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Vienna: Food, Coffee, and Market Discovery Tour

1. Vienna: Food, Coffee, and Market Discovery Tour

You begin your Vienna tour on one of the most famous and attractive shopping streets in the city: The Graben. Home of the court jeweller Heldwein, and the famous porcelain factory of Augarten, the area is littered with imperial architecture, opulent coffee shops, and first-rate eateries. It would be rude not to offer you a coffee before getting started properly, so after your brief stroll, you will stop for a quick coffee and a snack. However, this won't be at one of the famous cafes, because only tourists go there. Instead you will head to one of the few cafes that locals still visit — a proper and still functioning Kulturcafe. To Nasch means "to nibble" and that is exactly what you can do at the Naschmarkt, easily one of Europe’s best open-air markets. It is a mile long and showcases over 120 food stalls and some delectable restaurants that are cooking up some of the best food in the city. Here, you will find the most diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and delicacies that are available in Vienna from all over the world.  While the Naschmarkt is a must-see, any local will tell you that they rarely pay it a visit, unless they fancy fighting out with tourists for the vendor’s attention. Instead, every local has their own market that they like to visit. These may not be as big as the Naschmarkt, but they are certainly more lively and less touristy. To that end, you will be whisked away from the Naschmarkt to a real functioning Viennese market. Whether that be the trendy Brunnenmarkt in the 16th district with its cafes and creativity, the lively Viktor–Adler–Markt in the traditionally working class 10th district, or even the peaceful farmers market at Karmeliterplatz in the 2nd district, will depend on the day and the guide. But don’t be afraid to ask for directions to the others: there is never enough time in a day, let alone in a tour to visit everything. Irrelevant of the market, one thing that can be guaranteed is that there will be food. Your guides will introduce you to some Viennese guilty pleasures, sweet and savory, and life on the streets that no guide book would ever mention. Pausing to take in Wurstelstand life offers you the chance to taste Austrian’s favorite dish (hint: it’s not schnitzel), while grabbing a cheeky beer or spritzer (soft drinks are available) that will help you re-hydrate after the buzz of the markets. Along the way you will sink into the famed Viennese coffee culture. Coffeehouses have played a very important role in shaping the culture of the city over the centuries, with the first cup being brewed all the way back in 1683. The Austrian Inventory of Cultural Heritage describes the coffeehouses as places “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill".

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

2. Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

Travel back in time and witness the events that made Vienna the cosmopolitan city it is today. Enjoy six scenes with breathtaking virtual reality technology that let you relive the past on a unique two-hour tour with an audioguide. Take part in a procession on White Sunday in 1483, one of the few occasions when the ornaments were brought out and shown to the public. Take cover as the Ottoman Empire carries out another siege during the second siege in 1683. Experience the darkness during the plague that killed half of Europe and learn about Augustin, a singer who showed that Vienna could survive such terrible times with humor and music. On a sunny day, walk around the Hofburg and see Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph II on a hunting trip. Luckily, you're standing very close to the road, so don't forget to wink. At the Opera you will experience Vienna in the golden 20s and see how people prepare for an opera performance. In the last scene at St. Stephens square see the cathedral burn in the last month of the terrible Second World War and witness the Soviet army driving the last German soldiers out.

Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

3. Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Upon arrival, explore the preserved historic premises of the Mauthausen Memorial at your own pace with the help of your audio guide. See the Wiener-Graben quarry, the Stairs of Death, the SS-Quarters, the Camp Prison, the Gas Chamber, and visit the newly re-opened Mauthausen Museum with the Room of Names. Honor the victims by learning about this crucial period in history. Embark on a 2.5-hour journey from Vienna across lower Austria towards the Mauthausen Memorial in a comfortable air-conditioned tour vehicle. Listen to your guide explaining the historical context en route and learn about life at Mauthausen concentration camp before its liberation in May 1945. Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Upper Austria was one of the largest labor camp complexes in the Third Reich. Between 1938 and 1945 about 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in Mauthausen. About half of them lost their lives. Today, Mauthausen Memorial honors the memory of those who perished here by standing as a reminder to the darkest days in Austria’s history.

Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

4. Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

Enjoy a fun and informative walk through the highlights of Vienna's old town. Walk in the footsteps of Viennese history from the Middle Ages to the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Learn about the mystical architectural history of  St. Stephen's Cathedral and find out why the devil wanted to prevent the building's completion. Then step inside and discover this magnificent Gothic cathedral. Then continue to the Graben and see the historic baroque plague column. Stroll towards the Kohlmarkt until you reach the Michaelerplatz with the imperial façade of the Vienna Hofburg. Start at the stable castle and continue on to Josefsplatz which boasts great views of the imperial library. See the equestrian statue of Emperor Joseph II in the middle of the square. Pass through a gate and walk further into a small courtyard overlooking the choir of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle. Arrive at the Schweizerhof of the Vienna Hofburg. Head through the Swiss Gate, an important Renaissance work of art, and reach the inner square of the castle. Marvel at the monument Emperor Franz II./I. where your historic city tour will end.

