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Karlsplatz, Vienna

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Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

1. Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

With the use of an E-Bike you will be able to quickly shift from one Viennese highlight to the next. The tour starts at Karlsplatz and will then pass by Musikvereinshaus, the Opera Hall, Hotel Sacher and the Albertina. You will then go on from the Hofburg to Heldenplatz where you can catch the spirit of good old Vienna, complete with a view to the museums. Your path will then lead you to the Parliament House and Rathaus, before arriving at the Burgtheater and passing the Stock Exchange. The Stephansplatz must not be missed, and following its visit, you will travel onward to the city park on Schwarzenbergplatz to the Belvedere. Your tour will conclude by returning back to Karlsplatz. If you are in the mood to experience something else, you may inquire to rent your E-Bike for the whole day. Within 20 minutes you can reach the nearby recreation areas Donauinsel, Prater or the nearby vineyards around Vienna. At the conclusion of your day, you can drop off your E-Bike at Karlsplatz or to our Headquarters near Schönbrunn. If convenient we can also pick up your bike from your hotel.

Vienna Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Vienna Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

During the late 19th century Vienna experienced a rapid population expansion, and a modern system of public transportation became essential. The city’s leaders engaged urban planners to draw up metro lines to connect the suburbs with the city center along the Ringstrasse. The architect chosen for this assignment was Otto Wagner. From the beginning, his aim was to create a metro design that would be iconographic, easy to recognize, and highlight Vienna’s cosmopolitanism. It was not surprising that he chose to work in the international avant¬-garde Art Nouveau style. On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll visit 2 of the remaining stations, where you’ll begin a discussion about Viennese Art Nouveau and its ideological underpinnings. Starting out at the beautiful pavilion at Karlsplatz, you’ll visit the small Wagner Museum and then walk to the Stadtpark station, which is the best-preserved of the original metro stations still in use. Your next metro stop is Kettenbrücke station. Along the way you’ll visit the famous Sezession House, the icon par excellence of Viennese Jugendstil. You’ll also see 2 beautiful apartment houses designed by Otto Wagner. Learn more about the philosophy behind Art Nouveau and consider the symbols and materials favored by its practitioners. From Kettenbrücke station, step onto the metro for your last stop, which is a visit to the imperial station. This outstanding building was erected outside Schönbrunn solely for the emperor to use. The crown jewel of the line, this station had a symbolic meaning as well, namely to show critics of Vienna’s metro that the emperor supported the line. Note the methods used by Wagner to translate the generally bourgeois style of Art Nouveau into an aesthetic with imperial grandiosity.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

3. 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.

Vienna: 3-Hour Christmas Tour by Segway

4. Vienna: 3-Hour Christmas Tour by Segway

Enjoy the festive season at some of Vienna’s most beautiful Christmas markets together with a sightseeing Segway tour. After a 20-minute Segway training, you follow the certified guide through festively decorated streets and pass by the famous buildings of Vienna. You will be enchanted by the charm of the festively illuminated world-famous architecture of Vienna, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate or a warm glass of mulled wine at the idyllic Christmas markets. Discover the various markets in the city center: the Altwiener Christkindlmarkt is a glistening wonderland, the Christmas village at Maria-Theresien-Platz offers traditional craftsmanship at over 70 stalls, and the Christmas market at Spittelberg is enchanting with its unique atmosphere. At the end of the tour you will receive the original Viennese Christmas market mug – a real collector’s item.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

5. Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.

Vienna: Meet Strauss Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Vienna: Meet Strauss Private Guided Walking Tour

The first stop accompanied by your guide will be Theater an der Wien, where almost all of Strauss’ operettas had their premieres. On the way, see the Stadtpark Strauss’ golden memorial, with its intricate sculptural details. Be enraptured by this meditative space, and the background your guide gives it. Karlskirche at Karlsplatz is the church where Strauss said his wedding vows. Pass by mainstay the Vienna State Opera and enter the Old Town, where you'll end up at Strauss' official residence. Get a glimpse of his instruments, furniture, and paintings, in which his personal and musical lives merge in perfect harmony. Extend the tour to 4.5 hours to experience an exclusive evening concert of classical music in a marvelous venue such as Theater an der Wien, the State Opera, or Musikverein Concert Hall. Concerts are performed by some of the titans of the Viennese classical scene, and feature works by Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, or Schubert.

Vienna: Art Class Painting the St. Charles Church

7. Vienna: Art Class Painting the St. Charles Church

Attend an art class in the middle of the Karlsplatz, in front of the magnificent St. Charles Church. Enjoy the outdoor ambiance, and use whatever utensil you prefer to recreate the iconic building. Your local teacher will guide you through the motif, from sketching to completion, and will be happy to help with any questions. All necessary materials (apron, paints, A4 watercolor paper, etc) will be provided on-site and at the end your painting can be taken home as a souvenir of your stay in Vienna.

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What people are saying about Karlsplatz, Vienna

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,113 reviews

Winfried, our guide, gave us a very friendly welcome and the bike tour was designed according to our wishes and interests. The wheels are very good and suitable for everyone. After our bike tour, we could continue to use the e-bikes for the rest of the day. The return took place without any problems. This experience is highly recommended!

Our guide was fantastic and the bike tour was a wonderful way to see a lot of sights in one day. Vienna is super bike friendly, so we felt very safe riding on the streets as well as in the bike lanes along with pedestrians. It's inspiring to see how well all modes of transport exist together- if only that way in the US!!!

Entertaining, personable, informative. Nice that you can use the ebikes for the rest of the day! Thanks to Winfried, who did his job very well!

Very easy way to see most of the sights around the inner ring, guide very knowledgeable about history and good advice.

A wonderful tour which gives a great overview of the important sights in the city