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Graben, Vienna

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Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

1. Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Upon arrival, explore the preserved historic premises of the Mauthausen Memorial at your own pace with the help of your audio guide. See the Wiener-Graben quarry, the Stairs of Death, the SS-Quarters, the Camp Prison, the Gas Chamber, and visit the newly re-opened Mauthausen Museum with the Room of Names. Honor the victims by learning about this crucial period in history. Embark on a 2.5-hour journey from Vienna across lower Austria towards the Mauthausen Memorial in a comfortable air-conditioned tour vehicle. Listen to your guide explaining the historical context en route and learn about life at Mauthausen concentration camp before its liberation in May 1945. Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Upper Austria was one of the largest labor camp complexes in the Third Reich. Between 1938 and 1945 about 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in Mauthausen. About half of them lost their lives. Today, Mauthausen Memorial honors the memory of those who perished here by standing as a reminder to the darkest days in Austria’s history.

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

2. 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.

Vienna: Food, Coffee, and Market Discovery Tour

3. Vienna: Food, Coffee, and Market Discovery Tour

You begin your Vienna tour on one of the most famous and attractive shopping streets in the city: The Graben. Home of the court jeweller Heldwein, and the famous porcelain factory of Augarten, the area is littered with imperial architecture, opulent coffee shops, and first-rate eateries. It would be rude not to offer you a coffee before getting started properly, so after your brief stroll, you will stop for a quick coffee and a snack. However, this won't be at one of the famous cafes, because only tourists go there. Instead you will head to one of the few cafes that locals still visit — a proper and still functioning Kulturcafe. To Nasch means "to nibble" and that is exactly what you can do at the Naschmarkt, easily one of Europe’s best open-air markets. It is a mile long and showcases over 120 food stalls and some delectable restaurants that are cooking up some of the best food in the city. Here, you will find the most diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and delicacies that are available in Vienna from all over the world.  While the Naschmarkt is a must-see, any local will tell you that they rarely pay it a visit, unless they fancy fighting out with tourists for the vendor’s attention. Instead, every local has their own market that they like to visit. These may not be as big as the Naschmarkt, but they are certainly more lively and less touristy. To that end, you will be whisked away from the Naschmarkt to a real functioning Viennese market. Whether that be the trendy Brunnenmarkt in the 16th district with its cafes and creativity, the lively Viktor–Adler–Markt in the traditionally working class 10th district, or even the peaceful farmers market at Karmeliterplatz in the 2nd district, will depend on the day and the guide. But don’t be afraid to ask for directions to the others: there is never enough time in a day, let alone in a tour to visit everything. Irrelevant of the market, one thing that can be guaranteed is that there will be food. Your guides will introduce you to some Viennese guilty pleasures, sweet and savory, and life on the streets that no guide book would ever mention. Pausing to take in Wurstelstand life offers you the chance to taste Austrian’s favorite dish (hint: it’s not schnitzel), while grabbing a cheeky beer or spritzer (soft drinks are available) that will help you re-hydrate after the buzz of the markets. Along the way you will sink into the famed Viennese coffee culture. Coffeehouses have played a very important role in shaping the culture of the city over the centuries, with the first cup being brewed all the way back in 1683. The Austrian Inventory of Cultural Heritage describes the coffeehouses as places “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill".

Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

4. Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

Experience the centre of Vienna with a small group and participate in a tour with me, a certified Austrian Guide and enjoy your private guided walking tour, where you can see the most important places at the centre of Vienna. It doesn`t matter if you have little time to visit Vienna or you want to get interesting details from a local expert to explore the city on your own. We are walking together to see different historical sites and you will take a deep dive into the city`s past in an entertaining fashion. Experience imperial façades, horse-drawn carriages, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the imperial garden, the Vienna Opera House, the Spanish Riding School and St. Stephen’s Cathedral at the heart of the city and much more. Find out more about the lives of prominent personalities and Vienna’s rich history. Learn to recognise the influence of the Habsburgs in the form of splendid edifices and residences. You’ll take a deep dive into the city’s past in an entertaining fashion. Starting off at Maria Theresien Square. Maria Theresia was a strong female ruler in the 18th century and her monument is the most imposing of the Ringstraße. Discover the imperial palace (Hofburg), which was originally a fortress built in the thirteenth century and was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm. See one of the most famous and fascinating Opera houses in the world and pass by the Spanisch Riding School. End of the Tour will be at St. Stephans Cathedral, symbol of Vienna and the country of Austria.

Vienna: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

5. Vienna: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

Get to know the Austrian capital by playing an exciting scavenger hunt. Start at St. Stephen's Cathedral, get to know the famous shopping street "Graben" and discover the Votiv Church, the Vienna City Hall and the famous Burgtheater. The historic square Heldenplatz, the Vienna Hofburg and the square Michaelerplatz also await you during your scavenger hunt. Learn about the history of the city of Vienna, the coffee house culture and the famous Albertina. Let your day end with a piece of delicious Viennese Sacher cake and a cup of coffee. Here is how the city game of Vienna works: One box contains 16 sealed and numbered envelopes. These are small tasks that have to be solved. Guided by clear and unambiguous directions, you will walk through Vienna. Decipher the puzzles and let yourself be guided to the next sight of Vienna. Decide on your own when you want to start your scavenger hunt tour of Vienna and how long you want to stay at the different locations. Let yourself drift on a mysterious and extraordinary tour. You can take a break at any time or continue the tour on another day of your choice - whatever you like.

Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

6. Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

Enjoy a fun and informative walk through the highlights of Vienna's old town. Walk in the footsteps of Viennese history from the Middle Ages to the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Learn about the mystical architectural history of  St. Stephen's Cathedral and find out why the devil wanted to prevent the building's completion. Then step inside and discover this magnificent Gothic cathedral. Then continue to the Graben and see the historic baroque plague column. Stroll towards the Kohlmarkt until you reach the Michaelerplatz with the imperial façade of the Vienna Hofburg. Start at the stable castle and continue on to Josefsplatz which boasts great views of the imperial library. See the equestrian statue of Emperor Joseph II in the middle of the square. Pass through a gate and walk further into a small courtyard overlooking the choir of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle. Arrive at the Schweizerhof of the Vienna Hofburg. Head through the Swiss Gate, an important Renaissance work of art, and reach the inner square of the castle. Marvel at the monument Emperor Franz II./I. where your historic city tour will end.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

7. Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

8. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Learn about Vienna's fascinating history as well as some of its most famous people on a private walking tour. Begin by tracing the city's historical roots, from the Celts and Romans to its modern-day inhabitants. Visit some of the most important locations of the city including St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Heldenplatz, Hofburg Imperial Palace, The Graben and Plague Column, the Jewish Square, Burggarten, and Volksgarten. Hear about the life of the various members of the Habsburg family who were once one of the most distinguished royal houses of Europe. Learn more about famous composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as the proud tradition of classical music in the city.

Vienna: City Center Guided Walking Tour

9. Vienna: City Center Guided Walking Tour

Discover Vienna on a small-group city center walking tour with a local Austrian guide. View some of the city's highlights while gaining an insight into its history. Meet your guide on Maria-Theresien Platz, and then walk along the famous Ring Road surrounding the historical city center. Stroll through the beautiful rose garden of the Volksgarten, and continue to Heroes Square. Admire the imperial residence of Hofburg Palace, where the Habsburg family ruled. Hear stories about the Habsburgs and admire the emperor's private garden and former butterfly house at the Burggarten. Continue to the Augustinerkirche, where many imperial weddings took place and Napoleon married Princess Marie Louise. Discover the home of the legendary Lipizzaner horses at the famous Spanish Riding School. Admire the Vienna State Opera House and Lobkowitz Palace, where Beethoven first conducted his "Eroica" symphony. See the city's sweet side and pass some legendary coffee houses, such as Hotel Sacher where the famous sacher torte is still served. Continue to the elegant shopping street of Graben and end next to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna: Full-Day Private Tour

10. Vienna: Full-Day Private Tour

Start this comprehensive tour of Vienna with a 4-hour drive by chauffeur driven vehicle around the city's most beautiful monuments and along the Ringstraße. We provide a last-model van or limousine. Marvel at the impressive buildings constructed under Emperor Franz Josef, such as the State Opera House, Museum of Fine Art, City Hall, and Vienna University. Go to the Museumsquartier to discover Vienna’s thriving cultural scene. Next, drive across historic Prater Park and get views of modern Vienna north of the River Danube. En route to Schönbrunn Palace and gardens, pass St. Charles Church and the lively Naschmarkt. You are free to stop and explore whenever you wish. Visit the Imperial Apartments at Schönbrunn Palace and learn about life in the Viennese Court. Or visit a gallery at Upper Belvedere Palace to see the largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Pause for lunch at one of Vienna’s best restaurants. Lunch is not included, but advanced reservations can be made. The afternoon is dedicated to a 2-hour walking tour of Vienna's Old Town. Stroll past the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral and down narrow streets to hidden courtyards. Discover where Mozart wrote 'The Marriage of Figaro', and pop inside Meinl am Graben, a fabled gourmet food shop on Der Graben. Admire the courtyards of the Hofburg Palace and the Spanish Riding School, with its stables of Lipizzan horses. End at the State Opera House, Hotel Sacher and Vienna’s Monument against War and Fascism. 

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What people are saying about Graben, Vienna

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based on 427 reviews

We signed up for the foodie tour while in Vienna, and our guide was Maria, Who was excellent. We got to experience the local markets and culture of Vienna, taking the subway and the tram to different districts that we likely wouldn’t have gotten a chance to see on our own. We got to really understand the importance of local street vendors to different districts. We also got to go to the Christmas market which was lovely. What a delicious and amazing tour and Maria was super informative and friendly. Would highly recommend!

Our guide was wonderful. The tour was suppose to end at 2:00. He left us at 3:45. We had an excellent time. The people that we met were so very nice. The only part that wasn’t too popular was the horse meatloaf, but the rest was excellent and plentiful.

Excellent tour, fascinating history and very well hosted by Dace Schaerf who was very knowledgeable, entertaining and considerate. Highly recommended.

Urnella was very prompt and knowledable, always fed us and let us have intelligent fun

The guide was brilliant. Personal and profesional and knew Vienna very well