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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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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 April 2014

If ever there was a case of 'under selling' this was it. Even if you've never heard of 'The Third Man' I would recommend this walk. What you get is an extremely well informed visit to many of the shoot locations, supported by anecdotes about the writer, producer, director and many of the actors. This is supported by background information on the making of the film and an insight into how the film was relevant to it's time on both a local and global scale. The fascinating guide was passionate about her city and the film, and she was immensely knowledgeable about the history of both. It was impressive that she catered for English and German speakers in the same tour. This did make it longer than it might have been (at 2 hours 30 mins) but it was immensely enjoyable and informative all the same.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Excellent. A very interesting way of seeing parts of this beautiful city. The guide was very well informed.

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