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Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

1. Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

Enjoy a fun and informative walk through the highlights of Vienna's old town. Walk in the footsteps of Viennese history from the Middle Ages to the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Learn about the mystical architectural history of  St. Stephen's Cathedral and find out why the devil wanted to prevent the building's completion. Then step inside and discover this magnificent Gothic cathedral. Then continue to the Graben and see the historic baroque plague column. Stroll towards the Kohlmarkt until you reach the Michaelerplatz with the imperial façade of the Vienna Hofburg. Start at the stable castle and continue on to Josefsplatz which boasts great views of the imperial library. See the equestrian statue of Emperor Joseph II in the middle of the square. Pass through a gate and walk further into a small courtyard overlooking the choir of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle. Arrive at the Schweizerhof of the Vienna Hofburg. Head through the Swiss Gate, an important Renaissance work of art, and reach the inner square of the castle. Marvel at the monument Emperor Franz II./I. where your historic city tour will end.

Vienna: Spy Mission City Exploration Game

2. Vienna: Spy Mission City Exploration Game

Discover the city's fascinating history and attractions as you solve clues around Vienna. Explore this beautiful Austrian city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Vienna for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; 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 smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual ticket.

Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

3. 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.

Spanish Riding School Ticket: Piber Meets Vienna

4. Spanish Riding School Ticket: Piber Meets Vienna

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna and its Lipizzan horses are famous and loved all over the world. During the summer months, the stallions leave the baroque Winter Riding Academy for their well-earned "summer break". During this time, you have the unique opportunity to become familiar with where these noble horses come from and what they do before their training and performances in Vienna. The summer programme “Piber meets Vienna” offers an insight into life at the stud. See Lipizzan mares with their adorable foals and discover interesting facts about the breeding and rearing of the "white stars" through live commentary. The programme is accompanied by classical Viennese music.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Josefsplatz

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 501 reviews

Herbert was a fabulous guide. He spoke excellent English and was so helpful. He was incredibly knowledgeable and we saw and learned so much in three hours. One of the best walking tours we’ve ever taken!

Great tour, a lot of super interesting spots visited, highly professional guide (Herbert S.), overall an experience I can highly recommend to other visitors.

The tour flew by! You can feel the enthusiasm for Vienna and its history, for him it's more than his job.

A cheap but fun way to see the sights of Vienna. Would recommend as long as you don’t mind a bit of walking!

Very interesting tour with a lot of history, really recommendable.