Old Town East Walking Tour (Self Guided), Vienna

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.
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Guide Name: Old Town East Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palais Coburg
  • Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art
  • Franziskanerkirche
  • Kunsthandel Dr. Ursula Hieke
  • Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky
  • Galerie Chobot
  • Mozart Ensemble
  • Heiligenkreuzerhof
  • Jesuitenkirche
  • Dominikanerkirche
  • Wiener Kammeroper
  • Postsparkasse
  • Urania Observatory
Palais Coburg

1) Palais Coburg

Palais Coburg was built in the mid-19th century for Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. It remained in the family until 1970 at which time it was sold. The palace is built upon the wall that was part of the defensive system for the city of Vienna.

The palace has now been turned into a luxury all-suite hotel. Extensive renovations were required to make the palace worthy of being a luxury hotel, so don’t expect to be staying in a old drafty castle type building. The suites are very modern and extremely well appointed. There is a choice of suites all on one floor, or two floor suites in addition to choosing view and how much space is needed. The rooms are all named after famous rulers in the Coburg and Gotha lineage.

For the wine aficionado traveling to Vienna, a tour of the wine cellar here is a must. The sommelier guides visitors through the extensive wine collection. One of the cellars has the feel of the inside of a ship complete with port holes in the doors. The Champagne cellar is the old ice storage portion of the palace, which makes the temperature just perfect. A wine tasting is a must after seeing all those rare and vintage wines.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art

2) Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art

This gallery was founded by the spouse of Mauroner. In 2004 the gallery was moved from his private home in Salzburg to a large space in Vienna. Galerie Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art displays mainly Mediterranean artists.
Hours: Tue-Fri 10a.m. - 6p.m.; Sat 11a.m. - 4p.m.

3) Franziskanerkirche

Franziskanerkirche is also known as the Church of St. Jerome as well as the Franciscan Church in Vienna. The outside of this beautiful church is Renaissance while the inside is pure Baroque. It is a wonderful mix and an interesting place to visit. The location is not in a high tourist area, and there are wonderful little shops and cafes around to make the visit even more pleasant.

The present church was built in the early 1600s on top of the site of another church that had been destroyed. Both were dedicated to Saint Hieronymus and in fact, his likeness in the form of a statue guards the building entrance. Interestingly, the gate hints at the Baroque flavor that awaits those who venture inside the building.

Inside the church, amidst the gold and marble is the oldest known organ in Vienna, the Wöckherlorgel circa 1640. The high alter is beautiful and was designed by an Italian artist around the same time. While the majority of the church was done prior to the end of the 18th century, the tomb of Fr. Peter Pavlicek is a recent addition. He was an Austrian Franciscan priest who organized a Rosary crusade after WWII. He implored Austrians to pray the Rosary daily until Russian occupation of the country ended. Father Pavlicek died in 1982 and his remains are lying in repose here.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kunsthandel Dr. Ursula Hieke

4) Kunsthandel Dr. Ursula Hieke

Located at the corner of Grünangergasse and Singerstrasse, Vienna's inner city, Kunsthandel Dr. Ursula Hieke specializes in selling and buying of 20th century Austrian paintings, watercolors and drawings, including Wiener Secession and Hagenbundes movements. Gallery's owner -- Dr. Ursula Hieke, has been collecting works of art since 1980.

Operation Hours Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 1 pm/2pm - 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm.
Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky

5) Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky

Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky houses an interesting collection, from representational to abstract art. It focuses mainly on painting and sculpture, but also has some drawings, photographs and lithographs.
Hours: Wed - Fri: 13-18, Sat: 11-15.
Galerie Chobot

6) Galerie Chobot

Galerie Chobot was founded as a private collection in 1971. It shows different exhibitions every year and participates in various international art fairs. Galerie Chobot will delight you with interesting sculptures and a range of works made from paper.
Mozart Ensemble

7) Mozart Ensemble

The Mozart Ensemble at Mozarthaus consists of four musicians who perform the chamber music of Austrian composers. The setting is intimate as the room only holds 100 guests and the musicians all wear period dress. It is rather like stepping into a time machine and transporting back to the time of Mozart. Although the name may make you think you will only hear Mozart compositions, the music includes all composers from the Viennese classical time period.

The room where the performance takes place is the Sala Terrena which means ground floor hall. This is also one of the oldest concert halls in the city. Mozart himself performed here. In fact he spent a couple of months living in the guest housing of the convent that is next door when first moving to Vienna. The room is an absolute overload of baroque art and is almost overwhelming. However, it is wonderfully transformative when sitting and listening to the music; it is almost like being there in the late 1700s.

As you can well imagine, tickets sell out frequently, so this might be the first venue to book when your travel plans are firm. Ticket prices range from € 39 to €50 and The Mozart House is located at Singerstrasse 7.

8) Heiligenkreuzerhof

The Heiligenkreuaerhof and Bernardikapelle is a collection of shops, apartment’s courtyards and one beautiful old church. This area may be a bit difficult to find, but it is worth the effort. This area was once home to merchants and the shops were outside of the protective city walls. Some of the basements date back to the 12th century although most of the visible parts of the buildings there now are considerably older. The buildings were generally built in the mid 17th to mid 18th centuries.

