City Orientation Walking Tour I, Vienna

Vienna is one of the most beautiful and important cities in Europe. It contains some of the richest examples of Austrian history. Vienna attracts a large amount of tourists because of its wonderful parks, beautiful architecture and historic sites. This Vienna City Orientation Tour will show you the most interesting places the city has to offer.
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City Orientation Walking Tour I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour I
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: leticia
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Rathaus (City Hall)

1) Rathaus (City Hall) (must see)

The Rathaus is the building in Vienna that holds the local city government. The mayor of the city as well as the city council, all have offices there. This same location also serves as the state headquarters for the government of the State of Austria, called the Landtag.

This building got its start in 1872 and was designed by the noted architect Friedrich von Schmidt. Lovers of architecture will note the classic Gothic design of the building, including the large tower. A large city park is...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rathauspark

2) Rathauspark (must see)

The Rathauspark is one of the most visited parks by Viennese locals. Designed in 1863 as a public park, it has been used and loved by local families and visitors alike since then. Its large open grassy spaces are perfect for a picnic or for finding a sunny spot to read a book. In the evenings, street vendors turn the park into an impromptu outdoor café and there is usually entertainment courtesy of street performers.

The park has a large square which is used for public gatherings such as...   view more
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Burgtheater

3) Burgtheater (must see)

The Burgtheater is the national theater of Austria. It also serves as one of the most important German theaters in all the world. It was founded in the year 1741. The place received its name from the audiences that have come to see plays there for centuries now. It is located on Ring Boulevard.

It started out as the home for the theatrical troupe. In 1888, though, the group moved to a new location that was procured by Gottfried Semper and C. von Hasenauer. Since that time, the current...   view more
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Volksgarten

4) Volksgarten (must see)

The Volksgarten – or, roughly, "people's park" – is one of the most beautiful public outdoor places in all of Vienna. Located in the Innere Stadt, it was built over the top of the part of the city that was destroyed during the reign of Napoleon. The facility was finished and first opened to the general public in 1820.

Volksgarten's fame comes from the gardens located within, especially the rose section. There is also a very famous temple here, called the Theseus. It is...   view more
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Neue Burg

5) Neue Burg (must see)

Neue Burg, or New Château, was an incredible addition to the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Its construction began toward the end of 19th century and concluded at the beginning of the 20th. The Neue Hofburg palace was the residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Today it houses a number of museums (the Ephesos Museum, the Collection of Arms and Armour, the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments, and the Museum of Ethnology) as well as some reading rooms of the national library. The Hofburg Congress...   view more
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Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury)

6) Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury) (must see)

The Schatzkammer holds what is considered the greatest treasury collection in the world. It is located in the Hofburg complex, so it can be visited at the same time you visit other locations there. Most days, you can get in a good visit in about an hour and a half. The entrance is located at the Swiss Courtyard.

In that hour of time, you can tour the treasures of the Habsburg Empire, which reaches back over one thousand years. The items on display have a long history of movement over time:...   view more
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Hofburgkapelle

7) Hofburgkapelle (must see)

The Hofburgkapelle is a chapel that was essentially swallowed up by the Imperial castle. In fact at one point only the apse was visible externally. The chapel has been a part of church life in Vienna since at least 1424. While the castle around the chapel has been added to and ownership divided amongst various royalty, the chapel remained open for the use of all the peoples of Vienna.

Today, from September to April, the Vienna Boys Choir and members of the Vienna State Opera orchestra perform...   view more
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Spanish Riding School

8) Spanish Riding School (must see)

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is famous the world over. Many of their troops actually perform in other countries. In fact, one of their largest fan populations lives in the U.S. The place is famous for the Lipizzaner horses which have been raised there. The facility provides instruction in the famous military tactics that the horses were famous for since the time of Napoleon. They are also a formal dressage school. The group offers public performances, which include the famous Winter...   view more
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Hofburg

9) Hofburg (must see)

The Hofburg, for many centuries, was the official home of the Habsburg Empire. Each successive Emperor has added to the opulence of the place. The famous family used to make this their winter home. In more modern times, this is now the official home of the President of Austria. This place can trace its history all the way back to 1279, as the official seat of one government or another. The overall complex now includes official state rooms for the President, museums of various sorts that are all...   view more
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Michaelerplatz

10) Michaelerplatz (must see)

Michaelplatz is a very famous section of old Vienna. It is essentially the entrance into Hofburg. As you first enter the area, you will notice perhaps the most famous part of the place, which is the Michaelertor gate. It is designed in classic neo Baroque style.

The oldest building in this area is the Michaelerkirche. This used to be the official church of the Emperors for years. The center of the square is dominated by ancient Roman remains of a house. There are also some old Medieval walls...   view more
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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

11) Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (must see)

The Austrian National Library is the single biggest institution of its kind in all of Austria. Currently located in the Hofburg Palace, it houses over 7 million items in its collection, including many very old books, globes, maps, and musical scripts. The library also houses one of the world’s largest collections of autographs.

