Your life is incomplete until you’ve run up to the roof of Vienna’s cathedral, soared through a ballroom, sheltered from an air raid, or relaxed in a plague pit (as one does). All just some of the experiences at the Time Travel tour.
- A trip back through some highlights of Viennese history
- More on the entertainment side than education
- Uses 5D cinematic experiences, virtual reality, and animatronics
- Also great for entertaining the children
- Book your time travel tour ticket* online
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Travel back through time
Not going to lie: I went into this with low expectations. And I came out having rather enjoyed myself. Think of the Time Travel tour as an experience, rather than a tour.
It all takes place in the bowels of an ancient monastery (genuinely) right in the centre of Vienna, with around 1300m2 fitted out with various rooms and tracts containing multimedia (and beyond) edutainment stations.
You walk from one to the next, accompanied by a friendly guide.
Each of the several stops tends to deal with a major event in Viennese history (like WWII) or a theme (like music or the Wiener Moderne).
Three standout highlights for me:
- The opening 5D cinema with a film that takes you through (figuratively and literally) key historical moments, such as Roman Vienna, the plague, or the siege of 1683.
Your chair moves, you feel the wind on your face and “enjoy” a particularly impressive sensory surprise (no spoilers) as you scamper up into the roof of Stephansdom cathedral
- A virtual reality tour through Vienna’s musical history. Find yourself among the dancers in an opulent ballroom, enjoying a drink in a traditional wine tavern, or standing over the shoulder of Mozart at his piano
- A flying horse and carriage journey above Vienna’s historic buildings, complete with snow, laser effects, and even fireworks
Don’t take it all too seriously and just lean back and enjoy the ride!
Tickets & visitor tips
We got in almost immediately after turning up to buy tickets, but you might want to reserve a time (or book cheaper e-tickets and a time) online during busy months.
(Booking service provided by Tiqets.com*, who I am an affiliate of)
A few tips:
- The tour guide and tour audio use German, but you get a free headset which gives you exactly the same information and entertainment in English (or a number of other languages)
On my visit, the audio was timed precisely to match the visual displays. It was fine and did not make the experience any less enjoyable for me than listening in German.
- The tour ends in a shop with toys and souvenirs, as well as the chance to get some (fun but cheesy) souvenir photos
- The Time Travel people recently opened up a new location nearby that takes you on a diverting virtual reality boat ride with Empress Elisabeth
- Another virtual reality attraction is over at Schönbrunn Palace. The VR experience takes you through the history of some of the more famous Habsburg emperors and empresses
After your visit, go north for the Graben pedestrianised street that leads to Stephansdom cathedral to see the real thing. Or go south to reach Michaelerplatz and the start of the Hofburg palace complex.
You’re also close to two of Vienna’s most resonant locations for coffee and cake.
How to get to the Time Travel tour
Like many sights and activities in Vienna’s city centre, the Time Travel tour is probably already on your walking route around the old town.
Subway: just a short walk from two central stations: Herrengasse (on the U3 line) and Stephansplatz (on the U3 and U1 lines)
Tram/bus: trams don’t come to this part of the town as there are no tram lines through the historical heart of the city. The 1A and 2A buses that squeeze their way through the centre both have a stop at Habsburgergasse
Address: Habsburgergasse 10A, 1010 Vienna | Website