City Orientation Walking Tour II, Vienna

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.
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City Orientation Walking Tour II Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour II
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: alexei
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State Opera House

1) State Opera House (must see)

The State Opera House is an impressive structure with an equally impressive company of performing singers. The history of this location dates all the way back to around the 1860s. The place was originally called the Vienna Court Opera. That name was changed by the Habsburgs in 1920 during the early formation of the first Austrian Republic.

Many of the members of the Opera end up performing with the Vienna Philharmonic. The group has a large repertoire of very famous pieces as well, such as...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Burggarten

2) Burggarten (must see)

The Burggarten is located in Vienna’s 1st district. It was originally a garden on the grounds of the Hofburg Palace. The space was originally partially occupied by a wall that surrounded the palace and the city to protect against invaders. However, it did little to stop Napoleon’s advance upon the city and as he left portions of the wall were destroyed.

In the space where the wall had been, a beautiful formal garden in the English tradition was created on the palace grounds. After the...   view more
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Kunsthistorisches Museum

3) Kunsthistorisches Museum (must see)

The very name of the place means “Museum of Art History.” Many locals just call it the KHM. The place was founded in 1891, and was designed at the same time as the Maria-Theresien Platz. Construction of the building lasted for 19 years. It is one of the most impressive art collections in all of Europe. Emperor Franz Joseph the First of Austria was responsible for the construction. It was designed mainly to hold the impressive art collection of the Hapsburgs.

The central structure on...   view more
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Naturhistorisches Museum

4) Naturhistorisches Museum (must see)

The Naturhistorisches Museum is part of the larger Wien complex of exhibits located all over the city of Vienna. The current facility has grown to over 90,000 square feet in size. In recent years, software has been developed to allow you to tour part of the place via a virtual tour.

The location is known worldwide, as it is one of the most important collections of items of natural history to be found anywhere. The project started over 250 years ago and now features over 20,000,000 pieces of...   view more
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MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

5) MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

MUMOK, as it is named for short, is a museum that was designed to be a place to help promote and display all that is best about the modern age of art. They focus on pieces that have been done during the 20th and 21st Centuries. With such a focus, they have been able to amass one of the world’s larger collections of paintings, sketches, sculpture, etc. from this period.

The building that houses the collection is just as unique as the art. The outer structure is done in a very dark gray lava...   view more
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Leopold Museum

6) Leopold Museum (must see)

This famous museum can be found in the so-called “Museumsquartier” of Vienna. If you only get a chance to see one museum while you are visiting, this may be your choice. It houses one of the largest Austrian centered collections of art in the world. You can visit and see the works of Kokoschka, Gerstl, Schiele, and even Klimt. All in all, there are more than five thousand exhibits.

The location is named for the famous couple - Rudolf and Elisabeth - who put the collection together over a...   view more
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Secession Building

7) Secession Building (must see)

The Vienna Secession refers to a group of young artisans who decided to start their own movement within the world of art. The style is very 'nouveau' and is a radical departure from the more traditional types of art being created during that part of Viennese history. The famous 'new start' occurred in 1897, but Secessionism really took off at the beginning of the 20th century, when a fair bit of work from the group became part of the famous Belvedere Collection.

A building...   view more
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Karlskirche

8) Karlskirche (must see)

This famous house of worship is located in Karlsplatz, Vienna, and is located just at the beginning of the First District. It sits about 200 meters from the Ringstrabe. The building represents one of Vienna’s finest examples of baroque style churches also. One of the really unique features of the place is its unusually shaped dome that sits atop the building. It is elongated in form.

The location has really become a very popular tourist attraction in recent times. This is due to the unusual...   view more
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Belvedere Garten

9) Belvedere Garten (must see)

The Belvedere Garten is in between the upper and lower Belvedere Palaces, acting as a link that ties the two together. The formal garden was laid out in traditional French fashion by Dominique Girard who had received formal training in Versailles. While the garden is in Vienna, its original owner was French in origin.

The old gardens had wonderful patterned beds and exquisite statuary. Most of this statuary has survived the years, but the intricately patterned beds have unfortunately been...   view more
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Belvedere Palace

10) Belvedere Palace (must see)

The Belvedere palaces were the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). The ensemble was built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect, Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, and comprises the Upper and Lower Belvedere, with the Orangery and Palace Stables, as well as extensive gardens. As one of Europe's most stunning Baroque landmarks, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today, the Belvedere houses the greatest collection of Austrian art dating...   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 Chocolate Stores

Old Town Chocolate Stores

Vienna is famous for its mouth-watering confections. In its specialty shops and boutiques, usually located on the ground floors of historic buildings, you will find the best roasted coffee, high quality chocolates, sweets, wafers, cocoa and, of course, Mozartkugels. Don’t hesitate to visit the wonderful specialty shops in the Old Town featured in this guide.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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
Old Town East Walking Tour

Old Town East 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. Take this tour to explore the beautiful landmarks, art galleries and shops in the East area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Old Town South Walking Tour

Old Town South 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. Take this tour to explore the beautiful landmarks, art galleries and specialty shops in the Southern part of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour

Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour

Landstraße is a densely populated urban district of Vienna, located southeast of the city center. Established largely during the 19th century, it is mostly known for the 18th-century castle and gardens of Belvedere, the residence of Eugene of Savoy (housing the Austrian Gallery, these days) and the Hundertwasserhaus block of flats, designed in a dream-like manner by architect and painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Landstraße is also home to another of Hundertwasser's creations - the KunstHausWien, as well as the Museum of Art Fakes. Speaking of the fakes, the artistic value of Landstraße is anything but fake, so it is well worth exploring, as such!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

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