Tour 1 - Imperial Vienna: Between St. Stephan's cathedral and the Hofburg palace

Time frame: starts 10:00, duration approx. 2.5 hours
Services: certified guide, head-sets, no entrance fees
Price: 33 € per person

This walk provides a general overview of the history of Vienna. Explore Vienna's most elegant shopping streets and visit landmarks such as the Hofburg Palace (the imperial residence of the Habsburgs for more than 600 years) with its over 2,300 rooms and halls. Another highlight is the centrally located Cathedral of St. Stephan, one of the most beautiful Gothic secular buildings in Europe.

Listen to stories about Emperor Franz Joseph and his beautiful wife Elisabeth ("Sisi") and learn about the unusual burial methods of the Habsburgs. Discover the history of Sacher-cake and the world-famous Viennese coffee houses while immersing yourself in the culture of these classic Viennese institutions.

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Tour 2 - Old Vienna and its Jewish town

Time frame: starts 14:00, duration approx. 3 hours
Services: certified guide, entrance cathedral and visit of catacombs; head-sets
Price: 53 € per person

This walking tour of Vienna follows the road less travelled. Parts of the old town are explored, many of which are unknown even to locals. Vienna was founded as the Roman outpost "Vindobona" (foundations of which can still be seen) and has kept on growing ever since. Stories about everyday life in medieval times are brought to life and a part of the tour is dedicated to Jewish life and history in Vienna. The "Judenplatz", site of the city's oldest synagogue, is now home to a Holocaust memorial created by the British artist Rachel Whiteread.

A very interesting part of the walk includes the St. Stephan's cathedral and its catacombs. The church has played a central role in Viennese culture and politics throughout its history.

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Tour 3 - On the traces of Beethoven

Time frame: starts 14:00, duration, approx. 3 hours
Services: certified guide, head-sets, entrance and Beethoven tour in Museum of Sound
Price: 61 € per person

In 2020 the city of Vienna, the world capital of music, celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. Although born and raised in Germany, Beethoven chose Vienna as his home for 35 years, arriving in his early twenties in 1792 and remaining here until his death in 1827.

You will enjoy a guided tour through the inner city of Vienna and visit houses, apartments and palaces Beethoven lived and worked in. The grand finale will be a special Beethoven tour in Vienna's Museum of Sound. The "Haus der Musik" is an interactive sound museum that provides a new approach to music on a playful as well as scientific level.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a radical, elemental force both as a human being and as an artist. A visionary who questioned and reinvented everything that had gone before - he gave impetus to music and to Vienna, that at the time was already a place of creativity and inspiration. His influence can still be felt today. When Beethoven died on March 29, 1827 at age 57, he was buried with the grandeur of a pop star. 20,000 people attended - almost ten percent of the Viennese population at the time.

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Tour 4 – City Tour and Schönbrunn Palace

Time frame: starts 9:30, duration approx. 3.5 hours
Services: Vienna city tour covering many important sites, certified guide, entrance to Schönbrunn Palace, free time at your disposal (approx. 40 min.)
Price: 54 € per person

The guided sightseeing tour starts to the left of the Main Building of the University of Vienna next to Rathausplatz and takes you to the Ringstrasse Boulevard, where you pass a number of popular tourist attractions. Take a look at the impressive Vienna State Opera. It is home of the famous "Opera Ball" which takes place every year. Not far from the Opera, the grand Hofburg Palace is located, the former winter residence of the imperial Habsburg family.

Next, you will see the monumental buildings of the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History. Further sights on our tour are the neoclassical Parliament, the acclaimed Burgtheater and the striking City Hall.

Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence, is a listed World Heritage Site and attracts millions of people from all over the world every year. You will visit the historic state-rooms and get an impression how the imperial family once lived. Afterwards you have time to take a stroll through the palace gardens or enjoy a cup of original Viennese coffee and a piece of delicious apple strudel at at your own expense.

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Tour 5 - Wachau and Melk Abbey: the romantic valley of the Danube

Time frame: starts 9:00, duration approx. 8 hours
Services: bus trip to the Danube valley, visit Dürnstein and Melk, boat tour, entrance and guided tour at Melk Abbey, bus trip back to Vienna
Price: 79 € per person

The Wachau is located west of Vienna and stretches between the cities of Melk and Krems. The melding of natural and cultural landscapes define the unique character and attractiveness of the region which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Danube flows past quaint towns and villages, vineyards and orchards.

The trip to the Wachau begins after a bus transfer from Vienna (9:00) to Dürnstein, followed by a 1.5h boat trip on the Danube to Melk (lunch available on board or in Melk at your own expense). In Melk you have the opportunity to visit the city, followed by a guided tour through Melk Abbey, one of the best known and most famous Baroque monuments in Austria.

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