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Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

1. Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the North Tower at St Stephen’s Cathedral, then begin the tour with a visit to 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 also include the city's oldest synagogue and the Holocaust Memorial. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Vienna’s Jewish history and culture.

Jewish Vienna: City Synagogue Guided Tour

2. Jewish Vienna: City Synagogue Guided Tour

Explore the Stadttempel, the main Synagogue of Vienna. The tour takes you along the memorial of the Holocaust, the wall of names, and the survived City's vibrant Synagogue. Exclusively see the inside of the City’s Synagogue and get to know its vibrant history. Along with your guide, and active members within the Jewish community of Vienna, you will have an unforgettable experience within the Synagogue.

Vienna: The Third Man Filming Locations Tour

3. Vienna: The Third Man Filming Locations Tour

On this guided walking tour, step into scenes from The Third Man, a British film noir released in 1949 that captures Vienna's atmosphere of immorality, insecurity, and poverty in the years after World War II. Praised by many as one of the best movies ever made, the film features Academy Award winner Orson Welles playing the main character, Harry Lime. Hear intriguing anecdotes about this dark espionage story as you walk along the cobbled alleys that inspired the movie's screenwriter and see some of the filming locations. Walk through hidden lanes and courtyards of the Austrian capital that inspired author Graham Greene and the film's director, Carol Reed. Hear insightful stories from your knowledgeable guide who puts the city's days during the Allied occupation and Cold War espionage in context as you stroll along the Danube Canal. See some of the movie's locations such as the famous Hotel Sacher and Café Mozart, where Holly Martins secretly met Baron Kurtz. Walk past the apartment on Josefplatz, where the film's hero stayed during his time in Vienna. The scars of war are long gone, but most spots in the cinematic masterpiece remain intact, making this tour thoroughly enjoyable for movie fans and the historically inclined.

Vienna: Guided Jewish Museums Private Tour

4. Vienna: Guided Jewish Museums Private Tour

Visit the Museum Judenplatz and the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna on this guided private tour. Learn about the history of the Jews in Vienna and Austria from a knowledgeable guide. Have the option to extend your tour to see additional points of interest related to Jewish culture and history. Follow your private guide and discover events and facts about the local Jewish community at the Jewish Museum. See how the city once had a flourishing Jewish community prior to WWII and how it is today. Visit the Museum Judenplatz and see its animated virtual tour of Jewish life in the 14th century. Learn about the development of Jewish communities to the everyday routines of Jews during the Middle Ages. See the permanent exhibition of “Our city! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now” and understand the difficult path of Jewish Vienna from 1945 to the present day. Have the option to extend your journey and learn more about the Jews in Vienna. See the Holocaust Memorial at Judenplatz and Memorial against War and Fascism on Albertinaplatz. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you fascinating facts and lead you to see Stadttempel Synagogue. Stroll down toward Leopoldstadt to the other side of Danube. Once a Jewish neighborhood, the area was called Matzoh Island. Along the neighborhood's streets, come across plaques marking former Jewish community establishments and see Or Chadash Synagogue as well.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

5. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Learn about Vienna's fascinating history as well as some of its most famous people on a private walking tour. Begin by tracing the city's historical roots, from the Celts and Romans to its modern-day inhabitants. Visit some of the most important locations of the city including St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Heldenplatz, Hofburg Imperial Palace, The Graben and Plague Column, the Jewish Square, Burggarten, and Volksgarten. Hear about the life of the various members of the Habsburg family who were once one of the most distinguished royal houses of Europe. Learn more about famous composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as the proud tradition of classical music in the city.

Vienna: Private Gustav Klimt and History Walk

6. Vienna: Private Gustav Klimt and History Walk

After departing from your accommodation, depart for your first stop of the garden gate to the Upper Belvedere. Whilst there, learn how Klimt’s First Kiss highlights the gallery of the palace. Your guide will also explain to your how Klimt's "Schieles an Kokoschkas" illustrates the spirit in Vienna of around 1900. From there, walk down the hill. As you pass the Lower Belvedere, the Baroque is left behind. The Soviet Monument at Schwarzenbergplatz represents the best and worst of Vienna's history. Karlplatz is surrounded by the city’s most impressive Baroque church - St. Charles, one of the world’s best concert halls - Musikverein, and Otto Wagner’s iconic Art Nouveau metro pavilions. Reaching the Secession Building, modern Vienna materializes before you. This is the area containing the neighborhoods where Freud, Mahler, Schoenberg, Klimt, Schiele, and Hitler have roamed. There you learn about Klimt’s second kiss, the "Beethoven Kiss", whilst also exploring the colorful and multicultural Naschmarkt, which is a good place to relax in this history-laden city.

Vienna: Private Jewish Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Private Jewish Walking Tour

The Jewish community of Vienna is a culture rich in history and goes back hundreds of years. From the first Jewish person in Austria, to the artists, doctors, and scientists who shaped Viennese culture in 1900, to the Holocaust, and to the present-day Jewish community, the city would not be what it is today without its Jewish community. This walking tour emphasizes the intellectual, cultural, and artistic flowerings of a remarkable community that has shaped Vienna's history, as well as exploring the darker periods wherein the community was banished from Vienna. Highlights of the tour include the University of Vienna, Sigmund Freud’s favorite café, Café Landtmann, Palais Ephrussi, Seitenstettengasse Synagogue, Judenplatz, Joseph’s Square, Memorial against War and Fascism, Vienna State Opera, and many more.

From Vienna: Private Guided Tour By Car Mauthausen Memorial

8. From Vienna: Private Guided Tour By Car Mauthausen Memorial

Visit the Mauthausen Memorial with a historian on a guided tour from Vienna. Take a closer look at the darkest days of WWII and the Holocaust by exploring the original prison block, execution cellar, bunkers, and memorials. Choose from two options when you visit the Mauthausen Memorial. With the 6.5-hour fully-guided option, travel from Vienna with a private guide in your car. On the 6-hour on-site option, travel in your private car without your guide and meet them at the Memorial. Meet your driver at your hotel in Vienna before driving to Mauthausen. At Mauthausen, enter the former concentration camp. As you walk through the sobering memorial, hear about the events that led to the Holocaust and the creation of the camp. Explore the museum and visit the Wiener-Graben Quarry, the SS-Quarters, the original prisoners' barracks, crematoriums, and memorials. Hear stories of the camp’s victims, including intelligentsia and prisoners of war. The stories of extreme starvation, extermination by labor, icy showers, and “stairs of death” will make you understand the immense cruelty of the Mauthausen concentration camp. After seeing the camp, return to Vienna in your private transportation.

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Very interesting visit and very nice guide! We walked around Vienna city center and got many historical facts about the monuments, Vienna's and Austria's history. We would definitely recommend this activity for anyone who wants to get more knowledge on Vienna with a fun guide Many thanks

The tour went to the Hofburg and Heldenplatz, among other places. Really interesting for a first overview of the city and our guide was also a typical Viennese :) I recommend the tour to everyone especially for the first day.

The visit with community members and the tour of the beautiful Stadtemppel exceeded our expectations. We have ready recommended the tour to others.

A great introductory tour of Vienna. Herbert was a very knowledgeable guide, with both a good balance of details and jokes to keep us entertained.

You get a lot of background information. Our guide Mr. Stojaspal was absolutely TOP. Lots of knowledge and a good dose of humor.