It was former part of the German air defense – today it is a zoo for aquatic and terrestrian animals. In German it is called “Haus des Meeres” – house of the sea and it is really close to Mariahilfer Strasse – Vienna’s most prominent shopping street. For me it is one of my favorite places to go when I feel like going to some sort of zoo. And it is just the perfect place when you’d like to do something in Vienna with kids and they sure have adapted to this here. When you enter the gates the first thing you see are the koi and if you have patience enough you can even touch them.
After you managed to get away from the kois the next thing you need to do is go up with the elevator to the panorama platform. Thus it is better here that you go from top to bottom. This place has approximately 10 floors and going up might get challenging.
Plus this place offers one of the best views over the city.
After you took enough photos of the panorama you make your way downstairs. Each floor displays different animals from different climate zones. They are all aquatic animals or animals like snakes and turtles and so on.
One of the highlights is certainly the big sea turtle and it swims in an aquarium which stretches over two floors. The story goes that it once belonged to some private person and it grew to be too big and ended up at the Haus des Meeres. For me it is just to cute and so enormous.
But the sea turtle is not the highlight of cuteness yet. There are of course the beautiful jellyfish where you are glad that you don’t get to know them on some vacation while swimming in the sea.
But now for my favorites at the Haus des Meeres which has really nothing to do with the sea or anything. Cause next to the bats they are just too cute. So now the two stars at the Haus des Meeres.
… and of course there are the little monkeys. They are quite used to humans and come really close but don’t touch them or feed them. They get their own food.
And so the other day I staid at this place for I don’t know how many hours. I think it was a lot because I already heard them telling me through their loud speakers that they would close the place pretty soon and I was not even half way through … it is really a place where you can spend many many hours. And I like it cause it is close to Mariahilfer Strasse when it comes to the geographic distance but the atmosphere feels like hundred miles away. So if you decide to go shopping during your stay in Vienna you might consider going to the Haus des Meeres as well.
Info: Haus des Meers (http://www.haus-des-meeres.at), Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1, 1060 Vienna; phone +43/1/587 14 17; fax +43/1/586 06 17; email email@example.com; opening hours: daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except for thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.