Vienna at a glanceOur overview tours will give you a comprehensive impression of Vienna. If you would like to book a full day programme we recommend combining a bus tour with either the city walk "Hofburg Palace to St. Stephen´s cathedral" or with any other of our walking tours.Panoramic city tours usually take place in your group tour coach. Should you wish to charter a bus,...
Panoramic City TourWhen visiting Vienna for the first time this is an excellent way to be introduced to the history and the most important buildings of the former Imperial City. You will drive along the famous Ringstrasse with its splendid palaces, seeing the world-renowned Vienna State Opera, the Imperial Residence Hofburg, the stately Parliament, the City Hall, and the State The...
Bus Tour with Schoenbrunn PalaceDuring this drive through the city you will see Vienna’s most important buildings. On the Ringstrasse you will pass the Parliament, the City Hall, the city residence of the emperor, the Hofburg, and world famous Opera. Thereafter the drive will take you through the Wienzeile with the Art Nouveau houses of Otto Wagner to Schönbrunn Palace. The palace...
From Hofburg Palace to St. Stephen´s Cathedral
If you are visiting the city for the first time, or if
your time is limited, this tour offers you an ideal overview.During this walk you will see
the inner city and its most important sights, such as the Hofburg, the former Imperial Residence.
Here you will find the Imperial Treasury with the regalia of the Holy Roman Empire, and also...
Most popular Tours
There is much to discover in Vienna’s city centre. Imperial Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and many insider tips await you. All sights can be easily reached on foot. Choose from among the following tours:
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Cathedral» Gustav Klimt» In the shadow of
Hofburg Palace» Jewish
Vienna» Imperial Vienna» Love and desire in
St. Stephen´s CathedralThe Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephen is not only the geographic but also the
spiritual centre of Vienna. Countless stories and myths have grown up around its origins. Even today
archaeologists are uncovering new and unknown facts about the church.During our walk you
will learn much about its 400-year building history. In the narrow streets around this splendid
In the footsteps of Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimts works drawings and paintings are known throughout the world, and in the history of art they represent the onset of an important new era in painting. Discover the exciting world and impressive works of this unique painter in the course of a tour through the Secesion and the Upper Belvedere.
Klimt was a co-founder...
In the shadow of Hofburg Palace
This walk will take us along the periphery of the area
which was founded by the Romans as the military camp Vindobona. Still today some of Vienna’s houses
are built on Roman foundations! Avoiding the main streets, our route leads us past noble
palaces and churches of the Baroque period to the medieval Minorite Church and remnants of the
The Jewish population of Vienna was, throughout the centuries, subject to an ever-changing history. Beginning in the 12th century Jews settled in Vienna. Often they were granted privileges and protection by the ruling family; or they were made to take the blame for deplorable conditions in the city and were driven out or murdered. And so Jewish settlements were con...
The focus of this tour is the Imperial Residence, the Hofburg.
For more than 640 years the Habsburg dynasty ruled Austria, and the building of the Hofburg took nearly as long! Architectural styles from Gothic to Art Nouveau can been seen in this building complex, and they recount the history of one of the most powerful ruling families in Europe.
Love and desire in Vienna
Stories about love and desire in Vienna are a universally intriguing and almost inexhaustible topic. Viennese have partaken in the pleasures of the flesh for centuries – sometimes in clandestine ways, sometimes openly. The so-called Hübschlerinnen (prostitutes) of the Middle Ages and the courtesans of the famous Graben street of the Baroque era were p...
The Imperial Palace of Schoenbrunn, together with its numerous outbuildings, its extensive park, and historic zoo became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1996. The whole ensemble served as the former summer residence of the Imperial family. The history of the palace remains alive to this day, and the forty state rooms which one can visit document the daily life...
The Vienna Spittelberg neighbourhood is located right
behind MuseumsQuartier. The area is famous for its romantic alleys and charming Biedermeier-style
houses. However, in times past, this neighbourhood was known as the “Mountain of Venus”, given the
many small taverns where patrons could purchase more than just food and drink. ...
