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  • Location:Vienna, Austria
  • Duration:Flexible

Private Tour: Vienna City Highlights Tour

Get to know Vienna on your choice of a 3-hour, 5-hour or 7-hour private tour of the city! With an expert local guide at your side, discover the city’s rich history and culture while seeing showstoppers like Schönbrunn Palace, Hundertwasserhaus and the monuments of the Ringstrasse, like Vienna Rathaus. If you opt to book the 5-hour tour, enjoy a walking tour of Vienna’s historical center, too; or alternatively, see all these sights and more on the 7-hour tour, which includes a trip to Belvedere Palace and the village of Grinzig!


  • Private Vienna sightseeing tour with an expert local guide
  • Choose from three different itineraries with a duration that suits you best: 3 hours, 5 hours or 7 hours
  • Learn about Vienna’s Imperial history on a tour of the Ringstrasse, seeing sites like Vienna Rathaus
  • See the lavish former home of the Habsburgs – Schönbrunn Palace
  • Explore Vienna’s historical center on a 2-hour walking tour and visit attractions like St Stephen’s Cathedral (5-hour and 7-hour tours only)
  • Visit Belvedere Palace and the village of Grinzig (7-hour tour only)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There's no better way to discover Vienna than on a private tour where the guide only shows attractions that you are interested in. My absolute favorite is Hundertwasserhaus – one of a kind!

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Vienna City Highlights Tour

See St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna on the 5-hour or 7-hour tour!

Start your Vienna tour with a pickup from your Vienna hotel by luxury minivan. As you travel, your guide will talk to you about Vienna and the things you want to see in the city. Choose from one of three different itineraries and if there’s something you want to see more or less of, simply let your guide know! Your tour ends back at your hotel.

3-Hour Tour:
Get to know the glory of Imperial Vienna – once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire – on a route around the city’s famous Ringstrasse. Home to palatial monuments a plenty, the ring road boasts grandiose buildings like Vienna Rathaus, the city’s beautiful town hall.

Travel through Vienna’s chic Vorstadt Lanstrasse neighborhood, seeing quirky sights like Hundertwasserhaus – a funky apartment building designed by the radical Viennese designer Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Then, contrast its cutting-edge architecture with Roccoco resplendence on a visit to Schönbrunn Palace -- Vienna’s must-see site. Entrance is at your own expense but once inside, your guide will introduce you to the best of the palace’s 40 public rooms, and regale you with little-known tales of the eccentric Habsburg residents.

5-Hour Tour:
After seeing the sites of the 3-hour tour by minivan, head into Vienna’s historical center to explore by foot. On a 2-hour walking tour, your private guide will lead you through the heart of the district to see attractions like Hopfburg Imperial Palace -- where the Habsburgs ruled for centuries -- and St Peter’s Church, Vienna’s Baroque masterpiece. Explore the cobblestone lanes of the old Jewish quarter while learning about the Jewish community in the city, and then finish up with a visit to St Stephen’s Cathedral.

7-Hour Tour:

Start your day with a 2-hour walking tour of Vienna’s historical center, seeing all the sites visited on the 5-hour tour, as well as the Greek Quarter (Fleischmarkt), where you’ll stop to visit the city’s oldest church – St Rupert’s. Rest with a coffee in the prestigious Café Demel on Graben Street, and then take a break for lunch (both at your own expense).

Meet back at a pre-arranged time, and then tour the Ringstrasse by minivan while learning about its Imperial monuments. Head through Vorstadt Lanstrasse to see Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s eye-catching Hundertwasserhaus building, and then visit Schönbrunn Palace to marvel at its splendour – Vienna’s answer to Versailles! Continue to Belvedere Palace, and explore its Baroque complex that comprises an Orangery building and the Palace Stables.

Finally, travel to the nearby village of Grinzig, famous for its heurigen -- Austria’s traditional wine taverns. Stroll around, learning about the country’s wine production, and then hop back into your minivan for a drive through Vienna Woods to Kahlenberg – the city’s highest hill – to admire picture-perfect vistas of beautiful Vienna.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I could not wait to write this review given how great it was. Cornelia, our amazing guide, was so kind, patient and courteous. She allowed us to customize the tour as we like. Also, she was careful to use every minute without wasting any second. The driver was also so kind and was in no hurry to drop us off. At the end of the tour we have seen almost all of Vienna, learned lots of information and realized how sweet, polite and cooool the Viennese are, as Cornelia was.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

History comes alive with a qualified private tour guide. Mr. Francis was excellent. He narrated the history, answered the questions and spent five hours with us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Franz was a wealth of knowledge. He took us to places we would not have experienced without his guidance. A little pricey, but we enjoyed every minute.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was excellent and the guide knew her subject!!!

After the tour she recommended a very good hotel for dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Best way to see Vienna!!! Really enjoyed our guide, Alex, and driver Sergei. Alex's knowledge of the city, it's art and music, and it's history gave us an opportunity to learn about the past and present of Vienna. Enjoyed the ride around all area's of the city and the personal walking tour in the end. Alex provided insightful info on what to further explore the next day!!! He provided a local flair as to where to try local cuisine and shop. We drove the inner ring and saw the palaces and churches so prevalent in Vienna's history. We also drove out to the hills to see incredible views of the Danube, city, and countryside. Private tours are a must!!! Much better than following a guide around in a huge group listening on earphones!!! I highly recommend this tour!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very busy but but very enjoyable your. Our guide was hugely knowledgeable about music, history, religion, in fact anything we chose to throw at her!
Very worthwhile and good value

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The most in-depth and informative touring experience ever! Historical facts were offered by an excellent guide who knew every true fact as well as every anecdotal story. Expensive but, for all the info and opportunities to see places of interest that few would even know about, makes it all worth it. We were asked what our interests were and the tour was tailored to fit. A super experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Superb! Well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent way to visit the mos important points of interest. Very kind and knowledgable guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour guide Alex...great format: just right amount on foot and by car...lots of information about culture, history and just day-to-day life in Vienna...learned some things you would never find in the tour books!

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