City tours – many paths lead through the city

Walking or leisurely, classic or extravagant, (Vienna) resident or visiting – there is a tour of Vienna for everyone. Here you will find information on city tours for every taste.

Bird's eye view of the city park

© | Vienna from the bird’s eye view.

In a metropolis like Vienna, the range of city tours is vast. There are classic tours of the 1. district, where you can see important sights such as the Hofburg and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral sees , spooky tours at night, socially critical tours of (formerly) homeless people and many more.

It is up to you whether you want to Group tours with or without Pre-registration want to join or prefer private want to discover the city. If the guide is a certified guide is this on the website of the tour offer. Many tours cost around 17 euros, with children receiving discounts. Depending on the provider, the tours take place several times a day or only on selected dates. If not described otherwise, the tours presented here are all in German.

Classical city tour Vienna

One of the classic Viennese walking tours passes by the most famous sights of the city. For example, they can see the Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Blutgassenviertel, where Mozart lived in his time. You can go on this tour with different providers: For 17 euros per person, without reservation, in any wind and weather, from three people from Thursday to Sunday at 2 p.m., for example, the association Wiener Spaziergange offers the tour.

Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, another classic tour leads through the central cemetery. Walk through the different parts of the famous cemetery, which is divided into the different denominations, but is also the final resting place of many personalities. The tour "Sell my clothes, I’m going to heaven"takes place from April to October (except August) every Friday at 2 p.m. Meeting point is Gate 2 of the Central Cemetery. The walk lasts 1.5 to 2 hours and costs 17 euros for adults, 8 euros for children, pre-registration required.

There are only a few tours especially for children, but all walks through Vienna offer discounts for the little ones. Vienna’s Museums offer guided tours and programs for children.

The spooky side of Vienna

Vienna at night, creepy ambience

© | Creepy Vienna? Those who dare will surely find what they are looking for..

For those who find the normal city tours too boring and would like to feel a slight shiver of goose bumps during the guided tour, the murderous side of Vienna can be shown to them. The tour Murderers, Witches and Executioners leads for example to bloody original locations or to the former hangman’s house. The city tour takes place several times a month and requires no pre-registration. Meeting point is the Albertinaplatz at the lying figure. For adults the guided tour costs 17 Euro.

Another tour to scare, for example, offer the guide and author Alexander Ehrlich. On the tour "Ghosts, ghouls and vampires – spooky Vienna" the brave visitor learns about the dark and mysterious sides of the city. If you are also fascinated by vampire and ghost stories, you will be in good hands on this walk through the city. The city tour starts every Friday at 6:30 pm at Michaelerplatz near the Roman excavations and goes through the southern part of Vienna’s city center. For adults the creepy fun costs 15 Euro, for children 8 Euro.

Underground Vienna

You have seen above ground everything that is of interest to you? Then dive into the Viennese underworld. On the Traces of the third man experience not only interesting insight into the film classic, but also into the sewers of Vienna. The tour takes place Thursday to Sunday on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. You should be there at least 20 minutes before the tour starts. Adults pay 10 euros, children 5 euros.

A further insight into the Underground Vienna you get on the cellar& Co. Tour. The brave visitor gets an insight into the subterranean network of the city. General stories about Vienna can be heard, but also the background to the rumor of a connecting passage between the Hofburg and Schonbrunn. The tour, which lasts about 75 minutes, ends with a get-together in a local pub and a review of scenes from the underworld of the past ten years. The tours take place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., pre-registration is requested. The meeting point is at Main portal of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Adults pay 18 euros, children 14 euros.

Social-political city tours Vienna

For those who do not want to go on a classic city tour, there are, for example, socio-political city tours. (Formerly) Homeless lead through the city and give Viennese and tourists a glimpse into the lesser-known world of Vienna. In addition, they report on the challenges as a homeless person and the social system of the city. The meeting point is located at Backerstrabe 18. The tours take place Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon and cost 18 euros for adults.

Further social city tours are offered bspw. offered by "Supertramps" or the team of Shades Tours on a. Thematically different tours are on the program here and allow an insight into the Survival fight in Vienna in the winter or the Life at the Prater in the open air. Depending on the tour, the duration, price and date differ. More information can be found on the website.

