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Vienna: Romantic Old Town 2-Hour Discovery Tour

1. Vienna: Romantic Old Town 2-Hour Discovery Tour

This tour takes you on a discovery of the different sides to Vienna. You professional tour guide will focus on a total of 6 different topics from the past and present, allowing you to quickly see how the city has so much more to offer than just the famous attractions. 1. Romans, Jews, and traders The Hoher Markt is a place that has attracted power-conscious politicians and architects or tradesmen throughout the centuries. The classic sights here include the oldest building in Vienna, the first public waterworks of the city, and the famous Anchor Clock, which has a few surprises for you. 2. Greek Quarter This hectic neighborhood located at the innermost arm of the Danube River has been shaped by centuries of trading. The Turks fought here and the Greeks prepared their fight for independence here. Traces of history can be found in every corner. 3. Architectural diversity All kinds of architectural styles can be found in Vienna’s old town from Gothic residential towers to medieval paving, back courtyards from the Renaissance, Baroque city palaces, whole rows of houses from the Rococo period, and magnificent Gründerzeit houses to elegant Art Nouveau houses. 4. Myths and legends Many stories and legends are associated with the rich and colorful history of the city. Time and time again people have tried to explain their existence with legends. Legends and reality sometimes differ from one another. Animals place an important role in this mythology, and they can be seen as ornaments on the facades and fountains in the city. 5. Old university quarter Sealed off from traffic, the Jesuit quarter is located in the center of the old town. By the fountain in the square, you can take a look into the interior of the Jesuit Church, a treasure trove of Baroque exuberance, a demonstration of church power, and an example of the rivalry between painters and architects within Vienna. 6. Narrow streets and back courtyards Many of the city’s streets are winding, narrow, and anything but straight. Just the thought of the hygienic conditions in the Middle Ages stimulates the imagination of how everyday life used to be like here. Even opening a window will take ones breath away.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers 3 different bus routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/CityHall - University - Sigmund Freud Museum - Votiv Church - Vienna Airport Lines - DDSG City Cruises - MAK - City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Main Station - Belvedere Palace - Lower Belvedere - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - National Theatre/City Hall - Schwedenplatz - Hundertwasser - Prater/Giant Ferris Wheel - Danube Tower - Old Danube - Uno City - Train Station - Museum of Crime - DDSG City Cruises - - Museum of Applied Arts – City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour with an app to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join an educational tour of Vienna's Old Town. See the most important landmarks and monuments and immerse yourself in the history of the Austrian capital. Discover the cultural heritage of the Hofburg Empire and fall in love with spectacular sights. Meet your guide and uncover the highlights and hidden gems of Vienna's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. View the monumental Hofburg Palace complex with gardens and numerous monuments. Head to City Hall, a monolithic Neo-Gothic municipal building built. Pass by the Burgtheater with its characteristic statues and staircases painted by Gustav Klimt.Tucked away among the elegant townhouses and shops, find the 18th century St Peter’s Church (Peterskirche). Stroll to a Stephansplatz to visit St Stephen’s Cathedral. Step inside to see stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures.  Pick to the 3-hour tour option to visit St. Peter’s Catholic Church, whose architecture mimics its famous namesake in Rome. Inside, be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of ornamental design with beautiful murals, paintings, and a domed roof with gilding.  Learn about its architectural and artistic qualities and discover its history dating back to the beginning of the city. In addition, during the extended route, see sights, such as the Column of The Trinity and the Vienna University. Choose the 4-hour tour option to also visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, housed in part of the Hofburg palace complex. Inside the museum, find secular and religious treasures like the Imperial Crown, the Holy Lance, and the Order of the Golden Fleece.  Select the 6-hour tour option for a full experience of Vienna's Old Town with a visit to the Hofburg Palace. Inside the former residence Habsburg emperors, explore the treasures of the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection.  Marvel at the ornate Rococo-style decor and antique furniture of the 24 private and official rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. View personal items of Sisi, the Empress, and a collection of silver, porcelain, and crystal tableware from Bohemia. 

Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

4. Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

Discover the hidden parts of the historical center of Vienna and learn more about the city’s courtyards and their legends. Listen to the many stories of Vienna as you stroll through narrow streets to lesser-known places in the city. Explore many famous highlights of Vienna that you will see during the tour. See Stephansplatz, Mozart’s final residence, Ballgasse, and the Franciscan Church and Monastery. Admire Palais Neupauer-Breuner and the Deutsche Haus, and stroll along Blutgasse and Domgasse. Learn more about St. Stephen’s Cathedral, traditional Viennese cuisine, and the house "Where the cow plays on the board" before exploring the old university district, the Jesuit Church, and the old city wall. This tour continues on from Part 1 provided by the same tour operator. However, it is not a problem if you have not taken part in the first tour beforehand.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

5. Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

Experience highlights of Vienna during a fantastic bike tour. Meet your local guide who will lead you safely around the city to show you the best parts of the city with plenty of chances to stop for fabulous souvenir photos. Explore the historic Old Town of Vienna and discover hidden gems. Forget about tourist crowds, tired feet, and traffic jams. Hop on the bike, follow the guide and explore the city ecologically. Start from the famous Anker Clock and admire historical buildings on the way to the gorgeous St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further see St. Peter's Catholic Church and Column of Trinity. Find the University of Vienna and impressive Rathaus! Marvel at this masterpiece as well as the Austrian Parliament Building. See the fantastic Hofburg Imperial Palace, known also as a Castle. Pass all Imperial complex and look at Albertina! This fantastic building has a recognizable statue with a horse on top of it. Don’t miss the Vienna State Opera and its amazing decorations outside. Enjoy all this route in 2-hours accompanied with a live commentary provided by a local expert guide and drive back. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, there is Karlskirche which for sure delights you in its architecture. Drive through alleys to see the magnificent Belvedere Palace! Besides fantastic buildings, fountains, and statues, it also has a picturesque park with joyful nature. On the way back move along the water canal and see the beautiful statue of legendary musician - Johann Strauss. Prepare yourself for 6-hours of city exploration with Top1 Attraction - Schonbrunn Palace! This magnificent residence with its complex of gardens is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn unique synthesis of Baroque art with joyful nature, so enjoy staying around.

Vienna: Sigmund Freud Walking Tour

6. Vienna: Sigmund Freud Walking Tour

Stroll the streets of Freud's old district, and encounter the significant sites from his life. Discover the haunts which gave birth to the father of psychoanalysis in this expert, guided tour. Follow in Freud's footprints and uncover layer by layer his desires, anxieties, troubles and triumphs. Have fun exploring his remarkable district in the company of your professional guide. Your tour will end in front of Freud's old apartment which is now a Museum. Guests can enter the Museum at the end of the tour for an entrance fee.

Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

7. Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

Enjoy a fun, informative and healthy 3-hour tour of imperial Vienna, riding comfortable city bikes. An expert guide will lead you along safe, well-surfaced routes, making multiple stops to snap pictures of Vienna’s most important sights up close. Pedal along the famed Ringstrasse to get a sense of the glory of the imperial city. Once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire, the impressive architecture of Vienna’s noble boulevards include City Hall, Vienna University, the House of Parliament, Imperial Palace, and the Opera House. Go to Heroes’ Square, where Hitler made his infamous "Anschluss" speech in 1938, before cycling towards the Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna’s funkiest apartment building. Last, but not least, ride to the Prater to marvel at the giant Ferris wheel, before pedaling back along the banks of a sidearm of the River Danube.

Vienna: Bus Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

8. 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.

Vienna Old Town Walking Tour in German

9. Vienna Old Town Walking Tour in German

Walk through the former Jewish and the Greek district, past Vienna's oldest "Beisl" (restaurant) to the wonderful Heiligenkreuzerhof, in which some Roman constructions are still preserved. See narrow streets, old craft workshops, and other historical buildings.  Listen to fascinating stories about the old university, and tales of those who studied there. Learn about the history of musicians associated with the city such as Schumann, Haydn, and Schubert.  Finally, admire the old university church with its brown-golden marble splendor. This magnificent building - together with the Jesuit theater and the university - was once supposed to impress protestants and make them return to the Catholic Church. The Jesuits, who were called to Vienna by the Hapsburg family, stayed influential until they were banned by Maria Theresia in 1772. Today they are responsible for the church once again.

Vienna: Walking Tour of the Historic Ringstrasse

10. Vienna: Walking Tour of the Historic Ringstrasse

150 years ago Emperor Francis Josef commissioned the demolition of the city walls. His vision was to create a unique ensemble of public buildings housing cultural things such as the opera, and the theater, as well as museums, universities, the Academy of Fine Arts, parliament, and city hall. A lot of industrialists and bankers took the opportunity to present their wealth and get a title, building amazing oversized palaces. The wide boulevard was lined with trees, and special paths for carriages, riders, and pedestrians were created. Numerous famous artists, architects, and planners were attracted by this project, who came to Vienna from all parts of Europe. Poor people who were also looking for work arrived and worked under incredible conditions. During this walk you will see the most representative part of the Ring, Palais Ephrusi, which was commissioned by the rich Jewish banker family. This family's fate is described in the book "The Hare with the Amber Eyes". You will also encounter the Votive Church, the main building of the University of Vienna, City Hall, Burgtheater, Parliament, Heldenplatz, Museums, Volksgarten, and statues such as of the mayor Liebenberg or Pallas Athene. At the end of this scenic experience, your tour will end next to the Opera House.

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We made two round trips - the yellow and the blue. The blue was clearly the nicer tour. You get to see a lot of Vienna's sights. Great explanations in various languages. Highly recommended for getting an overview of the city!

Vienna is a big place and hard to get around. Using the Hop-On Hop-Off bus was the best way to see almost everything in a few hours and decide which of the many wonderful places we would like to spend more time visiting.

The lines let you see Vienna quickly and efficiently. It's a pity that there is no guide in Polish. A good place to go

Fantastic tour! Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable and passionate. Would absolutely recommend!

An easy way to see Vienna if time is limited. Excellent commentary.