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Vienna: Skip-the-cashier-desk-line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

1. Vienna: Skip-the-cashier-desk-line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

Experience a ride on the famous Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, a landmark of the Austrian capital and a symbol for the world-famous Wiener Prater. With its iconic silhouette, the Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Vienna. A ride on the Wheel is just as important to a visit to Vienna as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, or the Spanish Riding School. A ride on this significant and fascinating structure provides spectacular views over the whole city. The Giant Ferris Wheel is a true cultural and architectural highlight for any guest in the city: you haven't really visited Vienna until you've taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and marveled at the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna! The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel rotates at a speed of 2.7 kilometers per hour. A complete rotation takes just over 4 minutes, but only when the Ferris wheel has not stopped to let passengers on or off. More commonly, a ride takes between 12 and 15 minutes, during which time you can enjoy picturesque views over Vienna and the surrounding area, such as the hills of the Vienna Woods, the Danube, the Marchfeld, and the Pannonian Basin.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament or the Burgtheater. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers 3 different bus routes, which can be combined as you wish (Green Route will operate from Jun on and will be included in the 48h ticket): Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Mariahilfer Straße/Shopping Street - Burgtheater/CityHall - University - Liebenberg Denkmal/University - Liechtensteinstraße/Sigmund Freud Museum - Votiv Church - Vienna Airport Lines - DDSG City Cruises - MAK/Museum of Applied Arts - City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 10 to 20 min. The duration is 60 min. Mon - Sun, 9:20 AM - 6:30 PM. Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Westbahnhof/Train Station - Schönbrunn Palace - Main Station - Museum of Contemporary Art - Belvedere Palace - Lower Belvedere - State Opera Buses arrive every 15 to 30 min. The duration is 75 min. Mon - Sun, 9:15 AM - 6:15 PM. The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 36 min. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. Stops: MAK/Museum of Applied Arts - City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Mariahilfer Straße/Shopping Street - Burgtheater/CityHall - University - Liebenberg Denkmal/University - Liechtensteinstraße/Sigmund Freud Museum - Votiv Church - Vienna Airport Lines - DDSG City Cruises - Kunst Haus/Museum Hundertwasser - Riesenrad/Giant Ferris Wheel - DDSG (Pier6 Imperial Bridge - Donauturm/Danube Tower - Alte Donau/Old Danube - Uno City - Donauinsel/Danube Island - Praterstern/Train Station - Taborstraße/Museum of Crime - DDSG City Cruises - MAK/Museum of Applied Arts Buses arrive every 15 to 20 min. The duration is 120 min. Mon - Sun, 9:20 AM - 6:40 PM. Your ticket includes a self-guided walking tour with an app. Cross the city at your own pace. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

3. Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital. Upon activation, you will have 24, 48, or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). Enjoy countless benefits in museums and sights, exhibitions, theaters, concerts, shops, 20% off consumption at each of the participating restaurants, and much more for the duration of your stay (max. 7 days). Save up to 50% with the discounts. If you are traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holder. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. Download ivie, enter your 8-digit code to activate and hold your digital Vienna City Card.

Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

4. Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

See Vienna's historic and modern highlights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with audio commentary. Choose between a 24-hour or 48-hour pass to suit your schedule. All tickets include a Self-Guided Audio Tour. Additionally, you can choose a Guided City Walking Tour, Danube River Cruise, or a trip on the historic Giant Ferris Wheel. Experience "Old Vienna's" landmarks including the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. The City Route takes you outside the city center past Prater Amusement Park to "Modern Vienna", with breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island. Starting in the city center, explore Vienna's famous palaces on the Palace Route. Pass the Hofburg Palace, then venture out of the city to see the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace. See the suburban areas of Vienna, the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus, and the “New Modern” Hauptbahnhof. With the 24-hour Ticket, you can see the best of Vienna in one day. Use the self-guided audio walking tour to learn more about the city at your own pace. If you purchase a 48-Hour Ticket, you can join a Guided City Walking Tour with a licensed guide who will lead you through the pedestrian area of Vienna’s Old Town. Learn more about the fascinating imperial history with comprehensive insight into some of its most notable buildings. Choose the 48-Hour Ticket option to enjoy either a scenic Danube River Cruise or a spin on the historical Ferris Wheel. You can also join a Guided Inner City Walking Tour with a licensed guide who will lead you through the pedestrian area of Vienna’s Old Town. Learn more about the fascinating imperial history with comprehensive insight into some of its most notable buildings.

