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Vienna: History Walking Tour with an Expert Historian

4.8 / 5

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Vienna: History Walking Tour with an Expert Historian

From US$ 330 per group up to 10

Learn the multi-layered history of Vienna on a 3-hour walking tour with an expert historian. Marvel at iconic buildings in the Museum Quarter, stroll down the fashionable Graben, see the Hapsburg monuments of Michaelerplatz, and more.

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Duration 3 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the many layers of Vienna's history with expert historian guides
  • See the large concentration of museums in the Museums Quartier
  • Explore the fashionable shopping districts of Kohlmarkt and Graben
  • Admire the house built by Austrian architect Adolf Loos
  • Marvel at mournful St. Stephen’s Cathedral, last resting place of Austria's ruling Hapsburgs
  • Go to Schwarzenbergplatz to see the memorial to the liberating Russian soldiers of WW2
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Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.
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  • Expert guide (all guides are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, or published authors)
    Covid-19 precautions
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    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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    • All guides are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, or published authors
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    4.8 /5

    based on 9 reviews

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    • Value for money
      4/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
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    In depth, broad ranging everything you want to know crammed into 3 hrs

    Our guide Katerina was a delightful, intelligent and lively person whose introduction to Vienna was just what we needed. She was able to include politics, art, history, economics, military,religious and social history and the time flew by. So glad we booked this for our first morning in Vienna as it gave us the perfect orientation and set us off curious to learn more.

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    May 8, 2018

    Very interesting yet, informative

    The walking tour gave good insight into the history of Vienna. my guide was very knowledgeable, kind and engaging. She provided such good information and a great overview that I felt like I saw the whole whole city from that one tour. It was brutally cold and I was lost and late meeting her, yet she still kept the tour appointment. I am so glad she did. This is definitely a great way to orientate yourself to the city.

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    January 14, 2017

    Great introduction to the city and its history

    Experiencing the city during a walk gives you the best opportunity to get to know the inner city Guide is very knowledgeable on the city, its historic buildings and its past I got to know most of the past emperors and about their life We were a small group which allowed me to ask any further details I liked

    December 12, 2016

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