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Hofburg Palace

Roam its beautifully maintained rooms for a peek into the life of the illustrious Habsburg family.

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Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

1. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg. The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions. Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum, the Danube Steam Navigation Company, or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers 3 different bus routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/Town Hall - University - Schwedenplatz - MAK - Hilton Hotel - Kursalon - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Museum of Military History - Belvedere Palace - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - Prater - Museum of Applied Arts – Museum of Fine Arts – Hundertwasser House – Stadtpark – Johann Strauss Monument Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour with an app to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Vienna: Ghosts and Legends Guided Nighttime Walking Tour

3. Vienna: Ghosts and Legends Guided Nighttime Walking Tour

Embark on a guided city walking tour of Vienna at night and uncover the dark legends that lurk behind each corner. See city highlights, including Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. With your guide, walk by the walls of the Hofburg Palace past the Augustinian Church and follow in the footsteps of ancient legends and suspicious characters who came before. Continue to Neuer Markt, and hear unnerving tales of strange occurrences. Explore the Blutgasse district, one of the oldest parts of the city center, and scout out haunted buildings. Learn about Vienna's history of vampires and witches and how it played a role in the beginning of the “Dracula” novel. Finish your night tour at the legendary St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

4. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

Enjoy priority entry access and step inside the famous the Hofburg Imperial Palace, as well as the Sisi Museum, alongside a knowledgeable guide who will lead you on a guided tour of the impressive complex.  Walk inside this magnificent castle and discover the conference room, which was used for the ministerial conferences that were chaired by the emperor.  See 24 different rooms including the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, their saloons for guests, and Elisabeth's dressing room. Admire the Silver Collection with valuable porcelain and crystal glasses, which provide insights into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty.  Enter the Sisi Museum with over 300 personal items that belonged to Elisabeth like her dresses, parasols, gloves, and her unique beauty preparations.

Vienna: Hofburg Palace, Sisi Museum & Silver Collection Tour

5. Vienna: Hofburg Palace, Sisi Museum & Silver Collection Tour

Discover the highlights of Vienna including the Hofburg Imperial Palace Complex, the Silver Collection, the Imperial Treasury, and the quaint Old Town with a private guide. Choose between the 2-, 2.5-, 3-, and 4-hour tours and optional pickup. Don't miss the Hofburg Imperial Palace Complex during your visit to Vienna. It was the residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years and thus the center of the Holy Roman Empire. Get a feel for the essence and explore the whole area inside with a private guide. 2-hour tourDuring the 2-hour tour, step inside the Hofburg Imperial Palace Complex and discover the Conference Room, which was used for the ministerial conferences that were chaired by the emperor. See the whole interior with 24 different rooms, including the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, their Guest Salons, and Elisabeth's Dressing Room. The Silver Collection with valuable porcelain and crystal glasses will give you an insight into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty. At the Sisi Museum, see over 300 personal items that belonged to Elizabeth, including her dresses, parasols, gloves, and beauty preparations. 2.5-hour tourChoose the 2.5-hour option to take advantage of private transportation to the Hofburg Palace in an air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy a hassle-free journey from your accommodation in Vienna. At the end of the 2-hour tour of the Palace, you will be driven back to your accommodation. 3-hour tour Extend to a 3-hour to also visit the Imperial Treasury (Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien). Use your entrance tickets to explore one of the largest collections of the Holy Roman Empire and Austrian heritage. Inside you will find the Imperial Crown, famous Holy Lance, Order of the Golden Fleece, and much more. 4-hour tour If you choose the 4-hour option you will also see the selected highlights of Vienna Old Town. Learn interesting facts and legends about the city and see St. Stephan’s Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, and the Column of The Trinity. Your local guide will lead you through multiple alleys and areas of the city.

Vienna: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Hotrod

6. Vienna: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Hotrod

Get behind the wheel of a miniature hotrod and drive past the main attractions of Vienna in convoy. Receive a cool helmet, fresh beanie and nice walkie-talkie on arrival, and get to know your vehicle at the garage before you start the engine. Be aware that the steering is quite direct; but that's why it's super fun to drive! Venture through the old Jewish Quarter and over the Reichsbrücke (Imperial Bridge) to the modern-day developments of UNO-City. Pass the Art Nouveau-style Urania building and the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK Museum) to arrive at the Stadtpark and Kursalon Hübner concert hall. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz and see the elegant Hotel Sacher, State Opera House and Albertina museum in the Innere Stadt. Discover the site of the famous Spanish Riding School, admire the impressive façade of Hofburg palace and see St. Stephen's Cathedral on the way back to the starting point.

Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

7. Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

Discover the fascinating treasures of the Habsburgs in the oldest part of the Hofburg Palace – the Swiss Wing. See the most precious jewels – among them one of the largest emeralds in the world – that testify to the former power of the Habsburg dynasty. Other highlights are the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece as well the collections of 15th-century Burgundy and the cradle of the King of Rome (Napoleon II). Admire the charming jewelry of Hapsburg empresses and princesses and parts of the original jewelry of Empress Elisabeth. Discover legendary treasures such as the Holy Lance from the 8th century, the largest cut emerald in the world, the world's largest agate bowl – known as the Holy Grail – or the horn of a unicorn.

Vienna: Empress Sisi Walking Tour & Imperial Apartments

8. Vienna: Empress Sisi Walking Tour & Imperial Apartments

Hear about the life of Empress Elisabeth (commonly known as Sisi), of Austria-Hungary on a guided walking tour of Vienna. Meet your guide at the Albertina and make your way straight to the Hofburg, where you will explore the former Imperial Apartments. Discover more about the daily life of the Empress. Then, visit the Augustinian Church where the Bavarian princess married Emperor Franz Josef in 1854. Afterwards, pay a visit to her favourite confectioner, her favourite jeweller, as well as other shops where Sisi liked to indulge in some retail therapy. Hear anecdotes and curiosities about the life of the famous empress and be amazed by her complex character and personality. Finally, have the option of booking an additional visit to the Imperial Crypt. Located beneath the Capuchin Church, see Sisi's final resting place as well as the burial sites of other famous figures of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

9. Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

Find your Fiaker next to the world-famous St. Stephen's Cathedral. From St. Stephen's Square, begin your journey to old seat of government during the Habsburg monarchy, the Hofburg. Today, the President and Chancellor of the Austrian Republic have their offices at this impressive complex. Travel along marvellous boulevard known as "The Ring", where you have the chance to see the buildings of the Natural Museum of History and Fine Arts. The square between the two buildings displays the statue of Maria Theresia, the sole female ruler in the house of Habsburg. Pass by the Austrian Parliament, built in a Greek architectural style with the statue of Pallas Athene in front of it. Right after the Parliament, see the Vienna Town Hall with its impressive square. The square in front of the hall is very popular among the Viennese, many events such as the annual film festival and the Christmas markets take place there. Finish your ride back at the St. Stephans Cathedral where it started.

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

10. Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

Travel back in time and witness the events that made Vienna the cosmopolitan city it is today. Enjoy six scenes with breathtaking virtual reality technology that let you relive the past on a unique two-hour tour with an audioguide. Take part in a procession on White Sunday in 1483, one of the few occasions when the ornaments were brought out and shown to the public. Take cover as the Ottoman Empire carries out another siege during the second siege in 1683. Experience the darkness during the plague that killed half of Europe and learn about Augustin, a singer who showed that Vienna could survive such terrible times with humor and music. On a sunny day, walk around the Hofburg and see Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph II on a hunting trip. Luckily, you're standing very close to the road, so don't forget to wink. At the Opera you will experience Vienna in the golden 20s and see how people prepare for an opera performance. In the last scene at St. Stephens square see the cathedral burn in the last month of the terrible Second World War and witness the Soviet army driving the last German soldiers out.

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Absolutely super cool tour, it was great fun to jet through Vienna with the little box. Our guide Pierre was very nice and explained everything to us in detail at the beginning and after a few training laps in the underground car park we started. He set a good pace and guided us safely through Vienna. If you're looking for fun, this tour is amazing, there isn't that much time for sightseeing, but it didn't bother me at all. I highly recommend this experience.

great tour with lovely host who had very good English and German language, very informative and had plenty of time to take photos and ask questions

It was easy to book using the link, I booked 2 events and this was one of them and I really enjoyed them immensely. Thanks a lot

Helped us get around a very busy city and take in all the attractions even though we were only there for a short time

It is must to understand the vienna from its history to present times