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Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

1. 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.

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Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Day Admission Ticket

2. Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Day Admission Ticket

Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum was built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the imperial collections. See works from ancient Egypt and classical antiquity and through the late 18th century. In the Picture Gallery admire masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Vermeer, Velázquez, Titian and Durer. At the Kunstkammer see works by goldsmiths such as Benvenuto Cellini. The collection includes sculptural masterpieces and filigree works in ivory by top artists of the day. Marvel at the magnificent building itself, with its imposing staircase that features a series of paintings on which Gustav Klimt collaborated.

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Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

3. Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

Begin your tour by meeting your private guide right outside where you're staying. Start exploring Vienna's old town and collect local tips as you go. Dive into Vienna's history and get acquainted with the must-see sights. Stroll down Ringstrasse and admire the opulence of the State Opera and the Hofburg Palace. Gaze up at the impressive spire and dazzling rooftop of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Learn more about the Austrian's capital's culture and its global influence. Pass by its famous coffee houses. See where famous historical figures lived, from the Habsburgs to Mozart.

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Combo Ticket: Kunsthistorisches Museum & Imperial Treasury

4. Combo Ticket: Kunsthistorisches Museum & Imperial Treasury

Visit the magnificent Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and see imperial masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Velázquez, Titian and Durer. Your ticket also allows access to the treasures of the House of Habsburg in the Imperial Treasury. See the Austrian imperial crown, magnificent German imperial crown, and the insignia of the Holy Roman Empire. Be dazzled by sparkling jewels and the largest cut emerald in the world.

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Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass for up to 7 Attractions

5. Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass for up to 7 Attractions

With Go City, you have the freedom to choose up to 7 of Vienna's top attractions in one convenient pass. With over 40 hand-picked activities and tours to choose from, you'll be spoiled for choice. By foot, by scooter, by bus, or by boat, you have so much to see, and plenty of time to see it. Visualize the lavish lives of Austrian royals at Schönbrunn, Esterhazy Palace, or Forchtenstein Castle. Admire the elegant architecture and the enchanting histories of each. Enjoy a day at Schönbrunn Zoo, Wipeout Adventure Park, or Madame Tussauds. There's fun for kids and adults alike with indoor bouldering or trampolining, an escape game, laser tag, or at the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel. Trace the paths of Freud or Empress Sisi, or explore some ancient, secret passages. Indulge in locally crafted chocolates, wines, or beers, and see the masters at work. Try something new at a waltz lesson, a quiz rally, or a city-wide treasure hunt. Explore the renowned MAK Vienna or Albertina. Compare a tour of modern street art. Experience excitement and relaxation, hotspots and best-kept secrets, and so much more all with one pass.

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Museum of Art History & Leopold Museum Combination Ticket

6. Museum of Art History & Leopold Museum Combination Ticket

Visit two of Austria’s most important museums with this combo ticket. Explore over 2,000 years of art at an unbeatable price. Discover the superb masterpieces by Ruben, Rembrandt, Raffael, Velázques, Tizian, and Dürer at the magnificent Museum of Art History.  The Leopold Museum houses the world’s largest Schiele collection as well as fascinating works by Gustav Klimt. You can also admire paintings, graphics, and objects from the 19th and 20th centuries. See the precious handicrafts and original pieces of furniture of the Art Nouveau period and the Vienna Workshops.

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Vienna: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Take a walk through the historical center of Vienna on a private 3-hour tour, and see all the main monuments while you hear the history of the city. Following a pick-up from your hotel (or other location on arrangement), stroll - or use the public transport system - to the Hofburg Palace, the imperial residence of the Habsburg Empire. Discover the city’s grand squares and courtyards of the Old Town. Stroll down the famous Graben, and admire the façades of handsome buildings and monuments such as the Pestsäule, built by Emperor Leopold I following the Great Plague of Vienna. Walk down the elegant Kohlmarkt, and look in the windows of fashionable boutiques. Pass the legendary Demel pastry shop, and stop outside St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Next, see the splendid buildings of the Ringstraße, including the Austrian Parliament, Imperial Court Theater, City Hall, University, and Vienna State Opera House. See the Museum of Art History and Museum of Natural History. Continue to the Belvedere Palace to see the baroque summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Get a beautiful view over the city from the park. 

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Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum Highlight Tour

8. Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum Highlight Tour

Vienna’s world-famous Kunsthistorisches Museum is an architectural marvel and is a must-see for any art lover visiting Vienna. The museum developed from the art collections of the House of Habsburg and hosts a unique collection of some of the world’s most famous painters from Raphael and Rembrandt to Vermeer and Rubens and, of course, Peter Breughel the Elder. Skip-the-line and join no more than 15 guests on a guided 2 to 2.5 hour tour of two of the museum’s key exhibitions. From Peter Breughel’s “Tower of Babel” to Vermeer’s “The Art of Painting” you will become acquainted with the old masters at the museum’s picture gallery. You will also see some of the Museum’s rarest and oddest items at the Kunstkammer exhibit, like the golden “Saliera” by Celini and the “Madonna of Krumau”. After the tour you are free to stay at the museum to explore the remaining exhibits, including those covering ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian art. Highlights generally include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored, etc.): • Ruben’s “Assumption” • Caravaggio’s “Crowning with the Thorns” • Breughel’s “Tower of Babel” • Vermeer’s “The Art of Painting” • Albrecht Durer’s “Avarice” • Raphael’s “Madonna of the Meadow” • Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait”

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What people are saying about Kunsthistorisches Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 399 reviews

Splendor and splendor in the treasury ... diversity in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Both are definitely worth a visit, but you should choose key areas for the museum or use the card on several days. We recommend a coffee in the museum with a view of the staircase and the paintings. Fantastically beautiful.

The best trip for my first anneversary the museum is very very large i spent 4 hours inside i never felt the time progress regardless of cold weather in that day i enjoyed it

A week is not enough to go around and listen to everything with an audio guide. Awesome museum. Some of the best experiences in Vienna

Very informative and strongly recommended for non locals visiting vienna.

Very nice management, guidance and explanations were great