The animal side of Vienna - part 1 underwater world
Vienna has much more to offer than just Schönbrunn Palace or the Giant Ferris Wheel. It also has many other nice corners and leisure activities. We, the trainees Zoe and Giulia, thought about what we could do in Vienna, to write you more about those other sides of the city and decided to research on the wildlife in Vienna. As there is so much to explore we split the blog articles. Today we start with the underwater world in the aqua terra zoo.
Viennese underwater world
We spent our day in the House of the Sea, the Aqua Terra Zoo. We left at nine o'clock in the Appartements Ferchergasse, where we stay, and were there at half past nine. The house of the sea is very easy to reach, as you need only a few minutes to walk from the subway station U3 and it is also directly signposted.
Since not so much was going on at this time, we did not have to queue and could start right away. Already at the box office we were very impressed, because on the ceiling was a piece of glass, so you could look into a pool from below, where already saw a crocodile. Our personal highlight were the Kois, which are directly at the entrance. The special thing about it was that you could hold your hands in the water and pet the fish. They felt very different from what we would expect and were very friendly.
Then we started and looked first at the snakes and lizards and then went further into the tropical house. We were overwhelmed by the animals, because there were turtles, monkeys, fruit bats and birds flying around. You can go on a small path through the tropical house and a kind of scaffolding, so you could get a better view above. I did not like the tropical house so much because the monkeys did not have a real place to be on their own. As it already began to be more crowded, and the visitors were not afraid of the monkeys, the people came very close to the barriers or wanted to take pictures with the monkeys.
We then continued with the seahorses and other tropical fish. We think that the seahorses were especially exciting, and in a side basin two baby seahorses were housed.
Another wonderful sight was the great shark pond, where sharks, moray eels, sea turtles and many other fish can be found. The pool was several meters high and very impressive.
Farther up, in the Flak Tower, is the exhibition "Remembering Inside". The exhibition shows various items from World War II. Showcases displayed old gas masks, toys and signs. From the ceiling hung an old explosive bomb, which was very interesting but also a little oppressive at the same time. The exhibition is included in the ticket.
Then we continued with our tour and ended up at the top of the roof terrace where a café is located. We bought an ice cream and apple strudel, which both were delicious and refreshing. Incidentally, you had an excellent view over Vienna. We could see St. Stephen's Cathedral, mountains and felt that we saw the whole city.
The Aqua Terra Zoo is worth a visit as it has something for everyone. Have fun, dive into this special kind of underwater and immerse yourself in a fascinating world full of exotic animals.
Fotocredit: Zoe Ceter