History Tours in Vienna

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To discover Vienna's wealth of history, all you need to do is set foot beyond your hotel. From its baroque palaces and vibrant art nouveau architecture to the scars left by World War II, the city’s rich and complex past is present at every turn. To learn more about Vienna’s unique heritage, here are your options for illuminating history tours.
 
Vienna’s Palaces and Churches
Distinctive for its baroque palaces, soaring churches, and other highly ornamental structures, elegant Vienna has the looks to match its history. Discover one of its most in-demand attractions when you tour the colossal, UNESCO-listed Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn), which once housed Habsburg emperors. With more than 1,400 rooms—plus companion gardens—the landmark is best explored over a period of several hours, if not more. Other itineraries will introduce you to the Hofburg Palace and the Belvedere complex (which actually comprises two separate palaces). Beyond the royal highlights, set off on a walking or cycling tour to see St. Stephen’s Basilica (Stephansdom) and other centrally located landmarks.
 
Artistic Vienna
Vienna is a haven for culture vultures and art lovers. One key creative destination is the sumptuous Vienna Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien), where works by artists such as Cellini and Bruegel are on display; go on a guided tour to discover the collection highlights. If your sensibilities are more modern, venture to the Museum of Applied Arts (Museum für angewandte Kunst) to learn more about the Vienna Secession art movement, made famous by Gustav Klimt. Couple your museum explorations with a walking tour of the city’s art nouveau architecture.
 
World War II and Jewish-History Tours
World War II took a heavy toll on Vienna, and its legacy can still be witnessed across the city. History-themed walking tours discuss Adolf Hitler’s early life in the city and visit monuments to wartime victims, while Jewish-history tours explore the city’s Jewish Textile Quarter and the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. For an especially poignant and sobering experience, pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust during a full-day trip to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.
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Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour

Explore the magnificent city of Vienna on this 3.5-hour city tour by coach, including admission into the Schönbrunn Palace without waiting time. Pass major attractions like the Hofburg Palace, City Hall and the Vienna State Opera as you drive along the famed Ringstrasse. Afterward, explore the lavish summer home of the Hapsburg monarchs, the Schönbrunn Palace. Skip the line at the entrance and learn the rich stories of its residents as you stroll from room to room.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$62.35 USD
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Mauthausen Concentration Camp Day Trip from Vienna

Experience a poignant piece of World War II history with a day trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp from Vienna. The former camp provides a look at the horrors perpetuated by Hitler during the war. An audio guide will provide historical background on each site as you go. Transport back to Vienna will be included when your tour finishes.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$170.87 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Historical Hitler Walking Tour of Vienna

Discover the streets on which a young Hitler walked on a walking tour of historic Vienna. As you explore Vienna’s ornate Old Town, you’ll learn about Adolf Hitler’s early life and visit Jewish architecture that survived the Holocaust. See the devastation caused by more than 100,000 WWII bombs and pay your respects to monuments dedicated to lives lost.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vienna Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of 'The Third Man'

Relive your favorite shadowy scenes of the 1949 British film noir, ‘The Third Man,’ on this 2.5-hour walking tour of Vienna. Trace the footsteps of character Harry Lime, made famous by Orson Welles’ portrayal, as you journey through the Old Town of Austria’s vibrant capital. Along with spotting the film’s locations, you’ll also see top city attractions, such as the Hotel Sacher. Learn about espionage in the city’s postwar years and get an insider’s look on the attractions that inspired director Carol Reed.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$21.94 USD
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Time Travel: Magic Vienna History Tour

Step back in Viennese time with a visit to Time Travel: The Vienna History Show. The exciting museum brings the past into the present day, courtesy of multimedia displays and attractions audio-given information. Check out the era of Habsburg rule, uncover the plague-hit streets of medieval Vienna and discover the musical side of the city — all through animatronics and special effects. Special attractions include a World War II–era air-raid shelter and a virtual horse-drawn carriage ride.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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  • Duration: 50 minutes
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Vienna First District Walking Tour

Get to grips with Vienna’s history as you explore by foot with a guide. On a 3-hour tour of the Innere Stadt, you’ll check out stately landmarks such as St Rupert’s Church, Hofburg Palace and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit the Ringstrasse and take in the sights of the traditional Vindobona district as you learn about Vienna’s Roman and Celtic past. Hear of powerful dynasties like the Habsburgs and Babenbergs, and discover how the city has modernized into a cultural hotspot. This is a small-group experience, limited to just six people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Belvedere Palace 2.5-Hour Small-Group History Tour in Vienna

