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Jewish Vienna: City Synagogue Guided Tour

1. Jewish Vienna: City Synagogue Guided Tour

Discover the rich history and cultural significance of Vienna's Stadttempel synagogue, the city's main synagogue. Built in 1826 with the Emperor's permission, this landmark was designed by renowned architect Joseph Kornhäusel. Experience the synagogue's pivotal role in WWII, as the only synagogue in Vienna to survive the Novemberpogrom of 1938. On our exclusive one-hour tour, you will gain unparalleled access to the inside of the synagogue, guided by our expert tour guides who are deeply connected to Vienna's Jewish community. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history and culture of the city and have an unforgettable experience.

Vienna: Jewish Museum Vienna and Museum Judenplatz Tickets

2. Vienna: Jewish Museum Vienna and Museum Judenplatz Tickets

In the main house of the Jewish Museum Vienna, an old palace near St. Stephen's Cathedral, you can discover the fantastic exhibitions on the Jewish history, religion, and traditions in Austria. Experience the history of Jewish Vienna with the permanent exhibition at Dorotheergasse “Our City! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now”. On the ground floor, the start of the exhibition presents Jewish Vienna from 1945 to the present day. It shows how the almost completely destroyed Jewish community developed over the years to a modest but diverse and vibrant community despite the resistance of Austrian post-war policies. After a look at present-day Vienna, the exhibition takes you back to Jewish Vienna from the Middle Ages to the Holocaust on the second floor. A multimedia guide provides visitors with additional perspectives on the exhibits. The collections are presented and placed in a historical context along with the objects’ places of origin – the synagogues or the collectors such as Max Berger or Martin Schlaff.  The foundations of the medieval synagogue are presented in the Museum Judenplatz. In addition to the various permanent exhibitions, the museum offers a wide range of temporary exhibitions and events at both locations on Dorotheergasse and Museum Judenplatz.

Vienna: Sigmund Freud Museum Ticket

3. Vienna: Sigmund Freud Museum Ticket

Skip the line at the Sigmund Freud Museum and visit Berggasse 19, Vienna's most famous address. See all the private rooms where Sigmund Freud worked and lived for half a decade and changed our minds by developing the ground-breaking science of psychoanalysis. Use the same entrance Freud and his patients used to enter the house take the historic steps to enter the mezzanine, where the Freud family lived. Marvel at the preserved spatial structures, which reveal an authentic experience of the birthplace of psychoanalysis, and the various exhibits highlight the professional stations and biographical facettes of Freud’s professional and family life. Admire special printings, rare first editions, offprints, and presentation copies provide insights into the geneses of Freud’s theoretical work. Walk through Anna Freud’s adjacent living and practice rooms, which are dedicated to her work of combining psychoanalysis and pedagogy. The private rooms of the Freud family show Freud’s life as a family father and his career path as a young physician and neurologist. Go up a newly-built staircase connecting all floors of the museum and displays information in order to recount the history of the house and its occupants, also depicting the period following Freud’s expulsion, a time fraught with Nazi violence when “Jews were collected” at Berggasse 19. Explore a separate section on the gallery of the foyer is dedicated to Freud’s flight into exile in London with his closest family, to his brother Alexander and the fate of his sisters Rosa, Marie, Pauline and Adolfine, and their murder in the Nazi extermination camps. Step inside Freud’s former office and see the permanent exhibition “Hidden Thoughts of a Visual Nature” – a presentation of selected works from the Sigmund Freud Museum's collection of conceptual art, including works by John Baldessari, Joseph Kosuth, Susan Hiller, Franz West, Haim Steinbach and others. End your visit at the museum’s shop and café. Browse thorugh the book and gift selections, have an original Viennese coffee, or taste the unique Sigmund Freud Original beer, brewed in Vienna.

Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

4. Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Upon arrival, explore the preserved historic premises of the Mauthausen Memorial at your own pace with the help of your audio guide. See the Wiener-Graben quarry, the Stairs of Death, the SS-Quarters, the Camp Prison, the Gas Chamber, and visit the newly re-opened Mauthausen Museum with the Room of Names. Honor the victims by learning about this crucial period in history. Embark on a 2.5-hour journey from Vienna across lower Austria towards the Mauthausen Memorial in a comfortable air-conditioned tour vehicle. Listen to your guide explaining the historical context en route and learn about life at Mauthausen concentration camp before its liberation in May 1945. Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Upper Austria was one of the largest labor camp complexes in the Third Reich. Between 1938 and 1945 about 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in Mauthausen. About half of them lost their lives. Today, Mauthausen Memorial honors the memory of those who perished here by standing as a reminder to the darkest days in Austria’s history.

