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Savvy Sightseer USA
Really enjoyed this! Although a few raindrops were falling as the group met by the Naschmarkt train station (Kettenbrueckengasse), our tour guide Andrea met us with excitement and a guarantee for a great time and clearing skies. She was right on both points. This tour group was an enthusiastic mix of hostel-hopping 20-somethings and older tourists. As we walked along Vienna’s old town streets and among memorials, famous buildings and landmarks, Andrea held a running chatter in English of historical facts combined with oodles of personal anecdotes about growing up in Austria. Her love of the city, and her drive to share that with the walkers was contagious. She included lots of tidbits not found in standard tourist guidebooks.
One word of warning – do not confuse this tour with Viator’s Vienna City Walking Tour, which ends at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This one continues on through the Stadtpark, to a local restaurant for schnitzel and strudel, a 20-minute walk from St. Stephen’s. For those staying in the old town, it’s good to note the U4 train station has a stop in the park with frequent trains still running after 10 pm.
This tour would be great on the first night in Vienna to get acclimated to the city and find out what you’d like to go back to the next day. For me, it was my last night in the city and a fun way to find out some more things about the places I’d seen and to enjoy dinner out with new friends made on the tour.
There were only 3 people on this English language tour so there were many opportunities to ask questions.Our tour guide was excellent. She detailed so much history of Vienna and there was so much passion for her city in the telling. She showed us many interesting sights and took us to places we would never have found on our own such as the Spanish horse school, St. Stephens Cathedral,the palace,Mozart's house with the only picture of him withouta wig. She also pointed out many examples of architecture. We all learned so much.
Doing what: Small-Group Vienna Highlights Walking Tour
I was in Vienna to attend a conference and had just one free day, so opted for a morning walking tour and afternoon cycling tour of the city. If you are reasonably fit this combination is not difficult to do.
Walking city tour with a lady guide was OK, information was not always factual, most places we only sort of peeked at, and the tour finished abruptly at St Stephens cathedral with no information about the cathedral at all. Overall, it was a bit of a disappointment.
Afternoon cycling tour with Horst was tremendous fun. He is an excellent guide, funny, witty and full of crazy stories and anecdotes. I am usually unsteady on bicycles but managed this without falling off even once. Tour was paced well, we went to a lot of places, I would have liked it more if we went in to some of the buildings a few times for more variety.
Good tour company, well organised and efficient.
I think the trip is definitely worth the money and is a good way to see the City without your feet aching.
The best bus line is the red one (the circle line) followed by the blue one (at least I think it's blue, it's the one that goes past the river Danube). The other line which I think is Green and goes through the palaces and museums is a waste of time unless you plan to actually get off and have a look around.
An important point that I would like to make is that Viator could provide a bit more information with regards to where to get the bus. 'Look out for the green and yellow buses' is simply not enough information. Luckily we were staying next to St Stephens Cathedral and found that one of the bus stops was located there however, if you want to start from the begining of the tour, you can catch all of the bus tours from outside the Opera House.
Doing what: Vienna City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
David F Bermuda
We always use hop-on, hop-off buses when in major cities to get an over view of the city and its major attractions. We were then able to determine what places to visit later in the week. There are three lines that can be used, Suggest if you have the time to do all three but we only did two lines as we spent part of the rest of the day at Heroes Square and the shopping area around St. Stephen's Cathedral. Recommend this tour.
Doing what: Vienna City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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