5. Vienna: Imperial History Guided Walking Tour
Join a guided walking tour in Vienna and discover the splendor of this former imperial city. Explore the area around Hofburg Palace, including Heldenplatz, the Imperial Treasury, the Wiener Minoritenkirche, and much more. Meet your guide and set out to uncover the history of Vienna and gain insight into the city's past rulers. Learn about their victories and defeats, and their triumphs and tragedies, both personal and professional.
Marvel at the imposing Hofburg, the former winter residence of the Habsburg family, and get acquainted with one of the most prominent dynasties in European history, the House of Habsburg.
As you wander around this open-air museum, take in the impressive structures which reflect 700 years of architectural history. Enjoy the variety of courts, roofs, gates, towers, statues, and sculptures.
Pass by several important buildings, including the Imperial Treasury, the National Library, and the Spanish Riding School. Admire the unusual exterior of the Church of the Minorities and visit the inside of the church to see the mosaic replica of Da Vinci's Last Supper.
Hear about the Congress of Vienna and understand why and how the European map was reorganized after the Napoleonic Wars under the leadership of Prince Metternich.
Discover just how expansive the Hofburg complex is and listen as your guide tells you about how its 2,000 rooms are used today.
Find out about the most important public authorities like the Federal Presidency, the Federal Chancellery, and the various ministries and museums located inside the palace walls.
Leave this tour with a deeper understanding of Vienna's imperial past and greater insight into the Habsburg monarchy and the power it wielded.