City tours by women about women

Most of the guided tours about women take place on request and within the framework of private tours instead of. Petra Unger, founder of the Vienna Women’s* Walks, for example, has put together more than 50 routes for all districts of the city on the Traces of women laid out. But also city tours with a difference offer, also on request, tours about women in Vienna.

Another option would be the regular guided tour offered by Sandra. On this tour you will get a personal insight into the private life of your city guide, the formerly homeless was. She focuses especially on the situation of socially vulnerable women. The city walk starts at Venediger-Au-Park and ends at the Volkertplatz. The tour takes place every Tuesday at 11 am and every Wednesday at 6 pm for 2 hours. Pre-registration is required, as costs there is a voluntary donation with the guideline value of 15 euros for adults.

Guided tour through the lusty side of Vienna

You have seen enough of the classical Vienna and want to also other sides of the city get to know? Then go on the traces of the erotic Vienna and listen to stories of Brothels of the Roman times and of the most famous harlot the metropolis, Josefine Mutzenbacher. The tour is based on the research of Anna Ehrlich and can be found in "On the trail of Josephine Mutzenbacher: A history of manners". The tour starts at Michaelerplatz every Saturday at 2 p.m. and is not suitable for children under 14 years of age.

Ugly Vienna: The ugly sides of Vienna

Vienna is considered by many to be a beautiful city and many a person goes into raptures about it. That even the most beautiful city also ugly sides owns, is obvious. The city tour Ugly Vienna coquettes with this. The tour invites especially locals to discover their city from a different side. It is mainly about fashion, the press, urban planning, gentrification and more as well as the bad taste of rich people. On the tour, behind the classics Sissi, Schnitzel and Co. looked at the city from a completely different perspective. The tour takes place once a month in English and lasts 2.5 hours. The meeting point is at the entrance of the Augarten Park. Registration is not required and the cost is 10 euros.

Tip: Although in Vienna on Sunday everything is a bit quieter, nevertheless some tours take place. For example the "free" tour of Good Tours or the socio-political city walk conducted by (formerly) homeless people.

City tour Vienna on your own

The city is wonderful for your own sightseeing tours. Many sights are located in the center of the city, the 1. district, or along the Ring, or. around this. If you don’t want to get completely lost in the alleys, but still don’t want to take a guided walk through the city, there is of various online offers operate. The site CityInSight offers a map with nine sightseeing routes for free download. City-walks also offers a free city map and provides information on the most important sights of the metropolis.

Tip: There is also a geocache series called "Alt Wiener Stadtspaziergange" (Old Vienna City Walks). Here you explore the hidden side streets in a playful way and on top of that you learn something new about the city.

Free tours of Vienna

Vienna, there are also some city walks that are based on donation basis are offered. From Thursday to Sunday there are bspw. a german speaking tour for City center. In two hours visitors will see important sights of the city and learn all about the history of the metropolis. From Thursday to Sunday the tour starts at 11:30 am at the Helmut Zilk Square.

Another tour with similar points of call departs every day at 10 am and 2 pm at the Albertina Square 1. On the 2.5-hour tour, visitors can see, among other things, the opera, the Mozart House and St. Ruprecht Church discover. Depending on the day and time, the tour will take place in English, German and/ or Spanish. A booking is required.

Thematic city tours

"Wienfuhrung" offers guided tours with different focuses. For example, you can follow in the footsteps of bathers, doctors and charlatans and something to the older Medical history of the city experienced. If you are interested in more conspiracy theories, you can go on the tour "Da Vinci Code in Vienna".

" Who wants to know more about medical history of Vienna would like to experience, should pay a visit to the Fool’s Tower.

Vienna tour in case of bad weather

Depending on how weatherproof the tour guide is, the walks are also on less sunny days instead of. If you don’t want to wander through the city in the rain, but still want to learn something about the history of the city, the tour "Time Travel Vienna" is the perfect choice. A 5D cinema, Animatronic wax figures and much more bring the city history in the warm closer.

The show lasts 50 minutes and starts every 20 minutes every day between 10 am and 8 pm. The entrance is located at Habsburgergasse 10A, in the 1. District. Tickets are 15% cheaper online.

Private guided tours of Vienna for small and large groups

For those who do not want to discover the city in a large group, there are many providers that also offer Private tours have on request in the assortment. Here are suitable for example Wienfuehrung, PrivateGuide, rent-a-guide or guided tours Vienna.

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