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Donner Brunnen

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Address: Neuer Markt, Vienna, Austria

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No Water but Still Lovely

Stopped by this lovely fountain on my way from Stephansdom to Staatsoper. As it was the week before Christmas there was no water in the fountain, but it was instead covered in... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Emma C
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is a decent fountain with very strong aquatic themes, dating back to the late 18th century (with several changes made during the centuries).

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Stopped by this lovely fountain on my way from Stephansdom to Staatsoper. As it was the week before Christmas there was no water in the fountain, but it was instead covered in snow and a place to buy real Christmas trees. So very pretty. The area around it is full of shops, restaurants and beautiful buildings and this makes a... More 

Thank Emma C
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

We came across this lovely fountain as we walked the streets of Vienna. It was Autumn and it didn't appear to be working which was a shame. Statues actually come off the fountain which I found intriguing as they are normally encapsulated in central feature.

Thank thewanderingslaters
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

The fountain statue was located near Karntnerstrasse with many shops around the area. This place was less crowded than elsewhere and was quite a nice place to stroll around and have a cup of coffee in the nearby cafe.

Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

If you are walking the Karntnerstrasse from the opera house to St. Stephan's, about half way, and about one block off the Main Street is the Donner Brunner, a statute and fountain depicting Providentia, the symbol of good government, surrounded by 4 statues, 2 men, 2 women, representing the four tributaries of Austria. It is a large fountain with nicely... More 

Thank bob2bkk
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

This fountain is lovely by day or night and well worth a visit. It is just off the main city centre and surrounded by lovely buildings.

Thank John H
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

One of the more beautiful fountains we saw whilst in the Austrian capital.Again like others have mentioned the fountain was not switched on unfortunately,we discovered it whilst walking along the Neuer Markt on our way to meet our coach.Worth a picture stop or just to sit and enjoy.

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Old Bar, Australia
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Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

Pity it was t working. Winter months nothing works. Another fountain in another city. At least when walking around Vienna you will see it and not have to honour of your way

Thank TiNiCaNi
Rijeka, Croatia
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Reviewed 9 January 2016

The Fountain is located in Neuer Markt and its actual name is Providentiabrunnen, but everybody calls it after its creator, the famous sculptor Georg Raphael Donner. The central motive of the fountain is the allegory of destiny (Providentia) which foresees the water supplies of Vienna and the four rivers: Traun, a young man with a trident, Enns, an old ferryman,... More 

Thank Borzov
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Reviewed 12 December 2015

One of the more beautiful fountains in Vienna. Flip a coin into the water and make a wish. If you are near Neuer Markt viewing this is worth it. However, I recommend to combine this with other attractions in the near.

Thank Pyrooz K

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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