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Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

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From $125.00

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Go deep into Vienna’s rich history on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour with an expert guide. Start your tour in the former seat of the Habsburg Empire, and hear about the city’s kings, queens and revolutionaries. Spot architectural and historic landmarks as you explore a pair of vibrant shopping districts. Learn about Habsburg religion and ritual at a trio of extraordinary churches, and see traces left by waves of invading forces from Ottomans to Nazis. Take in Vienna’s highlights and enjoy unique historic insights on the capital city.
  • 3-hour, small-group history tour of Vienna
  • Explore the city with an expert guide
  • Visit important landmarks and overlooked sites
  • Hear stories about Austria's diverse past
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Small-group tour ensures a personal experience

What's Included

  • 3-hour guided walk in the company of an historian guide
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kohlmarkt 14
    Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Departure Point: Café Demel The famous pastry shop and chocolaterie established in 1786 Address: Café Demel Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Vienna The famous pastry shop and chocolaterie established in 1786 Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

End point

  • Vienna
    Vienna, Austria

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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48 reviews
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One of the Highlights of our Vienna Trip!
Ruth_C, Feb 2023
Walter was personable and knowledgeable. He took us to places that we would have never found on our own. We feel that we have made a special friend!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
So pleased that you enjoyed the tour! We admit we are proud of of our wonderful guide team. Safe travels and thanks for reviewing!
Our guide Katarina is...
lilach_i, Jan 2023
Our guide Katarina is very knowledgeable, including small fascinating historic details, as well as pleasant. highly recommended.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks for the lovely feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed the tour! Safe travels.
Great tour and even better guide!
Andy_V, Oct 2022
We had planned a trip to Prague and Budapest but friends recommended a stop in Vienna to see the sites but we really didn’t know what exactly to see so we booked this trip. Wolfgang was awesome! He treated us with respect and made us feel like VIPs or personal friends as he went about showing us his great city filling it with rich historical facts without making anything dry or boring. He made history come alive sharing details about the buildings around us and the people that once lived there. If you are interested in seeing Vienna but not really sure what to see I highly recommend booking this tour and if you are lucky you will get Wolfgang as your guide!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for the wonderful review. We're so glad you enjoyed the tour and we're very proud of our knowledgeable and personal guide team! We'll hope to see you on Insight Cities tours again in Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Salzburg and Budapest. Have a lovely autumn.
Great tour
Laura_H, Jul 2022
A wonderful overview of Vienna’s history and key sights which she tailored for us as it ended up only being the two of us on the tour. Our guide was very good company too and imparted good local knowledge along the way.
Brilliant historical tour
Jennifer_K, Jul 2022
Ilsa was terrific, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor. Money well spent! My wife was sick and couldn't go but I had a terrific intellectual time. Sometimes very sad, as she pointed out the heartbreaking memorials of the civilians killed by the Allieds when the bombing took out the Opera House and an underground bomb shelter. This is a Don't Miss.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
We're so glad you enjoyed the tour and we hope your wife feels better. Thanks for taking the time to review. We'll hope to see you in the future on Insight Cities tours in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Budapest & Salzburg with some of our other wonderful local historian guides. Travel safe.
Great Historical Tour of Vienna
Richard_S, Jul 2022
This was a great tour. We enjoyed the history along with the anecdotes about various elements of Austrian and Viennese history like the kidnapping of Richard the Lion Hearted. In addition we were given some restaurant recommendations which were excellent. This was our best walking tour by far on our trip across Europe. I would highly recommend it.
A general tour with some historical highlights
Agneta_M, May 2022
A good introduction to the architectural styles of Vienna and it ’s culture with interesting background stories.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
We're glad you enjoyed the tour and thanks for reviewing. I admit that we don't usually see only a 3 out of 5 for our guides so I think I'll still write to you independently to ask if you have any suggestions for improvement that you wanted to share with us. Have a great summer.
Katarina was amazing!
Sabrina_P, Apr 2022