Hidden cornersDuring this walk we will guide you through the narrow, winding lanes of one of
Vienna’s oldest districts: From the Greek Quarter with its medieval flair to the area of the Old
University which was founded in 1365, to the Blutgasse. Here the historic houses, badly damaged in
World War II, were renovated in an exemplary urban renewal project.Vienna’s history can be
Christmas in Vienna
Viennese Christmas markets will once again open their doors at the end of November. Their magical
ambience and surroundings will delight visitors of all ages throughout the Christmas holiday.
Experience the advent season in Vienna in front of the Vienna Rathaus (town hall), Belvedere Palace,
Schönbrunn Palace, at the artisans’ market on Spittelberg and myri...
Guided Museum Tours
In more than 100 impressive museums Vienna offers an astonishing variety of artifacts in collections of global importance. Vienna Guides are entitled to guide in all of them.
of Fine Arts»
Belvedere» Museum of Fine
Arts ("Kunsthistorisches Museum")» Leopold Museum» Imperial Furniture
Collection» Liechtenstein Garden Palace » Lie...
Academy of Fine Arts
Presented in a new visual concept, the Collection of Old Masters is again on view in the Academy of Fine Arts, a masterpiece of Theophil Hansen, one of Vienna’s leading architects of the late 19th century. He designed it for the world-renowned Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, the oldest of its kind in the world. Besides paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, Lucas...
The Albertina has one of the largest and most valuable graphics collections in the world. One of the Habsburgs’ most opulent residential palaces, the Albertina is situated on a remnant of the former city wall. Masterpieces of its collection include Dürer’s “Hare” or his “Hands Folded in Prayer” and other works on paper from Rubens to Picasso and Rauschenberg. On perman...
The Belvedere, once built as a magnificent summer palace for Prince Eugene of Savoy, now houses the collections of Austrian painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the 20th century in a context of European art.One reason to visit the gallery in the Upper Belvedere is Gustav Klimt, with his golden paintings “The Kiss” and “Judith”. Furthermore you will find impre...
The Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts was built in the 19th century to house the vast art collections of the Imperial family. Today it is considered one of the most important art museums in the world. It houses in addition to the Egyptian-Oriental collection, and Roman and Greek antiquities the most extensive coin and medal collection in the world.But the highlight of ...
The Leopold Collection is one of the most significant collections of modern art in Vienna, with masterpieces of Art Nouveau, Austrian Expressionism and the Viennese Modern. It is the most visited museum in the most popular cultural centre in the city – the MuseumsQuartier, and houses the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world.
Imperial Furniture Collection
The Imperial Furniture Collection is a fascinating museum in Vienna. What originally started as a simple furniture depot for the Habsburg dynasty grew into what is now the world’s largest collection of furniture with 165,000 items! You will be able to view the emperors’ original furnishings from Hofburg Palace. Among many ot...
Liechtenstein Garden Palace
With one of the world´s largest and most important private collections the Palais Liechtenstein showcases masterpieces from early Renaissance to Baroque, including paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck, together with the Badminton Cabinet, the most valuable piece of furniture in the world, exquisite bronzes and valuable porcelain.
Liechtenstein City Palace
The city palace owned by the aristocratic
Liechtenstein family is now restored to its former glory. Its spectacular ceremonial rooms and
selected masterpieces from the Princely Collection of the classicist and Biedermeier periods make
this city palace a must-see attraction and an insiders’ tip for art enthusiasts. The exhibits
Sigmund Freud Museum
Freud lived and worked at 19, Berggasse in the 9th district for almost half a
century. The museum, housed in the rooms of Freud’s former practice and living quarters, features a
fine exhibition highlighting the private as well as professional life of the Father of
Psychoanalysis. In the practice’s former waiting-room one may
view original furniture and parts o...
Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments
The Imperial Apartments are the former private and official rooms of the Imperial family in the Hofburg, the former winter residence of the Habsburgs.
You will be guided not only through the conference room and study of the Emperor, but you will also view the salon, bedroom and dressing room (with gymnastics equipment!) of the Empress, w...
of the world’s foremost treasuries is located in the oldest part of the Vienna Hofburg Palace, the
so-called Swiss wing. The treasury is divided into two parts: the ecclesiastical and the secular
area. It is home not only to the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the imperial crown of
Austria, but also houses the Burgundian Inheritance, which dates back to th...
