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  • Location:Vienna, Austria
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Vienna Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of 'The Third Man'

In 1949, Orson Welles made famous the role of Harry Lime in the British film noir, ‘The Third Man,’ written by novelist Graham Greene. On this city walking tour, explore Vienna's Old Town as you follow Harry’s footsteps to locations from the film. You’ll also see some of Vienna’s top sights such as St Stephen's Cathedral and Hotel Sacher as your expert guide takes you back more than 60 years to the fascinating time of post-WWII espionage.


  • 2.5-hour Vienna walking tour to retrace the story of Harry Lime (played by Orson Welles) from the 1949 film The Third Man
  • See top Vienna sights like St Stephen's Cathedral and Hotel Sacher
  • Visit famous locations from the movie such as Harry Lime's apartment at Josefsplatz
  • Get the inside scoop on the Vienna attractions that inspired author Graham Greene and director Carol Reed
  • Learn about Vienna’s post-WWII atmosphere from your knowledgeable guide

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Best Vienna Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of 'The Third Man'

Vienna Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of 'The Third Man'

Book this unique Vienna walking tour to see the city through the lens of The Third Man, a 1949 espionage film starring Orson Welles. With your professional guide, visit the places where Harry Lime, Orson Welles’ character, lived, appeared, disappeared and eventually died.

Starting in central Vienna, walk through the cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards of Vienna's Old Town that inspired the author Graham Greene and Carol Reed, the film's director. See famous film locations such as Harry Lime's apartment at Josefsplatz or the famous Hotel Sacher and Cafe Mozart at Neuer Markt, setting for the secret meeting between Harry and his friend Baron Kurtz.

As you explore the city and walk along the Danube Canal, learn from your guide the fascinating story of how one of the all-time greatest films was made and hear about what Vienna was like during the days of Allied occupation and Cold War espionage. The scars of the WWII have disappeared from the city, but most of the locations of this classic film have remained unchanged. It’s a fabulous tour for history buffs and movie fans alike!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The guide could do the tour in English and German. I choose the German one. It was excellent. It was not just information about the 3rd Man Film itself she told about the history of Vienna as well which added colour to the city. Well worth doing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide, Chris, was excellent. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour in fact we went to see the film the next day whilst it was all fresh in our minds. Admittedly it was about 38 degrees. Really interesting and good fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour . Barbara the guide was very knowledgable and friendly. Tour ends at a restaurant just in front of the famous door where Harry Lime is standing watching Holly. Food there is very good - a great way to end the trip. Recommend walk AND restaurant . Linda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very enjoyable for a fan of the film, which I am. The guide (Chris) was knowledgeable and entertaining. The zither player was a great touch!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A different take on Vienna. Enjoyed the tour and the information provided. Interesting even if you are not a Third Man fan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We were very pleased with this walking tour. Not only did the guide (I can't remember his name) know the movie very well, but he also gave a nice brief historical overview of the war as a backdrop of the movie. We highly recommend this tour which takes you through the streets of Vienna. Very charming!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Our tour guide was fantastic-- enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and did a great job incorporating bits of local history. The tour took us to some great sites, and even for someone who isn't a HUGE fan of the movie, this was a highlight of my trip to Vienna.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

An amazing insight into the making of the Third Man film and the post war city in which it was based.
Our guide was excellent and made the whole thing come to life.
If you like the film this tour it is "must do"

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

A really informative tour. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and interesting. I had an initial problem with the constant switch from German to English as I had expected an all English narrative but I eventually tuned in and enjoyed the tour. If you remember this excellent film this is a tour for you. Luckily the film was showing in Vienna at the time and it was great to watch it again after seeing the settings, sites and getting all the insude information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very interesting tour, with a lot of walking. The guide was very informative. There was a nice surprise at the end.

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