Katarina was lovely, knowledgeable and an animated story teller. Despite the cold weather, she kept out attention! The tour went by in a minute we were so involved in the tour. She was also quite interactive and encouraged questions. It’s clear she is a knowledgeable historian and loves her beautiful city!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks for the lovely review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed the tour. We are proud of our great guide team! Hope to see you on Insight Cities tours again in Vienna, Berlin, Budapest, Prague & Salzburg. Have a great spring.
terrific guide
Viator, Mar 2022
The guide loved her city, was well-informed about the history and present of Austria, and was willing to do extra things.
Don’t miss this!
maria_h, Nov 2021
Katarina was extremly knowledgable and brought history to life. Fun, interesting and three hours well spent. Highly recommended: don’t miss it!
A can’t miss experience!
Zach_T, Nov 2021
The small group walking tour was awesome! Annelie was so kind, genuine and knowledgeable about Vienna. I would highly recommend the small group walking tour. Request Annelie if you can!
Exceptionally memorable experience
Jeffrey_H, Oct 2021
Our guide, Katarina, was personable, knowledgeable, and attentive. She shared her experiences about living in Vienna as well as her family’s history in the city. And her understanding of the city’s history goes deep and wide, from the Roman times to present, from art and music to housing and everyday life. She was especially accommodating because one member spoke Spanish and a little English so she spoke clearly and slowly to him. We’ll arrange another tour with her next we’re in Vienna! She’s truly exceptional!
Walking tour Vienna
Fiona_E, Sep 2021
Katarina our guide was very friendly, extremely well informed and knowledgable about Vienna . She explained the history of the sites very clearly. I would highly recommend this 3 hour walking tour of Vienna .
Excellent Experience
John_M, Sep 2021
Very informative. Perfect mixture of information and history. My wife and I really enjoyed the experience. We would highly recommend
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thanks for the warm review and glad you enjoyed your tour. We hope to see again on Insight Cities tours in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Budapest and Salzburg. Travel safe!
Best Vienna tour you can take
Ann_P, Aug 2021
I ended up being the only person on the tour with Annelie Pichler. It was AMAZING. I can't speak highly enough of my time with her. I recommend everyone take her tour. It's one of the most enjoyable ones I've gone on. She is incredibly knowledgeable, great personality, and took me to the famous and secret places in Vienna. Definitely take this tour.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We're really proud of Annelie's touring along with all her colleagues in Vienna and in our other cities. We hope to see you again on Insight Cities tours in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Salzburg or on our expanding selection of live stream tours! Thanks again.
Walking through History in Vienna
Steven_L, Dec 2019
My husband and I enjoyed learning about the history of this beautiful city during this walking tour. Our guide, IIse, was extremely knowledgeable, personable, professional, and spoke excellent EnglishWe highly recommend this tour!
Isobel_M, Dec 2019
Ilse was a fantastic guide who shared so much knowledge with us about the History of Vienna, especially what we were interested in. Having a smaller group tour is definitely recommendable!
Renata_N, Jul 2019
Fantastic tour! Historical, great way to start in Vienna! The Guide Angelika was amazing! Brilliant!
We leant all about the Hapsburg...
Claire T, Nov 2017
We leant all about the Hapsburg dynasty and their affect on Austria over the 700 years of rule. Saw the various palaces they lived in from the outside and visited prominent churches.
Ilse is a fantastic guide, her...
ELENA F, Oct 2017
Ilse is a fantastic guide, her strong academics and interpersonal skills makes the tour an unforgettable experience. We recommend to do it at the beginning of your stay. She will give you a lot of relevant advice
One of the best tour I had. Full of...
Patty, Aug 2017
One of the best tour I had. Full of information, from someone who knows what's he is talking about. A must do.
I did my tour with Ilse and she was...
Sankalpa G, Jan 2017
I did my tour with Ilse and she was brilliant. Informative, interesting and friendly. It is a good way to get to know the city and its fascinating history before exploring on your own and also a great way to make the most of the city if you are visiting for a very short time.
We were very lucky to have had...
Mark K, Dec 2016
We were very lucky to have had booked this tour, we were the only couple. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very proud of her City. She took us to places larger tours couldn't go and discussed the significance of places to the history. She pointed out places to explore on our on and suggested several wonderful coffee houses to visit which we did. Overall it was a great tour in a very special city.
Very knowledgeable and professional...
Sherry B, Oct 2016
Very knowledgeable and professional tour guide. Learned many interesting insights about Vienna's history
We had a great tour guide--Wolfgang--he...
Linda_L, Jun 2016
We had a great tour guide--Wolfgang--he individualized the tour according to our interests.


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