Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour, Vienna (Self Guided)

Alsergrund, the ninth district of Vienna, is associated with many notable names of Viennese art and science. It is the birthplace of Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Ludwig van Beethoven died here in his apartment at Schwarzspanierstraße 15. Berggasse 19 is the former residence and office of Sigmund Freud.

Josefstadt is the smallest district in Vienna. Most mayors of Vienna have lived here, as does Austria's current president.
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Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour Map

Guide Name: Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: leticia
Liechtenstein Museum

1) Liechtenstein Museum (must see)

This place is dedicated to the famous noble family named Liechtenstein. They are one of the oldest known royal families in all of Europe. You will find works here that were taken directly from the family treasures that help to also document the history of the famous family. It also houses a notable private collections of art works; one of the larger in the world in fact.

To visit the whole of the museum, though, you will have to go to several locations, as it has developed into a proper complex over the years. The two main structures to visit are the Garden Palace that is located in the Ninth District, and the City Palace, which is to be found in Bankgasse.

The Liechtenstein Garden Palace is perhaps the more exceptional of the two, and this may be the way to go, if you only have time to visit one place. Prince Johann von Liechtenstein had the home built in the early 1700s. There were many famous artisans of the day who contributed to the design, including the likes of 18th Century artists Rossi, Felucca, and Giuliani.
The groundskeepers are very strict, so you need to stay out of places marked off limits, as well as keeping off grass in the park. The place is fully handicap accessible though.

Operation hours: The Princely Collections: Friday - Tuesday 10 am - 5 pm. Surrounding gardens: daily 7.15 am - 8.30 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Josephinum-Museum des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin

2) Josephinum-Museum des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin

The Josephinum Museum is a true one of a kind place to visit. It was built in 1783, by a commission from the Emperor of the time, to be part of a medical teaching academy. In more recent times, the institution has been turned into a place to house the medical collection of the University of Vienna. The structure was designed by Isidore Canevale.

Joseph II had the place built as a school to teach physicians, nurses, and midwives how to care for people. One of the unique things about the place is the wax models that are housed here. They were originally used to teach anatomy to new students. Paolo Mascagni designed them. There are over 1100 different models to see, which are housed in six different display rooms.

Besides the main attraction, though, you can also find out a lot about the 600 year history of medicine in Austria, which has been so meticulously documented here over the years. You will need to take a guided tour to see the majority of the museum though. Only a few rooms are open to just browsing by the general public.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. unto 6:00 p.m. The guided tour occurs each day but Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. You have to call ahead and arrange a tour for Wednesdays.
Sigmund Freud Museum

3) Sigmund Freud Museum (must see)

Located at Berggasse 19 is Sigmund Freud’s house and office where the practice of psychoanalysis began. Freud lived and worked here from 1892 to 1938. The home and office are now a museum that also has a lecture hall, shop, and library.

Sigmund Freud and his family had to flee to England in 1938 to escape anti-Semitic feelings (he died in London in 1939). During the hasty departure, what possessions that could not be moved with the family were sold. Sigmund Freud’s youngest daughter Anna worked with the museum to redecorate the home and office to match the original decor. Some of the original furnishings and antiques were used. Also on display are some of the personal library selections of Sigmund Freud. There is also a film of the Freud family in the 1930s with commentary by Anna which makes the film very special.

The museum has been carefully added to over the years: always remaining faithful to the original home and office. So while the building is now a museum, it is still easy to see the original home with the original furnishings and be transported back to a time when Dr. Freud had his practice here.

Don't wait until they open the door for you, they will not. Approach the door and buzz to get in.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Votivkirche

The Votive Church (German: Votivkirche) is a neo-Gothic church located on the Ringstraße. Following the attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor's brother Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian inaugurated a campaign to create a church to thank God for saving the Emperor's life. Funds for construction were solicited from throughout the Empire. The church was dedicated in 1879 on the silver anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Empress Elisabeth.

