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Make your way down the impressive staircase into the historic Café Restaurant Residenz, where strudels have been prepared for centuries. With its authentic arched ceiling, this is the perfect setting to observe the baker rolling out the dough so thin you can read a newspaper through it. As they slice the apples, take a mental note so you can recreate the delicacy back home.
At the end of the fascinating demonstration, sit back and enjoy a sampling of the delicious Viennese specialty straight out of the oven. After your experience of watching the strudels being created, you receive your own copy of the original recipe to take home with you. Read More close
Music has always played an important role in Austrian culture. Be transported through snowy mountains and picturesque lakes as you relive the inimitable atmosphere of a traditional live folklore show. Spirited dancers in local costumes, dynamic soloists, and talented musicians playing traditional Viennese music—all entertain you at your dinner.
Experience this ancient tradition while tasting delicious regional food. Your dining experience includes smoked ham with marinated vegetables, and summer salads; roasted Turkey breast with mushroom sauce, potato wedges, seasonal vegetables, and Kaiserschmarrn pancakes with stewed plums.
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Vienna, the elegant Austrian capital, is home to a thriving classical music scene. Enjoy a special evening concert in one of the most outstanding baroque cathedrals of Europe, under the magnificent dome of the 18th-century St. Charles Church. A professional ensemble, accompanied by an internationally acclaimed coloratura soprano singer, play multiple renditions of “Ave Maria” on period instruments made over 200 years ago.
Choose from three different seat categories, and let the magical music take you on a journey through past centuries. The repertoire includes “Ave Maria” from Bach/Gonoud, “Ave Verum” and “Laudate Dominum” from Mozart. Vivaldi’s aria from “Gloria RV 589” is next, followed by Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. The graceful evening is closed with a rare performance of “Regina Coeli Laetare”, composed by Josef I, the Holy Roman Emperor of the early 18th century. Read More close
Vienna and Bratislava are located closer to each other than any other two European capitals. Leave the former bright and early and, after only 1 hour on the road, arrive at the latter. Your guide is here and ready to take you on a leisurely stroll through the scenic old-town area.
Enjoy a 2-course Slovakian lunch before taking some time to stroll through the streets and wander past the Old Town Hall, the main squares, and the impressive St. Martin Cathedral. See a different view of the majestic Danube River. Spend some time browsing the boutiques to pick up a couple of souvenirs of your adventure in Slovakia before the quick journey back to Vienna. Read More close
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Board a modern public transit bus for your morning departure toward Bratislava, and after only 1 hour on the road, you arrive in the city, where your guide is waiting to take you through the scenic old town area.
Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, this city has been impacted by people of different nationalities. So it has an eclectic mix of architecture and culture from Austrian, Czech, German, Hungarian, and Serbian influences.
Enjoy a traditional Slovakian lunch before taking some free time to stroll through the streets and do some shopping. See the majestic Danube River and its protected Donau-Auen National Park wetlands up-close as you return to Vienna on board an air-conditioned high-speed catamaran. Read More close
Glimpse the impressive Danube River on arrival and see how the elegant city is united between west bank Buda and east bank Pest. Enjoy some free time to stop for lunch, perhaps treating yourself to authentic local cuisine as you prepare for an afternoon of exploration in this magical city.
Stroll with your guide as you admire UNESCO-listed Buda Castle, the jewel in Budapest’s crown, before continuing on to feel inspired at Hero’s Square, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Hungarian State Opera House.
Soak up the relaxing atmosphere of recreational parks, Music Fountain, and the Japanese Garden on Margaret Island before departing on your journey back to Vienna. Read More close
Warm hospitality welcomes you aboard a spacious river boat mooring in the scenic canal near Prater park and the Wiener Riesenrad—Vienna’s giant Ferris wheel. Climb aboard and catch glimpses of the charming old houses lining leafy riverbanks that provide a picturesque view as you peacefully glide onto the water.
Tickle your taste buds with traditional Austrian dishes as you choose from a tastefully arranged buffet of light appetizers, filling entrees, and sweet desserts. While you eat, enjoy the relaxing tones of a live orchestra, playing traditional melodies common in Viennese wine taverns. Wrap up your evening with a final song and a glance at the glimmering reflection of the moon, sparkling in the dark waters of the Danube. Read More close
Your bicycle seat is a comfortable spot to take in the city’s wondrous sights. The imposing St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the majestic State Opera House are just two examples of the decadence on display. Ride down the famous streets in the Old Town and imagine how the carriages of yesteryear would have traveled—absorbing the ornate architecture as you go.
A short, flat cycle to Shönnbrunn Palace reveals that iconic cultural monument displaying generations of Hapsburg influences. Venture into the numerous parks and gardens to escape the buzz of urban life. Snap a photo of the Strauss monument in Stadtpark as you gently wile away the hours. Read More close
Begin with a reassuring orientation exercise and safety briefing—your chance to get a grip on the gadget before hitting the streets with your guide to see Vienna’s top sights. Allow your guide to verse you in historical context with anecdotes of the rich cultural setting. Expect to hear about the State Opera’s opulence and past, the lavishness of St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the renowned imperial Hofburg Palace.