Jewish Vienna: Inner City Walking Tour

5. Jewish Vienna: Inner City Walking Tour

We start at the City Temple ‘Stadttempel’, Vienna‘s main synagogue and the hotspot of Jewish life. The route takes us through the 1st district, the Innere Stadt, and through the centuries: from the first Jewish community in the times of the Middle Ages to the heyday of the early 20th century to the here and now. Continuing at Judenplatz „square of the Jews“, one of the most important sights to see and understand the Jewish history of Austria. Dive in deeper into the Jewish history, by visiting Graben, Kohlmarkt and finding out more about famous purveyors of the third Jewish Community. At „Hoher Markt“ you will learn about famous Jewish families such as the Arnsteins, Rothschilds, Ephrussies and many more. Discover things you would never see otherwise with our authentic and knowledgeable guides.

Vienna: World War II Historical Walking Tour

6. Vienna: World War II Historical Walking Tour

Uncover the social and political climate of Vienna and how this influenced the mind of a young Adolf Hitler during this guided walking tour. View historical sights like a synagogue that survived WWII and a Holocaust memorial. The 2.5-hour walking tour begins in front of the Albertina Museum, next to Vienna’s world-famous Opera House. Your guide will provide an insight into Hitler’s early years and his ideology. You’ll learn why and how the art student became a feared dictator. Learn about the effect that over 100,000 bombs had on the city. Hear about what happened to the city’s large Jewish community when ethnic rivalry and fear seized Vienna. See the only synagogue that survived the Nazi regime and visit Vienna’s somber Holocaust memorial. Learn how Vienna was divided after World War II: It was the only city in the world where the Allied powers managed a zone together.

Vienna: Vienna Underground Guided Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Vienna Underground Guided Walking Tour

Acquire a new perspective on Vienna with a guided tour of the city's underworld. Travel underneath the city to discover the gloomy world that awaits. Walk around the hidden Vienna and learn about both the beautiful and ugly sides of the Viennese underground. Beneath the city of Vienna lies a hidden network of corridors, shafts, cellars and subterranean buildings. Go on a journey to a parallel world and discover during the tour some relics from World War II, a historcial pharmacy laboratory and medicine cellar, former air raid shelters, and places of refuge for outcasts. Visit two private and non public accessable historical cellars in the heart of Vienna, each of which will provide you a lot of unique insights and interessting stories of their former uses. Experience Vienna off the beaten track. The Viennese underworld is larger and more extensive than in other cities and holds a world of mysteries.

Jewish Vienna: Leopoldstadt Walking Tour

8. Jewish Vienna: Leopoldstadt Walking Tour

No other district has such a deep Jewish history as Leopoldstadt. On our tour, discover everything starting with the shtetl, moving on to emancipation, and finally, life during the Holocaust. We walk through the Gräzel, discover the „Stones of Remembrance“, the locations of the former synagogues and walk in the footsteps of important Leopoldstädters like Theodor Herzl or Sigmund Freud. Walking over towards Morzinplatz, enjoy a great view onto the second district of Vienna, Leopoldstadt, which in many ways is an anchor in the Jewish history of the city. Among other things, this is where the Ghetto was located in “Unterem Werd." After the tragedy of the Shoah and its consequences, Jewish life once again flourishes in this part of the city. In addition, today‘s vibrant Jewish life can be found at every corner here. This district holds great importance in the past, as well as the present, as the second jewish community has been sent and isolated in the second district for fifty years in the so called “ Ghetto am Unteren Werd/ Ghetto at the lower island”. Discover things you would never see otherwise with our authentic and knowledgeable guides.

Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

9. Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of the St Stephen’s Cathedral, then begin the tour in the heart of Vienna and pass by the Jewish Museum. From here, explore the Old Jewish Quarter and learn about the history, hardships, and culture of the Jewish community in Vienna. As you explore the neighborhood's charming cobblestone streets, hear about the lives of famous former residents, including Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler. Highlights of the tour are also the Imperial Place and the Holocaust Memorial. The tour ends in front of the Synagogue. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Vienna’s Jewish history and culture.

Vienna: Jewish Life in Leopoldstadt 2-Hour Walking Tour

10. Vienna: Jewish Life in Leopoldstadt 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the area between the Danube Canal and the district of Leopoldstadt located on the Danube, once a center of Jewish life in Vienna. Set off on a journey through time and learn more about Jewish life in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century. Explore the part of the city off the beaten tourist path. Learn more about what social and community institutions dominated this district and find out which magnificent houses of worship existed at that period of time. See how the Jewish people live in Vienna today and follow the commemorative plaques marked “Path of Remembrance”.

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The reconceptualisation of the museum is very good. I trained in psychoanalysis, so it was a treat to visit Freud's home in Vienna, and to learn more about him and his family in context. My partner, who wasn't trained in psychoanalysis (but has had to endure me prattling on for many a year) also enjoyed the experience, too.

I liked the Judenplatz museum which depicts the early history of the Jews in Austria & Vienna. The more modern Jewish museum was less interesting for me, being Jewish and from Israel. I think it's important for people who are not familiar with the important heritage and tragic history of the Viennese Jews.

A very informative tour. Stefan, our guide, was excellent. He was highly knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Amazing experience and well worth the ticket price!

Excellent museum with lots of interesting exhibits