Discover Vienna’s most important art and architecture with a 3-hour, small-group tour of The Belvedere’s palaces, grounds and museum. Hear stories about Austria’s princes and princesses as you explore tiered fountains and statue gardens. Learn about the design and décor of Upper and Lower Belvedere palaces, from the exquisite Marble Gallery to the over-the-top Gold Cabinet. Visit the highlights of the art museum, where iconic works by Monet, Rodin and Van Gogh are displayed alongside the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$105.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vienna Schoenbrunn Palace and Gardens Tour

Take a tour of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace and gardens, and learn about the elaborate rooms and their history as you explore. With a guide at your side, you’ll check out the Napoleon Room, Marie-Antionette Room, the Great Gallery, and more. Then you’ll head outside to discover the imperial gardens with their ruins, fountains, and striking tree-lined avenues.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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$57.73 USD
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  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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Walking Tour of Jewish Vienna Including Holocaust Memorial

Discover Vienna’s Jewish heritage and history on this 2-hour walking tour. Led by a local guide, explore the Jewish Textile Quarter and see the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. Pay tribute to the World War II memorial in the central square of Morzinplatz and hear the stories behind the city’s Jewish community.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$22.98 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Half-Day History of Schönbrunn Palace

Delve into the architectural treasure trove of Schönbrunn Palace on a private 3-hour tour from Vienna.  Alongside your guide, you’ll explore extravagantly decorated chambers while learning of the palace’s history. Marvel at the Porcelain Room — a golden tableau modeled on porcelain china — and absorb the splendor of the Millions Room, adorned with priceless Rococo frames and wall hangings. See, too, the Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartments and the beautiful Schönbrunn Gardens. On this private tour, you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide.  
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$390.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vienna City Bike Tour

Cycle through the streets of Vienna on this 3-hour bike and city tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past top attraction such as the Albertina, St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Stadtpark and Heldenplatz. As you travel along bike paths and quieter streets, your guide will discuss the fascinating stories behind each landmark. Enjoy your choice of a morning, afternoon or evening departure.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$42.72 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Underground Vienna Tour: St Michael's Church Crypt and Michaelerplatz Excavation

See the underground world of Vienna on this 2-hour walking tour. Led by an expert guide, travel below the city’s streets to explore the crypt of St Michael’s Church, a burial site for nobility in the 16th century, holding over 4,000 bodies. Afterward, head above ground to examine the Roman excavation in Michaelerplatz. Numbers are limited to 15 on this tour to ensure an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Vienna City Walking Tour

Explore the vibrant city of Vienna on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Led by a local guide, see top attractions such as the Gothic architecture of St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Spanish Riding School. As you go, learn the rich history behind the Austrian capital and each of its architectural gems.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$19.63 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vienna Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle the streets of Vienna on this 3-hour biking tour of the city. Led by an expert guide, saddle up and see the bright hues of the Hundertwasserhaus and the iconic Ferris wheel at the Prater. You’ll also pass top sites like Hofburg Palace, City Hall and the Opera House, learning about the city’s history from your guide as you go. After three hours of sightseeing and fresh air, your tour will conclude at its original departure point. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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A Tour through the Vienna Art History Museum: Learn to See Greatness in Art

The sumptuous Vienna Art History Museum stands alongside the Louvre, Hermitage, and the British Museum as one of the greatest collections of art in the world. And it the best place for a very special art experience. Dozens of the museum's rooms are filled with thousands of artworks, each is unique and interesting in one or another way. But how can someone decide which objects are important and why? How do you decide what is important?
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Including Schönbrunn Gardens with Private Round-Trip Transport

Explore the Habsburgs' sumptuous summer residence on a 3-hour tour of the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens in Vienna with private round-trip transport. Travel by comfortable coach to the UNESCO–listed complex, learning its rich history from your guide as you go. Upon arrival, step inside to explore the frescoed staterooms of the interior independently, before making your way through the gardens to soak up incredible views of Vienna. Your experience will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$176.65 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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A Small Group Tour through the Vienna Art History Museum - Tickets included!

Go beyond the brochure and audio guide on a 3-hour small group tour of the Kunsthistorisches Vienna Art History Museum. With maximum six people per group, you’re guaranteed to have an immersive and engaging art experience. Listen to the inside stories behind masterpieces, such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Tower of Babel, as well as lesser known works of art.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$103.91 USD
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