Enjoy getting to know the area as you snap pictures. Venture through the narrow lanes of Vienna’s Old Town and explore local parks. Glide around the town, grabbing the attention of passers-by as you marvel at this ornate city. Read More close
Go on a magical journey through the glorious city center and spot impressive architectural wonders such as the Danube Tower and the Prater amusement park with its landmark giant Ferris wheel. Drive on to explore the former homes of some of Vienna's most well-known residents, including Albert Einstein, Mozart, Gustav Klimt, and Alma Mahler-Schindler.
After your boat ride, head into the Vienna Woods to contemplate the stunning landscape. The views from here take your breath away as you gaze over hills dotted with vineyards and the city skyline in the distance. Pass through the wine-producing village of Grinzing as you return to Vienna. Read More close
Meeting in central Vienna you get a fine overview of many of the wondrous sites. Observe the iconic State Opera House and the imposing St. Stephen’s Cathedral as you are captivated by the architecture defined by the Habsburg era. Absorb the atmosphere as you make your way out to Prater Park to see the impressive Ferris wheel. Enjoy the recreational space so close to the center. Crossing the Danube is a delight with the deep blue waterway bisecting the city.
Vienna's idyllic network of cycle paths and quiet streets means traveling by bike is not only quicker but also more intimate—a great way to engage with the city. This is a pleasant and satisfying way of seeing the area in style. Read More close
Your local guide awaits, ready to escort you to the sights of the grand Ringstrasse, including the romantic State Opera House. Here, a blend of architectural styles fuse together—Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance influences—resulting in a culturally rich scene. Ride the iconic, 212-foot (65 m) Giant Ferries Wheel in the popular Prater park, for a spectacular view of the Viennese rooftops and a chance to marvel at the elegant city’s lights while night takes hold.
After your city tour, delight in a trip to Grinzing and sample a glass of vintage wine from a time-honored gift shop. Local music surrounds you, creating a vibrant scene for you to revel in. Read More close
Hop on board the Austrian riverboat “Kaiserin Elisabeth” for a 13-hour tour down the 2nd longest river in Europe. Enjoy the scenery as you peacefully glide on the water, along its twists and turns, and look out for the abundant wildlife and nature in the last remaining wetlands environment of Central Europe.
Have lunch before your arrival at Bratislava, where your boat docks for around 3 hours. An interesting city full of history, Bratislava's architecture and culture take their inspiration from an eclectic mix of Austrian, Czech, German, and Hungarian influences.
Back on the boat, cruise back to Vienna, enjoying a delicious 4-course dinner along the way. Read More close
With street lamps lit up and grand buildings sparkling against the night sky, Vienna is most charming in the evening. Walk the quaint streets of the city center and hear insightful anecdotes spanning from Medieval and Renaissance ages to the dark days of World War II and the brighter stories of the city today.
Along the route you see the Naschmarkt, a popular market, as well as the opulent State Opera and the world-famous Spanish Riding School. Walk by the former imperial residence, the elegant Hofburg Palace, and admire the towering Gothic beauty of the 12th-century St. Stephen's Cathedral.
The leisurely stroll concludes in a small tavern famed for its authentic Austrian cuisine. Indulge in a traditional 2-course meal and share stories with fellow travelers in a friendly relaxed environment. Menu options include specialties such as wiener schnitzel or fiakergulasch (beef goulash) and desserts like apple strudel with whipped cream. Vegetarian options can also be accommodated. Read More close
Begin a fascinating journey through 2,000 years of the city's intriguing history as you enter the enigmatic subterranean world beneath the centuries-old St. Michael monastery, now home to Time Travel Vienna. On a lighthearted tour with your guide, learn about the past and present of the Austrian capital in a humorous way.
Suitable for the whole family, the attractions provide an enjoyable experience. In the 5-D Cinema, fly back in time all the way to the age of Roman conquerors and then take a seat in the Imperial Theatre for a humorous history about the Habsburg rulers told by animatronic members of the family. At the Music of Vienna, listen to fine melodies of a timeless waltz and then meet Strauss and Mozart.
The War Years introduces you to the dark days during World War I and II and you can experience an air raid from inside a bomb shelter. Enjoy a breathtaking bird's-eye view on the Fiaker Ride, where you soar over contemporary Vienna with the help of thrilling special effects.
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The leisurely walk starts at the vibrant Naschmarkt, among the most popular street markets in the city, home to more than 120 stands with colorful fare as well as merchants and shoppers from dawn till dusk. Cross the famous Ringstraße (Ring Road), lined by grand architecture and refined boutiques, to arrive in front of the opulent State Opera, an acclaimed home to classical music.
