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5 Historical Facts about Vienna

Vienna's history is ever-present, and a walking tour through its streets will lead you on a journey from the Roman era to the reign of the Habsburgs, interwoven with classics in music and art.

Hoher Markt

Hoher Markt

It's one of the city's oldest squares and was once the heart of the Roman camp known here as Vindobonna. The Roman Museum houses wonderful artifacts, and it's a must to visit.

Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter

Located in the former Jewish ghetto in the Middle Ages, the Holocaust Memorial in Judenplatz reflects a library with stacks of books turned inside out.

St. Ruprecht's Church

St. Ruprecht's Church

Many claim that the Romanesque church, which dates to 740 AD, is the oldest in the city. Two monks from Salzburg founded the church and dedicated it to St. Rupert.

Mozart's House

Mozart's House

Mozart composed his famous comic opera "The Marriage of Figaro" while living in the apartment on the first floor here at Domgasse 5 from 1784-1787.

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace

The former imperial palace on Heldenplatz was the political center of the Habsburg dynasty until 1918. They considered this their winter residence, while Schönbrunn was for summer.

Planning Your Visit

How do walking tours work?

When you sign up for a free tour of the city, local guides will lead you to the top attractions and give you great information about them. Though the service is essentially free of charge, guides live off the tips you give them. Therefore, make sure you have local cash on hand and tip them accordingly for their work at the end of the tour.

How long is a walking tour?

Most free walking tours last about two and a half hours and usually include a break along the way. However, if this seems a bit too much, you can certainly find city tours that focus on specific points of interest, neighborhoods and history. Alternatively, you could follow your own two feet to the sites that interest you.

What people are saying about Vienna

Nothing too exciting but an insight of how the horses are cared for

We visited the stables after we had seen the show, there was a wait in the main entrance where other people were also queuing up for other events so it got busy at times. We were grouped with a good English speaking guide and taken into the arena and then around the main stable block, we were asked NOT to take photos and were only permitted to in the tack room. We were able to see the horses feed in their individual stables and the guide gave us a brief commentary about the horses answering questions as we walked through, you kind of got the feeling that we were in the way as the grooms were trying to go about their daily routine with groups of people standing around. Under no circumstances were you allowed to touch the horses, but the experience overall was interesting and informative.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour Reviewed by Caroline, 09/10/2019

Fascinating insight into a slice of history

Well paced walking tour with very informed guide (Wolfgang, the day we did it). Gave a real context to the political and economic situation in and around Vienna in the first part of the 20th century, illustrated in some of the places where events occurred. No justification of Hitler, an attempt to explain some of what influenced him/what he took advantage of. Moving to visit the Holocaust Memorial.

An amazing overview of the city with great tips to return to sights .

Francesco was an excellent guide and made us feel confident and able to navigate the city. He gave lots of tips re best sights to check out and showed us many of the city highlights not to mention helping us navigate the subway system. We had a wonderful morning and highly recommend this tour for first time visitors to Vienna.

A great experience learning about cuisines from around the world!

I really enjoyed this chance to try a huge variety of things at Naschtmarkt and learn more about many types of cuisines in the world at the market where the Viennese shop for their most exotic, imported ingredients. The market is in a beautiful plaza and is such an experience. And Erika is a sweet and very knowledgable guide!

Vienna: Naschmarkt Guided Food Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/18/2019

Our guide Frediano was very atmospheric, thoughtful to our requests.

We were on 2 hour private tour with Frediano in Vienna. We were very satisfied with the itinerary and information. Not much of dates etc. Frediano was very thoughtful in his remarks as well as charming in his love to the city. Thanks a lot for feeling the vibration of the city through your eyes!