Vienna is famous for its grand buildings in several architectural styles, ranging from opulent
Baroque, elegant Art Nouveau or innovative modern. Below, you find special tours for every specific
period. Should you be interested in learning more about any other architecture-related topic, please enter this information into the corresponding
field on our form....
Following the victory over the Ottoman Army during the
second siege of Vienna in 1683, the city literally began to outgrow its boundaries. The Imperial
family and the aristocracy built not only city palaces but also garden residences beyond the city
walls. In addition, the period of the Counterreformation saw the construction of som...
Around 1900 a new style began to make its mark on
the city. A group of young artists broke free of the academic style of Historicism and founded the
Secession. The building of the same name, with its leafy gold dome and the motto, “To each era its
art, and to art its freedom” gives expression to the group’s ideals. Architect Ott...
Vienna offers a wide
spectrum of contemporary architecture by internationally renowned names such as Jean Nouvel or
Dominique Perrault. Innovative public housing projects have been a part of the cityscape since the
1920’s and are still being built today. Since 1990 Vienna has been growing upwards and outwards.
Tours of the Outer District
It is not only the city centre which offers places of interest. When the city threatened to burst its boundaries, the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie began moving out beyond the city wall (approximately the site of today’s Ringstrasse). Historic structures, Baroque palaces, Art Nouveau villas and modern buildings—in conjunction with the history of t...
This city walk through Vienna’s second district includes Augarten, Vienna’s oldest Baroque garden, Taborstraße and Nestroyplatz. What used to be sparsely populated pastures, constantly threatened by Danube flooding until the later part of the 19th century, eventually evolved into an entertainment district, beginning in the Biedermeier period. That was the time when ...
“The beautiful corpse” was for the Viennese, with their macabre sense of humour, the only suitable conclusion to life. Elaborate and expensive funerals were an important aspect of Viennese culture. Hence the reusable coffin with the trap door, which “reform Emperor” Josef II introduced for reasons of frugality and practicality, had to be retracted! On our tours thro...
Grinzing CemeteryLocated in a noble district near the Vienna Woods and the "Heurige", the many mausoleums and elaborate tombs in this cemetery bear witness to the wealthy and prominent members of Viennese society who are buried here. Laid out in terraces with a lovely view of Vienna, the cemetery is the final resting place of a number of celebrities. Among them are the composer Gustav...
Hietzing CemeteryVery close to Schoenbrunn Palace this cemetery is located in the elegant neighbourhood of Hietzing. A number of renowned personalities are buried here, including composers Alban Berg and Gottfried von Einem, the playwright and poet Franz Grillparzer and his "eternal bride," the painter Gustav Klimt, the architect Otto Wagner and the director of the famous Sisi films w...
Imperial CryptThe vault under the Capuchin Church was originally intended as a burial place for Emperor Matthias and his wife Anna. Today more than 140 members of the House of Habsburg are interred here. Among them you will find Emperor Franz Joseph and his beautiful Elisabeth, as well as Maria Theresa and her beloved husband Emperor Francis Stephen of Lorrain, who are buried in an el...
St. Marx CemeteryOne of the very few Biedermeier cemeteries from the first half of the 19th century can be found in Vienna. In the St. Marx Cemetery interments were carried out well into the 1880’s. The most famous person to be buried here was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The approximate location of his grave is indicated by a monument. On a stroll through this idyllic setting we will dis...
Central CemeteryIn 1874 Viennese citizen Jakob Zelzer was the first to be buried in the newly-opened Central Cemetery. Today this cemetery with more than 3 million graves is the largest in Europe (only Hamburg-Ohlsdorf is larger in area). Besides countless normal citizens the cemetery has the largest number of celebrities: Musicians such as Beethoven, Schubert, Johann Strauss or Falco...
Gardens and Parks
More than half of the metropolitan area of Vienna is made up of green spaces. In addition to the Vienna Woods you will find a large number of historical parks and gardens. Accompany your Vienna Guide on a tour through the most beautiful parks of the city. Should you wish a tour through another of the wonderful parks in Vienna, just enter it in the descri...
