City Centre Walks, Hidden Courtyards, and Night Walks
Vienna Walks are easy if you compare them to those in big metropolises. That is because Vienna is as compact as a Swiss army knife: Almost all major Vienna landmarks and attractions line up within the three square kilometres of Old Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This page provides a couple of links to my favourite Vienna walks which are also mapped out, to help you plan your time in Vienna.
Vienna Walks. Start your walks right at the heart, as most of the best in town accumulates here. This walk combines sightseeing of Vienna landmarks, such as the Vienna Opera House, the Albertina and the Stephansdom, with my tips for Vienna coffee houses and traditional snack bars, and the occasional must see shops that will cross your way.
Go to Old Vienna Walk.
Vienna 1900 Walks
Vienna Walks. Fin-de-siècle Vienna lies scattered across Vienna. There is no ‘Vienna 1900’ quarter nor are there street signs to help you trace the most exciting and fruitful era of Viennese art and literature. Hence I have cut, trimmed and aligned my experience of the best places to explore Vienna at the start of the 20th century. The result are two neat day itineraries of museum, coffeehouse and bar visits, street walks, a shopping tour and tips on concerts with music from that era.
Get inspired by Vienna 1900 walks.
Vienna Walks. Once you arrive in Vienna, even if it’s later in the evening, don’t think it’s too late to explore the city. In fact, it’s the most brilliant time. Streets, squares, architecture, sculptures and monuments have that magical glow that you will rarely find during the day. If you are a photo enthusiast like me you will find it’s the best time to capture the city’s architecture. I am sharing this Vienna night walk with you for inspiration.
Find out more Vienna by night.
Vienna Walks. If you are short on time to see fin-de-siècle Vienna, take the Art Nouveau walk. It is a condensed version of the two Vienna 1900 walks above. You will see key pieces of Vienna modernist architect Otto Wagner and of Vienna Secessionist Josef Maria Olbrich. Some of the more famous buildings of this style are scattered across Vienna, with a few of them in the outskirts. Unless you are an absolute fanatic, I’d recommend to focus on the great gems of this genre that you can find in the centre. Besides, you will be able to dive into Vienna’s most famous landmarked street market, the Naschmarkt.
Go to Art Nouveau Walk.
Vienna Walks. A courtyards walk through some of Vienna’s historic Pawlatschen houses takes you off the beaten track and gets you under the skin of Vienna’s urban life as it was 400 years ago and is now. Some of the courtyards hide lovely shops such as the gifts and accessories shopVermischte Warenhandlung (photo) in Weihburggasse 16, or the art and design book shop Buchhandlung Lia Wolf in Bäckerstrasse 2.
Go to Courtyards Walk.
Vienna Walks. If you have a hang for interior design, art, fashion, music, architecture, multimedia design, advertising or marketing, you will feel at home during this Art and Design Walk. It is a very relaxed mixture of museums, art crowd cafés and artisan shops. You can easily scale it up or down, depending on the amount of time you would like to spend in one place.
Go to Art Walk.
Guided Vienna Walks
You can follow all these routes and many more with licensed Viennese tour guides. They will add depth to your walk. There are some who turn their knowledge about Vienna into exciting stories. Learn more about guided Vienna tours and private tours.