The Votivkirche has the typical form of a Gothic cathedral: a facade with two slimline towers and three gabled portals with archivolts and a gallery with statues above the portals, central portal twice as wide as the side portals, rose window, crowned by the roof gable of the nave, belfries and a transept spire, buttresses, abutments and flying buttresses. This imposing church constitutes a harmonious whole through the proportions, arrangement, spaciousness and unity of style of all the elements.

The Emperor window, donated by the City of Vienna, depicted the deliverance of the Emperor, saved from assassination by Maximilian Graf O'Donnell von Tyrconnell, but this original theme was lost when the windows were destroyed during World War II. The replacement window was restored by the City of Vienna in 1964, albeit modified to reflect the changing times. The detail of the actual moment of the Emperor's deliverance was lost, and although otherwise faithful to the original design, the replacement took on a less monarchical and more religious tone.
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) Volkskundemuseum (must see)

The Volkskundemuseum Wien/Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art is a museum dedicated to cultural history as well as historical and present everyday culture in Europe. Establishing a platform for the interaction between various academic disciplines and fields of arts, the museum offers an open space for researching and negotiating discourses in society.

The museum collections originate from the former Habsburg crown lands, today numbering more than 100.000 three-dimensional objects and more than 200.000 photographies and graphics and being continuously extended.

Established in 1896 Michael by Michael Haberlandt und Wilhelm Hein, the museum is housed in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the Josefstadt district of Vienna since 1917. As a cultural institution rooted in the 19th century, from early on the museum has encountered a constant development and reorientation according to the respective academic, political and societal turns of the 20th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Great collection of native art & everyday objects. Especially strongly represented here is anything made of wood – from cabinets and tables to Austria's very famous (and colorful) wood carvings.

The museum café is especially attractive and has a wonderful outside garden to sip your tea or wine in warmer weather.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

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City Orientation Walking Tour I

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Famous Homes of Vienna

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Hofburg Sights Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Vienna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vienna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Vienna's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Vienna PASS, Vienna City Card, or Vienna Card. A city pass combines all or multiple Vienna's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Vienna hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth, Hotel Royal, DO&CO Hotel Vienna.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vienna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Vienna typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to admire Vienna's best-known landmarks in comfort from the open top of the bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The tickets are valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours.

- Pedal your way around Vienna on a 3-hour bike tour to see the city's most spectacular highlights stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions along the way from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Follow an expert guide on a 2.5-hour walking tour of classic Vienna to see the city's greatest landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, Sacher cafe, and St Stephen's Cathedral, plus a number of hidden gems only the locals know about!

- Travel back in time for a glimpse of what the life of the Austrian monarchs was like on a 2-hour tour of their fabulous summer residence and the matching beauty baroque gardens. Feel yourself like a royal, if only for a few hours!

- Follow the trail of Graham Greene's “The Third Man” novel made into a movie in 1949 by Orson Welles, depicting post-WWII spy-ridden Vienna. Explore this fascinating city as it was more than 60 years ago.

- Give yourself away to the sounds of music on a memorable Mozart-filled evening in Vienna attending a combo of the world-renowned Vienna Mozart Orchestra concert and a lavish 3-course dinner at the elegant Bristol restaurant visited, back in the day, by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and other historic figures.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Vienna, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Salzburg, Melk Abbey and Danube Valley, Wachau Valley, Mauthausen, or Vienna Woods and Mayerling. For as little as circa US$60+ to US$160+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites - harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty manifested in Austria's medieval towns and countryside, visit Mozart's birthplace and original filming locations of "The Sound of Music" movie, admire picturesque Danube valley with ancient castles, grand monasteries and cute little villages, explore historic locations bearing sometimes grim memories of the past (e.g. the horrors perpetuated by the Nazis) and pay tribute to the Holocaust victims at one of the largest Nazi labor camps during World War II, take a boat trip along the Danube or down to the largest subterranean lake in Europe, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Vienna and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.