The Glory of Vienna - Half-day Vienna Sightseeing : Culture and Cuisine Tour

Operating Times : daily 1:30pm

Duration: 2,5-3 hours

Price: €50/pers or €250 for private group

 

Vienna is the home to many gorgeous landmarks, from St. Stephen's Cathedral and Hofburg Palace to the State Opera and Belvedere Palace. Discover these classic sights as well as some of the city’s hidden gems on this half day tour. As you wander around the city your guide will regale you with stories about the city’s history, architecture, and the many famous residents who have called Vienna their home. Take a coffee and cake break in a typical glorious Viennese coffee shop and learn about the coffee making and baking traditions in Vienna. Get a perfect city view by admiring Vienna from the glorious Baroque Gardens of Belvedere Palace. The small group tour tour allows very personalised attention from your local tour guide . 

This walking tour is an ideal way to get an excellent overview and discover Vienna’s classic sights, as well as its hidden gems. Meet your guide at St. Stephen’s Square next to the St. Stephen's Cathedral, the city´s most famous landmark and geographical center, and embark on a memorable sightseeing and history tour.

Firstly admire the elegant pedestrianized Graben street before going for a walk along the famous Kohlmarkt: the street of K&K suppliers. The delicious Sachertorte, one of the symbols of Imperial Vienna, was made here and is still served at Café Demel. Take a short coffee and cake tasting break  in one of the famous Viennese coffee shops. The tour continues through the Imperial Hofburg Palace, which was home to the country's emperors for many centuries. Continue to Heroes' Square. Heldenplatz, the President of Austria resides in the adjoining Hofburg part. Many historical events took place here. One of them was Hitler’s announcement of the Austrian Anschluss to NS Germany in 1938. Enjoy a panoramic view of Ring Road with the grand Austrian Parliament Building, the neogothic Town Hall, and the baroque Burgtheater.

Along the way your guide will tell you fascinating stories about the city’s regal past. Admire Maria-Theresa Square with two world-class museums – the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History – both a part of the exceptional Ringstrasse. Take the tram and make a short photo stop next to the famous Viennese State Opera House before you continue to Musikverein, the home of the world’s most famous philharmonic orchestra and nearby Karlskirche Church from the early 18th century, thought to be the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna. Continue to Belvedere Palace. Once it was the summer residence of Prince Eugen; today Belvedere Palace houses the world’s greatest artwork collection of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. His most famous work “The Kiss” is exhibited here. Before you end your tour, enjoy the city view from Belvedere Palace's well maintained and beautiful gardens with numerous sculptures and fountains. From here you can start to discover Vienna on your own.

 

 

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