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Vienna State Opera: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

1. Vienna State Opera: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Explore the Vienna State Opera on this guided tour with skip-the-line entry privileges. Immerse yourself in the Renaissance Revival architecture and intricate designs of the opera house and discover many things that remain hidden from the typical evening audience. Arrive at the opera house and enjoy a streamlined entry process by simply showing your confirmation voucher. Meet your guide and start your journey through the building.  From the foyer, take the grand staircase to the state rooms (the tea salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall) before reaching the auditorium.  Stop and take a look at the stage where many famous musicians, dancers, and artists have stood. As you explore, hear facts about the building’s history and its architecture, and learn how an opera house is run.

Vienna: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

2. Vienna: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

Enjoy riding through Vienna with an optional bottle of the finest sparkling wine. Discover the beautiful city whilst your driver recounts exciting and unknown stories of Vienna's history. The rebuilt electro-vintage car is comfortable and offers 5 seats. This is an enchanting experience for young and old people.  Pass by the most historic Viennese sights in the first district such as Am Hof, Imperial Palace Hofburg, Volksgarten, Burgtheater, Rathaus (City Hall), and part of the famous Ringstraße. Drinks are conveniently served directly inside of the car during your sightseeing tour.

Vienna: Wine Tasting at Traditional Cellar

3. Vienna: Wine Tasting at Traditional Cellar

Arrive at the traditional Viennese wine cellar located directly in the hearth of Vienna City Center. Taste quality local fine wine with Viennese spreads and small wine snack. Enjoy explanation of the various flavors and history of each wine from your perch in traditional Viennese ambience. Choose from two options either „Heuriger“ wine tasting or richer Wine Tasting "Gourmet". Both of them contains three samples of wine. The tasting will be accompanied by a sample of delicious regional Austrian wine spreads and peculiarities. Live Austrian folk music in wine cellar is available at 07:00 pm

Vienna: Hofburg Palace, Sisi Museum & Silver Collection Tour

4. Vienna: Hofburg Palace, Sisi Museum & Silver Collection Tour

Discover the Hofburg Imperial Palace Complex on a guided tour. Explore the residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years and thus the centre of the Holy Roman Empire with a knowledgeable guide and stay in a well-organized group. Avoid crowded groups to fully enjoy this attraction with commentary from the guide. Walk inside this magnificent Castle and discover the Conference Room, used for the ministerial conferences which were chaired by the emperor. See the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, their Saloons for guests, Elisabeth's Dressing Room, and much more as the whole interior includes 24 different rooms. Also see the Silver Collection with valuable porcelain and crystal glasses, which provides insights into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty. The Sisi Museum presents over 300 personal items that belonged to Elisabeth like her dresses, parasols, gloves, and beauty preparations. It shows her beauty cult, obsession with being slim and athletic performance.

Vienna: Culinary Horse-Drawn Carriage Experience

5. Vienna: Culinary Horse-Drawn Carriage Experience

Enjoy typical Austrian delicacies as you discover famous Viennese cuisine, during a ride through the beautiful city by horse-drawn carriage. Listen as your coachman and butler regale you with exciting stories of Vienna's history and sights. The carriage is comfortable and weatherproof, and offers four spaces with a table for you to sit at on your journey.  Relax on the drive with a clean, emission-free, and quiet mode of transportation. As you travel, pass by the most important sights of Vienna's old town such as Hofburg, the Spanish Horse Riding School, Burgtheater, Albertina, and the Opera, just to name a few. Enjoy a slower pace of life as you see and taste Austria with this enchanting experience.

Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

6. Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

Find your Fiaker next to the world-famous St. Stephen's Cathedral. From St. Stephen's Square, begin your journey to old seat of government during the Habsburg monarchy, the Hofburg. Today, the President and Chancellor of the Austrian Republic have their offices at this impressive complex. Travel along marvellous boulevard known as "The Ring", where you have the chance to see the buildings of the Natural Museum of History and Fine Arts. The square between the two buildings displays the statue of Maria Theresia, the sole female ruler in the house of Habsburg. Pass by the Austrian Parliament, built in a Greek architectural style with the statue of Pallas Athene in front of it. Right after the Parliament, see the Vienna Town Hall with its impressive square. The square in front of the hall is very popular among the Viennese, many events such as the annual film festival and the Christmas markets take place there. Finish your ride back at the St. Stephans Cathedral where it started.

