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Vienna: Walking Tour of the Historic Ringstrasse

Product ID: 218991
The Ring is one of the most beautiful boulevards in the world. Built on the site of the former city walls, it is a unique ensemble of impressive architecture containing more than 900 buildings of representation, spacious gardens, and monuments.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
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Live tour guide
German
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the overhelming 19th-century architecture
  • Take short breaks in spacious gardens with their marvelous flower arrangements and statues
  • Admire the style combination and the rich decoration of the buildings
  • Listen to background information and intriguing stories
  • Learn about the fates of famous architects, artists, the rich, and the poor, who were attracted to Vienna
Full description
150 years ago Emperor Francis Josef commissioned the demolition of the city walls. His vision was to create a unique ensemble of public buildings housing cultural things such as the opera, and the theater, as well as museums, universities, the Academy of Fine Arts, parliament, and city hall.

A lot of industrialists and bankers took the opportunity to present their wealth and get a title, building amazing oversized palaces. The wide boulevard was lined with trees, and special paths for carriages, riders, and pedestrians were created. Numerous famous artists, architects, and planners were attracted by this project, who came to Vienna from all parts of Europe. Poor people who were also looking for work arrived and worked under incredible conditions.

During this walk you will see the most representative part of the Ring, Palais Ephrusi, which was commissioned by the rich Jewish banker family. This family's fate is described in the book "The Hare with the Amber Eyes". You will also encounter the Votive Church, the main building of the University of Vienna, City Hall, Burgtheater, Parliament, Heldenplatz, Museums, Volksgarten, and statues such as of the mayor Liebenberg or Pallas Athene. At the end of this scenic experience, your tour will end next to the Opera House.
Includes
  • Guided city tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Tram ticket

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Meeting point

Meet at the corner of Universitätsring and Schreyvogelgasse, at the monument in the form of a large obelisk.

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Product ID: 218991