Gardens of Schoenbrunn Palace
Der barocke The Baroque park at Schoenbrunn Palace originated from hunting grounds in the second half of the 16th century. The building of the palace at the end of the 17th century, of course, included the design and construction of elaborate gardens that took many years. During a guided tour through the gardens you will see the "Gloriette", numer...
Public gardens along Rigstrasse
These parks look back on almost 200 years of history. In the "Volksgarten" you will come across the monument to Empress Elisabeth and the Theseus Temple. This park is a special attraction in spring when nearly 400 different types of roses are in bloom. The "Burggarten", formerly the private gardens of the Imperial family, is specially loved by t...
Through the Churches
Vienna’s oldest existing church, the Church of St.
Rupert, is nearly 1,000 years old. Through all stylistic periods churches were constructed in
Vienna. Besides the magnificent Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral there exists an abundance of opulent
Baroque churches -- those of St. Charles and St. Peter, for example. The churches of the 19th
century were built pr...
Parish Churches of the Habsburgs
The chapel at the Vienna Imperial Palace was first
mentioned in a document in 1296. It was in this chapel that the royal family gathered for joyful
occasions and to mourn their dead, accompanied by festive liturgy and the music of the Vienna Boys’
Choir.Michaelerkirche is one of Vienna’s oldest churches and one of the few originally
Music ToursVienna is synonymous with music! Some of the world’s most famous
musicians spent the greater part of their lives here. We will show you where and how they lived, and
in which places their immortal melodies were first heard. The following is a list of suggested music
tours. If there is some other topic or aspect you are interested in please let us know by adding that information...
Schubert, Haydn and the members of the Strauss family were only a few of those musicians who made
Vienna the centre of their creative activity. The love of music so typical of the Imperial Family,
the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie offered these artists ideal living and working conditions. Our
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, and first
came to Vienna at the age of six as a celebrated Wunderkind. After travels throughout Europe he
finally settled in Vienna, where he spent the last third of his life. His music remains immortal
right up to the present day.On our tour we will see the sites of
his private and his...
Born in Bonn, Ludwig van Beethoven came to Vienna at the age of 17 with the goal of meeting Mozart, which probably didn´t happen. Several years later he moved to Vienna for good, here he had his most remarkable successes. It was also in Vienna that his hearing problems became increasingly worse.
We start at
Johann Strauss the Younger
was doubtlessly the most famous member of the Strauss family. But it was
his father who composed the “Radetzky March” which is still played as the finale of the widely
broadcast New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic. The brothers Josef and Eduard, although
trained for other professio...
Guided Excursions in the Outskirts of Vienna
Vienna’s outskirts are especially attractive - romantic countryside, vintner villages, historic castles, abbeys and monasteries as well as picturesque landscapes. An entertaining daytrip will add to your perfect experience of Vienna! According to your schedule and preferences a tailor-made sightseeing programme can b...
Explore Austria’s youngest province on a full day’s trip! The tour will bring you to
Eisenstadt, the small town where Joseph Haydn, court composer to the Esterhazy Princes, lived and
worked for most of his life. Continue via the Roman quarry St. Margarethen to the quaint town of
Rust with its medieval village centre, where wine has been produced for centuries. Retur...
Not far from Vienna one finds the 900-year-old abbey of Klosterneuburg. You may
choose from different theme paths: for example the guided tour “The Sacred Path” includes the
magnificent “Verdun Altar”, a masterpiece of the 12th century, and the recently adapted treasury
with its sacred art treasures.On your way back to Vienna you will stop at the Kahlenber...
one hour from Vienna, the lovely Wachau valley awaits you! This stretch along the Danube from Krems
to Melk is a designated Unesco World Heritage site. It offers breathtaking views of medieval castles
and picturesque town.Duration: 8 hoursPrice of the bus and admission
fees are not included! Should you require an offer for bus charter, minibus or limousine service the ...
Explore the favourite recreation area of the Viennese on a trip to the Vienna Woods.
Visit the medieval abbey of Heiligenkreuz, one of the oldest and most important monasteries in
Austria. Continue on to the former hunting lodge of Mayerling, scene of the tragic double suicide of
Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera. Through the picturesque “Helenental” you wil...