Next, see the anti-war monument on Albertinaplatz and arrive at the Spanish Riding School, renowned for performances of gracious Lipizzaner horses. Admire the lavish Baroque proportions of Michaelerplatz dominated by the glorious façade of Hofburg Palace—formerly the official residence of monarchs and majestic proof of the economic and political might of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After walking through Heldenplatz, where Hitler gave his infamous speech upon the Anschluss (German annexation of Austria in 1938), marvel at the towering Gothic beauty of the 12th-century St. Stephen's Cathedral. Along the way, your local guide provides engaging narrative as well as insider tips on how to best spend your time in the enchanting Austrian capital. Read More close
This hotspot features rare pieces of authentic music memorabilia, from guitars to jackets and stage costumes. Sit back and enjoy a meal in this cafe that includes indoor seating for 142, a vibrant bar that can accommodate up to 32, a spacious outdoor terrace where you can people-watch, and a live entertainment space that often features sessions from Vienna's one-of-a-kind local music scene.
Take home your very own Hard Rock merchandise from the Rock Shop and enjoy selections from the Gold Menu. Your Hard Rock dining experience includes an entree (salad), your choice of main course (Hard Rock burger, cheeseburger, chicken sandwich, veggie burger, barbecue chicken, or chicken Caesar salad), ice cream, and a beverage (soft drink, coffee, or tea). Read More close
Located in the Palace of Archduke Charles, in the old city center, the Haus der Musik helps you understand the world of music and sound in an interactive way. Explore Austria's musical heritage as you stroll through the 6 floors of the museum and play with numerous interactive displays and musical objects. The museum also contains historic documents, costumes, and other personal items of famous musicians, such as Mozart, Strauss, and Beethoven.
Learn how to direct an opera concert, hear prenatal sounds, and mix the sound of your voice with noises of the micro- and macrocosm. At the Vienna Philharmonic’s historical archive, you can even compose your own waltz by playing a dice game. Read More close
Your recorded audio commentary provides you with useful information about what to see to make the most of your experience. From May to October, you can also take advantage of a 1-hour guided walking tour included in your ticket price.
Select a ticket type including either all 4 routes, or the Red Line only.
Red Line stops include:
- State Opera House
- Imperial Palace
- National Theatre
Blue Line stops include:
- The Prater & its Ferris Wheel
- Danube Tower
Yellow Line stops include:
- Schonbrunn Palace
- Fruit & Flower Market
- Museum of Military History
- Belvedere Palace
Green Line stops include:
- Grinzing wine village
- Klosterneuburg Abbey Read More close
With the freedom to explore at your own pace, this tour gives insight into this capital city's rich history. See stunning architecture that oozes from the city's palaces and gardens and learn about how the city developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into the spectacularly medieval and Baroque city it is today.
Along 2 extensive routes, hop on and off as you please to visit iconic sites including Vienna State Opera, St Charles Church, and St Stephen's Cathedral—and see why Vienna is viewed as the "City of Music and Dreams," due to its musical legacy and the world's first psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud.
Make the most of your ticket and embark on 2 fascinating walking tours. By morning, stroll by Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Heldenplatz, and the Capuchin Crypt. Meander along historic streets of Old Town, absorb the charm of the city's delightful squares, and listen to stories of the golden age of music from your local guide on this afternoon tour of Vienna.
Red Route includes:
- Karmeliter Market.
- Danube Island
- Old Danube
Blue Route includes:
- House of Music
- Hofburg Museums
- Schönbrunn Palace
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Your flexible transportation is a convenient way to get up-close looks at Vienna's fascinating architecture and intriguing landmarks. Hop on and off as many times as you like while you travel around this beautiful European capital by bus. View unusual buildings, historic monuments, and numerous parks at your leisure.
Recorded audio commentary provides you with useful information to make the most of your experience. From May to October, you can also take advantage of a 1-hour guided walking tour, included in your ticket price.
In addition to your buss pass, enjoy a romantic ride by carriage, listening to the rhythmic clip clop of hooves on cobblestone streets. You can also consider adding an optional river cruise, discovering views from the Danube’s unique perspective. With a variety of routes, choose the destinations and experience that suits your own interests as you uncover the beauty of the city’s glorious façades. Read More close
An extraordinary tour gives you first-hand experience resembling the thrills racers felt in pre-war America. Still a cultic piece of engineering, hot rods are indeed "hot"—expect heads turn everywhere you go on this fun adventure. Make yourself comfortable in a shiny mini rod assembled by a professional car manufacturer in Germany.
Purpose-built for the excursion, the vehicles are easy to navigate. After an orientation session and kitted in safety gear, you are ready to join a limited number of fellow travelers for a ride along some of the major sites of Vienna. The convoy is accompanied by 2 guides, one at the front, one at the back, providing directions and tips via radio and earphones in the car.
Get a new perspective of the charming city as you pass by landmarks such as the Danube Canal, the Giant Ferries Wheel, and the UN Headquarters. Your route also includes the Kursalon, the Opera, City Hall, and if traffic conditions allow, even the glorious Schönbrunn Palace. Read More close
Absorb information about this eminent Austrian artist whose naturalist ideas and values inspired a career spanning nearly half a century. See how these principles not only filled a museum with exhibits but also expressed themselves in the design of the building itself—with undulating floors, garish colors, and abundant plant life. Wonder at the result—a shining example of how the urban can live in harmony with nature.