Although the Bernadikapelle may be a bit understated from the outside, this little chapel is beautiful on the inside and is a very popular spot to have a wedding. The chapel is not open for public display, but tours are regularly given. Be sure to sign up for the tour as the chapel is an excellent example of Baroque furnishings at its best.

The area is sometimes called “Vienna’s oldest apartment block” and the name may make one disinclined to make the effort on a busy vacation to visit this spot. However, the small shops here and the lovely chapel will not disappoint. It may well be one of the highlights of any trip.

9) Jesuitenkirche

The Jesuit Church or Jesuitenkirche is located on Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz in Vienna. This church was completed in 1627. It is a marvelous example of Baroque architecture with a few odd twists. The twin towers look a bit out of place at first, but the whole building balances out nicely. The niches on the building with the statues are simply lovely. The Church was dedicated to Saint Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier when first erected. However, in 1703 the church was rededicated to the Assumption of Mary.

The inside of the Jesuitenkirche is beautiful and well worth a visit. Be sure to see the wonderful trompe l’oeil dome that is painted on the barrel ceiling to look like a dome. It commissioned by Emperor Leopold I and is simply spectacular. The artist is Andrea Pozzo and he was also responsible for designing the frescoes in the building.

Vienna in the mid 1400s was very important in European academia. After the constant barrage of war, few students remained in the area by the late 1500s. The university and the Jesuits merged forces in 1623 and this church was the result. The Jesuits as a whole had its ups and downs in Austria, but the building is once again.
Sight description based on wikipedia

10) Dominikanerkirche

The Church of St. Maria Rotunda, also known as Vienna's Dominican Church (Dominikanerkirche), is an early Baroque parish church and minor basilica in the historic center of Vienna. It is the third church built on the same site in the course of time. The impressive facade was built in the Roman-Lombardic style with dominant columns, supporting the cornice. The church consists of a long central nave, flanked by three side chapels on each side, a transept, a choir and an apse. The nave is 25 m long, 14 m wide and 22.10 m high. The large dome reaches a height of 23.80 m. Above each side chapel is gallery with a shallow balcony. The ornate interior is imposing by its architecture and the exquisite stucco in the decorations. Semi-circular windows allow a soft light on the frescoes of the barrel-vaulted ceiling. 
Sight description based on wikipedia
Wiener Kammeroper

11) Wiener Kammeroper

The Weiner Kammeroper was founded by Hans Gabor after the Second World War. The mission was to introduce Baroque opera that was getting little to no attention at other venues. The group did not have a permanent home, but was a traveling troupe. Today it resides at Fleischmarkt 24 in the center of Vienna. It is a tiny venue, but the performances are wonderful, well worth going to see.

In addition to opera that might not be viewed elsewhere, the Kammeroper is also home to budding young talent. This is not to say that the quality is not top notch, because it is, the venue is a stepping stone to fame for these talented newcomers. Generally, four operas are performed per year, so the quality is very good. While this gem is still not the most popular opera house in the area, it is certainly one worth patronizing.

It is a place to go for those who truly love the opera and are looking for new and exciting productions. Contemporary productions are often presented. Opera buffa (comic opera) is also part of the mainstay. It is this wonderful mix of classic but not often preformed with the contemporary that sets this venue apart from the others in the city. Be sure to see what is playing while visiting Vienna; it will be a nice change from the classics.
Sight description based on wikipedia

12) Postsparkasse

The Austrian Postal Savings Bank is housed in one of the buildings in Vienna that was created by the famous Otto Wagner. The organization as a whole was invented by Georg Coch. He had studied the principles of banking abroad, and came back home and opened the first bank in Vienna, and the whole area, that would do so called “moneyless transfers.” Bank transfers would simply being recorded as a credit on a ledger for one, and a debit on the ledger for another account, thereby eliminating the need to have lots of cash on hand at the bank to do such simple transfers.

The building itself is considered to be among the most important examples of classic Austrian architecture to be found anywhere in the country. It was a early example of a building done with a steel grid system, and then reinforced with concrete. This type of construction is now done the world over, and is considered pretty much standard fair. However, for the early 1900s, when the building was erected, it was considered a marvel to behold for this new technique. You will find the place at the southern end of the Ringstrabe, and is included in many tours of the area.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Urania Observatory

13) Urania Observatory

The Urania is an observatory located in Vienna. But to call it just that would be to miss the truly eclectic nature of this place. Over the years, it has branched into a place that holds educational events and lectures, has a restaurant and bar, and also serves as, of all things, a puppet theater. That is quite the mix of things for one small place.

The structure is done in an art nouveau style. The designer was Max Fabiani, who studied under the famous Otto Wagner. It sits very close to the Wien River, in a very scenic part of town. The institution officially opened for business in 1910. The building was named after the famous muse of astronomy.

During the second world war, the building was severely damaged, and the observatory was rendered completely useless. Thanks to some generous patrons, however the location was reopened for business in 1957. The puppet theater has become one of the most famous parts of the place now.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: April - September 12pm - 4pm and 7pm - 11pm; October - May 12pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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