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Historic Center of Vienna Tours

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Historic Center of Vienna
The Historic Center of Vienna is the beating heart of Austria, and the home of top attractions such as Vienna’s city hall, Parliament, and the lively Museum Quarter. Also known as the First District or Inner City and preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is rich with baroque castles and gardens, as well as the 19th-century Ringstrasse, a beltway of grand buildings, monuments, and parks that encircles most of the inner city. There are enough landmark sites here to keep you snapping photos all day long. 

The Basics
Visitors can shop along Karntnerstrasse or Kohlmarkt, sip coffee in one of Vienna’s famed coffeehouses, and peruse the area’s rich architecture and numerous museums. For a closer look into the storied history of attractions such as Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, explore the maze-like alleyways of Vienna’s First District on a small-group walking tour with an expert guide. Alternately, a 3.5-hour coach tour can give you an overview of city highlights, plus skip-the-line access to Schönbrunn Palace and discounted entry to Belvedere Palace, home of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting, The Kiss

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The streets of Vienna’s First District are narrow and mostly one-way, making car travel difficult. Luckily, the city’s excellent public transport system can take you within a few minutes walk of most attractions. 
  • Bring a pair of comfortable shoes if you plan to explore the area on foot. 
  • Credit cards aren’t as common here as in Northern Europe, especially in restaurants, so you may want to carry cash. 

How to Get There
Vienna International Airport is located just outside the city limits of Vienna, roughly 12 miles (20 kilometers) or 20 minutes by road from the Historic Center. If you’re arriving by train, the Vienna Central Train Station is just a 10-minute subway ride from the First District. A slew of international bus services arrive at the Vienna International Bus Terminal, also a 10-minute subway ride from the city center. 

When to Get There
Summer is the most popular time to visit, so if you’re visiting between June and August, make sure to book accommodations ahead of time. Spring and fall bring mild weather and fewer crowds. Although winter can be cold, with temperatures around 32°F (0°C), Christmas markets abound in Vienna’s holiday season (think cheerful lights, seasonal treats, and handcrafted goods).

Architectural Marvels in Vienna
The Historic Center of Vienna is characterized by its intricate architecture, from medieval remnants like St. Stephen's Cathedral to the grand Imperial Palace, which represents the golden age of the Habsburg Empire. The 19th-century Ringstrasse is also lined with iconic buildings, including City Hall’s Gothic towers, the neoclassical columns of Vienna’s Parliament, and the Renaissance-inspired Vienna State Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper).
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Best of Food Tour ViennaWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Best of Food Tour Vienna

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Make sure you come hungry to the culinary walking tour around Vienna.  Over the course of 2.5 hours, you you’ll sample all of the best food to be found in the Austrian capital, including Viennese breads, chocolate pralines, and ham. Your private guide will show you the culinary secrets that you would otherwise miss. Novice gourmands will also enjoy a private wine tasting at the famous Kipferlhaus.
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Hidden Gems in Vienna Inner City Private Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Hidden Gems in Vienna Inner City Private Walking Tour

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Explore Vienna on a private 3-hour walking tour with your own private guide. Customize your itinerary with your private guide, and discover sights around Vienna’s old artisan district. Pass by the Jesuit Church and Basilisk House on Schönlaterngasse; learn about Mozart’s connections to St Stephen's Cathedral; and take in views over the city from the rooftops. Stop at the Judenplatz and the Holocaust Memorial, then stroll around the University and City Hall — a part of Vienna that retains characteristics from previous centuries.
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Explore the cultural heart of Vienna on an audio walking tourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Explore the cultural heart of Vienna on an audio walking tour

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Explore the capital of Austria at your own pace with this self-guided audio tour. Venture across the city and see key landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera House, Albertina Art Museum, Capuchin Church, and more while listening to commentary through your headphones. Pause the tour at any time if you’d like to take a break, have a snack, or simply stop to take photos.
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Private Tour: Vienna City Segway TourHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Vienna City Segway Tour

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See Vienna by Segway on this 3-hour private sightseeing tour of the city. Led by a private guide, see top attractions including City Hall, the Ringstrasse and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since your tour is private, you can customize your route to best suit your interests, learning about the city’s history, architecture and culture as you go.
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Hidden wine cellars of Vienna - on the tracks of the Viennese winesWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Hidden wine cellars of Vienna - on the tracks of the Viennese wines

