in the views of the city. Be sure to check the zoo's website for feeding schedules and special events. Plan to visit Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vienna attractions using our Vienna trip itinerary maker.
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  • I never imagine a zoo in a building, I loved to visit him was fine care I loved place of monkeys and of course the views from above seen throughout Vienna, I loved whenever go I will try to go visit him!
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  • Good use of an old WWII relic, with the structural integrity to hold massive water tanks and contains some interesting history as a bonus. The views from the top are spectacular and 360 degree vantage...  more »
  • My children love this place. It is interesting to see so many species of marine animals to one place. Best for us were turtle, hammer shark and bats  more »
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  • Very crowded and loud. Did not feel as though I could take my leisure. However the exhibits were amazing. My faves are the ant tube and the seahorses.
  • Great place for the kids. Tons of stuff to see. More interactive exhibits would have been nice for the kids. And it's a bit tight on space.
  • It has a great collection of exotic species and lots of fun for kids to visit. Also great view from the roof of the building!
  • Nice aquarium close to the center. Kids love it. However note that on weekends is easily overcrowded with a long queue outside.
  • Situated very close to the biggest shopping street Mariahilfer Strasse in Vienna, the Haus des Meeres is a public aquarium and zoo, which is a nice place to visit. The building itself is a tall concrete flak tower built during World War II. At the top of the tower there is an open-terasse restaurant and the view is just magnificent. Inside the aquarium you can see different fishes, sea turtles, corals and more. The tropical house is also very interesting to visit with the free-flying birds and the free-running small monkeys.

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