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Vienna City Center Small-Group Walking Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get personalized attention on this small-group walking tour of Vienna. With an intimate group of just 15 people or fewer, see highlights such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. Learn about the history, culture, and famous residents of Vienna from your guide as you walk.
  • Classic walking tour of Vienna
  • See highlights such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, and Graben Street
  • Small group of 15 people or fewer
  • Personalized attention from your guide
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Local certified english speaking tour guide
Vienna's historic centre walking tour.
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Please keep in mind our tour does not visit the inside of any museum.
Maria-Theresien-Platz , Burgring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria

Maria-Theresien-Platz, Burgring, 1010, Vienna. We meet next to the monument of Empress Maria Theresia ( HER FACE SIDE) , Guide will hold a green sign.

10:30 AM
Stephansplatz , Stephansplatz, 1010 Wien, Austria

Most central square of Vienna, Cathedral is located here.

Meet your guide and group in central Vienna. From there, take off through the city, exploring its most important sights. Travel with a group of just 15 people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide and the chance to ask plenty of questions. 

After checking out the museums around Maria-Theresien-Platz, head for the Ring Road, which borders the historic city center. On the way, pass the neo-Gothic Town Hall and the impressive Austrian Parliament Building. Continue through the Volksgarten, check out Heroes Square, and pass the Hofburg Palace. Listen to your guide's commentary on the history, culture, and people of Vienna as you walk around Burggarten, the former Emperor's private garden, and the Augustinian Church. End with visits to St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, and the bustling Graben shopping street. Your tour ends at St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna's most famous landmark; you are free to explore further on your own from there.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Maria Theresien Square
Maria-Theresien-Platz is a large public square between Ringstrasse and the Museumsquartier. Facing each other from the sides of the square are two twin buildings, the Natural History Museum and the Art History Museum. Square is decorated by the grand statue of empress Maria Theresa.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Maria Theresia Denkmal
The most impressive monument on Ringstrasse with grand Empress Maria Theresia and many another figures including W.A.Mozart.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ringstrasse
The Ringstrasse is a circular grand boulevard that serves as a road around the historic central part of Vienna. Ringstrasse replaced the medieval city fortifications in the second half of 19th century. Today it is a beautiful complex of grand buildings including City Hall, Parliament, Burgtheater, Vienna State University, State Opera and many more. Historic Ring Road style is using elements of Classical, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Ringstrasse is designated by UNESCO as a part of Vienna’s World Heritage Site.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Royal art collection , this tour is beginning just next to this wonderful building.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Burgtor
Neoclassical main castle gate built after napoleonic wars.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Neue Burg
The New Castle houses several museums like Austrian History Museum, World Museum, Imperial Armoury and National Library. Also Hofburg Congress Centre is located here. From balcony of the Neu Castle Adolf Hitler proclaimed the "Anschluss" of Austria into the Third Reich.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Heldenplatz
Heroes Square is a large open, green area attached to city after the old bastion adjacent to the palace was demolished during the Napoleonic Wars.
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Sisi Museum
Perfect place to explore the tragic personality and life of fascinating Habsburg empress
Stop At:  
The Hofburg
From 13th century until 1918 the grand royal palace complex in historic part of Vienna was the political centre of the Habsburg monarchy. Today Hofburg houses Austrian Federal President Office and several museums
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bundeskanzleramt Oesterreich
Office of Federal Chancellor of Austria
Pass By:  
State Hall of the Austrian National Library
the Austrian National Library is one of the most important libraries in the world
Pass By:  
Spanish Riding School
Baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace is the famous location where the elegant white Lipizzan Stallions are performing and training regularly.
Stop At:  
St. Michael's Church
St. Michael’s Church dates back to year 1220. One of the most fascinating Vienna's churches with a very special atmosphere.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic center of Vienna is main subject of this tour. We will discover main attractions of old historic part of Vienna.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rathaus
Beautiful neo gothic City Hall is an excellent event location and the seat of Vienna’s government.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Burgtheater
One of the best theaters in the world.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Beethoven Pasqualatihaus
A former residence of Ludwig van Beethoven, located in an exposed position on the ramp of the former town fortifications.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Café Central
Some of the greatest writers and composers, architects and painters, psychoanalysts and revolutionaries have met here once- over coffee, cake and a cigar - in Vienna's most beautiful coffee house.
Stop At:  
Volksgarten
Volksgarten At the center of the park stands the Theseus Temple- small replica of Hephaisteion In Athens- was originally designed to present Antonio Canova’s sculpture. The Cortisches coffee house in Volksgarten was a popular place where even Austrian composer Johann Strauss used to play his waltzes.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Freyung Passage
The Palais Ferstel originally housed the Austro-Hungarian National Bank and the Stock Exchange.
Stop At:  
Freyung
This square is one of the oldest in Vienna's city center and impresses with its intimate and picturesque atmosphere.
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Graben and Kohlmarkt
Most elegant pedestrian street in Vienna
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stephansplatz
Heart and soul of Vienna, most central square
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Cathedral and symbol of Vienna
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tours will be held in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please keep in mind our tour does not visit inside of any museums
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dace Schaerf
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Vienna City Center Small-Group Walking Tour ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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  • "very well worth the time and money ,so in lieu of a tip, thank you for the experience!!" See review
  • "Totally worth taking a tour whilst in Vienna to learn more the history of this cultural and historical city!" See review
  • "This tour is a good introduction of Vienna but it certainly does not include other main attractions (schonbrunn palace, belvedere) and you will have to spend more time doing this on your own." See review