From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

7. From Vienna: Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the stunning beauty of Wachau Valley and sample its white wines on a guided day trip from Vienna. Hop on a river cruise down the Danube from Spitz to Melk. Visit Melk Abbey and Weissenkirchen. Stop at a family-run tavern in Dürnstein to taste liqueurs, wines, and local delicacies. Start the trip from Vienna and travel in a van through narrow countryside roads into the heart of the Wachau Valley. Accompanied by your driver/guide, learn about wine-making and the fascinating history and culture of the region.   Taste a wide variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites and sample other local delicacies such as apricot jams and liqueurs. In summer, take a boat ride on the Danube River from Spitz to Melk to soak up the beauty of the Wachau Valley. During the winter months, take a guided tour of the beautiful Melk Abbey. Once in Dürnstein, enjoy free time to explore the medieval town and its colorful architecture. Learn about the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Finally, visit a heuriger, a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern, for wine tasting.

Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

8. Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join a highly personal and educational tour of Vienna Old Town. See the most important landmarks and monuments and immerse yourself in the history of the Austrian capital. Discover the cultural heritage of the Hofburg Empire and fall in love with the spectacular sights! During this tour, you will see the best-selected highlights and hidden gems of Vienna's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the monumental Hofburg Palace complex with gardens and numerous monuments. Next, head to the city hall Rathaus, a monolithic Neo-Gothic municipal building built using some 30 million bricks. You will also see the Burgtheater with its characteristic statues and staircases painted by Gustav Klimt. Tucked away among the elegant townhouses and luxurious shops of the spectacular Old Town, you will find the gorgeous 18th century St Peter’s Catholic Church (Peterskirche). Then at Stephansplatz, you will visit Austria's most prominent national symbol - St Stephen’s Cathedral. Step inside to see stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures. This will be an unforgettable experience for sure. Pick to 3-hour option to visit St. Peter’s Catholic Church, whose architecture mimics its famous namesake in Rome. Inside, you will be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of ornamental design with beautiful murals, paintings, and a domed roof with gilding. Learn about its architectural and artistic qualities and discover its history dating back to the beginning of the city. In addition, during the extended route, you will see more amazing sights, such as the Column of The Trinity and the Vienna University. Pick the 4-hour option to also visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, housed in part of the Hofburg palace complex. Inside the museum, you will find secular and religious treasures collected by Austrian emperors over the last 1000 years. Among its treasures are the Imperial Crown, Holy Lance, and Order of the Golden Fleece. Your Private Guide will share fascinating stories about the Austrian Empire and its wealth. The 6-hour tour will give you a full experience of Vienna Old Town with a visit to the mecca of Austrian history and culture - Hofburg Palace. Inside the former residence and government center of the Habsburg emperors, you will discover the treasures of the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection. Marvel at the ornate Rococo-style decor and antique furniture of the 24 private and official rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. See personal items of Sisi, the Empress, and a collection of extravagant silver, porcelain & crystal-glass tableware from Bohemia. Immerse yourself in the imperial wealth!