Vienna: Danube River Cruise w/ optional Viennese Specialties

5. Vienna: Danube River Cruise w/ optional Viennese Specialties

Enjoy the Viennese scenery on this Danube River cruise with shorter and longer options available as well as the opportunity to try some typical Viennese cuisine. Admire 'modern Vienna' and 'green Vienna' as a part of the longer tour option or simply discover 'modern Vienna' on the shorter cruise. Enjoy views of ‘modern Vienna’ with the Danube plateau skyline, Danube Tower, and Millennium Tower. Travel via the Nussdorf lock system to reach the Danube Canal. Admire the architecture of the Hundertwasser-designed heating plant in Spittelau, the Roßau Barracks, and Ringturm. Make a short stop at the Vienna/City station at Schwedenplatz. Here, the shorter tour comes to an end. If you have selected the longer option, continue toward the green heart of Vienna and the woods of the Prater area. Sail downstream from the Freudenau Lock, past the shores of Danube Island, and past a grain silo that has been converted into a hotel and a stadium. Then, return to Reichsbrücke, where the extended tour comes to an end.

Vienna: 3.5-Hour Grand Danube River Cruise

6. Vienna: 3.5-Hour Grand Danube River Cruise

Experience Vienna on board the MS Wien and MS Vindobona ships. The MS Vindobona was lovingly designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and with its distinctive coloring is now one of the city’s attractions itself. Let the Viennese scenery pass by on the Great Danube Tour and enjoy “green Vienna” (route A) and “modern Vienna” (route B). This tour starts at the Vienna/City station at Schwedenplatz, passing the Urania observatory and continues through the ‘green heart’ of Vienna and the woods of the Prater area. Downstream from the Freudenau lock, the ship docks at the Marina Wien station. Following the shores of the Danube Island and past a grain silo that was converted into a hotel and a stadium, your tour continues to the Reichsbrücke station. From the Reichsbrücke or Marina Wien station onwards, see ‘modern Vienna’ with its Danube plateau skyline, Danube Tower, and Millenium Tower. Via the Nussdorf lock system, reach the Danube Canal, where you will experience ‘historic Vienna,’ as well as the interesting architecture of the The Hundertwasser District Heating Plant in Spittelau, the Roßau Barracks, Ringturm, the Urania observatory, and much more. The tour terminates in Vienna’s center at Schwedenplatz station.

Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

7. Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Experience the glamour and elegance of Austria's capital city and the world of celebrities at Madame Tussauds Vienna. With a combination of historical artistic methods, 12 interactive areas, and groundbreaking technology, over 80 Austrian and international stars and starlets are brought to life. Whether it's a private tea time with Queen Elisabeth II, a wild Hollywood party with Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio, or a kiss from Volks Rock 'n' Roller's Andreas Gabalier, the world of celebrities has never been so close. The themed areas offer interactive experiences for visitors of all ages: newly in love can confess their love in front of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe inside the romantic wedding chapel and fans of the "Bergdoktor" can be chauffeured by Hans Sigl into the picturesque nature of the mountains. Falco and Mozart give "Rock me Amadeus" a completely new meaning and in the educational World War II section. Along with the themed areas, check out the museum's highlight, a 5D experience in honor of Empress Sisi. The latest vision technology, actors, and extensive research allow unique insights into the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the “Sisi Uncovered Experience” attraction. Smells, music, noises, spoken words, tastes, and haptic impressions are combined interactively.