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star-5
Excellent small group walking tour
Shannon_H
, Jul 2022
Really enjoyed this walking tour. It was like seeing the center of Vienna with a friend who could tell you about the history and describe the sights. Lots of good information from Dace who was a great host. The provided headset ensured we could hear everything clearly. This tour was very helpful in getting us oriented to the historic center of the city so we could continue our exploration of beautiful Vienna. Good value.
star-5
Wonderful, Enjoyable, Knowledgeable Walking Tour
melecotones81
, Jul 2022
Dace was very knowledgeable, very kind, and was very good at taking our group through the city. She knew if some special places to take us and gave great tourist advice. She used a very handy microphone/headset system which made hearing her very easy and efficient.
star-5
Start your trip with this tour!
Jamie_G
, Jul 2022
Wonderful tour! Great way to start your trip. Dace is knowledgeable and nice. Gives you a good understanding of the central part of Vienna and you will see things you wouldn't otherwise notice. Well worth the money.
star-5
Great intro to Vienna!
Jackie_M
, Jul 2022
Dace Was an excellent tour guide. She brought us through churches and backdoor ways to get around the city. It was at a good pace for all of our group. Highly recommended this tour to see old Vienna.
star-5
Fantastic tour and guide
Rosemary_D
, Jul 2022
Great tour ,the lady guide is so knowledgable and paced the tour at the right speed. Individual microphones also make it a pleasurable tour. Fantastic tour you won’t regret it.
star-5
Lovely historic center tour
Georgia_G
, Jul 2022
Wonderful guide, small group, and microphone system to allow for easy listening without having to bunch together.
star-5
Excellent tour
NAZNEEN_D
, Jul 2022
Dace was an incredible guide and very knowledgeable about the city. She was very accommodating as my husyhad an injury the day before and always made sure we had everything we needed. Highly recommend!
star-5
Lovely walk with a lovely...
Patrik_W
, Jul 2022
Lovely walk with a lovely guide! You get to see parts of the city and also step into some palaces for a short view inside.
star-5
Great tour!
Lee_H
, Jun 2022
Perfect tour of Vienna! Very warm day. We got to see all the beautiful sites! The guide knew all the best places to see!
star-5
Great tour. Bring snacks
Ranchez_C
, Jun 2022
Dace was a great tour guide. You can tell that she loves what she does. I wish I would’ve brought small snacks/water. 3 hours of walking around the city can be taxing.
star-5
Brilliant guide
Yomira_S
, Jun 2022
Dace is such an informative and wonderful guide. I highly recommend it, especially if you want to get great insight on the history of the city and country.
star-5
Just right
Hyung_C
, Jun 2022
I booked this tour having been to Vienna twice before but for my daughter, who was there for the first time. Dace’s tour was informative, entertaining and felt personal. She is a local and the tour felt like walking around the city with a friend than a tour guide, which we appreciated a lot. Definitely inclusive of all nice aspects of typical tour but with lots of local knowledge and personal touch. It was perfect.
star-5
Great Tour!
Adam_S
, Jun 2022
A great introduction to the history and architecture of Vienna. Dace crammed a bunch of interesting information in our 2 1/2 tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Skillful guide and fun storyteller!
Maureen_H
, Jun 2022
Dace made the tour really fun and lively. We toured some quiet little tucked-away gems along with main attractions. I really enjoyed the pacing and storytelling around Franz Josef and Sisi. She also offered some great tips for avoiding lines and making the most of my brief visit in Vienna. The earphones were an excellent enhancement. It was always easy to hear Dace, and she didn’t have to shout above the noise of crowds and traffic.
star-5
Excellent tour with so much history explained in short period of time
Andrew_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour of the city with Dace. She was very knowledgeable and her passion for her city and showing us the best parts of the centre was a credit. We learned so much in a short space of time and she did not hold back even if some of the history was less palatable (WW2 etc) Would recommend this to anyone who prefers to see things on foot,
star-5
Good orientation tour of Vienna
David_L
, Jun 2022
Dace, the guide, was very informative, had good knowledge and could answer all the questions I asked her. I would recommend this tour to anyone coming to Vienna for the first time as it gave us a good orientation of the city so we were then able to make our own way around for the rest of our trip. Tour lasted 2 and a half hours plus so maybe a bit of a struggle for the less mobile. We loved it, thanks Dace.
star-4
Comprehensive Tour
Lawrence_B
, Jun 2022
Comprehensive explanation from the Tour Guide. The guide shows us everything about Vienna that we need to know.
star-5
Fantastic guide
Claire_C
, Jun 2022
Fantastic guide with a great sense of humour! We had a great tour, very interesting, the time flew by. Really happy 😊
star-5
Excellent overview of Vienna history
jessica_S
, May 2022
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable of the city and history and did a fantastic job walking us through the main highlights of the city in a couple hours.
star-5
Enjoyed our tour with...
Barb_S
, May 2022
Enjoyed our tour with Dace! Loved her insights into the history of Vienna and the beautiful architecture of the city. The Volksgarten with it's thousands of rose bushes topped it off.

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