Did you know? Vienna is the only capital city in the world that is cultivating wine directly within the city. On this tour, you will go to the bottom of the famous Viennese wine in the literally sense of the word...We take you to a special kind of tasting! Find out everything about Viennese wine and discover hidden & secret wine cellar of Vienna's city centre on your tour. On several stops at exclusively for you opened wine cellars, you will taste selected wines - and since we don't want you to leave us hungry, there will also be typical Viennese snacks at every stop. The tour includes three different stops/cellars: 1. STOP - "Haas & Haas": Glass of wine incl. small snack at the Roman wine cellar "Porta Dextra" 2. STOP - "Restaurant Ofenloch": Glass of wine incl. Viennese snack in the old, exclusively opened wine cellar 3. STOP - "Wine Bank Vienna with wine shop St. Stephan": Glass of wine incl. small snack at the secret, underground wine-club
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Gourmet Food Tour ViennaWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Gourmet Food Tour Vienna

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Discover the best of Austrian food and drink on a 4-hour small-group tour. Your palate enjoys only the best on the well-rounded culinary tour.  Follow your guide to the opulent Palais Ferstel, an iconic rooftop bar, and famous Kipferlhaus. Learn the secrets behind high-end Austrian cuisine as you taste a Viennese truffle dish, pralines, and chocolates. Wash everything down with local champagne and various wines.
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Private Jewish Walking Tour ViennaLuxury Tours

Private Jewish Walking Tour Vienna

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The Jewish community of Vienna is a culture rich in history and goes back hundreds of years— from the first Jewish person in Austria, Salomon also known as Schlom, to the artists, doctors and scientists who shaped Viennese culture in 1900, to the Holocaust, to the present-day Jewish community in Vienna. Our Jewish Walking Tour emphasizes the intellectual, cultural and artistic flowerings of this remarkable community, as well as the dark periods wherein this community was banished from Vienna.
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Private Vienna Walking TourLuxury Tours

Private Vienna Walking Tour

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Walk in the footsteps of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, members of the Habsburg family, one of the most distinguished royal houses of Europe for 600 years, Ludwig van Beethoven, Adolf Hitler, and many more on this broad-reaching, informative and fun historical tour through the cobblestoned streets and alleys of Vienna’s inner city. This tour traces Vienna’s historical roots, from the Celts and Romans, to its modern day inhabitants, and brings its rich history to life! Stops include: • St. Stephen’s Cathedral • Vienna State Opera • Heldenplatz • Hofburg Imperial Palace • The Graben and Plague Column • Jewish Square • the Burggarten and Volksgarten and many more!
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Private tour: Vienna with a VienneseWalking Tours

Private tour: Vienna with a Viennese

Get a local’s perspective on Vienna and see so much more than you would by public transport on this door-to-door private guided tour. Ride around the Ring, the grand boulevard that encircles Vienna’s old town; take a stroll through the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; capture classic photos from Kahlenberg viewpoint; and visit a traditional “heuriger” wine tavern. One convenient flat fee covers groups of up to four.
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Vienna City Center Tour: Medieval Legends Game (Stephansdom, Hofburg Palace)Private Sightseeing Tours

Vienna City Center Tour: Medieval Legends Game (Stephansdom, Hofburg Palace)

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Skip the run-of-the-mill sightseeing tours and explore Vienna in an entirely different way. Using your smartphone, follow clues and solve riddles to discover the secrets of Vienna's taverns and narrow medieval streets and traces of one of the biggest tragedies in the city’s history: the plague.
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Magic Christmas Tour in ViennaHalf-day Tours

Magic Christmas Tour in Vienna

How does Vienna celebrate Christmas? How many christmas markets are in Vienna? Discover a wide variety of Austrian traditions and customs, which include a wide range of seasonal products, including the traditional Glühwein. The Christmas special times brings magic to Vienna’s Old Town. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places and markets. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the streets which you can feel only this time of the year! You will experience the capital of Austria in a different perspective: filled with colors with its traditional offerings and particular vibes.
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Expert Led Private Intro to Vienna TourHalf-day Tours

Expert Led Private Intro to Vienna Tour

On this half-day, private tour, you’ll get an expert understanding of centuries of rich Viennese history. The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, the tour covers a comprehensive overview of the Austrian capital. Stroll along the picturesque Danube River, see the famous buildings constructed by the mighty imperial power, the Habsburgs, and discover the heart of the medieval-era city.
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Viennese Cuisine - a culinary journey through ViennaLuxury Tours

Viennese Cuisine - a culinary journey through Vienna

On the tracks of the famous viennese cuisine...Vienna is known worldwide for its unique "Viennese cuisine" which is influenced by various countries. Whether if it's a typical Viennese "Beisl", wine-taverne or a traditional Viennese coffee house. Come with us, for a culinary walk through Vienna's city center and experience Vienna with all senses. The tour includes three different stops/ restaurants: 1. STOP - "Porta Dextra - Haas & Haas": Glass of Austrian wine incl. the famous fingerfood delicacies (ham and spreads) 2. STOP - "Bitzinger's Augustinerkellerr": Small beer incl. classic Viennese "Goulash" (beef stew) 3. STOP - "Café Hofburg": Coffee break with traditional hand crafted Viennese apple strudel, whipped cream
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Family Fun Package ViennaWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Family Fun Package Vienna

