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Vienna Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of 'The Third Man'

Badge of ExcellenceVienna, Austria
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • 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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Please note, that it is NOT a sewer tour.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Stadtpark
    1030 Vienna, Austria

    In front of metro station Stadtpark (U4, exit Johannesgasse)

Start time

04:00 PM

End point

  • Mölker Bastei
    Mölker Bastei, 1010 Wien, Austria

What To Expect

Meet your guide in central Vienna, and take off through cobblestone streets of the Old Town. See the local spots that inspired Carol Reed, the director of The Third Man, as well as Graham Greene, the novelist who first penned the story. Check out Harry Lime’s apartment, or the iconic Hotel Sacher and Café Mozart, where the undercover meeting between Baron Kurtz and Harry took place and hear the stories behind the classic film’s production. Delve into the history of postwar Vienna and secrets of Cold War espionage before concluding your tour in central Vienna.

Der Dritte Mann - Auf den Spuren eines Filmklassikers (Pass By)

Visit the most important film locations and get background information about the movie.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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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You don't need to be a Third Man fanatic to appreciate the experience (though it does help if you find time to re-watch the movie before your trip).
You don’t have to be a fan of the film to enjoy this tour as you learn a lot about post war Vienna from the guide which is really interesting.
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Best tour ever
Taina_H, Dec 2020
Best tour ever. The guide was so professional and knew everything about the 3rd man and surroundings.
The Third Man Glasgow connection
Andrew_G, Mar 2020
Mr Timmerman provides an excellent and entertaining tour. He also loves the film whisky galore which warmed our scottish hearts.
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Katy_G, Feb 2020
Loved the tour and our guide was amazing and really passionate and lively. Learnt a lot about the history of the city as well as about the film.
Kevin_J, Feb 2020
Great guide, fantastic knowledge of the Third Man. Great tour. Strongly recommended. Quite a lot of walking
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cgorynski, Feb 2020
Great tour really informative guide. You don’t have to be a fan of the film to enjoy this tour as you learn a lot about post war Vienna from the guide which is really interesting. Our tour included a surprise at the end for the fans of the film. Highly recommended.
The Third Man ... all you ever wanted to know!!!
DebSDec2019, Dec 2019
The "In the steps of The Third Man" walking tour around Vienna was really interesting, very well done, packed with info and quirky trivia about The Third Man film, and great stories about espionage in cold war Vienna. If you love classic movies, spies and intriguing stories ... this is a fabulous and fun tour. It's been running for 55 years and is definitely worth doing. I loved it!
Fantastic Walking Tour!
Brian_R, Dec 2019
We really can't praise the Third Man Walking Tour enough! We spent about a week in Vienna, and this ended up being our favorite part of the trip. You don't need to be a Third Man fanatic to appreciate the experience (though it does help if you find time to re-watch the movie before your trip). In about two hours, our tour guide took us to several key locations from the film (though not the Prater, which is too far from the city center to be practical). She would then speak about the history of postwar Vienna and behind-the-scenes information regarding the production of the film. I felt as though I learned so much about both the movie and Vienna more generally. The walking tour really helps you to see a great film with fresh eyes!
Great fun
dagwells123, Sep 2019
Friendly, funny and very entertaining. This guided tour is a great way to see some stunning highlights of Vienna- even if you’re not a huge fan of the film. There is a delightful surprise at the end which I won’t spoil for you. Enjoy.
so informative and fun!
Jia_Z, Aug 2019
We had the best tour guide on this tour - he had a million stories. I would say that the balance of the content was half movie and half city history, which was great - because you do not have to know a lot about the movie to go on this tour. Yes, as others have noted, there seems to be a lot more german than english, separate tours would be great, but we understand the logistical issues involved in doubling the work. We do have to apologize to our amazing guide - I am very pregnant and half way through the 2 hours of walking, I just kind of gave up because it was hot and I got very tired - but this should not reflect on the quality of the tour! We felt so bad for leaving early. Highly recommend!
Not enough English
ESTHER_B, Jun 2019
Our guide was very good and enthusiastic. However there was much more talk in German than English. I understand enough German to know that a good deal was left out for the English speakers.. I recommend making the tour truly bilingual.
Entertaining and informative
Judith_S, Mar 2019
This was a great way to learn not just about the iconic Third Man film but also the history of life in Vienna immediately post war. Our guide was very knowledgable and engaging. Also a great way to get some exercise!! Would definitely recommend.
For us this was a non-event. Our...
Garth_B, Apr 2018
For us this was a non-event. Our guide from a previous tour referred us to an incorrect starting point and we missed the tour. Don't follow our example - double-check the departure information!
We met Birgitte, our guide, ten mins...
Belinda W, Apr 2018
We met Birgitte, our guide, ten mins before the tour started. She proved to be an animated and expert guide, which is no surprise given that she is an historian and knows everything about post-war Vienna and The Third Man. She really brought Vienna and the film to life.
A great evening with a very...
David C, Mar 2018
A great evening with a very knowledgeable guide - full marks
Fascinating insights into both Vienna...
GEOFFREY S, Feb 2018
Fascinating insights into both Vienna and the art of film. I loved it. Thanks again
The guide was very knowledgeable The...
Michael R, Jan 2018
The guide was very knowledgeable The Third Man film which she rated much better than the book. She was pleased that we knew a lot about the film. Think it made it much more interesting for her too.
I really enjoyed this. Expert guide to...
Ian_M, Dec 2017
I really enjoyed this. Expert guide to the film and post 2WW Vienna.
I went on this tour in honour of my...
Lydia S, Dec 2017
I went on this tour in honour of my dad, whose favourite film it is. I've seen the film many times, thanks Dad but my boyfriend had only seen 3/4 of it in prep for the trip. The tour was perfect for both of us. It was great to start at the iconic tunnel, and wonderful as it got dark in Vienna. The guide was very knowledgeable, inevitably as this is his family business, but we also learnt loads about the city itself. He was talkative and interested in his group too. The end surprise was lovely. Not quite a 5/5 as: - We were a group of 10, all English speaking apart from a Swiss-German couple we'd booked onto an English speaking tour. However, the guide started each time in German, before repeating it in English. I don't mind really, but after a while it was a bit annoying and obviously made it longer. - Would have been nice to have included a mulled wine in the tour - maybe at the end. We bought one at a Lions Club charity stall which was nice, but some refreshment at the end would have just finished it off perfectly. - There were no toilets at the end despite ending in a shop. We were directed to Starbucks round the corner who require a purchase before giving the code for the toilet. That being said, it was one of the highlights of our trip and I would recommend it to any fan of the Third Man.
The guide was very knowledgeable...
ALAN_R, Sep 2017
The guide was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny. It was a fun tour.
Booked an English tour Friday 15th...
Mary B, Sep 2017
Booked an English tour Friday 15th September at 4 pm. Disappointed to find I was joining a mainly German tour. The guide did her best but my concentration began to wane due to every sentence had to be repeated German then English. The guide said the tour would have to last more than 2hrs 30 mins which was far longer than I was lead to believe when I booked the tour. The information about The Third Man was very interesting but there was too much standing involved. I left after 1hr 20 mins


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