Guided tour

Vienna: Educational Walk Exploring Homelessness

4.9 / 5

45 reviews

Activity provider: SHADES TOURS

Vienna: Educational Walk Exploring Homelessness

Activity provider: SHADES TOURS

From US$ 19 per person

On this unique guided tour you’ll explore places relating to homelessness with a guide who was previously, or still is, homeless. Learn about the causes of homelessness, and discuss possible solutions. Engage in a conversation concerning poverty.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Explore the complex issue of homelessness
  • Hear insight guide who has experienced homelessness
  • See the contrast between the splendor of Vienna and the reality of homelessness
  • Reflect upon an important social issue
Full description
Explore Vienna on this unique and eye-opening tour which delves into the issue of homelessness in the world’s most livable city. Upon meeting your guide, a formerly homeless person, you’ll explore parts of the city that pertain to homelessness. See the stark contrast between the splendor of Austria and the reality of poverty. On this atypical tour, you’ll be educated by your guide’s mix of facts and personal stories that illustrate the complexity of homelessness. Ask your guide questions about their experience. Walk the line between poverty and welfare, and discuss the causes and possible solutions to this critical socio-political issue.
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Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meetingpoint is at Bäclerstraße 18, 1010 Wien, in front of restaurant INIGO. You will recognize your SHADES TOURS Guide by the folder in his hands.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that this tour is not a typical sightseeing tour: it does not provide historical information, it does not visit facilities, and does not put homeless people on display. The places visited are sites related to homelessness and have been chosen in order to explain the complex issue of homelessness.
  • This tour does not visit homeless shelters or put homeless people on display.
  • This 2-hour walk takes place outdoors. Please wear comfortable shoes and weatherproof clothing
  • If it rains heavily, your guide will ask if you would like to continue the tour in a nearby coffee house.
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4.9 /5

based on 45 reviews

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In any case, the Shades Tour contained a lot of "basic information" on the subject of homelessness. There are no direct points of contact with homeless people themselves (it's not a zoo tour either). The personal experiences of the guide were particularly exciting - he revealed a lot about his own situation. The tour is 100% recommended. The concept of "social tourism" should definitely continue to be supported and contributes positively to society.

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February 11, 2020

Very entertaining

Our guide's stories were very entertaining, interesting and entertaining. We got a detailed insight into the world of the homeless who live in Vienna. However, the city tour had little to do with a city tour. We had the expectation that Vienna's less crowded places would be shown, but this expectation was not fulfilled. Nevertheless, the tour was interesting, although afterwards we had serious doubts about the representation of our guide's personal life (why he slipped into homelessness). Nevertheless, we liked the tour and we had a lot to talk about afterwards.

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July 17, 2018

Highly recommended!

This is really a tour that everyone should have done once! The personal experiences of the guides make you aware of how quickly everyone can suddenly find themselves without a permanent place of residence without their own fault. The tour clears up common stereotypes of homelessness, provides brief information about numbers, dates, facts, the political and legal situation as well as opportunities and problems, and leaves enough room for your own questions and suggestions, which (at least with our tour) are exciting Have resulted in discussions. A huge compliment to our guide Barbara, whose fighting spirit - especially in view of her difficult fate - impressed us all!

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June 18, 2017

Product ID: 196073