Expect to encounter a variety of artistic mediums, as Hundertwasser expresses himself through pictorial art—the designs of façades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing. Relax in the green oasis of the coffee shop and restaurant as you reflect on all you've observed. Read More close
Found in the cultural hub of the Museumsquartier, the Leopold Museum's exhibits were consolidated from Rudolf Leopold's private collection, accrued over 40 years. Engage with the early works of Austrian Secession artists, such as Klimt and Moser, who broke the shackles of tradition, pulling the Viennese art movement into the 20th century. The museum houses the world's largest collection of Egon Shiele's distinctly intense masterpieces, with strokes of early expressionism displayed in his paintings.
See how the white limestone building itself, modernist in design, offers a contrast to its backdrop of the Imperial Stables. Draw your eyes from the magnificent displays inside to the stunning views over the city center.
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Stroll through the themed rooms at your own pace. Surely there's someone you’d like to see up-close. In the music zone you can see just how tall Justin Bieber really is. Compare your pose with Elvis's, or get that snap with Johnny Depp and become the envy of your friends. Cozy up to Mr. Bond or shake hands with Barack Obama. With rooms to suit all tastes, Madame Tussauds introduces your whole family to the revered stars you've always dreamed of meeting.
As with all popular attractions in busy Vienna, the lines outside are notoriously long. However, your reserved ticket guarantees you fast-track entrance through a dedicated gate, so you can join in the fun sooner. Read More close
With a small group of 8 people, visit the site of one of the first concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe. Between 1938 and 1945 hundreds of thousands from all over the continent were imprisoned and used for forced labor in the vast complex of Mauthausen. Today, the site stands as a solemn reminder of the most gruesome period of Austria's history.
Join a limited number of fellow travelers to view the heart-rending displays. Aboard your vehicle, watch an informative documentary featuring Holocaust survivors' accounts of life in concentration camps. Listen to a sensitive presentation and insightful facts from an audio-guide through your personal headset as you see the quarters of the fearful SS, the macabre prison cells, barracks, and gas chambers.
Visit the Wiener-Graben quarry, the infamous Stairs of Death, and the highly-acclaimed Mauthausen Museum. Gain a deep awareness of the tragedies of the 20th century and honor the victims—part of the proceeds of the tour is donated to the Memorial. Read More close
Join your guide as you walk through the city’s squares and streets past iconic buildings. The Ringstrasse, which served as an imperial boulevard surrounding the city's Old Town, is perhaps the most famous street in Vienna.
Moving on, find yourself gazing in awe at the grandeur of Stephansdom (St. Stephan's Cathedral), located right in the center of the city. Although it was destroyed in a 1945 fire, the landmark has now been restored to its former gothic beauty.
Other sights include the stunning Hofburg Palace, which serves as another reminder of the Habsburg dynasty, and the Sacher Hotel. Take a mental note of this hotel, as you may want to return after the tour to try their delicious chocolate cake—the Sacher Torte. Read More close
Enjoy an electrifying evening full of famous compositions at 1 of 3 legendary locations: Palais Auersperg, which was originally owned by the "Cavalier of the Rose," the baroque Palais Kinsky, with its stunning painted ceilings, or the Börse Palais, one of the most prominent buildings of the Ringstrasse. Each venue offers a unique and memorable experience.
Let your imagination run free as you listen to Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni" and Strauss’s “Emperor's Waltz” and “The Blue Danube.” Immerse your senses in the waltzes, polkas, arias, and duets as you are transported to those glorious times when this music was a sensation. Read More close
St. Charles's Church is one of the most outstanding baroque churches in Vienna. The ambiance of the building offers a feeling of somberness, yet is also spiritually uplifting—making it an ideal location to host grand presentations such as Mozart's Requiem.
The Requiem has remained one of Mozart's most famous compositions, characterized by fear, hope, revolt, and redemption. Absorb the sounds of this mysterious story, performed by the choir and the soloists of the Salzburg Concert Society—as well as the Orchestra 1756—which devotes itself to the interpretation of music from the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century. Read More close
The MUMOK has several focuses, including Classic Modernism—a period that followed World War II—and the avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, which can be found in the Hahn and Ludwig collections. Explore the world’s largest collection of Vienna Actionism, a movement concerned with overcoming the flat picture. See contemporary documentary materials, various recordings, notebooks, sketches, and significant works by the Viennese actionists.
Don’t miss the contemporary art section of the museum, which displays magnificent works by Picasso, Andy Warhol, and David Goldblatt, as well as recent purchases from 2006, including film and photography by James Coleman and Matthew Buckingham.
Stroll through the museum and spend as much time as you please. See 1 of the 10 largest cultural complexes in the world in the Museums Quartier Wien. With the help of a multimedia guide, admire the full range of artistic styles, from Fluxus and Classic Modernism to Surrealism and Noveu Realism Read More close
The first glimpse of Prague's skyline is a feast for the eyes. Separated by the Vltava river, the right and left banks are both home to grand historical buildings and are connected by old arched bridges. Opt for a delicious Czech lunch after you arrive so you can relax and get ready to discover this enchanting city.