The State Hall located in the building is probably the most stunning part of a trip to this place. It was designed and commissioned by Emperor Charles VI. It was...   view more
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Albertina Museum

12) Albertina Museum (must see)

Albertina Museum's claim to fame centers on its very large collection of old master prints and drawings. In fact, there are over 65,000 drawings in storage here. Apart from the graphics collection, the museum has recently acquired on permanent loan two significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th-century art, some of which will be on permanent display. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful building with a fantastic selection of...   view more
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Graben Street

13) Graben Street (must see)

Der Graben is one of the most famous streets in all of Vienna. It dates back to Roman times and has been an integral part of the city that whole time. Even Richard the Lion-Hearted used this road to enter the city.

The name comes from an old trench that used to roughly follow the shape of the road. Eventually, it was filled in, which caused the Graben to be one of the first modern roads in the city.

You can start at Stock-im-Eisen-Platz and travel through some wonderful old buildings to...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Peterskirche

14) Peterskirche (must see)

St. Peter’s Church sits atop one of the oldest known religious sites in all of Vienna. There has been a church on this site since the early 4th Century A.D. A much larger version of today's church was reportedly built here in 792 and was to have been founded by none other than Charlemagne himself.

In more modern times, Peterskirche takes up much less space, being crunched into what it occupies on Petersplatz. The overall architectural design is Baroque. In fact, this is one of the most...   view more
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Stephansplatz

15) Stephansplatz (must see)

The Stephansplatz is a square at the geographical center of Vienna. It is named after its most prominent building, the Stephansdom, Vienna's cathedral and one of the tallest churches in the world. Before the 20th century, a row of houses separated Stephansplatz from Stock-im-Eisen-Platz, but since their destruction, the name Stephansplatz started to be used for the wider area covering both. To the west and south, respectively, run the exclusive shopping streets Graben (literally...   view more
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Stephansdom

16) Stephansdom (must see)

Stephansdom or St. Stephen’s Cathedral is an amazing work of art and a testament to one city’s love for their church. It is the home church of the Archbishop of Vienna. The large building can be seen from most of Vienna with its distinctive south tower that rises an impressive 445 feet in height. In fact, this tower was manned by a night watchman until 1955, and his duty was to ring the “fire bell” if any fires broke out in the city at night. There was to be a twin north tower, but due...   view more
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Haas House

17) Haas House (must see)

The Haas House of Vienna is a very modern example of architecture in a town where there is a premium of buildings done in a conservative manner. In fact, the project to build this structure was highly debated and contested. It almost didn’t happen at all. The architect of record was Haus Hollein.

The issue surrounds the fact that the modern style building, made of concrete and lots of glass, sits next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Such a change in style was considered to detract from the...   view more
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Kärntner Straße

18) Kärntner Straße

Kärntner Straße (English: Carinthian Street) is Vienna's main shopping thoroughfare, in place since the Roman era. Originally known as Strata Carinthianorum – the first record of it dates back to 1257 – it used to link the center to the city wall. Only a handful of historic buildings from that period remain in place, having survived WWII. Today the street extends from Stephansplatz to the Vienna State Opera House in Karlsplatz on Ringstraße and is chockablock with old-time houses,...   view more
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Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vienna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Town West Walking Tour

Old Town West Walking Tour

The Innere Stadt, first district of Vienna, is part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of the city. Originally the inner city was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates. The Western part of the Old Town houses the Parliament Building, The Rathhaus, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces. Take this tour to explore the famous attractions in the West area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Sacred buildings in Vienna impress visitors with their historic architecture and magnificent interiors. The remarkable Gothic Stephansdom, charming Baroque St Peter’s church, and other sacred buildings of Vienna provide not only a history of the city, but a refreshing look at truly beautiful architecture, as you will see in this tour.

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

Donau City Walking Tour

Donau City is the 22nd district of Vienna and is located on the North bank of the Danube River. This previously undeveloped district is now the most modern part of Vienna, with contemporary office and apartment buildings, skyscrapers, international centers and the Vienna Islamic Centre. Take the following tour to catch some of these incredible sights!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Wieden Sights Walking Tour

Wieden Sights Walking Tour

Wieden is the 4th district of Vienna, it is near the center and also one of the oldest in the city. Although it was established as district only in 1850, it traces its roots all the way back to the 1100s, particularly its main street, by the same name. As the sight of the former royal residence of Ferdinand II, it is home to a number of wonderful historic landmarks and museums, as well as a number of select shops and cafes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Old Town Souvenir Shops

Old Town Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Vienna without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vienna, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The capital of the once mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire, today's Vienna is still much revered for its great historic and cultural past, as well as present. The biggest city in Austria with the second largest population of German speakers in the world (after Berlin), Vienna has no shortage of international guests coming each year to visit its imperial palaces, numerous museums and other art venues. This orientation walk will lead you to some of the most notable architectural and cultural places of Vienna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

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