Vienna
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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

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What people are saying about Vienna

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4.6 / 5

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6 stars? Ute was the perfect guide. Our primary interest was the history of both Vienna and Austria, and she tailored the walking tour accordingly. She was careful with our schedule, fitting in what we needed to see and hear, and included time for tapas at Die Feinkosterei. She was a great teacher and lots of fun!

A great experience to see Vienna in a unique way. The guide was excellent at making everyone feel included. He was very knowledgeable and tied the movie into really interesting facts about Vienna as a whole. Plus, with humor and wit.

The guide was amazing and shared a lot of knowledge about history. Very worth to do the tour with him, although in terms of places to see per se the tour is not that huge…

Really nice and informative tour, Lisa Marie was a wonderful and professional guide who gave me a lot of insight into Sisi and her life. Thank you!

What an amazing tour. Anna was so knowledgeable. The tour was fun and informative. Highly recommended