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Best City Tours in Vienna

Planning to see Vienna by bus, on foot or by a private chauffeur?

Jan 21, 2018 | Travel guide

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For all of the travelers out there planning to visit Vienna soon, but have absolutely no idea what to see and where to start, we have composed a list of some of the best city tours in Vienna to help you enjoy your stay. You can easily book them in advance or while you are on your way from the airport in your airport taxi, while you browse through the best restaurants in Vienna.

Free Vienna walking tour

The free Vienna tour is a great way to get to know the city, while learning about the rich history. This tour covers famous Viennese attractions, the most influential historical sights and tells stories of past wars, triumphs and tragedies. It’s the best way to socialize with other travelers and discover Vienna’s musical influences, through the dark Nazi era and its beginnings as a Celtic and roman settlement.

These tours come with friendly and professional guides who love sharing their knowledge and experience. The guides are locals and are a great source of information on the local events. You can easily learn your way around the city and visit many of the largest attractions. Most of the tours try to keep their tours small in order to assure the highest quality possible. They usually take 2.5 hours to complete and feature a stroll down the Ring Road, seeing and hearing about the Parliament, Hofburg Imperial Palace, St Micheal Square, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Plague Column, the Church of St. Augustine, the Monument against war and Fascism and so much more. Among the historic sites, you can also get information about famous events, people, music and architecture.

Big Bus Vienna hop-on hop-off tour

Signing up for such a tour is a great way to enjoy Vienna’s top attractions with a 1-3 -day hop-on hop-off tours on a double-decker Big Bus. Usually, there’s an option to choose between different types of tickets (classic, premium, or deluxe), providing access to two sightseeing routes, audio commentary on board, free wifi, and one walking tour. If you opt for the deluxe ticket, it includes a panoramic night tour and scenic river cruise on the Danube.

The Vienna Big Bus 1- or 2-day tickets offers the option of two routes as you pass all the important attractions. You can just sit back, relax and watch the world go by, stay on board for the 1.5-hour loop. Audio commentary is available to provide rich information of each major landmark on the way. If you wish to discover Vienna on foot, simply hop off at any of the stops. It is the most comfortable way to enjoy the imperial architecture, the Danube or detect cake shops and cafes. You can also see the former residence of the Habsburg dynasty - the Hofburg Palace, together with the St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna State Opera, the Schönbrunn Palace and more. There are many options to choose from and a variety of tickets, so if you wish to experience Vienna in the safest and most convenient way, book one of these city tours.

Schönbrunn Palace tour, dinner and concert

This package option includes an audio tour, a 3-course dinner and a classical concert at the Schönbrunn Palace. The UNESCO-listed Schönbrunn Palace is the former summer residence of the powerful Habsburg dynasty and is considered as one of Europe’s most stunning baroque structures. Your evening tour will start with a 1-hour audio tour where you can enjoy a self-guided exploration of the guest apartments, along with the lavish decor of Emperor Franz Joseph’s quarters. You can later head to the nearby Ehrenhof restaurant to taste three courses of delicious Austrian cuisine. If you’re visiting during the summer months (May to September), you can enjoy a terrace seating while you dine. Once you are done, simply continue to the palace Orangery to enjoy the classical music concert. Find your seat in your chosen ticket category and soak in the performance from the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra, accompanied by a soprano and baritone as well as two ballet dancers, performing famous arias and overtures by Strauss and Mozart, such as Radetzkymarsch, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, making this a truly unforgettable experience.

The Vienna pub crawl

The Vienna Pub Crawl is an original concept for the best night out, especially if you’re a solo traveler. Vienna is known for the best nightlife in Europe so it is a shame not to experience it. With this guided tour, you can easily get to know the best spots in the city, socialize with other travelers and enjoy drinks in over 4 places. This night tour ends in one of Austria’s best clubs, with no waiting in line and no worrying about getting in.

The tour usually meets at a cozy bar (around 21.00 pm) and stops for drinks at a range of venues including cocktail and beer bars, electro lounges, and dance bars. After the bars, the fun continues into one of Vienna’s biggest clubs. This Vienna pub crawl radiates with a social atmosphere, while the guides are there to show you a great time. Most often, these tours include the famous Bermuda Triangle, over 4 amazing Vienna pubs, bars, lounges, or dance halls, rounds of free shots and drink specials at every pub, VIP club entry and a personal tour guide. The tour is a great way to get to know the fun side of Vienna’s vibrant nightlife.

Walking tour of Jewish Vienna and the Holocaust Memorial

This tour will help you discover Vienna’s Jewish heritage and history via a 2-hour walking tour, led by a local guide. You’ll explore the Jewish Textile Quarter and see the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, the World War II memorial in the central square of Morzinplatz to see the site of the Gestapo headquarters and hear the stories behind the city’s Jewish community.

These tours usually start near Stephansplatz where the group meets. The first stop is in the central square of Morzinplatz to hear the history of the Gestapo’s presence in Vienna and examine the square’s memorial up close. Up next is the Jewish Textile Quarter as you head to the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, designed by the British artist Rachel Whiteread, alternatively called the Nameless Library. The structure is made from concrete and steel and is dedicated to the 65,000 Austrian Jews who died in the Holocaust. The tour concludes in Judenplatz, where you can continue exploring in the nearby Jewish Museum.

Taking these city tours will make every traveler’s plan easier to get to know Vienna’s most important spots. It is easy to book them and join them once you hop off from your airport transfers, so all you need to do is to best plan their order.

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