Vienna Segway Tour Review. Criss-crossing Vienna on a segway is a rare treat for me. I had done it en groupe before my partner guide and friend Yvonne suggested to take me on a private tour. How much group fun would I have to sacrifice for that extra dash of independence and subtle street presence?
I refreshed my skills on a quiet stretch of Ringstrasse’s bike path. My tutor steered me by boldly walking in front. We would use circular Ringstrasse as our ‘velodrome’ from where we would systematically break off into the city centre.
Our first destination was the entrance of Stadtpark. Being an intimate ‘group’, we did something forbidden and wheeled towards the golden statue of Vienna waltz king Johann Strauss. It did feel special. We could never have done this in a larger group.
From Ringstrasse Into The Centre
Vienna Segway Tour Review. Back on Ringstrasse, we passed five grand hotels and the Vienna State Opera before stopping at the Imperial Vault (‘Kaisergruft’). Around 150 Habsburg Emperors are buried there. We chatted about the bombastic last funeral of Otto Habsburg in 2011 that Yvonne experienced live from the first floor flat of a friend.
We approached Graben boulevard where we caught a view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom). Yvonne picked the golden globe on top of the church tower (verbally) and opened it for me: It included historic coins, newspapers, stone mason’s tools, and a mobile phone.
At Michaelerplatz, we talked about the excavation of the Roman murals and the nearby Spanish Riding School. Then we cut right through to the interior of the Imperial Palace Vienna (Hofburg). Rolling on our segways into a courtyard used to horse cloppings felt peculiar. We segwayed through 190-year-old Heldentor (‘Heroes Gate’), where foot soldiers, Emperors on horseback, fiakers, and later cars and bikes had been passing in thousands. Going by segway was the logical next step in history of local transport.
Along Ringstrasse Boulevard
Vienna Segway Tour Review. Half of Vienna’s highlights are lined up along that flat shady boulevard with wide bike paths that makes up Ringstrasse. The Austrian Parliament, Volksgarten, Burgtheater, and the Vienna City Hall are close together. Instead of stepping up and down for a talk or a photo shoot we remained on our segways and just slowed down.
From Mölkerbastei to Judenplatz
Vienna Segway Tour Review. We handled the old remaining city walls at Mölkerbastei, Beethoven’s Pasqualati Haus and Freyung Square with equal grace. Baroque Kinski Palace with its beautifully decorated foyer was another sensitive spot for two-wheelers where we managed to move in with all discretion.
The way from Freyung Square to Am Hof was a bumpy ride but short ride but too good to miss. At Am Hof Yvonne chose quiet Drahtgasse to slip into Judenplatz, center of the Medieval Jewish Ghetto, and one of my favourite places. The hidden square houses the sumptuous baroque Böhmische Hofkanzlei (now housing the Administrative Court) and the modern building block of the Jewish Holocaust Memorial. The monument of Ephraim Lessing received a few laps of honour.
Through The Thicket
Vienna Segway Tour Review. I had asked Yvonne to build in some nice small alleys into our tour. Hence we rolled through Bäckerstrasse. If I hadn’t been at Jesuitenkirche a couple of times, we would have decended in front of the oleander tree-lined baroque gem of a church.
Local traffic signage is often unclear in the thicket of this area’s alleys. We were lucky that super romantic Schönlaterngasse and adjacent Heiligenkreuzerhof were open to bikers and segwayers. This corner of Vienna is rich in legends and folkloric stories, not to be missed.
We re-surfaced at Dr. Karl Lueger Square along Ringstrasse. The remains of the old city wall are complemented there with a cast iron model of old Vienna. From there we closed the loop going back to the segway rental shop.
Key Findings Of My Segway Tour
Most of the narrow streets of the city centre are even. Occasionally, the cobblestones of certain city centre streets shook us gently up. The many horse carriages and taxis were less disturbing than I thought.
We stopped at every landmark and point of interest I wished to. Some places received unusually much attention at the expense of others – just because I felt it was right.
Talking and pointing out things is easier on a segway than on a bike. You are closer to your guide, and don’t need to step down as often if going slowlier.
Vienna Segway Tour Review: Bookings
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