Vienna
2,000 years
of European history,
in one city
           
 
Tours


Standard tours

Tour 1 The Two-Hour Tour
Tours through Vienna's old town
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Tour 2 Schönbrunn Palace
Schloss Schönbrunn
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Museum tours  
Tour 3 The Museum of Fine Arts
Kunsthistorisches Museum
Tour 4 The Imperial Treasury
Kaiserliche Schatzkammer
Tour 5 The Sigmund Freud Museum
Sigmund Freud Haus
Tour 6 The Jewish Museum(s)
Tour 7 The Belvedere
and Gustav Klimt
Tour 8 The Hofburg
and the Imperial Apartments
Tour 9 The Mozarthaus
Tour 10 The Imperial Crypt
Kaisergruft
Additional walking tours  
Tour 11 Seven Squares in Vienna
The old town and its squares
Tour 12 Vienna. In a Nutshell
Tour 13 Tinseltown meets Old Town
Hollywood in Vienna
 
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The Two-Hour Tour gives an insight into the history and culture of the city with a walk through the old town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) taking in many of the sights concentrated in the centre.

The tour can be adapted but usually includes the State Opera, the National Library, the Church of the Augustinians, the Spanish Riding School, the Hofburg, Heldenplatz, Parliament, Rathaus, Burgtheater, University of Vienna, the Holocaust Memorial, the Plague Column and St Stephen's Cathedral.

Longer tours can also incorporate sights outside the Ring (e.g. Belvedere, Hundertwasserhaus).

Tour 1

The Two-Hour Tour
Time

2 hours

Price € 160
 
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Schönbrunn Palace is Vienna's second UNESCO World Heritage Site and since the 18th century where the Habsburg rulers spent the summer months. Built to rival the French king's Versailles the palace has played an integral part in the history of the Habsburg dynasty including their demise.

Two of the Habsburg dynasty's most important rulers, Maria Theresia and Franz Joseph, are closely associated with the palace as are events connected to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Napoleon and John F. Kennedy.

Highlights: The Grand Gallery, the heart of the building | The room where the Habsburg dynasty ended | Napoleon's bedroom, twice.

The tour includes the Highlight tour (22 rooms) of the palace together with an overview of the main courtyard and garden.

Tour 2

Schönbrunn Palace

Schloß Schönbrunn
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
€ 17 for adults for Highlight tour
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The Museum of Fine Arts, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, is a work of art itself, purpose-built to hold the art collections of the Habsburg family.

Here is housed one of the most important art collections in European history: the unified collection of the Habsburg rulers drawing together centuries of acquisitions under one roof.

Highlights: The world's largest Pieter Bruegel, the Elder collection (including Hunters in the Snow) | Benvenuto Cellini's (once stolen) Saliera.

This tour offers an overview of the history of the building and its collections and a selection of its main exhibits and can be rounded off with a visit to the museum's cafe.

Tour 3

The Museum of Fine Arts

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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The Imperial Treasury, the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer, is hidden away in the most secure part of the Hofburg Palace: the Schweizerhof. Here in the oldest part of the Habsburg palace (13th century) are kept some of the most valuable artefacts from Austrian history.

Highlights: The medieval Order of the Golden Fleece | The 10th century Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire | The legendary Holy Lance.

This tour offers an overview of the history of the collection and a selection of its main exhibits.

Tour 4

The Imperial Treasury

Kaiserliche Schatzkammer
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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The Sigmund Freud Museum is at Berggasse 19 in Vienna's 9th district. It is the historic apartment where Freud lived most of his life (1891-1938), where he founded and developed psychoanalysis and where he eventually had to leave for exile in London.

Here his six children grew up including his youngest Anna (both Freuds had their practice here). Here is where he wrote his books and where he discussed with other pioneers in the field of psychoanalysis (Alfred Adler, Sándor Ferenczi, C. G. Jung) as well as famous contemporaries (Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Mann, Thornton Wilder, André Breton).

Highlights: Freud's consulting room, where psychoanalysis was born | Freud's study, where he wrote his books.

The tour includes Freud's apartment in Berggasse and a visit to nearby locations connected with his time in Vienna.

Tour 5

The Sigmund Freud Museum

Sigmund Freud Haus
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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In 1895 the world's very first Jewish museum opened its doors in Vienna and today the city has two. The main Jewish Museum is today located in the Palais Eskeles, a former aristocrat's town palace just off the Graben. Here, spread over four floors, you will find the story of the Viennese Jewish community from the 17th century up until the present day.

For the story of the earlier Jewish community you need to take a short walk to Judenplatz the location of the smaller Jewish Museum Judenplatz. The square was once the centre of a thriving medieval Jewish community (12-15th century), one of the most important in Europe.

Judenplatz is also the location of the Holocaust Memorial, designed by Rachel Whiteread and unveiled in 2000.

The tour visits both Jewish museums and also the Holocaust Memorial.

