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Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets. Follow a licensed guide through lavish interiors, learn about the Habsburgs Royal Family, and explore the ornate palace gardens. Meet your guide in front of the palace and start with an informative introduction to the history of the royal compound. Receive a modern audio device so that you can always hear the tour’s live narration along the way. Benefit from priority entrance tickets and gain quick access inside the palace. Marvel at the grand entrance and begin your guided walk through 22 staterooms of the famous Austrian palace. Admire the 40-meter long Great Gallery and the Hall of Ceremonies and see how the Habsburg Dynasty lived as you stroll through lavish halls and peek into private chambers. Listen to entertaining stories about the former royals, which are infused typical Viennese humor by your local and friendly guide. Learn not only about the fascinating history of the royal family of Habsburgs and the famous Empress Sissi but also about how the palace has evolved in modern times and where the royal descendants now live. Following the tour, enjoy the opportunity to walk around the gardens at your own pace and catch a glimpse of the Gloriette, an arch on top of a hill overlooking Vienna’s forests.

Vienna: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert in Karlskirche

2. Vienna: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert 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 season of the year. Four sonnets are the inspiration for 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 One or two additional parts which are changing from week to week and could be from these composers: Works by W. A. Mozart, J. S. Bach, H. I. F Biber, and other major composers.

Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper or Lower Belvedere

3. Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper or Lower Belvedere

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces of the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces. The Belvedere park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

Vienna: Classical Concert at Mozarthaus

4. Vienna: Classical Concert at Mozarthaus

Witness the Mozart Ensemble Vienna and enjoy a moving and unforgettable concert at Mozart's first house in Vienna, Mozarthaus. Hear music from the Viennese Classical Period, including Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, and more. Step into Vienna’s historic city center, near both St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg, and enter the Sala Terrena at Mozarthaus Vienna. Built as part of the monastery of the German Knightly Order in the second half of the 12th century, view the refined architecture and ornate frescos of the Sala Terrena. Walk in the footsteps of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who lived in the monastery in 1781, and hear his symphonies where he used to play. Experience Viennese classical music in an authentic setting and let the night drift by as the Mozart Ensemble Vienna performs.

Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

5. Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

Enjoy a classical concert by a string ensemble of musicians from renowned Viennese orchestras. The program includes complete works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert, played on period instruments and therefore recreating the atmosphere of the golden age of the Viennese Classic Era. St. Anne's Church ( Annakirche), the concert venue, is located in the heart of Vienna and is considered an architectural masterpiece with splendid acoustics and Baroque ambiance. Vienna is widely known as the capital of music. Enjoy a live performance in the city of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven. The church is heated during the cold months.

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Evening Tour, Dinner and Concert

6. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Evening Tour, Dinner and Concert

Spend a wonderful evening at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace with a tour, dinner, and concert. Immerse yourself in the world of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Joseph I and explore the imperial hunting lodge after hours with your smartphone. Tuck into a 3-course dinner before a classical concert. 15 minutes before the start of the Palace tour, please be at the main entrance of the Palace. One of our employees will welcome you there. Marvel at the magnificent architecture and exquisite interiors as you listen to your smartphone guide. Then, enjoy a 3-course dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of the palace. After dinner, head back to the Orangery to enjoy music by Mozart and experience a concert in the magnificent concert hall. Enjoy the marvelous overtures, arias, and duets from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s concertos and operas, such as “The Marriage of Figaro”, “The Magic Flute”, and “Don Giovanni”. The most popular arias, waltzes, and polkas of the waltz king Johann Strauss will delight you during the second half, such as “Die Fledermaus”, “The Gypsy Baron”, “The Blue Danube”, and “Radetzky March”. The orchestra is accompanied by 2 opera singers.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

7. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

Enjoy priority entry access and step inside the famous the Hofburg Imperial Palace, as well as the Sisi Museum, alongside a knowledgeable guide who will lead you on a guided tour of the impressive complex.  Walk inside this magnificent castle and discover the conference room, which was used for the ministerial conferences that were chaired by the emperor.  See 24 different rooms including the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, their saloons for guests, and Elisabeth's dressing room. Admire the Silver Collection with valuable porcelain and crystal glasses, which provide insights into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty.  Enter the Sisi Museum with over 300 personal items that belonged to Elisabeth like her dresses, parasols, gloves, and her unique beauty preparations.