Vienna Old Town: Half-Day Walking Tour

5. Vienna Old Town: Half-Day Walking Tour

Spend 3 hours touring Vienna’s beautiful buildings and neighborhoods. Begin your day in the quaint artisans’ quarters, full of hidden courtyards, narrow alleys, and handsome churches. Hear all about the city's development as your guide leads you to secret spots along your walk. Visit the Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, at the heart of Vienna for more than 550 years. Check out the shopping districts Graben and Kohlmarkt as you stroll down lively pedestrian streets, too. Next, see a different side to the city in the neighborhood of Hofburg Palace. Learn the history of how Hapsburg nobility desired to be at the center of Austro-Hungarian power via the outstanding architecture of the Heldenplatz. The tour ends with a visit to the buildings of Golden Mile. See City Hall, the Parliament, the Fine Art Museum, and the opera house of the Vienna State Opera.

Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

6. Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

Experience the centre of Vienna with a small group and participate in a tour with me, a certified Austrian Guide and enjoy your private guided walking tour, where you can see the most important places at the centre of Vienna. It doesn`t matter if you have little time to visit Vienna or you want to get interesting details from a local expert to explore the city on your own. We are walking together to see different historical sites and you will take a deep dive into the city`s past in an entertaining fashion. Experience imperial façades, horse-drawn carriages, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the imperial garden, the Vienna Opera House, the Spanish Riding School and St. Stephen’s Cathedral at the heart of the city and much more. Find out more about the lives of prominent personalities and Vienna’s rich history. Learn to recognise the influence of the Habsburgs in the form of splendid edifices and residences. You’ll take a deep dive into the city’s past in an entertaining fashion. Starting off at Maria Theresien Square. Maria Theresia was a strong female ruler in the 18th century and her monument is the most imposing of the Ringstraße. Discover the imperial palace (Hofburg), which was originally a fortress built in the thirteenth century and was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm. See one of the most famous and fascinating Opera houses in the world and pass by the Spanisch Riding School. End of the Tour will be at St. Stephans Cathedral, symbol of Vienna and the country of Austria.

Vienna: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

7. Vienna: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

Walk around the finest areas in Vienna on this walking tour with your art historian guide. Visit the Ringstrasse, explore the Hofburg and hear about classical dressage outside the infamous Spanish Riding School. Visit the most famous attractions of the city, including the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School, the famous Graben shopping street, Hero's Square and the Austrian National Library. Meet your guide at the geographical center of Vienna, the splendid 13th-century St Stephen's Cathedral, at Stephansplatz. Walk through Vienna's historical downtown and learn about the stories hidden behind its monuments, magnificent boulevards, and epic architecture. Hear stories of imperial rulers, grand architecture, and epoch-changing historical events. Learn insider tips from your guide like where the best bars and restaurants in the city are and how to make the most of the famous coffee house culture.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

8. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Learn about Vienna's fascinating history as well as some of its most famous people on a private walking tour. Begin by tracing the city's historical roots, from the Celts and Romans to its modern-day inhabitants. Visit some of the most important locations of the city including St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Heldenplatz, Hofburg Imperial Palace, The Graben and Plague Column, the Jewish Square, Burggarten, and Volksgarten. Hear about the life of the various members of the Habsburg family who were once one of the most distinguished royal houses of Europe. Learn more about famous composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as the proud tradition of classical music in the city.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

9. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Choose a tour of Vienna with a duration of 1 to 4 hours and learn more about its history, architecture, culture, and people. Get to know Vienna from a different perspective and stroll through the narrow streets and magnificent boulevards to famous buildings and monuments with your certified tour guide. You can decide which of Vienna's highlights you want to see. For example, you can visit Michaelerplatz with its Roman and medieval excavations and see the interior of St. Michael’s Church. Admire the treasures of the Hofburg Palace and listen to true stories about Empress Sisi. Stroll across Heldenplatz and hear stories about the Austrian heroes. Listen to stories about Josef II at Josefsplatz and learn more about the National Library, the Spanish Riding School, the Augustinian Church, and the Habsburgs. Walk past the Albertina, home to the largest graphic collection in the world, and see the Monument Against War and Fascism. Find out why the architect of the State Opera committed suicide, where Sachertorte was invented, and which building previously stood on the grounds of Hotel Sacher. At Neuer Markt you can discover the strange Imperial Crypt burial rituals of the Habsburgs and learn where Mozart died. Hear about the importance of the house at Franziskanerplatz and explore Blutgasse to experience how the people of Vienna used to live and how they live today. Listen to the legends of St. Stephan, visit Figlmüller with the famous Wiener Schnitzel, and explore the old university district. Admire the magnificent Baroque church of the Jesuits, discover the city walks, and explore the Greek quarter. Discover Vienna’s oldest church, St. Rupert's Church, and immerse yourself in the eventful history of the Romans and Jews in Vienna. Hear anecdotes about King Richard the Lionheart as you walk past the beautiful Baroque Pestsäule on the Graben before reaching Kohlmarkt with the Demel pastry shop. You can then enjoy a stroll back to the starting point.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

10. Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.

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What people are saying about Graben, Vienna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 199 reviews

The tour is highly recommended and was an interesting experience. The leader of the historical tour reported a lot of interesting and amusing things and was very helpful. After a brief introduction to handling the glasses, they were easy to use and the addition of a look back into the past made this city tour a special experience.

I was in Vienna with my hubby for work so I was trying to find solo tours to do. It’s more than schnitzel’s like everyone thinks! This tour was the highlight of my trip. From the host to the small group and the food, beer, wine and pastries. I could not hope for better! Highly recommend!

This tour exceeded all of my expectations! Our guide was wonderful, friendly and so knowledgeable about Vienna! We went all around the city and tried so many local dishes!

A very exciting and interesting kind of city tour. Especially motivating for children, but also an experience for adults! Any time!

it was one of the best city tours i have ever had.