Tour 6

The Jewish Museum(s)
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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The Belvedere ranks as Vienna's second most important summer palace after Schönbrunn and boasts the famous (and still protected) view across the city's old town.

Whilst Schönbrunn was built by the Habsburgs the Belvedere was built at the beginning of the 18th century by the secret emperor, their most successful military leader, Prince Eugene of Savoy.

Today the former summer palace houses one of Vienna's major art galleries and includes the world's largest Gustav Klimt collection.

Highlights: Gustav Klimt's masterpiece The Kiss | The Marble Hall, where the State Treaty was signed in 1955 | The "beautiful view" over Vienna's Old Town.

The tour includes a brief history of the palace and grounds and a tour of the gallery's Klimt paintings including his masterpiece The Kiss.

Tour 7

The Belvedere
and Gustav Klimt
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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The Hofburg, after the Vatican in Rome, is the world's 2nd largest living quarters. Starting its life as a small medieval castle in the 13th century it developed over six centuries of Habsburg rule into the sprawling palace we see today, serving as the dynasty's winter palace and the focal point of their empire.

It is a complicated and extensive collection of historic structures with 18 wings, 19 courtyards and over 2,600 rooms. All for one family.

Today it has many uses, including being home to the presidential offices together with a series of important museums. It also houses the headquarters of the OSCE, and the National Library.

The tour takes in the different historic buildings which make up the palace and finishes with a visit to the imperial apartments where the Habsburg emperor and empress lived and worked.

Tour 8

The Hofburg
and the Imperial Apartments
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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Between September 1784 and April 1787 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in the Domgasse in Vienna's Old Town just behind St Stephen's Cathedral.

Here he lived with his wife Constance, his newborn son Carl Thomas, four servants, a dog and a songbird.

His most expensive apartment from the decade he spent living in Vienna (and the only one remaining in the capital), it was here he wrote The Marriage of Figaro, taught promising young musicians and received guests and friends (including Joseph Haydn).

The tour includes Mozart's apartment at the Mozarthaus and a visit to nearby locations connected with his time in Vienna.

Tour 9

The
Mozarthaus
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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One of Europe's most important royal burial sites.

Since the transfer of the coffins holding the remains of Emperor Matthias and Empress Anna in 1633 the burial vault beneath the Church of the Capuchin Friars on the Neue Market has become the Habsburg family crypt. Continually extended over the centuries it now holds the remains of 12 emperors and 22 empresses with a total of over 150 Habsburgs including siblings and children.

In 2011, the possibly last Habsburg burial took place at the crypt, that of Otto, the eldest son of the last of the Habsburg emperors, Karl.

The tour includes the crypt and a visit to locations nearby connected with the burials of the Habsburg rulers.

Tour 10

The
Imperial Crypt

Kaisergruft
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
Entrance fees not included
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The story of Vienna lies in and around its squares. Meeting places for communication and trade and the hub of many historical events, a city's squares are the focal point of its day-to-day life.

The tour visits seven squares located in Vienna's old town. Why did they develop and how have they contributed to the history of the city over the last millennium?

Tour 11

Seven Squares
in Vienna
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
 
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A walk through Vienna's Old Town is a journey down 2,000 years of European history.

Through anecdotes and stories we can catch a glimpse of the people and events that made the city what it is today. And by getting an insight into Vienna's past we can better understand its present.

This tour is for those new to Vienna or those wanting to find out more about the city they live in. Concise and to the point. Vienna. In a nutshell.

Tour 12

Vienna.
In a N
utshell

Time 2 hours
Price € 160
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Tarantino. Cruise. Eastwood. Spielberg. From the Hollywood A-list of today to the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s and 60s there have been many connections between Vienna and the US film capital.

From film locations, premieres and anecdotes to the Viennese filmmakers who left their stamp on the US film industry this tour connects 10 locations in Vienna's old town with Hollywood and international English-language cinema. No history. No sights. Just film.

Tour 13

Tinseltown meets Old Town

Hollywood in Vienna
Time 2 hours
Price € 160
 
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"Hier ist doch gewiß
das Klavierland!"


"This really is pianoland!"


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-91)

Writing to his father Leopold in 1781 after leaving secure employment with the Archbishop of Salzburg to move to Vienna and become one of the world's first freelance musicians.

Mozart spent the rest of his life in the city composing his four masterpieces during this time: The Marriage of Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), Cosi Fan Tutte (1790) and in 1791, shortly before his death, his greatest success, The Magic Flute.

He lived at many addresses in Vienna: the only one which remains today is in the Domgasse, where Mozart lived the longest, from 1784-87.

Film trailer
 
   
   
Vienna, 1781-91

Written by
Peter Schaffer
(based on his stageplay)

Directed by
Milos Forman

Production
USA/France/
Czechoslovakia/Italy, 1984


Filmed
in Prague
(and Vienna
)

Academy Awards
(Eight including)
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor (F. Murray
Abraham as Antonio Salieri)
Best Adapted Screenplay