Neubau Sights Walking Tour, Vienna (Self Guided)

Neubau district of Vienna is an important shopping area, especially in the Mariahilfer Straße and Neubaugasse. The Volkstheater Wien, one of Vienna's large mainstream theatres, as well as the Museumsquartier, a centre dedicated to modern art, housing the Leopold Collection are located in Neubau.
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Neubau Sights Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Neubau Sights Walking Tour
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: 3.6 km
Author: leticia
Palais Auersperg

1) Palais Auersperg

Palais Auersperg, named after Prince Adolf Auersperg, is a huge Baroque style palace that was built for the royal Auersperg family. The palace features a beautiful park and is currently used to hold a variety of festivities, classical music concerts and other events.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palais Trautson

2) Palais Trautson

Palais Trautson also represents traditional Baroque architecture of Vienna. It was built in 1712 and was the long-time home for the noble Trautson family. Nowadays, this well-preserved palace holds the Austrian Ministry of Justice.
Palais Epstein

3) Palais Epstein

Palais Epstein is a Ringstraßenpalais in Vienna. It was built for the industrialist and banker Gustav Ritter von Epstein. The architect was Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, who also designed the adjacentAustrian Parliament Building. Unlike traditional Baroque noble palaces in Vienna, the Palais Epsteinwas built in the late 19th century and is therefore considered a Ringstraßenpalais. It is up to five storeys high and built in the neo-renaissance style typical of its time. From 1945 to 1955 the palais was domicile of the Soviet Headquarters. After that, it briefly served as a branch of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts and then again for the School Authority until 2002. After a thorough refurbishment it has been a branch of nearby Parliament ever since. A permanent exhibition about the history of the palais and its owners has been set up in the basement and there are guided tours of the bel etage first floor which has been restored to its original state.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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 interest.

The central building is an old palace structure that constitutes the original museum. It opened in 1869 under the name of the Imperial Natural Museum. Today, many of the original displays have been relocated into other parts of the overall Wien Museum of Vienna.

You will find some very rare items here as well. For instance, the Venus of Willendorf is an object that is over twenty-five thousand years old. There is also a dinosaur skeleton displayed on the floors that is over two hundred and fifty million years old. In all, you will be able to casually walk through 39 different sections of the museum.

Why You Should Visit:
Incredible because of the upgrading of many exhibits, which brilliantly combine the old (showcases of artifacts from the late 1880s in their original cases) with the new (an amazing exhibit room of meteorites with interactive cases or an exhibit on our planet which is incredibly interesting and educational).
Almost everything is in English as well as in German. The museum has also gone out of its way to cater to kids, so a great place for the family.

It is strongly recommended to take an audio guide and learn more about the most important collection items.
If you are a student, make sure to bring your student card to capitalize on the discount they offer.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Mon: 9am-6:30pm; Wed: 9am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kunsthistorisches Museum

5) 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 Rinstrasse Street is the home of the picture gallery, and is very impressive indeed. You will also find the European coin collection here. The display of Egyptian Antiquities is stored in this main location, as well as one of Europe’s best collections of Roman and Greek historical art.

Recently, the Museum of Ethnology has become part of the KHM, as well as the Theater Museum on Lobkowitz. This occurred in January of 2001. So, you will have to visit a couple of locations to get through all the holdings.
Sight description based on wikipedia
MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

6) 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 stone, which is a real contrast to all the other buildings around it. One will also quickly notice the unusual shapes of the windows as well. It is simply about as stark a contrast as anyone could have made to the quintessential Habsburg style castles of the area. For that reason alone, you may want to go visit.

There is also a lot of technology built into this place. The purpose is to present art in a wholly new way, and to push the edge of thinking on how art should be displayed in a formalized manner. The complex is located in the Museumsquartier, at Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 in Vienna. There are guided tours are offered each day, and are free to those visiting. The tour is in German, but you can call ahead to arrange a visit with an English speaking guide.

Operation hours: Monday 2 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 am - 7 pm, Thursday 10 am - 9 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leopold Museum

7) 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 span of 50 years. The collection was organized and placed on display at its current location with the assistance of the State of Austria, as well as the National Bank of Austria. A private foundation and holding corporation was established to care for the pieces in 2001.

In addition to being able to visit this grand exhibit of 19th and 20th Century Austrian art, you may also want to stop and visit their gift shop. There, you can purchase replications of some of the great pieces exhibited at Leopold Museum. The building is also home to the Café Leopold, which is a well known night spot for people to come, have some coffee, and discuss history, art, and politics.

Opening hours: Daily except Tuesday - 10am to 6pm; Thursday- 10am to 9pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kunstmarkt Spittelberg

8) Kunstmarkt Spittelberg

Kunstmarkt Spittelberg is an 18th century building that houses small shops filled with antiques. Common pieces include handmade silver and leather goods, dolls, and old, beautifully decorated electric light bulbs. You are sure to find here something unusual and special for yourself or a friend!
Wein & Co

9) Wein & Co

What to buy here: Austrian White Wine. At Mariahilfer Strasse 36 you will find the fabulous WINE & CO, a flagship store and concept bar in a building designed by architects Henke and Schreieck, which sets a new standard in food communication. In this wonderful urban wine centre the feel good atmosphere guarenteed around the clock presents WEIN & CO as a wining-dining-shopping concept. You will find the branch on the second floor. The bar is open daily from 9am in the morning until 2am and features coffee and sweet delicacies, as well as the best white wines. By drinking at the bar you will earn 10% discount on all purchases in the shop, open daily until midnight. Naturally the shop includes a wine tasting corner. Three famous featured Austrian wines include „M“ a white Riesling from Star-winegrower F.X. Pichler:a powerful, opulent and lively wine that is impressive in memory, retailing at €69.95. Then at € 59,99 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd M, 2010, for fans of the classical wine from the Wachau region of Austria, shows complex aromas, ideal as gift. And also from Waschau at €64,99 the Smaragd Singerriedel Riesling from 2010, Hirtzberger Parade Riesling presents itself with lush, bell-clear Riesling fruit and great vitality and freshness.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-02:00; Sunday & holidays: 15:00-00:00
Tu Felix

10) Tu Felix

What to buy here: Designer clothing and accessories.

With a range of portable giftwares including bags, wallets, clothing, jewellery and even antlers, Tu Felix is the right place to come for your a regional Austrian acquisition. Tiny miniture antlers carved in silver and left to dangle on a thin cord or silver chain you can hang around your neck. Prices starting at 46€. Men may prefer a black or brown belt with the logo embossed on a silver buckle. All belts are 69€. Intricately designed antler skulls could be just perfect for your mantlepeice or bookshelf at prices beginning from €149, they may suit someone truly passionate about their Austrian identity. And to take it all home you can buy one of several bags or wallets embroidered with the Tu Felix elogo and antlers. You find Tu Felix in the Schottenfeldgasse at number 35.

Business hours: Monday – Saturday 9.00 – 18.00.

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.
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
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
Old Town Center Walking Tour

Old Town Center 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, famous museums and specialty shops in the Central area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Hofburg Sights Walking Tour

Hofburg Sights Walking Tour

The Hofburg area has been the seat of Austrian government since 1279 for a sequence of empires and republics. Throughout centuries, it has been expanded to include various institutions, such as The Imperial Chapel, The Naturhistorisches Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum, The Austrian National Library and more. The area is also home to the former imperial palace, which now forms part of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 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: 2.2 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,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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.