On the trail of Vienna Water

On the trail of Vienna Water
Embark on a journey on the trail of Vienna’s water and discover historic buildings and their liquid core.
Vienna Water comprehensively supplies the city with fresh mountain spring water. The water travels from the Lower Austrian-Styrian Alps through the 1st and 2nd Spring Water Mains until arriving at the Austrian capital solely by following the natural gradient, without one single pump.

Learn interesting facts about Vienna’s water supply and the role played by the Favoriten Water Tower for the 10th and 12th municipal districts. You can find the tower on top of Wienerberg hill. Immerse yourself in the history of one of the most striking buildings in the industrial-historicist style.

The Hochstrahlbrunnen (or High-jet Fountain) in Schwarzenbergplatz a square in Vienna’s 3rd municipal district is considered an attraction by both locals and guests from Austria and abroad.
It is lit daily from 8 p.m. to midnight; therefore an evening visit is highly recommended.
The monumental fountain was taken into operation on October 24th in 1873 in the presence of Emperor Francis Joseph and Mayor Cajetan Felder to celebrate the inauguration of the 1st Vienna Spring Water Main. The fountain, whose functioning is entrusted to Municipal Department 31 – Vienna Water, is operative every year from World Water Day on 22 March until at least the end of October.

The Rathauspark (or “City Hall Park”) extends over approx. 40,000 sq m in the 1st municipal district between Vienna City Hall and the Burgtheater.
The park is composed of two symmetrical halves, with two identical waterspout fountains forming their centres. In summer, visitors relax around the waterspout fountains in the Rathauspark while enjoying the refreshing atmosphere.

The Marokkanerbrunnen (or “Moroccan Fountain”) offers fresh mountain spring water to cool off in a Moroccan-inspired setting. This traditionally designed fountain was a personal gift from King Hassan II of Morocco to the City of Vienna to celebrate the millennial anniversary of Austria in 1996.

The Vermählungsbrunnen (or “Wedding Fountain”) is an eye-catching sight in Hoher Markt square in Vienna’s 1st municipal district.
Its construction was motivated by a solemn promise made by Emperor Leopold I in 1702. It is among the city’s most important monumental fountains of the Baroque era.

Please click here for an overview of the drinking fountains of the City of Vienna and in its environs.

For more information about Vienna’s water, please visit: www.wienerwasser.at

Stadt Wien – Wiener Wasser
Grabnergasse 4 - 6, 1060 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 599 59 - DW 31079 oder 31073

Image rights: © Archiv - Wiener Wasser, Wiener Wasser/ Novotny, Gotzenbrucker, Fuerthner, Houdek, Zinner; BDA-Fotoarchiv/ Schmalzbauer; Archiv - Bezirksmuseum Favoriten / Günther Zipfelmayer

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