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Our popular family-fun package includes a fun-filled day for the whole family. Vienna is an extremely kid-friendly city, and the options abound with what you can do with your little ones (and teenage ones!). We include up to 2 activities of your choice, a luxurious van to transport you to and from each activity, a licensed, private guide who accompanies you all day, and to finish the day, a wine tasting (led by our guide) at a local Austrian country tavern for the adults, where you can also try typical Austrian dishes where the real locals eat! The kids can either come along and have local apricot juice, or for an added fee, you can choose our hotel childcare package, where one of our American-trained licensed nannies comes straight to your hotel to watch your kiddos while you enjoy a night out on the town.
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Authentic Experience: When in Vienna, do as the Viennese do!Half-day Tours

Authentic Experience: When in Vienna, do as the Viennese do!

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Dig deep into the Viennese culture and discover the city with a private local guide. Following the lead of locals, you’ll travel around Vienna by underground train, stopping to sample legendary Austrian sausages and sightsee along the way. Gaze down at the city from the Reisenrad Ferris wheel in Vienna Prater park, and visit the UNESCO-listed Schönbrunn Palace along with some tucked-away treasures. You’ll leave armed with tips for other must-see places to check out in Vienna.
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Gems of Vienna-TourCultural Tours

Gems of Vienna-Tour

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Vienna has so much more to offer. Join this walking tour through Vienna and see more in the same time than on an ordinary tour. Discover the hidden places in the old town, legends and gems only the locals know, while not missing out on the main sights. Enter secret passages, find hidden paintings and enter unknown courtyards next to the main attractions.
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Classic Food Tour of ViennaWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Classic Food Tour of Vienna

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Eat your way around Vienna on this Classic Food Tour. When visiting a new city, it can be a gamble to choose a good place to eat. Eliminate any risk by having a guide to show you where to find Vienna’s best food and wine. You’ll enjoy a great variety of dishes such as cheese, chocolate, baked goods, meat, and coffee. A highlight is trying three local wines in an atmospheric old cellar.
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45 Minutes Trip--Carriage Ride by Fiaker WienPrivate Sightseeing Tours

45 Minutes Trip--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

STANDARD SIGHTSEEING TOUR THRU THE CENTER OF VIENNA AND ALONG A PART OF THE RINGSTREET BY HORSE CARRIAGE
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( Night Tour ) With Private Guide + wine or proseccoBus Tours

( Night Tour ) With Private Guide + wine or prosecco

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We exist to offer our customers the real Viennese experience exclusively. Begin your adventure with our Night tour where you will discover iconic Vienna at night with it’s famous attractions sparkling after dark. witness the fascinating history which will bring you back in time to the Habsburg Empire. make it a moment to remember.
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Empress Sisi - The Lady Di of ViennaCultural Tours

Empress Sisi - The Lady Di of Vienna

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The Myth of Empress Sisi is unbroken until today. A lot of rumours, legends and stories are surrounding her, not only today, but also back in her time. What is it about her that stil moves so many people? Not prepared for the crown to wear, she had to deal with high expectations and pressure similar to Lady Di. Where can we find similarities between those two? Come along and get an inside view of the life of Sisi behind the myth!
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Wine Tasting TourWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Wine Tasting Tour

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Sample the finest wines of Vienna on a 3-hour small-group tour. With maximum 12 people per group, you enjoy a more personalized and intimate tour experience. Follow your guide to three premier locations, including Palais Ferstel and Kipferlhaus, and enjoy tastings at each. At the end of the tour, get insider tips on things to see, eat, and do during the rest of your time in the Austrian capital.
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Private Tour: Vienna to Salzburg via Wachau heritage regionDay Trips

Private Tour: Vienna to Salzburg via Wachau heritage region

Travel from Vienna to Salzburg and enjoy a day of sightseeing at the same time. This transfer-come-tour experience includes a scenic journey through the World Heritage region Wachau. Explore the Austrian town Duernstein and the Legend of Robin Hood. Enjoy wonderful views of the Salzkammergut Lake Area and its beautiful lakes, valleys and mountain scenery. At the end of the tour get dropped off at your hotel in Salzburg.
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cab ridesHorseback Riding

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It's a unique way to easily get to know the city and its historical landmarks. We are happy to explain to our guests the buildings and monuments of our impressive city. Since 2001 also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Backstage Classical Music Tour Private Sightseeing Tours

Backstage Classical Music Tour

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Discover and explore the major sights of Vienna, it's history, it's architecture as well as religion through the stories of the most famous Classical Musicians.
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