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Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

1. Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital city. Just validate your pass at the nearest ticket machine and head out on your way! Upon validation, you'll have 24, 48 or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including the metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). The Vienna City Card also lets you visit some of the city's most important sights. Get discounts at plenty of Vienna's museums, exhibitions, theatres, concerts, shops, cafés, restaurants, and wine taverns. Vienna is waiting for you! You can learn about all the details and discounts from the digital city guide for Vienna. The app is available for download on the Google Play and Apple App Store. If you're traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holder. Get discounts for countless museums, attractions, theaters, shops, and restaurants with the Vienna City Card. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. 

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Vienna Concert: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Karlskirche

2. Vienna Concert: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Karlskirche

Experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a masterpiece of classical music. Visit Vienna’s Karlskirche and listen to the concertos of a string quartet and basso continuo. The performance by Orchestra 1756, a classical period instrument ensemble, makes this concert extraordinary. Enjoy a journey through time with this evening concert and experience unforgettable moments with historical sounds. The Four Seasons includes four of twelve revolutionary violin concertos that interpret each seasons of the year. Four sonnets are the inspiration of this masterpiece that takes you into a world of sound, with thunder and lightning, cracking ice and birdsong, a sleeping shepherd boy, hunting parties, and many other places. Program: Le quattro stagioni – The Four Seasons Spring, Op. 8 Nr. 1 Summer, Op. 8 Nr. 2 Autumn, Op. 8 Nr. 3 Winter, Op. 8 Nr. 4 Works by W. A. Mozart, J. S. Bach, H. I. F Biber, and other major composers.

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Vienna: Concert of Mozart's Requiem in Karlskirche

3. Vienna: Concert of Mozart's Requiem in Karlskirche

Experience the authentic, impressive, and "real" side to Mozart's Vienna. Enjoy a top-class evening concert at Karlskirche, one of the most beautiful and interesting Baroque churches located north of the Alps. The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which was completed by F. X. Süssmayr, will be performed in the church. The special thing about the performance is that the 40 musicians of the orchestra are based on the size of the world premiere in 1756. This results in the ensemble's special, historical, and classic sound. The Requiem was Mozart's final composition in 1791 and was one of his impressive works of art. A variety of legends revolve around the requiem mass – for example, it is said that Mozart sang the moving "Lacrimosa" with his friends on his deathbed. Experience an evening concert in Karlskirche in Vienna, allowing you to relive the sounds and ambience of Mozart's time.

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Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

4. Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

Begin your tour by meeting your private guide right outside where you're staying. Start exploring Vienna's old town and collect local tips as you go. Dive into Vienna's history and get acquainted with the must-see sights. Stroll down Ringstrasse and admire the opulence of the State Opera and the Hofburg Palace. Gaze up at the impressive spire and dazzling rooftop of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Learn more about the Austrian's capital's culture and its global influence. Pass by its famous coffee houses. See where famous historical figures lived, from the Habsburgs to Mozart.

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Vienna: City Segway Tour

5. Vienna: City Segway Tour

Get up close and personal with Vienna as you glide down its grand streets and hidden alleys. Learn how to drive your Segway in a concise safety briefing and set off on your journey back in time. Ride down the Ringstrasse and take in the beauty of the Opera House. Hear stories about the Habsburgs outside their former home, the Hofburg Palace. Delve further into Austrian history at the City Hall and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy having time to admire Vienna's architectural gems. Take plenty of photos at each stop to capture the city's cosmopolitan beauty.

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Vienna: Bus Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

6. Vienna: Bus Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

Explore the best of Vienna in 1 hour while enjoying a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience. Hop on the Future Bus to be driven through the city's main highlights and make 4 stops to dive into another reality with VR glasses. Begin your tour at the welcome stop at Albertinaplatz, right behind the Opera building. Receive a welcome from your driver and take a seat in the comfortable and well-equipped minibus. Get your earphones and be greeted by a professional audio guide. After a quick briefing, begin your exciting tour. Start by seeing Vienna's magnificent buildings including the State Opera, the Neuburg, Heroes Square and Maria Theresia square. Hop off the minibus for the first out of 4 virtual reality stops. Follow the audio guide's instructions to wear your virtual reality glasses. Meet some of Vienna's greatest individuals including Eugene of Savoy, Archduke Charles and Maria Theresia. After the virtual reality tour, remove the glasses and continue the tour. Pass by the Volksgarten, the Austrian Parliament, and then stop right in front of Vienna's city hall. There, near the Burg theatre, enjoy the second virtual reality stop. Afterward, be driven further towards Schottentor and turn to the next virtual reality stop at the Neo-gothic Votive Church. Learn about the assassination attempt of Emperor Franz Joseph, and his brother Maximilian. Continue the journey as you hear interesting stories through the audio guide. Pass by Volkstheatre, Museumsquartier, the Secession building, Naschmarkt, Karlskirche, and many other interesting sights which you can admire through the large window next to you. Finally, be taken back to the famous Ringstraße. From there, return to the starting point of the tour, right behind the Opera building, for the final virtual reality stop.

