How Independent Travellers Should Roam My Hometown
There are dozens of different Vienna tours. They help you turn every stone there, get pointers or just have fun, explore the city in a small group, in private, or in a larger group. I have screened and tested a few tours to help you do just that. Here is my guide of the best guided tours on foot, by bike, car and segway.
Vienna's city centre lays out most of the must-sees in a historic pedestrian area. General walking tours for first time visitors therefore take place there.
Themed walks for those who want to dive deeper into certain aspects, for example Jewish Vienna, Eros in Vienna, and History of Medicine, tend to go out into the neighbourhoods. Vienna Walking Tours
The city is largely flat, has more than 1,000 km of bike paths and lush green surroundings. Guided bike tours in the city cover the highlights of the historic old town as well as the Vienna Prater and the Danube Island. Extend your radius and sign up for a wine tasting tour at UNESCO world heritage site Wachau Valley, cycle along the popular Danube bike path, and visit the national park around Lake Neusiedl (our little 'seaside'). You can even bike to other nearby European cities such as Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, and Krakow on a guided tour. Vienna Tours By Bike
Vienna's bike paths are increasingly humming with Segways. They are mostly used by small groups of visitors and a few locals who want to give it a try. (It took me and most other group members 15 minutes to work it out.) Segway tour operators usually accept children from 12 years of age.
You can choose between booking a tour with a proper tour guide to see the inner city, going on a nature trail through the woodlands of the Vienna Prater or touring the Danube island. Learn more in my review. Vienna Tours By Segway
Vienna tour packages wrap up sightseeing with palace and museum visits, classical concerts, lunches or dinners, or a visit to a Vienna coffeehouse. Some even come with a Vienna Card discount ticket that you can use for your self guided visits.
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There are loads of private tours and tour guides in town but they are not easy to find. A savvy private tour guide can package Vienna according to your personal interests.
Private tours range from luxurious to down-to-earth. You can tour the city in a luxury limousine with private chauffeur, take themed walks and photo safaris in private or in small groups or do hiking tours in the surroundings. You can even team up with a passionate local for the ultimate sneak behind the surface of good old Vienna. Private Tours
Things To See And Do In Vienna
My Tour Reviews
There is a series of special tours through my hometown. I have joined and reviewed a few of them:
This is an excellent pointer tour that is a little more relaxed. Other than most sightseeing tours, it allows you to venture out
into popular green space you may not otherwise have gone to.
You start biking from the Danube canal into Ringstrasse with the City Hall, Burgtheater,
Volksgarten and Parliament, then pass the Imperial Palace, our key baroque church St. Charles Borromeo
before riding to Gaudi-esque colour blob Hundertwasserhaus, the Prater woodlands, and the Giant Ferris Wheel.
Third Man Movie Tour
Discover a different Vienna by following in the footsteps of The Third Man, Graham Greene's 1949 cult film. The walking tour is fun as it references a lot of film production flaws and cheating on various of the original locations that you will visit. It is also highly informative as you get to know interesting parts of the city centre you probably wouldn't have visited. Third Man Movie Tour
French star architect Jean Nouvel and three other renowned Austrian architects have put their stamp on Vienna's most exciting urban re-design project, Gasometer City.
This tour will take you to experience contemporary local architecture and design which transformed four giant 19th-century bricked community gas containers. Gasometer city is also a showcase for contemporary urban living: Vienna's closest knit community came into existence long before the Gasometers were finished. Gasometer City
If you want to tour Vienna on your own, the best options are:
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