Looking to explore the city and its attractions? Find your way to articles, tips, links and reviews for numerous tour options: from guided walks and movie-themed location maps to bus tours, boat trips and VR experiences.
- See also:
- Walking & themed tours
- Tours of historical buildings
- VR tours and experiences
- Film locations
- Boat and river trips
- Segway & bike tours (work in progress)
- Bus tours
- Day trips
- Useful passes
Trips & tours, oh my…
We shall begin on two feet…and watch this space as I add more articles and reviews with time.
Walking & themed tours
(The Mozart monument in the Burggarten park)
This overview takes you through various possibilities, beginning with my detailed 4-part self-guided walking tour that sends you around the best bits of the historical centre.
Other options covered include links for guided services and various articles I put together that let you explore themes like particular architectural eras or historical epochs.
Finally, trace the lives & works of those notable composers, artists, and architects closely associated with Vienna. From Beethoven and Brahms to Schubert and Schiele.
(Not to mention a certain Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; apparently he came up with a few good tunes.)
More info on: walking and themed tours…
Tours of historical buildings
(Tour the inside of the Austrian parliament)
Vienna is the kind of place where a restaurant bears a world-famous name because that person used to live upstairs. We have a lot of history here. A lot. It oozes out of Gothic doors, Baroque portals, and Art Deco windows.
Many historical locations offer tours of their interiors in one form or another: opera houses, palaces, concert venues, civic & religious buildings, and more.
We also have some annual events that let you enter places normally closed off to the public.
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VR tours and experiences
Virtual reality has put a realistic, well-animated arm around the shoulders of traditional Vienna to add another dimension to tours in the city.
Discover a growing number of seated and mobile hi-tech experiences that transport you to places old and imagined.
More information on: VR, multimedia & immersive tours or experiences…
(Which shadowy figure once famously stood in this doorway?)
Vienna has provided outdoor and interior locations for many international movies and TV shows; from classics of the 1940s to today’s Netflix productions.
Follow in the footsteps of Harry Lime, Ethan Hunt, James Bond, Céline & Jesse, Jack Ryan, Max Liebermann, and others. Most of the location guides feature a map and photos, as well as tips and anecdotes about the places you pass.
More information on: movie location guides…
Boat and river trips
(Take a turn along the Danube, which lacks a certain blueness to it in the photo)
Vienna owes much of its historical prominence to a convenient location on the banks of the continent-crossing Danube.
Some river trip options include boat transfers to Bratislava and back, various tours of the Vienna bits of the Danube (and beyond), and even a municipal service out to a wetland nature reserve.
(The main river itself passes through the northeast of the city, but one arm kindly snakes around the edge of the old town.)
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Vienna has two main hop on hop off bus services that take you past (and to) important sights like the Schönbrunn and Belvedere palaces, the historical gems around the Ringstrassen, the Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel, and the Danube.
These services may also include bonus experiences with upgrades, like a river cruise or guided walk.
More information on: hop on hop off buses…
(Salzburg makes a great day trip and is easily reached by train in a little over two hours)
If we stretch our definitions a little, then a tour in Vienna might take you outside the city and back again…to such destinations as Salzburg, Hallstatt, the Alps, Melk abbey, or Budapest. Which is why I have some day trip suggestions for you.
Finally, a couple of passes offer one-time free access to various paid tours. For example (at the time of writing):
- The attractions and activities in the Vienna All-Inclusive Pass from Go City include over 15 guided and non-guided walking, bus, bike, and virtual reality tours and experiences
- The Vienna Pass includes a couple of guided tours, a city cruise and (repeat) use of a hop on hop off bus service