Vienna: Food, Coffee, and Market Discovery Tour

9. Vienna: Food, Coffee, and Market Discovery Tour

You begin your Vienna tour on one of the most famous and attractive shopping streets in the city: The Graben. Home of the court jeweller Heldwein, and the famous porcelain factory of Augarten, the area is littered with imperial architecture, opulent coffee shops, and first-rate eateries. It would be rude not to offer you a coffee before getting started properly, so after your brief stroll, you will stop for a quick coffee and a snack. However, this won't be at one of the famous cafes, because only tourists go there. Instead you will head to one of the few cafes that locals still visit — a proper and still functioning Kulturcafe. To Nasch means "to nibble" and that is exactly what you can do at the Naschmarkt, easily one of Europe’s best open-air markets. It is a mile long and showcases over 120 food stalls and some delectable restaurants that are cooking up some of the best food in the city. Here, you will find the most diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and delicacies that are available in Vienna from all over the world.  While the Naschmarkt is a must-see, any local will tell you that they rarely pay it a visit, unless they fancy fighting out with tourists for the vendor’s attention. Instead, every local has their own market that they like to visit. These may not be as big as the Naschmarkt, but they are certainly more lively and less touristy. To that end, you will be whisked away from the Naschmarkt to a real functioning Viennese market. Whether that be the trendy Brunnenmarkt in the 16th district with its cafes and creativity, the lively Viktor–Adler–Markt in the traditionally working class 10th district, or even the peaceful farmers market at Karmeliterplatz in the 2nd district, will depend on the day and the guide. But don’t be afraid to ask for directions to the others: there is never enough time in a day, let alone in a tour to visit everything. Irrelevant of the market, one thing that can be guaranteed is that there will be food. Your guides will introduce you to some Viennese guilty pleasures, sweet and savory, and life on the streets that no guide book would ever mention. Pausing to take in Wurstelstand life offers you the chance to taste Austrian’s favorite dish (hint: it’s not schnitzel), while grabbing a cheeky beer or spritzer (soft drinks are available) that will help you re-hydrate after the buzz of the markets. Along the way you will sink into the famed Viennese coffee culture. Coffeehouses have played a very important role in shaping the culture of the city over the centuries, with the first cup being brewed all the way back in 1683. The Austrian Inventory of Cultural Heritage describes the coffeehouses as places “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill".

Sinful Vienna: Following the Tracks of Josefine Mutzenbacher

10. Sinful Vienna: Following the Tracks of Josefine Mutzenbacher

Journey back in time to follow the tracks of Josefine Mutzenbacher, a novelistic Viennese prostitute, who loved her way up the Viennese society successfully in the second half of the 19th century. Her memoirs were written in the old Café Griensteidl in the literary circle Young Vienna (Jung-Wien) by Felix Salten and are still considered today one of the bestsellers in erotic literature. Learn where and how Josefine Mutzenbacher and her colleagues found their clients during this guided walking tour of the streets and squares of the old town and get fascinating insights into the customs of her time. Beyond that, look forward to the interesting facts about prostitution during Roman times, the Middle Ages, modern times as well as getting insights into the situation today. Discover Vienna as the classic city of double standards, because ‒ as is well-known ‒ in Vienna, everything fun is forbidden. For example, there were no brothels in Vienna for 500 years until recently. Learn more about the alternatives, listen to the sotries and hear how prostitutes were paid in Vindobona.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 30 reviews

What a wonderful time we had. Santiago was an excellent guide, and provided guidance in both English and Spanish for our group as needed. Plus, he was super knowledgeable of all the wines, the area, and was just fun to chat with about life during the can ride and our group lunch break. As sellers of Domaine Wachau wines at our Restaurant in America, it was exciting to meet the producers in person and get a taste of all the different wines. Plus, getting the contrast with the slightly larger producer and the smaller, family growers was really exciting. A really really hot day made for some lovely white wine. The valley was gorgeous and the stop in Durnstein was super cute and just the right amount of time. They have several different liquor and chocolate sellers so you can get unlimited free samples by hopping from shop to shop. The lunch had great vegetarian options for us, the river cruise was lovely and scenic, and we got a quick pick in Melk before heading home. Thanks Santiago!!!

Very informative and was able to see lots of things, including the orchestra pit. Even though we had almost 30 people in our group, it was easy to hear our guide. Highly recommend the tour!

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 guide Carmen was great. He was able to convey all his love and passion for this building and for his work! She is very good and the work is beautiful!

Quick and easy, with great instructions on where to go!