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Vienna: Empress Sisi Walking Tour & Imperial Apartments

1. Vienna: Empress Sisi Walking Tour & Imperial Apartments

Learn 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, you 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.

Tickets for the Albertina Exhibitions and Staterooms

2. Tickets for the Albertina Exhibitions and Staterooms

In 2018 the Albertina Museum was named one of the Seven Urban Wonders of the World, located right in Vienna’s historic center. Its permanent display presents a survey of the most important artistic styles from French Impressionism, German Expressionism, Russian avant-garde and also an in-depth focus on Austrian art. The unique collection includes painting and drawings of Monet, Degas, Goncharova, Chagall and Kokoschka, just to name a few. The presentation is topped off by numerous chefs-d’oeuvre by Picasso, ranging from his early Cubist pictures to paintings from his experimental late period. Immerse yourself in imperial flair at the Albertina Museum: for around 100 years, the present-day museum building served as the residence of Habsburg archdukes and arch­duchesses. Bearing witness to this period are the 20 sumptu­ously decorated and painstakingly restored Habsburg State Rooms that sweep visitors away into the magnificent world of classicism with their precious wall coverings, chandeliers, fireplaces and stoves, distinctive marquetry and exquisite furniture in Louis-seize style originated from the royal French court workshops of Paris and Versailles. Browse through the collections on various topics such as the permanent collection, prints and drawings, architectural collection, photo collections, and various temporary exhibitions.

Vienna: Electric Bus Tour

3. Vienna: Electric Bus Tour

Enjoy the highlights of one of Europe's most magical cities from the comfort of an electric bus, as you absorb 30 scenic attractions. Sit back and relax as you wind your way through Vienna's old town, and cruise past sights such as the house where Mozart gave his first concert. Take a journey back in history as you marvel at the beauty of the 13th-century Michaelerkirche, and revel in the beauty of the majestic Albertina Art Museum. Soak in the atmosphere at the leisurely speed of 10km per hour, and take snaps of the key sights at your own pace.

Vienna: Medieval Legends and Mysteries City Exploration Game

4. Vienna: Medieval Legends and Mysteries City Exploration Game

Explore Vienna's medieval past by embarking on a quest on a mobile phone app. Uncover Vienna's history in a unique way by solving riddles and following clues to complete your challenge. Download the free Questo app on to your mobile phone and begin your self-guided tour at the starting point. Then, head off to discover Vienna's taverns and narrow medieval streets. Unearth traces of the greatest tragedy in Vienna's history, the plague, as you are guided by the bizarre story of the city's most famous balladeer, Marx Augustin. Learn more about the man locals call Lieber Augustin (Dear Augustin) because of his charming humor in bitter times. Unlock secret stories of the places you visit every time you solve a clue or riddle. Upon the successful solution of a clue, you will receive exact directions to the next location, removing the need for a map, GPS, or guide for your city exploration adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Vienna: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

5. Vienna: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

No matter if you are a first-time visitor or have passed through Vienna before, a guided walking tour will help you discover more of the splendor of the city. While you visit some of Vienna’s most stunning sights, this tour will help you discover some of the secrets of the city — stories told that are unknown even to most locals.  Marvel at the opulent grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the leaders of the Habsburg dynasty. Gaze at the unique roofing of Vienna’s most famous cathedral, St. Stephen’s. Learn the macabre history of the Pestsäule, a column erected to commemorate Viennese victims of the black plague. All the while, uncover the underground history of these well-known places from your expert guide.

Vienna: Scavenger Hunt through the City Center

6. Vienna: Scavenger Hunt through the City Center

Get to know the Austrian capital by playing an exciting scavenger hunt. Start at St. Stephen's Cathedral, get to know the famous shopping street "Graben" and discover the Votiv Church, the Vienna City Hall and the famous Burgtheater. The historic square Heldenplatz, the Vienna Hofburg and the square Michaelerplatz also await you during your scavenger hunt. Learn about the history of the city of Vienna, the coffee house culture and the famous Albertina. Let your day end with a piece of delicious Viennese Sacher cake and a cup of coffee. Here is how the city game of Vienna works: One box contains 16 sealed and numbered envelopes. These are small tasks that have to be solved. Guided by clear and unambiguous directions, you will walk through Vienna. Decipher the puzzles and let yourself be guided to the next sight of Vienna. Decide on your own when you want to start your scavenger hunt tour of Vienna and how long you want to stay at the different locations. Let yourself drift on a mysterious and extraordinary tour. You can take a break at any time or continue the tour on another day of your choice - whatever you like.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

7. Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

Get your bearings at the famous Anker Clock, the first stop on this guided bike tour. Admire historical buildings on the way to jaw-dropping St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further, thrill to the sight of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Column of Trinity. Don't fall off! The next stops on this architectural scavenger hunt are the University of Vienna and the stunning Rathaus, chockablock with historial facts. Continue your mobile adventure at the Hofburg Imperial Palace and its amazing complex of highly recognizable structures. Feel like a diva as you rock the Vienna State Opera on this fab 2-hour tour with live commentary. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, and labyrinthine Belvedere Palace. Return to drop-off via the canal, where you'll be confronted with the ghost of Johann Strauss - don't worry, it's only a monument. Or steel yourself for the 6-hour option with the perenially popular Schoenbrunn Palace. This magnificent residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn a unique combination of Baroque style and joyful nature.

Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

8. Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

Experience Vienna both past and present on this easy-going walk with a professionally qualified guide. Learn everything worth knowing about the old Capital of the Habsburg monarchs and of the Holy Roman Empire; wander through languorous alleyways and over stately boulevards, and marvel at the famous buildings and monuments. See the Michaelerplatz, a star-shaped Baroque plaza in the middle of the town, or the Hofburg Palace, which has been constantly added to, extended, and rebuilt over time. Stroll across the Josefplatz, and amble past the Albertina Art Museum, home to one of the most important print collections in the world. Take in the magnificent Vienna State Opera, see where 'Sisi's' diamond stars were produced, and admire the impressive St. Stephan's Cathedral.

Vienna: Imperial History & Architecture Guided Walking Tour

9. Vienna: Imperial History & Architecture Guided Walking Tour

Welcome to your guided walking tour, which allows you to see the Best of Vienna at a glance. Experience imperial façades, horse-drawn carriages, the Hofburg Imperial Palace 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 and get a first impression of Vienna. 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 castle 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. Let`s walk through the Hofburg Palace Garden, formerly known as the Emperor’s Garden. It was constructed on top of the foundations of a former fortified compound, the Augustinerschanze. See one of the most famous and fascinating Opera houses in the world and pass by the Spanisch Riding School and head to the Graben. End of the Tour will be at St. Stephans Cathedral, symbol of Vienna and the country of Austria.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

10. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Where to eat

    To grab a bite to eat, there is a popular café and restaurant in the Albertina. However, if you want to discover something new, head to the Palmenhaus around the corner. Located in a gigantic and recently renovated greenhouse from the early 19th century, the Palmenhaus is one of Vienna's most gorgeous restaurants.

  • Keep discovering the world of the Habsburgs

    The Albertina is just one small part of the giant Hofburg Palace complex. If the Albertina's state rooms didn't quench your thirst for Habsburg knowledge, make sure to visit the rest of the palace, which boasts countless more treasures and secrets from the imperial family.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Wednesdays 10:00AM to 9:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at € 11.90 and continue upwards based on ticket packages and transportation options.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's not necessary, but is a great way to learn more about the city overall.
  • How to get there
    Take the U1, U2, U4 to the Karlsplatz stop, or the U3 to the Stephansplatz stop.
  • Additional information

    • Photography is allowed in the entrance area and in the Habsburg Staterooms.

    • Mobile phone calls inside museum spaces are prohibited, so plan accordingly.

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What people are saying about Albertina

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 955 reviews

Excellent! :-) A good way to create lasting memories of your visit to Vienna. Not too long, (other options also possible) everything worth knowing to be able to experience your own or other activities on this day in Vienna. Excellent! ;-) From here, all the sights of the city center can be easily reached on foot (approx. 10 minutes, for example, the Natural History Museum, Art Museum, a little further approx. 15-20 minutes on foot to Belvedere Castle). The Ferris wheel and Schönbrunn Palace (large complex approx. 1 day, depending on how and what you want to see) are also easy to reach by subway. Have fun! :-)

My guide (i forgot his name) is really friendly! It felt really like private tour and we laughed alot. Such nice e-Bus tour it was, I would recommend to take this short-but-not-that-short trip to get to know the city in general first

Very informative guide who gave us an insight into the royal family and the history of Austria

The tour guide from Serbia was very knowledgable and friendly.

The tour guide was very friendly… I enjoyed the tour…