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Vienna Walking Tours: My Favourites

Vienna walking tours. There are travellers who book a guided walk to cover off landmarks more efficiently. And then there are travellers who love to hear stories as they roam places that connect them more deeply with those. With a few great city walks being available, feel free to indulge in your own interests about Vienna: from Imperial history to Jewish Vienna. I’ve put together my favourite tours below for you. See what you think.

Introducing Vienna

Vienna Walking Tours: HofburgVienna Walking Tours. Tour guide Herbert, who leads this walk, is an attraction in its own right, according to his glowing customer reviews. He provides first time visitors to Vienna with an ‘excellent’, ‘informative’, ‘entertaining’, ‘cheerful’ yet ‘relaxed’ overview of the city, its people, culture and food, and will help you orientate yourself. You will step right into the vast area of the Habsburgs’ Imperial Palace (Hofburg), a town within a town, then follow Herbert through baroque alleys and historic squares of Michaelerplatz and Josefsplatz, to the Vienna State Opera. Vienna’s landmark St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Mozart house right next finish off the tour. Don’t hesitate to ask Herbert questions about current developments in Vienna and Austria, you’ll be sure to get a great response. The 2-hour tour is available in various languages. Find out more about the tour.

Small Group Walking Tour

Vienna Walking Tours: Hofburg Imperial PalaceVienna Walking Tours. This city centre walking tour lets you absorb Vienna’s history, architecture, people and culture in depth. It is limited to just six people, so it’s really personal, and no following the herd! Unlike most city walking tours, this one covers the best parts of beautiful Ringstrasse boulevard. You will cover a vast range of landmarks such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, medieval church St. Ruprecht, Freyung Square, Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Austrian Parliament and more. The walk (English or German) will lead you through old narrow streets, romantic squares and large representative avenues. The small group walking tour feels less than the regular three hours with many travellers, thanks to an entertaining and knowledgable tour guide. Learn more about the small group walking tour.

Walk With An Expert Intellectual

Vienna Walking Tours: Austrian ParliamentVienna Walking Tours. Are you a history fan, work in the art sector, admire journalistic scrutiny or love writing? Consider exploring Vienna at the hand of a like minded person. There is a Vienna walking tour that is guided by historians, professors, art critics, journalists and doctoral students. They see Vienna through different eyes, and so will you. The tour covers key higlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and Kohlmarkt boulevards, Museumsquartier, Ringstrasse, church St. Charles Borromeo, Belvedere Palace and historic Naschmarkt. Expect to see a few expert gem such as Modernist icon Loos House. Check dates, prices and further information about this expert intellectual walking tour.

Vienna City Walking Tour

Vienna Walking Tours: Swiss GateVienna Walking Tours. An informative and fun tour for those who love to explore a city through historic anecdotes as much as hard facts. The 2.5 hour Vienna walking tour covers highlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Heroes Square in front of the Imperial Palace, Vienna City Hall, and the Austrian Parliament. You will also see the Minoritenkirche, where parts of the Da Vinci Code were filmed.

The tour is popular with young to middle aged people and a good way to connect with other travellers. Find out more about the tour.

 Themed Vienna Walking Tours

Themed walking tours allow you to cultivate your personal interests, such as architecture, films or Jewish history. They usually last between 1,5 and 2,5 hours.

Vienna Jewish Tour

Vienna Walking Tours: Jewish SynagogueVienna Walking Tours. When my grandmother’s cousin married a Polish Jew from Vienna in 1934, the city’s Jewish life was blooming and very different. Do you have Jewish ancestors in Vienna, too?

I am sharing my experience of the Jewish Museum that I visited together with a local tour guide. You will also learn more about other key places to visit during your Jewish Heritage sightseeing, and what tours are on offer.

Find out more about a Vienna Jewish Tour.

Insider Shopping in Vienna: Neighbourhood Tour

Vienna Tours: shopping tour
photo: Naeherei Apfel

Vienna Walking Tours. You will have discovered shops while sightseeing. This tour is different. You discover beautiful local neighbourhoods while shopping. My hometown is scattered with small independent shops offering regional produce, vintage products, local designer fashion and quality fashion jewelry. Great for buying ‘natural’ souvenirs. I joined passionate tour guide Lucie on a private walk. Read my review about her way of shopping in Vienna.

Third Man Movie Tour

Vienna Walking Tours: MoelkerbasteiVienna Walking Tours. Highly interesting, wildly funny, truly engaging: I am a big fan of the Third Man movie and the tour was just the right thing. Apart from learning more about the making of the film, I know more about post Second World War Vienna now, though I was born and lived here for such a long time. Whether you have seen the film or not, the stories and anecdotes shared during this tour will resonate with you for a while.

The two-hour tour is conducted in both German and English. More information about the tour.

Jean Nouvel Buildings: Gasometers

Jean Nouvel Buildings Gasometers: Gasometer City ViennaVienna Walking Tours. Architecture fans, this tour blends 19th century industrial design with high end contemporary updates. On top, you will gain insight into a rare example of an exceptionally closely knit urban community.

Vienna’s four iconic gasometers host stunning interiors designed by architects such as Jean Nouvel and Coop Himmelblau. Find out what to expect from a guided tour.

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