Vienna: Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights

8. Vienna: Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights

Discover Vienna's most famous sights following your personal program according to your interests. Choose from up to 60 different sights and sightseeing offers that include 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions in your program. Take part in a hop-on hop-off tour to get an overview of Vienna's most important sights or visit the Prater. See the Danube Tower, the Haydn House or the Johann Strauß Apartment. Visit the Jewish Museum or Imperial Treasury. Choose one of the many museums, visit the Spanish Riding School or stroll through the Schönbrunn Zoo. Attractions: - Hop-on Hop-off Ticket for 24 hours and all lines (counting as 1 attraction) - Schönbrunn State Apartments Tour - Schloss Hof & Schlosss Niederweiden - Sisi Museum - Schönbrunn Zoo - Ferris wheel - Museum of Natural History - Danube Tower - Leopold Museum - Imperial Treasury - Spanish Riding School - Museum of Modern Art (Mumok) - Upper Belvedere - Klosterneuburg Monastery- Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour - Albertina - City Cruise (Ddsg) - Kunsthistorisches Museum - Madame Tussauds - Schönbrunn Panoramabahn - Beethoven Museum Heiligenstadt - Mak (Museum of Applied Arts) - Geymüllerschlössel - And more than 40 other sights

Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

9. Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

Enjoy a fun, informative and healthy 3-hour tour of imperial Vienna, riding comfortable city bikes. An expert guide will lead you along safe, well-surfaced routes, making multiple stops to snap pictures of Vienna’s most important sights up close. Pedal along the famed Ringstrasse to get a sense of the glory of the imperial city. Once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire, the impressive architecture of Vienna’s noble boulevards include City Hall, Vienna University, the House of Parliament, Imperial Palace, and the Opera House. Go to Heroes’ Square, where Hitler made his infamous "Anschluss" speech in 1938, before cycling towards the Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna’s funkiest apartment building. Last, but not least, ride to the Prater to marvel at the giant Ferris wheel, before pedaling back along the banks of a sidearm of the River Danube.

Vienna: City Bus Tour with River Cruise & Ferris Wheel

10. Vienna: City Bus Tour with River Cruise & Ferris Wheel

Visit Vienna's sights with a flexible 24-hour bus ticket. See Schönbrunn Palace, the Vienna State Opera, and other attractions along two different tour routes. When you're finished sightseeing, enjoy the included tickets for a river cruise and a Ferris wheel ride. Hop aboard the comfortable double-decker bus and begin your adventure on the City Route, which takes you through the heart of Vienna. Marvel at architectural wonders like St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna State Opera, and the historic Hofburg Palace. Next, switch to the Palace Route to discover Vienna's outer neighborhoods and visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Marvel at its opulent interiors and stroll through the stunning palace gardens (entry not included). As you travel, informative audio commentary in multiple languages provides fascinating insights into the city's rich history and culture. When you step off the bus, make use of the included self-guided digital walking tour. After your bus tours, visit the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel for breathtaking panoramic views of the city's skyline. Step into the spacious cabin and witness the enchanting vistas of the Danube River, Prater Park, and Vienna's architectural marvels. Your tour also includes a delightful river cruise along the Danube. Relax aboard a comfortable boat as you glide along the picturesque river. Admire the city's waterfront landmarks, including the Vienna Ferris Wheel.

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Great way to explore the city. The different bus routes make the tour varied and you can get to know the city in several stages. The timing is also very good, so we never had to wait long for the next bus. Overall, highly recommended. And if there is a problem, online customer service is quick and extremely helpful!

I thought I’d be saving money but I didn’t and I also had to find a way to print the ticket! Once you have it you do not need to validate it. If asked to by a ticket inspected show it. It shows the day the pass starts

Great idea (flexible entry and exit), bus driver cool and helpful, a suggestion for improvement: mark stops on the map (flyer) (e.g. once had to search for 15 minutes)

It was an amazing feeling to ride this special Scooter. Convenient price and very kind staff. Thanks again Mr.Salim

One my first day in Vienna, it highlighted the sights I want to visit.