Old Town East Walking Tour, Vienna (Self Guided)

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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Old Town East Walking Tour Map

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: 2.2 km
Author: leticia
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 11a.m. - 7p.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 - 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.
Hours: Tue - Fri 13:00 to 18:00, Sat 11:00 to 15:00.
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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Travel Distance: 6.1 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.