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Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

1. 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.

Vienna: Romantic Old Town 2-Hour Discovery Tour

2. 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: Sigmund Freud Walking Tour

3. 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.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

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

Get your bearings at the famous Anker Clock, the first stop on this guided bike tour. Admire historical buildings on the way to jaw-dropping St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further, thrill to the sight of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Column of Trinity. Don't fall off! The next stops on this architectural scavenger hunt are the University of Vienna and the stunning Rathaus, chockablock with historial facts. Continue your mobile adventure at the Hofburg Imperial Palace and its amazing complex of highly recognizable structures. Feel like a diva as you rock the Vienna State Opera on this fab 2-hour tour with live commentary. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, and labyrinthine Belvedere Palace. Return to drop-off via the canal, where you'll be confronted with the ghost of Johann Strauss - don't worry, it's only a monument. Or steel yourself for the 6-hour option with the perenially popular Schoenbrunn Palace. This magnificent residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn a unique combination of Baroque style and joyful nature.

Vienna: Walking Tour of the Historic Ringstrasse

5. 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.

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.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Choose a tour of Vienna with a duration of 1 to 4 hours and learn more about its history, architecture, culture, and people. Get to know Vienna from a different perspective and stroll through the narrow streets and magnificent boulevards to famous buildings and monuments with your certified tour guide. You can decide which of Vienna's highlights you want to see. For example, you can visit Michaelerplatz with its Roman and medieval excavations and see the interior of St. Michael’s Church. Admire the treasures of the Hofburg Palace and listen to true stories about Empress Sisi. Stroll across Heldenplatz and hear stories about the Austrian heroes. Listen to stories about Josef II at Josefsplatz and learn more about the National Library, the Spanish Riding School, the Augustinian Church, and the Habsburgs. Walk past the Albertina, home to the largest graphic collection in the world, and see the Monument Against War and Fascism. Find out why the architect of the State Opera committed suicide, where Sachertorte was invented, and which building previously stood on the grounds of Hotel Sacher. At Neuer Markt you can discover the strange Imperial Crypt burial rituals of the Habsburgs and learn where Mozart died. Hear about the importance of the house at Franziskanerplatz and explore Blutgasse to experience how the people of Vienna used to live and how they live today. Listen to the legends of St. Stephan, visit Figlmüller with the famous Wiener Schnitzel, and explore the old university district. Admire the magnificent Baroque church of the Jesuits, discover the city walks, and explore the Greek quarter. Discover Vienna’s oldest church, St. Rupert's Church, and immerse yourself in the eventful history of the Romans and Jews in Vienna. Hear anecdotes about King Richard the Lionheart as you walk past the beautiful Baroque Pestsäule on the Graben before reaching Kohlmarkt with the Demel pastry shop. You can then enjoy a stroll back to the starting point.

Vienna: 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Vienna: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the city center of Vienna on this 2-hour walking tour. Starting at Stephansplatz, you’ll walk around St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the picturesque Ballgasse. Here you’ll discover the story behind the streets name. See Vienna’s cat café and admire the façade of the Franciscan Church. Learn about how the city's aristocracy once lived and stroll through the beautiful courtyards. See Mozart’s most exclusive residence and find out why St. Stephen’s Cathedral only has one and a half towers. On this tour you’ll explore different aspects of Vienna. See the portrait of Duke Rudolf IV and marvel at the impressive Baroque architecture. Learn more about the former city wall and get to know Viennese cuisine. This city walk takes you to the following locations: Stephansplatz – St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Ballgasse – Franziskanerplatz with the Franciscan Church and Monastery – Palais Neupauer-Breuner – Blutgasse – Domgasse – "Where the cow plays on the board" – Heiligenkreuzerhof – Old University District – Jesuit Church – City Wall – Doktor-Karl-Lueger-Platz

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

9. 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 Old Town Walking Tour in German

10. 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.

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"We found Wolfgang to be a very competent and entertaining guide, who goes the extra mile for his customers. We would book this tour again at any time and are happy to recommend it. We gained insights into places and hidden places that you would never see otherwise We would like to thank Wolfgang for sharing his great insider knowledge with us, coupled with surprising anecdotes and unforgettable stories."

My guide was very astute and kind (he waited five minutes when I was late and was so nice about it!). He knew everything you could know about Freud, it seemed, and his tour was entertaining. Also friendly—he answered many questions!! I would take this tour again, it was so good!

We really enjoyed the tour. Although there were only four of us, the guide went out of his way! It was really interesting and we learned a lot of things off the mainstream.

Super Stadtführung mit interessanten Details zur Geschichte Wiens. Wir waren eine junge Gruppe und unser Guide hat die Führung spannend gestaltet.

Very informative and strongly recommended for non locals visiting vienna.