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Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

1. Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

Explore the stunning region of Salzkammergut, a Unesco World Heritage Site on a guided tour. See the snow-white castle, the beautiful alpine regions, towns like Hallstatt, Traunkirchen, and more. Enjoy a convenient pickup directly from your centrally-located Vienna hotel or opt to head to a central meeting point if you're staying at a hotel outside of the pickup area or in other accommodation like an apartment. Board your bus and depart to the stunning region of Salzkammergut. Your first stop is the Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch, to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water at your own expense. On the way back to Vienna (in the summertime), make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

2. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets. Follow a licensed guide through lavish interiors, learn about the Habsburgs Royal Family, and explore the ornate palace gardens. Meet your guide in front of the palace and start with an informative introduction to the history of the royal compound. Receive a modern audio device so that you can always hear the tour’s live narration along the way. Benefit from priority entrance tickets and gain quick access inside the palace. Marvel at the grand entrance and begin your guided walk through 22 staterooms of the famous Austrian palace. Admire the 40-meter long Great Gallery and the Hall of Ceremonies and see how the Habsburg Dynasty lived as you stroll through lavish halls and peek into private chambers. Listen to entertaining stories about the former royals, which are infused typical Viennese humor by your local and friendly guide. Learn not only about the fascinating history of the royal family of Habsburgs and the famous Empress Sissi but also about how the palace has evolved in modern times and where the royal descendants now live. Following the tour, enjoy the opportunity to walk around the gardens at your own pace and catch a glimpse of the Gloriette, an arch on top of a hill overlooking Vienna’s forests.

Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper or Lower Belvedere

3. Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper or Lower Belvedere

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces of the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces. The Belvedere park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

4. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

Enjoy priority entry access and step inside the famous the Hofburg Imperial Palace, as well as the Sisi Museum, alongside a knowledgeable guide who will lead you on a guided tour of the impressive complex.  Walk inside this magnificent castle and discover the conference room, which was used for the ministerial conferences that were chaired by the emperor.  See 24 different rooms including the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, their saloons for guests, and Elisabeth's dressing room. Admire the Silver Collection with valuable porcelain and crystal glasses, which provide insights into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty.  Enter the Sisi Museum with over 300 personal items that belonged to Elisabeth like her dresses, parasols, gloves, and her unique beauty preparations.

Vienna: Skip-the-line Tickets for Schönbrunn Zoo

5. Vienna: Skip-the-line Tickets for Schönbrunn Zoo

Visit Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world and Europe’s best zoo five times in a row. Part of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site with the imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn Palace at its center, experience the zoo’s unique blend of culture and nature, promotion of conservation and biodiversity, and imperial charm. 700 Species: From Anteaters to Zebras See 700 species from all over the world, some of which are critically endangered. Explore a 17-hectare site and find giraffes, orangutans swinging from ropes, Siberian tigers dozing on their platforms, koalas munching through piles of eucalyptus leaves, African elephants wallowing in their mud baths, and meerkats rolling around and digging in the sand. Star Attraction: Giant Pandas Get to know the zoo’s most popular residents, the giant pandas. Learn about how Schönbrunn is only one of a handful of zoos worldwide entrusted with a pair of pandas by the People’s Republic of China. Understand the ways that the zoo is unique in helping this endangered species to breed naturally. World Tour of the Animal Houses Take refuge from any poor weather in the numerous animal houses. Lose yourself in the two-story rainforest house, which is home to a rich variety of tropical flora and fauna. Lock eyes with shimmering fish and fascinating reptiles in the aquarium terrarium. See death’s head monkeys and red-ruffed lemurs. Get an underwater view of the seals and penguins in the Polarium. Watch polar bears diving below the at the neighboring Polardom. Find out interesting facts about rare breeds of farm animals at the Tirolerhof.

Vienna: Boat Cruise on the Danube Canal with Optional Lunch

6. Vienna: Boat Cruise on the Danube Canal with Optional Lunch

Embark on a boat trip along the Danube Canal through the historical and modern city of Vienna, once known as the “Vienna Water,” the “Vienna Arm," and the “Little Danube." Choose to indulge in a delicious lunch on the boat or enjoy the live commentary of a street art guide on Sundays. On this tour, see important buildings including the Uniqa Tower, the Urania Observatory, hotels and commercial buildings by Jean Nouvel, and the Media Tower by Hans Hollein. Take a look at the Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner, the Ringturm, the Rossauer Barracks, and the waste incineration plant of Spttelau designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Choose to enjoy a 2-course lunch or schnitzel dinner during your trip. Below the lock, the boat turns around and heads back to the starting point. Let the new Vienna and its countless graffiti art pieces and trendy areas enchant you as they pass by. On a Sunday you can choose to have a street art guide discuss the graffiti art pieces.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket to the Danube Tower

7. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket to the Danube Tower

Visit the magnificent Danube Tower and experience the tallest landmark of Vienna. Take the shuttle bus from either Alte Donau or Neue Donau metro stations to the tower, then head straight to the entrance with your skip-the-line ticket. The terrace at the Danube Tower comprises a fully accessible outdoor platform and a two-story glass-paned indoor section, where you can admire the unforgettable panorama of Vienna's gorgeous cityscape. The glassed-in terrace allows visitors to enjoy the view over Vienna in strong winds and bad weather conditions and has become a particularly popular venue for special occasions. At an altitude of 160 meters, the café offers homemade pastries, strudel, and cakes as well as a range of delicious Viennese coffee specialties and warm Austrian delicacies. The next floor houses the Danube Tower restaurant at an altitude of 170 meters. Both floors make one full rotation on their axes every 26 minutes, offering varied and fantastic views of the city.

Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

8. Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

Explore the mysterious underworld of Vienna on this exciting walking tour. Experience the diverse and eventful history of the city with a professional tour guide. You begin the tour at Michaelerplatz, where you can feel the city's 2,000 -year history. Building work exposed part of the old Roman city. A cellar from the 17th century and part of the old city wall can also be found here. Nearby you will find St. Michael’s Church, which has more than 4,000 people buried in its crypt. See the wonderfully preserved mummies of rich and notable figures. You will then be guided through a few more basements.

Vienna: Romantic Old Town 2-Hour Discovery Tour

9. Vienna: Romantic Old Town 2-Hour Discovery Tour

This tour takes you on a discovery of the different sides to Vienna. You professional tour guide will focus on a total of 6 different topics from the past and present, allowing you to quickly see how the city has so much more to offer than just the famous attractions. 1. Romans, Jews, and traders The Hoher Markt is a place that has attracted power-conscious politicians and architects or tradesmen throughout the centuries. The classic sights here include the oldest building in Vienna, the first public waterworks of the city, and the famous Anchor Clock, which has a few surprises for you. 2. Greek Quarter This hectic neighborhood located at the innermost arm of the Danube River has been shaped by centuries of trading. The Turks fought here and the Greeks prepared their fight for independence here. Traces of history can be found in every corner. 3. Architectural diversity All kinds of architectural styles can be found in Vienna’s old town from Gothic residential towers to medieval paving, back courtyards from the Renaissance, Baroque city palaces, whole rows of houses from the Rococo period, and magnificent Gründerzeit houses to elegant Art Nouveau houses. 4. Myths and legends Many stories and legends are associated with the rich and colorful history of the city. Time and time again people have tried to explain their existence with legends. Legends and reality sometimes differ from one another. Animals place an important role in this mythology, and they can be seen as ornaments on the facades and fountains in the city. 5. Old university quarter Sealed off from traffic, the Jesuit quarter is located in the center of the old town. By the fountain in the square, you can take a look into the interior of the Jesuit Church, a treasure trove of Baroque exuberance, a demonstration of church power, and an example of the rivalry between painters and architects within Vienna. 6. Narrow streets and back courtyards Many of the city’s streets are winding, narrow, and anything but straight. Just the thought of the hygienic conditions in the Middle Ages stimulates the imagination of how everyday life used to be like here. Even opening a window will take ones breath away.

Vienna: Hofburg and Empress Sisi Museum Guided Tour

10. Vienna: Hofburg and Empress Sisi Museum Guided Tour

Hear about the life of Empress Elisabeth (commonly known as Sisi), of Austria-Hungary on a guided walking tour of Vienna. Meet your guide at the Albertina and make your way straight to the Hofburg, where you will explore the former Imperial Apartments. Discover more about the daily life of the Empress. Then, visit the Augustinian Church where the Bavarian princess married Emperor Franz Josef in 1854. Afterwards, pay a visit to her favourite confectioner, her favourite jeweller, as well as other shops where Sisi liked to indulge in some retail therapy. Hear anecdotes and curiosities about the life of the famous empress and be amazed by her complex character and personality. Finally, have the option of booking an additional visit to the Imperial Crypt. Located beneath the Capuchin Church, see Sisi's final resting place as well as the burial sites of other famous figures of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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What people are saying about Vienna

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,345 reviews

Everything there was amazing even if it was a rainy morning and we couldn't enjoy the garden tour. The architecture, the history of the Schonbrunn palace and the astonishing beauty you see in every corner. Our guide, Antonia, was very knowledgeable of the place's history and explained everything pretty well. I highly recommend you take the guided tour it's totally worth it. P.S. Don't skip the Gloriette, it's a must see.

The guide Stefan shared all his knowledge, in a charming way, for more than two hours. We learned new interesting stories about the history of Habsburg dynasty while visiting the Schonbrunn palace. I spent three days in Vienna and this was the most interesting experience there.

Beautiful city and really deserves several days but if you only have one day, we’ll worth the drive. Guide was a little too chatty and went off on random tangents but still provided good insights and history on the city.

Great experience. It was totally worth the visit. I highly recommend you book your tickets online and plan your visit earlier than 12 pm.

Easy and clear. Beautiful facility with some great art.