Old Town West Walking Tour, 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. 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.
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Old Town West Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Town West Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: leticia
Hohes Haus

1) Hohes Haus

Hohes Haus in Vienna is located on the Ringstraße boulevard in the first district Innere Stadt, near the Hofburg Palace and the Palace of Justice. The foundation stone was laid in 1874; the building was completed in 1883. The architect responsible for its Greek revival style wasTheophil Edvard Hansen. He designed the building holistically, each element harmonizing with the others and was therefore also responsible for the interior decoration, such as statues, paintings, furniture, chandeliers,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Stadtpalais Liechtenstein

2) Stadtpalais Liechtenstein (must see)

Stadtpalais Liechtenstein (City Palace), is one of two palaces in Vienna belonging to the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. The palace was built during the period of 1692 to 1705 by the Italian architect Domenico Martinelli and the Swiss architect Gabriel de Gabrieli. It luckily escaped destruction during WWII when bombs went down nearby. It is still used as a private residence by the princely family. After restoration in 2013, the palace houses the 19th-century section of the princely art...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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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4) 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
Rathaus (City Hall)

5) 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
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6) Pasqualatihaus

The Pasquiltihaus is named after Josef Benedikt Baron Pasqualatihaus the home’s owner. What makes the home famous is Ludwig van Beethoven lived here and composed his only opera here. Beethoven actually lived in the house twice from 1804-1815. Beethoven moved frequently and lived in over twenty different residences while in Vienna.

This particular home was built in late 1700s and has been turned into a museum to hold some Beethoven memorabilia. One of the interesting features is drawings of...   view more
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Galerie Szaal

7) Galerie Szaal

Located at Schottenring, Vienna's inner city, Galerie Szaal features 19th and 20th century Austrian oil paintings, period furniture and ecclesiastical art. Established in 1921, Galerie Szaal is a family business in its third generation, currently managed by Wolfgang Szaal. The gallery also offers painting restoration services.

Operation Hours Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm, or by...   view more
Palais Harrach

8) Palais Harrach

Palais Harrach has had a long and interesting history. Although it is no longer used as a palace it is easy to imagine the grandeur the building once had. The building is now home to high end shops and offices. The whole area in fact has some of the best shopping in Vienna.

The first palace to be built on this site was erected in 1435 by Jörg of Puchheim. Then in the early 17th century to home was bought by Karl of Harrach. Unfortunately, most of the original palace was destroyed by fire in...   view more
Palais Ferstel

9) Palais Ferstel

Palais Ferstel was built in the 19th century and is a great representation of Wilhelminian-style architecture. The building housed the Stock Exchange, Austrian-Hungarian National Bank and the well-known Cafe Central, where Europe’s intellectual elite spent a great deal of time. It currently acts as a historic convention centre that can accommodate a crowd of 735...   view more
Bank Austria Kunstforum

10) Bank Austria Kunstforum

Bank Austria regularly has some of the best art exhibits on display to be found anywhere in the city of Vienna. Over 300,000 visitors come each year to see them, even though it is not a public institution per say. They bring in exhibits from across the world.

Their private collection has over 10,000 pieces now. You can find the works of such great artists as van Gogh or Lichtenstein. They very frequently add new items to the count that are from more modern artists also. The biggest single...   view more
Palais Schönborn-Batthyány

11) Palais Schönborn-Batthyány

Palais Schönborn was built at the beginning of 18th century. It includes the Museum für Volkskunde and is located in Josefstadt, the 8th district of Vienna. This beautiful Baroque palace houses excellent works of art from several of Europe's most significant...   view more
MOYA - Museum of Young Art

12) MOYA - Museum of Young Art

The Museum of Young Art is as young as the type of art that they like to exhibit. It was founded in the year 2005. The location also houses many conferences and seminars on the topic as well. It is located in the central part of Vienna, in the Belle Etage.

The works of the young artists for sale here also makes this a very unique place to visit. The proceeds of the institution go to foster the work of the people there, and to give new artists a chance to be seen in a very large venue.

...   view more
Wienerroither & Kohlbacher

13) Wienerroither & Kohlbacher

Established in 1980 in a student flat in the heart of Vienna, Wienerroither & Kohlbacher has since become a well established Viennese art gallery, now set at the lofty vaults of Palais Hardegg, next to Café Central. The gallery focused on Austrian classic modern artists from 19th and 20th century, including oil paintings, watercolors and drawings. Over the last few years, the gallery started showcasing more international modern art. Wienerroither & Kohlbacher also publishes detailed...   view more
Palais Niederösterreich

14) Palais Niederösterreich

Palais Niederösterreich, historically known as the Niederösterreichisches Landeshaus (Estates House of Lower Austria), is a historical building in Vienna. The building housed the estates general of the state of Lower Austria until 1848. After 1861, the state assembly and some state government ministries occupied it until 1997, when St. Pölten fully took on the role of the new capital of Lower Austria. In the revolution of March 1848, the Niederösterreichisches Landeshaus played an...   view more
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Loos Haus

15) Loos Haus

The Loos Haus was designed by the famous architect of the same last name, i.e. Adolf Loos. It represents one of the most important contributions to Viennese architecture, because of its classic Wiener Moderne style. It has a simple, yet sticking facade, which was the source of much controversy in the day. One will notice that there are no window bays done with the usual “stucco and lintels.”

Emperor Franz Josef, at first sight of the project, considered it to be an eye sore, and tried to...   view more
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16) Michaelerkirche

St. Michael's Church (German: Michaelerkirche) is one of the oldest churches in Vienna and also one of its few remaining Romanesque buildings. Dedicated to the Archangel Michael, St. Michael's Church is located at Michaelerplatz across from St. Michael's Gate at the Hofburg Palace. St. Michael's used to be the parish church of the Imperial Court, when it was called Zum heiligen Michael. Over its long history, spanning more than eight centuries, the church has incorporated a...   view more
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17) 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

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.
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 official residence of the Austrian President. Alongside the governmental and cultural buildings, Hofburg houses the Spanish Riding School and the Imperial Horse Stables, which is something animal lovers might find particularly entertaining.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 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
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 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 Palaces

Old Town Palaces

Among all of the amazing sites Vienna offers, none are more breathtaking than the palaces found around the city. All of them have maintained their great history, art collections, luxury interior and refinement through the last 4 centuries. Many of them were restored and became elite conventional centers. This tour will will guide you to some of Vienna's greatest royal homes in the Innere Stadt (Old Town).

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Museums in Vienna's North

Museums in Vienna's North

Everyone would agree that Vienna is home to a vast range of world-renowned museums. Their impressive works of art, interesting exhibitions and unique collections captivate visitors. Taking this walking tour, you will become familiar with Vienna’s most famous museums located in the Northern Districts of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km

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