Vienna: Mozart and Strauss Concert in Schoenbrunn

8. Vienna: Mozart and Strauss Concert in Schoenbrunn

Take part in this excursion to a concert in the Orangerie Schönbrunn in Vienna, a city full of magical castles and palaces, spectacular musical events and a courtly tradition dating back many hundreds of years. In Schönbrunn you will experience the magic and spectacle of this UNESCO world heritage site, where Mozart once played the harpsichord. Feel welcome at the Schönbrunn Palace. Listen as the Palace Orchestra plays masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. On selected dates, the concerts take place in the Great Gallery or in the White-Gold Room directly in the Palace, in the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre or other concert halls in Vienna.

Vienna: Viennese Underworld Guided Tour

9. Vienna: Viennese Underworld Guided Tour

Acquire a new perspective on Vienna with a guided tour of the city's underworld. Travel underneath the city to discover the gloomy world that awaits. Walk around the hidden Vienna and learn about both the beautiful and ugly sides of the Viennese underworld. Beneath the city of Vienna lies a hidden network of corridors, shafts, and subterranean buildings. You can rediscover the forgotten Vienna with us - we offer you exclusive access to the Viennese underworld in the 1st district. Former air raid shelters and hidden shafts await you there. Go on a journey to a parallel world and see relics from the past, such as medicine cellars, bunkers, and places of refuge for outcasts. The Viennese underworld is larger and more extensive than in other cities and holds a world of mysteries.

Concert Tickets for the Vienna Residence Orchestra

10. Concert Tickets for the Vienna Residence Orchestra

The Vienna Residence Orchestra is one of the best chamber orchestras in the world. Each individual musician is a renowned soloist, and the orchestra performs in great concert halls around the world. Mexico City, Montevideo, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Athens, and Budapest are just some of the places that the VRO has visited with its guest conductor Rudolf Nurejev. Under the musical leadership of Prof Christian Pollack and guest conductors Gerhard Lagrange, Daniel-Hoyem Cavazza and Zoltán Janikovic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra plays concerts every day in the most beautiful Viennese palaces: in small and large groups, with famous opera singers, ballet dancers, and musical delights that match the appropriate seasonal theme. The VRO’s Mozart and Strauss concerts are one of the cultural highlights of any journey to Vienna. The Vienna Residence Orchestra combines an interesting parallel with Wolfgang A. Mozart, since the orchestra’s home is the very place where Mozart performed some of his most remarkable concerts. The magnificent Palais Auersperg in Baroque style is one of the focal points of European music, political, and social history. In addition to Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Christoph Willibald Gluck made their contribution to world music. The noble family Auersperg and the Swedish royal family Vasa also made political commitments at the Palais Auersperg and established their aristocratic splendor with lavish festivities. Today the Palais Auersperg and the Vienna Residence Orchestra is managed by Sylvia Moser, who enriches Vienna’s cultural life with these two institutions.

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4.6 / 5

based on 6,338 reviews

Everything there was amazing even if it was a rainy morning and we couldn't enjoy the garden tour. The architecture, the history of the Schonbrunn palace and the astonishing beauty you see in every corner. Our guide, Antonia, was very knowledgeable of the place's history and explained everything pretty well. I highly recommend you take the guided tour it's totally worth it. P.S. Don't skip the Gloriette, it's a must see.

The guide Stefan shared all his knowledge, in a charming way, for more than two hours. We learned new interesting stories about the history of Habsburg dynasty while visiting the Schonbrunn palace. I spent three days in Vienna and this was the most interesting experience there.

Εξαιρετική εμπειρία, την προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα. Καλό θα ειναι να μεταβείτε άμεσα στον χωρό, γιατί δεν υπάρχει αρίθμηση και κάθεστε αναλόγως την ώρα της έλευσης σας. Μέσα στην εκκλησία κάνει αρκετό κρυο Αλλα δίνουν κουβέρτες.

Great experience. It was totally worth the visit. I highly recommend you book your tickets online and plan your visit earlier than 12 pm.

Next time I would pay a bit more, but you can see more. Still very nice experience