Vienna, City of Many Pasts: guided city tour with a friendly historian
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Vienna, City of Many Pasts: guided city tour with a friendly historian

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Printed ticket only
Duration: up to 3 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the Baroque Hofburg, the Habsburg’s imperial palace while taking in the modernist Loos House standing opposite, a perfect place to start exploring the eternal Viennese clash between tradition and innovation.
  • Continue through narrow streets reminiscent of the old Vienna, passing places known by Mozart, Sigmund Freud, and Prince Eugene of Savoy.
  • Take in the grand Vienna Opera House and Ringstraße, the imperial boulevard, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015, while discussing the 19th-century rise of Vienna’s commercial and intellectual classes.
  • Pass by the Viennese Naschmarkt (literally nibble market), the lively outdoor market where locals meet, shop, and partake!
  • At the unique Secession building, learn of the city’s turn-of-century avant-gardism, including figures like Klimt and Mahler.
  • Weave through the MuseumsQuartier, home to Vienna’s world-class concentration of museums, while discussing the present-day cultural and political orientations of Austria and its capital.
What to expect

Dive into Vienna's rich and varied past on this 3-hour walking tour. You'll start off at Michaelerplatz, outside the Hofburg. The square has stood outside the Habsburg's imperial palace since the thirteenth century. The square also contains the Loos house, a green and gray building created by Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933).

Your tour moves on to Kohlmarkt and the Graben, which are now one of the city’s most stylish shopping districts, but also contain a variety of historical structures, ranging from a plague column, to a baroque church, and even the national architectural icon of Austria: the Stephansdom.

You'll also pass through three destinations connected to the Habsburg's lavish tripartite burials. St. Stephen's Cathedral contains the imperial entrails, Capuchin Church holds the sarcophagi of centuries of Vienna's rulers, and St. Augustine's Church has dozens of silver urns, each with a Hapsburg heart inside.

The tour will follow the edge of the inner city, where you can see the remains of the 12th century city walls, which held back two sieges by the Ottoman Empire (1529 and 1683). These tough structures were eventually removed to create space for the large circular boulevard of the Ringstrasse.

You'll move on to Schwarzenbergplatz, with a giant fountain and memorial to the Russian soldiers who died while liberating Vienna from the Nazis in World War II. The area also houses the majority of the city's embassies. You'll quickly pass by the Belvedere Palace before moving on to Karlsplatz and a gorgeous view of the gold-­domed Secession building and the Naschmarkt.

Your tour ends in the Museums­ Quartier and Maria­Theresien­ Platz. Here, at the end of your educational walk through Austria's capital, you can find the city’s largest concentration of museums to further feed your intellectual curiosity.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
What's included
  • 3-hour guided walk
  • Historian as live guide
Where

Reitschulgasse 4, 1010 Wien, Austria

Meeting point:

Café Griensteidl, which is directly on Michaelerplatz

When
  • Monday and Friday at 9.30am
  • Wednesday and Saturday at 2.00pm
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Provider
Insight Cities
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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