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Vienna For Children – Exploring Vienna with a Children’s Guide

Vienna with kids: children's tour guide

Vienna for children. At first sight, Wien doesn’t scream ‘fun’. Since most kids activities in Vienna hide in museums and palaces how do you get your children to explore the city itself? In fact, since the center is packed with wonderful stories and references, your kids just need to unearth them. My own children were lukewarm about mama’s home city. …

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Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna: Private Walking Tour Review

Sigmund Freud Museum: Freud and his two sons

Before you head straight for the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna remember that Freud left his traces in many more places than his practice and apartment. Specifically, Freud represents a whole era: If you follow his legacy you’ll get a premier view on our World of Yesterday and Vienna 1900. Since my visit to the museum formed part of a private walking tour, let me share the …

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Vienna Opera Tour Review: Inside Wiener Staatsoper

Ringstrasse Vienna: Wiener Staatsoper

Why should you do a Vienna Opera Tour when you spend a night at the State Opera anyway? Well, if you don’t  you will miss half of the story: while you will experience the opera performance on stage, the opera house, its directors, guests and visitors have their own story to tell. To get the full view, I joined the Staatsoper’s …

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Imperial Vienna Tour Or The Habsburg Emperors Explored

Imperial Vienna tour: palace courtyard

Imperial Vienna Tour. Not all trip itineraries allow for 34 football fields packed with prime landmarks and cultural treasures.  In fact, that is the size of the Habsburg Emperors’ Palace compound! Since Hofburg Palace is the heart of historical Wien you’ll first need to pick and choose the best spots. And second, some off-path routes to avoid the crowds also …

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Otto Wagner Church And Hospital In Vienna: Where Light Meets Shade

Vienna tours private sightseeing: Otto Wagner Church

The Otto Wagner church, top gem of Viennese Art Nouveau, lies in the West of Vienna. From the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace you can see its golden dome sparkling through the hills of Steinhof. The church outshines many top attractions. Compared with the dark Nazi history of Otto Wagner’s elegant hospital on the grounds, its beauty is bizarre. Explore Wagner’s wonderful world of shapes and ornaments. Here is my review. …

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Vienna Prague Day Trip – Tour Review

Vienna Prague Day Trip: Mala Strana from Charles Bridge

Vienna Prague Day Trip. From Vienna to Prague it is little more than 250 km. Some busy Europe travellers visit Prague from Vienna in a day. If you have the same plans make sure you are perfectly organised to get the most out of your day. I joined a guided day trip by coach to find out how Prague shaped up in …

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Shopping In Vienna Austria: Vintage And Luxury Shopping Tours

Shopping in Vienna: shopping tour with Lucie

Insider shopping in Vienna can be hard for the average traveller. You want to buy quality with a local flavour that you can’t buy anywhere else. I visited just two shopping streets in the fourth and fifth districts on a quiet weekday afternoon and discovered a dozen exciting places. If you like Austrian craftsmanship and local luxury design, scroll down to my …

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Third Man Movie Tour: A Native Viennese’s Tour Review

Third Man Movie Tour

Third Man Movie Tour. Even if you visit Vienna for the first time it pays to join a special themed tour like the ‘Dritter Mann Tour’.  Not only will you get under the skin of an international cult film, you will also get to know Vienna off the beaten path. Read my review and watch the Third Man move trailer below. Why I Liked The …

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Vienna by Night Tour: Tips for Self-Guided, Private And Group Tours

Vienna by night: Hofburg

Vienna by night. Sometimes, switching off the sun helps you see better. For example, by taking this magical night walk past top landmarks. Street lights and special lighting accentuate shapes and dramatise even the loveliest baroque squiggles and fountain nymphs. Doing a Vienna walk by night also lets you peek inside those town palaces without flat pressing your nose… Mölkerbastei Vienna by …

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Central Cemetery Vienna – Private Tour Through Zentralfriedhof

Johann Strauss' and Brahms' tombs

Central Cemetery Vienna. It sounds weird but nowhere else does Viennese history become so alive than at Wiener Zentralfriedhof. I’m sharing my review of a private tour there. We traced celebrity musicians’ graves like those of Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, Falco, and of other famous Viennese.  Vienna residents have a reputedly tender relation with death. ‘Death has to be a Viennese…’ goes a …

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