Walk the impressive halls of the Old Royal Palace with a knowledgeable guide, then continue with a visit to some of the top attractions, such as Charles Bridge, the Jewish Cemetery, Wenceslas Square, and the cobbled alleys in the Old Town.
Before embarking on your return journey to Vienna, you have ample free time to browse souvenir shops, enjoy a pint of Czech lager, or stroll on charming streets, soaking up Prague's friendly and historical atmosphere. Read More close
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Your private chauffeur whisks you away from Vienna in a luxurious private Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Travel through the quaint Austrian and Czech landscapes in the morning, and meet a local guide upon arrival.
With its glorious mix of well-preserved Baroque and Renaissance buildings, Český Krumlov is a true gem of Central Europe. Stroll along cobbled alleys and marvel at the centuries-old architecture of the picturesque Old Town. Listen to engaging narratives as you admire the views from the ancient footbridge over the Vltava River.
Amid the town's striking and historic buildings, you can see the Egon Schiele Art Center, the Regional Museum, and the towering St. Vitus Church. Walk across the main square with its Renaissance-era town hall and step into the majestic castle that dominates the skyline from a high promontory above the rooftops.
During the pleasant excursion, you have ample time to discover hidden corners of the city or buy a delicious Czech lunch at one of the local taverns. Your experienced guide is happy to give you insider tips on some of the best venues in town. Read More close
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Your photographer captures portrait- and documentary-style moments that reflect your personal style and uses creative and professional talents to make you and your group look truly amazing.
Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods and you can suggest your own location(s) if you prefer. Some of the most popular itineraries include the world-famous Vienna Opera House, beautiful Stadtpark, and the cultural Museumsquartier. You receive your beautifully retouched images in a shareable gallery within a week of your experience. Read More close
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Built as a hunting lodge in the 16th century, Schönbrunn is a prime example of glorious Baroque architecture. Formerly the epicenter of the Habsburg dynasty's power, the vast opulent complex draws more than 2 million visitors each year. After arriving at the gates by a private chauffeured vehicle, use a reserved entrance and stroll through the stately halls with a professional guide.
Hear intriguing stories about the quirks of the Habsburgs, who smartly exercised their influence in world politics for centuries. Learn about the life of major rulers such as Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter—who became Queen of France under the well-known name of Marie Antoinette—and see the apartments of Franz Joseph I and his beloved wife Elizabeth.
You also have time to discover the stunning gardens, home the Gloriette, a gracious structure on top of a 200-foot (60-m) hill, offering panoramic views over Vienna. Admire the intricate features of the impressive Neptune Fountain before you are comfortably whisked away to your hotel in the city center. Read More close
As your ride whisks you away from your Vienna hotel, journey across the quaint Austrian countryside and admire the verdant landscapes of the renowned Wachau region. The slow-moving Danube runs through one of the most photographed areas of Austria, bordered by pretty villages and lush vineyards while ancient castles, fortresses, and abbeys dot the hilltops.
Stop by at Melk, home to an almost 1,000-year old Benedictine Monastery. Between October and April, you can take a guided tour through the awe-inspiring interiors, while from May to September you can board a river cruise to spend an hour on the Danube.
Your route also includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site around the town of Dürnstein. Enjoy leisure time at your own pace by browsing delightful shops and cafés, or hike up to the ruins of the medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned on his way back from the Third Crusade. Read More close
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Drive past towering mountains and mirror-like lakes on your journey to Salzburg. Upon arrival you have some free time to have a wander around and find a traditional café or a restaurant for lunch. Then head off on an afternoon stroll through the old city to view the magnificent cathedral, the Festival Hall, and the tomb of Mozart's sister at St. Peter's Abbey.
Stroll down the Getreidegasse to visit the birthplace of Mozart before passing through the gardens of Mirabell Palace, famous as the filming location for "The Sound of Music" (the gardens are where Maria and the Von Trapp children sang "Do-Re-Mi"). From this vantage point you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest castles. Read More close
Your tour begins at Vienna's oldest church—St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche)—overlooking the Danube Canal in the ancient part of the city. Here you discuss the Roman settlements before continuing to Mary at the Shore (Maria am Gestade) church, a truly Gothic structure, with an impressive openwork tower displaying stunning ornamental works.
Next, your guide takes you to Freyung, an area inhabited by wealthy residents in the 18th century, where you gather a sense of the imperial power of the Habsburg Empire. Learn notorious facts about the Habsburgs and the astonishing architecture built to represent their wealth and power—which can still be appreciated along the famous Ring Road (Ringstrasse)—and how Viennese artists, musicians, and writers flourished during the Habsburgs' reign.
Your last stop is St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), a Gothic cathedral signifying centuries of survival in the midst of political and religious turmoil—including symbols expressing resistance to Nazism. Read More close
Your Vienna Secession tour begins—where else?—with Gustav Klimt. Learn how integral he was to the rise of modern art, as he and others like him grew disillusioned with classical styles like Historicism and subsequently developed a more modern approach.