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Vienna: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour on Your Phone

7. Vienna: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour on Your Phone

Discover the vibrant capital and one of the most exciting cities of Austria on this self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an expert. Take a journey on foot through the city’s iconic landmarks while listening to the fascinating stories and history of the city. After downloading your tour on your phone (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), the route begins at the Palais Schwarzenberg. Admire this Baroque palace before moving on to the Karlskirche, the Vienna State Opera, and the marvelous Maria-Theresien-Platz. Continue walking to see more sights, including Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Throughout the tour, enjoy online content including text, audio narration, and maps to enrich your tour experience while avoiding roaming charges. 

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Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

8. Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

Discover the city's fascinating history and attractions as you solve clues around Vienna. Explore this beautiful Austrian city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Vienna for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual ticket.

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Vienna: City Bike Tour

9. Vienna: City Bike Tour

Experience Vienna's lively streets and the riverbank of Danube by bike. See the major sights up close and hit the cycle path with your knowledgeable guide. Cycle down Ringstrasse to get a sense of the city's imperial history. Learn about the former center of the powerful Habsburg Empire through the impressive architecture of Vienna’s boulevards. Stop outside several historical sites to hear the stories behind them. Take unobstructed photos of the Opera House, City Hall, the House of Parliament, Hofburg Palace, and the colorful Hundertwasserhaus.

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Vienna: Christmas Markets 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

10. Vienna: Christmas Markets 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Revel in the sights and sounds of Vienna’s festive period on a walking tour of 3 of its picturesque Christmas markets, and see Vienna’s prettiest squares transform for the season with the aromas and flavors of winter. The illuminated buildings of the Ringstraße make a fabulous backdrop for a host of baked goods, hot punch and roasted chestnuts. Go to the Arts and Crafts Market in the shadow of St. Charles Church (Karlskirche). Visit the Old Vienna Christkindl Markt at Freyung, ringed by the city palaces and Schottenkirche. A calmer alternative to the crowds of Rathausplatz, the market provides plenty of opportunities to sample Christmas goodies (at your own expense). Next, visit the Kingdom of Lights at Rathausplatz, Vienna’s largest Christmas market, with roots that date back to the 18th century. As well as dozens of food stalls, browse the beautiful handmade arts and crafts from Austria and Central Europe. See elaborately decorated Christmas trees in the park, including the Kasperl tree (“Tree of Seals”) and Herzerlbaum (“Tree of Hearts.”) Along the way you will see festive lights at sights such as the Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, Spanish Riding School and City Hall. Marvel at the decorations of the main shopping boulevards, such as Graben and Kohlmarkt, and catch the strains of Haydn, Mozart and Strauss in the Rathaus every weekend leading up to Christmas.

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What people are saying about Karlskirche

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,453 reviews

It was a wonderful experience!! We saw many things which we liked very much, our Guide Erik was VERY informative, we had a simple lunch in a small traditional Austrian restaurant, and the sceneries we saw where fantastic!! Highly recommended, and the best part was the last one, the beautiful Abey of Melk!! Definitely worths every penny!

Ειναι χρήσιμη γιατί δεν χρειάζεται να περιμένεις στην ουρά των εισιτηρίων και μπαίνεις απευθείας! Αλλα πολυ σημαντικό ειναι να πατε στο γραφείο να το εκτυπώσετε απο τη Πρώτη κι ολας μερα! Τα γραφεία τους βρίσκονται απέναντι απο την Οπερα! 9.00 με 12.00 το πρωι ειναι ανοιχτά!!

This is something amazing, i think every tourist in Vienna must take this virtual tour, because you can see city in other side, you become part of history, higly recomended. The guide and drivel, they are very warm and friendly.

Very informative and strongly recommended for non locals visiting vienna.

Best to buy tickets before getting on public transport. Very convenient