Vienna City Walking Tour: The beauty of Vienna is that many of its main attractions are located within the Old Town and thus easy to explore by foot with this morning walking tour. See the main sights and attractions, and learn all about the city’s dramatic history from its humble beginnings during the Roman Empire to its zenith as the capital of the multinational Habsburg Empire.
Wander through streets and squares steeped in history accompanied by a knowledgeable and passionate guide who will regale you with anecdotes about the cuisine, people, culture and architecture that have made Vienna one of the greatest cities in the world. Admire historic landmarks as St Rupert’s Church, the oldest in the city, and the Hofburg Palace, the favoured winter residence of the Habsburg dynasty until their demise at the end of the Great War. It is the pinnacle of Belle Époque Vienna.
See the vast square where Hitler made his notorious speech Anschluss speech, thus condemning Austria to Nazi rule. Stroll along the elegant pedestrianised shopping streets, where high-end boutiques sell their luxury goods. Pass palatial townhouses that were once the homes of aristocrats and behold the Gothic glory of St Stephen’s Cathedral. Admire its mosaic-like roof tiles that give it an unusual colourful complexion. Affectionately called Steffl by the Viennese, the cathedral’s belfry stands at 136 metres and took 65 years to build.
This easy-going and informative tour has something for everyone, from architecture, art and culture to history and music.
Meeting/pick-up point: Franz Josefs Kai 45.
Start/opening time: 10.30am.
End/closing time: 1pm.
Languages: English and German with others on request.
Others: Tour only operates with minimum number of 4 participants.