Perhaps the best illustrations of art from that time are local buildings designed in the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) mold. The Vienna Post Office building by Otto Wagner is widely considered to be one of his masterpieces. Admire its grand façade and magnificent decor. With your scholarly guide, discuss the significant role Vienna Secession artists played in the birth of modern art. Leave having gained a greater understanding of the historical role of these progressive individuals. Read More close
Starting from central Vienna, ride past some of the most significant and historic points in the city. Pass by numerous grand buildings along the Ringstrasse. Travel to the world-famous State Opera House—one of Europe's busiest—and see the stunning architecture of the Museum of Fine Arts, with its huge array of treasures from the Habsburg family.
Travel to the Schönbrunn Palace for a visit to its incredible showrooms. Once a summer residence of the Habsburg family and former home of Maria Theresa, the palace transports you back to the days of Imperial Austria. Before the end of the tour, discover the site of the world's largest and most comprehensive Gustav Klimt collection at the Belvedere Palace.
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Since the time of the legendary Habsburg dynasty, the palace has been the location of choice for musical activities. It even housed the legendary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself. Here was the setting of the premiere of the masterpiece "The Impresario."
The world-renowned Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra performs the most beautiful works of Mozart and another famous Austrian composer, Johann Strauss. Sit back and revel in the famous arias and duets from operas like "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Die Zauberflote," and "Don Giovanni." The orchestra then plays well-liked arias and waltzes, such as "Die Fledermaus" and "The Blue Danube." The orchestra is tastefully accompanied by 2 opera singers and 2 ballet dancers. Read More close
The Café Residenz is a wonderful setting to eat an elegant 3-course dinner and to really get your evening off to a grand start. Enjoy traditional Austrian delicacies such as beef consommé and "Tafelspitz," a type of Viennese beef, and of course, the Austrian classic apple strudel to finish.
Feeling satisfied and full from your dinner, you're in the perfect mood to soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the palace's Orangery. Sit back and enjoy beautiful works by Mozart and Strauss, performed by a distinguished orchestra tastefully accompanied by 2 opera singers and 2 ballet dancers. You're sure to recognize many of the well-known pieces among the repertoire, including "Don Giovanni," and naturally, "The Blue Danube."
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Budapest, the "Pearl of the Danube," is an easy daytrip from Vienna. Take advantage of the enhanced comforts of a luxurious Mercedes-Benz vehicle with adjustable captain's chairs, extra legroom, and extra large windows. A professional guide greets you in Budapest and shows you some of the most important sights and inviting neighborhoods.
Start the sightseeing on the top of Gellert Hill, crowned with a Habsburg-era citadel—take in far-reaching views over the city skyline. Continue to the Castle District and see the Trinity Square as well as the gothic beauty of the 1,000-year-old Matthias Church. The area is also home to the famous Fisherman's Bastion and the Royal Palace.
After crossing the iconic Chain Bridge to lively Pest, marvel at the sheer size and glory of St. Stephen’s Basilica. See the impressive Parliament Building, drive along elegant Andrassy Avenue past the Opera House to sweeping Heroes' Square, and end your tour in the shopping district around Vaci Street. Before returning to Vienna, enjoy leisure time to explore this gem-of-a-place at your own pace. Read More close
The Austrian capital is famed for its classical elegance and world-renowned buildings. Among the quaint streets of the vibrant city center, Innere Stadt, stroll by some of the major sites of Vienna with an experienced guide. A limited number of participants ensures a more personalized experience while your guide shares engaging narrative and insider tips on how to best spend your time in town.
Marvel at the grand architecture as you pass the former imperial residence of Hofburg Palace, one of the opulent homes of the wealthy and powerful Habsburgs. Along the way, hear insightful anecdotes ranging from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the dark period of World War II and the brighter contemporary stories of the city today.
See Heldenplatz, where Hitler gave his infamous speech upon the Anschluss (Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938), and admire the Gothic beauty of St. Stephen's Cathedral, a 12th-century church dominating the skyline. Next, visit the ancient Minoritenkirche (Minorites Church), home to a life-sized mosaic copy of da Vinci's The Last Supper. Read More close
With graceful domes and spires towering above the fast-running Salzach River and an imposing castle-fortress, Salzburg is storybook Austria—and within easy reach from the capital city of Vienna. Admire Alpine peaks and the stunning Lake District as you enjoy comfortable transportation in a luxurious Mercedes minivan. The small group ensures attentive services throughout the excursion.
Arrive at Lake Attersee, a breathtaking spot for vacation photos. Then you continue to St. Gilgen for a stroll among delightful houses with wooden balconies overlooking Lake Wolfgangsee, one of the locations of the famous movie, The Sound of Music. Next, explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Salzburg, a hub of grand architecture and elegance.
Walking the enchanting streets with an expert guide, hear insightful stories about the picturesque city. See Mozart’s birthplace, the landscaped gardens of Mirabell Palace, and the ancient cemetery of St Peter’s Abbey as well as the mighty Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. You also have ample leisure time to browse delightful boutiques and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. Read More close
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With a small group of 8 people, drive through the scenic Austrian and Czech countryside in a spacious Mercedes vehicle with adjustable captain's chairs and extra large windows. Arrive to the celebrated city of Prague. With its enviable location along the riverbanks of the Vltava and its millennia-old history, this city is a treasure trove for travelers in search of old-world European charm.
A knowledgeable local guide greets you in Prague and shows you around on an insightful, 2.5-hour walking tour to some of the most important landmarks. Admire the vast Prague Castle complex and the imposing towers of the St. Vitus Cathedral, founded more than a 1,000 years ago. Take in splendid river views as you cross the famous Charles Bridge with iconic statues lining its balustrades.
Stroll along the cobbled alleys lined with colorful houses and reach the charming Old Town Square. Next, see the medieval Astronomical Clock, the Clementinum—housing the National Library of the Czech Republic—and vibrant Wenceslas Square. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Prague at your own pace, browsing delightful shops, or enjoying a tasty meal in a local eatery. Read More close
A scenic drive in a comfortable 8-seater minivan takes you to an enchanting corner of Austria. Pace of life is more relaxed in the pretty countryside, where rolling hills meet the flowing Danube. Ancient villages dot the landscape, surrounded by prestigious vineyards that produce renowned wine.
Spend the morning visiting family-run estates, meeting with professional winemakers, and tasting some of the best varietals made in the Wachau Valley—during the summer months you can also sample homemade jams and strong liqueurs. Arrive to Dürnstein, a postcard-perfect village overlooked by a medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner.
Ample leisure time gives you the opportunity to stroll the cobbled alleys lined with delightful souvenir shops and traditional heurigens (wine taverns) offering authentic Austrian meals. Hop on a relaxing 70-minute Danube cruise between May and September to reach the impressive Melk Abbey for a photo stop. In other parts of the year, drive to this Benedictine monastery to join a 1-hour guided tour of the awe-inspiring interior before you return to Vienna. Read More close
Break away from the crowded boulevards and museums of Vienna by hopping on a train to explore the spectacular countryside in the picturesque Wachau Valley. Famed for its quality wines and postcard-perfect riverside villages, the area is a popular getaway for locals and visitors alike. Explore its hidden corners along an easy, flat cycling route with frequent stops to stretch, taste, and relax.
Visit family-owned estates, and indulge in 8 different varieties of wine. Learn about the region's longstanding winemaking traditions and the latest techniques that produce award-winning vintages. You also have an opportunity to sample local delicacies like apricot jam, chocolate, and liqueurs. As you breathe in the fresh air, admire the verdant hills behind in the slow-moving Danube.
You have ample time for an optional lunch and to visit Kuenringer Castle, where Richard Lionheart was held prisoner during the Holy Crusades. You can also stroll in pretty villages, browse souvenir shops, or—during the warm months—go for a swim in the river before you return to Vienna. Read More close
Expect to feel inspired as you're seated in Lanner Hall for this celebration of Viennese music. Hailing from the mid-19th century, the Kursalon is an icon within Austrian culture. The great Johann Strauss himself conducted orchestras inside these majestic walls.
Relive the grandeur of years past and revel in the music that the distinguished Salonorchester produces—the lilting waltzes, the polka rhythms the Strauss brothers made their own, and the dignified concertos and arias from Mozart's vast repertoire.
As the evening crescendos, marvel at the accompanying opera singers and ballet soloists. An evening of finesse filled with recitals of masterpieces—this is one that will live long in your memory. Read More close
Originally built as a private menagerie for the Schönbrunn Palace and its royal inhabitants, the zoo has retained its regal atmosphere, and although extended many times to house an ever-growing list of species, the harmony between the natural world and the modern age is prevalent.
The zoo is of particular significance since it's one of very few worldwide to house giant pandas. See these 4 pandas, along with more than 4,000 animals, ranging from elephants and giraffes to sea lions and penguins.
Enjoy the daily feedings, where you can learn a little more about the animals and the conservation work the zoo is continually working on. Enjoy a bite to eat at one of many restaurants or picnic areas throughout the zoo.
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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.
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. Read More close
With your Vienna Card you can plan your own sightseeing tour and choose which museum or historical palace you prefer to visit at a discounted price, including the Albertina Art Museum and Schönbrunn Palace.
Check your complimentary coupon book for more information on all the benefits of your card and use your transport map to travel around. Discounts on train tickets from the airport, guided walking tours, restaurants, bars, and shops are also included.
Your Vienna Card offers you:
- Unlimited use of the public transport system, including metro, bus, and trams (Zone 100)
- Discounts of up to 50% on admission to 80 museums and attractions
- Discounts of up to 25% at 50 of Vienna's most popular coffee houses and restaurants
- Discounts of up to 20% on the Airport Services and car rentals
- 120-page coupon book
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Goldsmith works, sculptures, bronze statuettes, bizarre ivory, and artifacts made with exotic and uncommon materials are part of the unique collection of the Kunstkammer, a new wing of the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna. Learn more about the Habsburgs' passion for collecting works of art as you stroll through the galleries. See Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities. Marvel at the huge collection of paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, and Caravaggio in the Picture Gallery.
The Hofburg Palace, former house of the Habsburg dynasty and current residence of the president of Austria, hosts the Neue Burg (New Castle)—as a result of an enlargement project—and the Imperial Treasury. Admire jewels, precious stones, and imperial crowns, as well as a secular collection of ecclesiastical treasures at the Imperial Treasury. Visit the well-documented collection of arms and armor at the grandiose Neue Burg. Read More close
With so much to see and do, the Vienna PASS presents an ideal package for creating your own, personalized agenda. Get your bearings with unlimited rides on the convenient and regular hop-on hop-off buses, and admire the array of imperial architecture that gives the city the ostentatious façade for which it’s famed. You can upgrade to a Vienna PASS that includes access to the city’s extensive public transport network as well, through the duration of your card.
Choose from more than 60 sights and attractions, including Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunn Zoo, Giant Ferris Wheel, and the Spanish Riding School—to name just a few. Skip-the-Line entry at many attractions means not a moment is lost in your discovery of Vienna’s treasures.
Make the most of exclusive discounts at shops, cafes, and restaurants as your wide-ranging card proves useful throughout your time in the city. A detailed information pack and guidebook proves to be your indispensable companion throughout and guarantees you get the most from your Viennese adventure. Read More close
Begin the elegant evening with a hearty 3-course meal served in a traditional Viennese inn. Delight over dinner, which is likely to include tasty classics from the area, such as Wiener schnitzel and apple strudel. After dinner, travel to the grand concert hall. Built in the Renaissance period, the opulent State Opera House is a great symbol of Austrian society. Here you enjoy performances from the works of 2 of the world's most illustrious composers.
Sit back and be amazed by the gliding Waltz, the dynamic Polka, dramatic operatic acts, and inspiring concertos. Enjoy an altogether refined evening of cultural excellence. Read More close
Pass through the Roman city of Baden en route to the former Mayerling hunting lodge. The lodge is now a commemorative chapel, remembering the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolph and Baronesse Vetsera, both of whom died tragically during the infamous Mayerling Incident of 1889.
Marvel at an intricate medieval cloister in the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz before continuing on to the Seegrotte. Here you jump on board a boat and delve into an underground cave system and across an underground lake—Europe's largest. Sit back and relax as you head back on a comfortable journey to Vienna. Read More close
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Immerse yourself in a classic and dramatic bygone time. As you step into one of Vienna's most prominent concert halls, a different world is revealed. Let the music drench your senses; listen to talented musicians and singers of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra re-creating “The Magic Flute" or “The Marriage of Figaro."
The performance pieces range from single movements to symphonies, operatic overtures, and duets, giving you a glimpse of what a classic concert in Mozart's time was really like. After experiencing this performance, you can understand why Patricia Schulz lists it in her book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.” Read More close
The Four Seasons, perhaps the best-known work of Antonio Vivaldi, is a set of four concertos for solo violin and string orchestra composed in 1723. Experience the sounds of each season of the year. Listen to the soft, floating notes of the violins reflecting the texture of spring and the light and airy tones of summer. Feel the slower movements of autumn and hear tones that imitate the icy rain of winter.
Immerse yourself in this beautifully melodic work of art, surrounded by the majestic interior of St. Charles's Church, with its fascinating Baroque-style architecture and elegant interiors.
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Take a morning breakfast as you set out through the UNESCO-listed Wachau landscape of Lower Austria. Away from the bustling city center of Vienna, you see gently rolling hills dotted with vineyards and charming villages.
Sail toward Tulln, which, due to its abundance of parks and green spaces, is also known as the “City of Flowers.” Sample some locally produced wines, followed by a delicious 3-course lunch back on the ship.
The town of Dürnstein is your next port of call; deservedly, this region is one of the most-visited in Austria. Here you can wander around the pretty town, shopping for souvenirs and visiting the ruins of a medieval castle. On your return to Vienna, you are served an aperitif and 2-course dinner as you sit back and enjoy the scenery passing by. Read More close
The drive from Vienna, where the river winds through charming old villages and steep vineyards, is truly breathtaking. Old castles dotted around the countryside give a good indication of their significance. Dürnstein Castle is especially famous, as it was here that King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned while awaiting ransom from England.
During the summer months, enjoy a boat cruise along the river, where history comes to life before your eyes. Later, visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous baroque buildings, which together with the Wachau area, was previously winner of the Best Historic Destination of the World by National Geographic.
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Head out of Vienna by train and join your group for a scenic cycle to multiple wine-tasting destinations, each part of Austria’s most celebrated wine region. Try out some of the delicious wines, perfectly paired with local jams and chocolates.
Make your way to 6 villages, the most prominent being Dürnstein. Here you can wander through the Kuenringer Castle ruins where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. See a unique side of Wachau and learn about the history of the area with your knowledgeable guide.
Join in for a game of beach volleyball after lunch and, if weather permits, enjoy a swim in the “beautiful blue Danube” before making your way back to Vienna feeling refreshed and invigorated. Read More close