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Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

1. Vienna: 1.5-Hour Underground Walking Tour

Explore the mysterious underworld of Vienna on this exciting walking tour. Experience the diverse and eventful history of the city with a professional tour guide. You begin the tour at Michaelerplatz, where you can feel the city's 2,000 -year history. Building work exposed part of the old Roman city. A cellar from the 17th century and part of the old city wall can also be found here. Nearby you will find St. Michael’s Church, which has more than 4,000 people buried in its crypt. See the wonderfully preserved mummies of rich and notable figures. You will then be guided through a few more basements.

Vienna: Scavenger Hunt through the City Center

2. Vienna: Scavenger Hunt through the City Center

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.

Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

3. Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

Experience Vienna both past and present on this easy-going walk with a professionally qualified guide. Learn everything worth knowing about the old Capital of the Habsburg monarchs and of the Holy Roman Empire; wander through languorous alleyways and over stately boulevards, and marvel at the famous buildings and monuments. See the Michaelerplatz, a star-shaped Baroque plaza in the middle of the town, or the Hofburg Palace, which has been constantly added to, extended, and rebuilt over time. Stroll across the Josefplatz, and amble past the Albertina Art Museum, home to one of the most important print collections in the world. Take in the magnificent Vienna State Opera, see where 'Sisi's' diamond stars were produced, and admire the impressive St. Stephan's Cathedral.

Vienna: Spy Mission City Exploration Game

4. Vienna: Spy Mission City Exploration Game

Discover the city's fascinating history and attractions as you solve clues around Vienna. Explore this beautiful Austrian city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Vienna for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual ticket.

Vienna: Self-Guided Puzzle & Riddle Tour in the City Center

5. Vienna: Self-Guided Puzzle & Riddle Tour in the City Center

Explore historic places in the city center with a riddling story that takes you to top sights around Vienna. Immerse yourself in the interactive story and investigate a murder to help the local police. Have fun learning about Vienna with friends and family on this unique self-guided walking tour. See how reality and fiction have merged over the centuries to create legends about the city. Add a touch of magic by following Emma, the game’s heroine, on a quest to investigate a strange manuscript that tells of the dreaded double-headed Habsburg. Uncover the secret of this strange creature by searching for clues along the famous Ringstrasse, past historical buildings, and through the ancient streets. Solve the mystery of the double-headed Habsburg and find out how much magic the city truly holds. Put on your detective hat and experience a multimedia adventure in the heart of Vienna. Go at your own pace, in groups or solo, and see a new side of this historic city.

Vienna: Private Haunted Walking Tour

6. Vienna: Private Haunted Walking Tour

Hear the spine chilling tales surrounding the city of Vienna on this private walking tour. Discover the strange legends surrounding famous landmarks, buildings, and Vienna's citizens. Be greeted by your local guide in Helmut-Zilk square and start your walking tour. Explore the dark history behind top sights like the Hofburg imperial palace and the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral while they are lit up for the night.  Find out how Bloody Alley earned its name. Navigate through the stories and cobblestoned alleys of Vienna easily with a local guide. Uncover the secrets behind some top citizens of this city like the Blood Countess and the death of Mozart. Listen as your guide casts this city in a new light. Bring everyone in your family, drag your friends, or have an unforgettable date night. Finish your tour at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Choose a tour of Vienna with a duration of 1 to 4 hours and learn more about its history, architecture, culture, and people. Get to know Vienna from a different perspective and stroll through the narrow streets and magnificent boulevards to famous buildings and monuments with your certified tour guide. You can decide which of Vienna's highlights you want to see. For example, you can visit Michaelerplatz with its Roman and medieval excavations and see the interior of St. Michael’s Church. Admire the treasures of the Hofburg Palace and listen to true stories about Empress Sisi. Stroll across Heldenplatz and hear stories about the Austrian heroes. Listen to stories about Josef II at Josefsplatz and learn more about the National Library, the Spanish Riding School, the Augustinian Church, and the Habsburgs. Walk past the Albertina, home to the largest graphic collection in the world, and see the Monument Against War and Fascism. Find out why the architect of the State Opera committed suicide, where Sachertorte was invented, and which building previously stood on the grounds of Hotel Sacher. At Neuer Markt you can discover the strange Imperial Crypt burial rituals of the Habsburgs and learn where Mozart died. Hear about the importance of the house at Franziskanerplatz and explore Blutgasse to experience how the people of Vienna used to live and how they live today. Listen to the legends of St. Stephan, visit Figlmüller with the famous Wiener Schnitzel, and explore the old university district. Admire the magnificent Baroque church of the Jesuits, discover the city walks, and explore the Greek quarter. Discover Vienna’s oldest church, St. Rupert's Church, and immerse yourself in the eventful history of the Romans and Jews in Vienna. Hear anecdotes about King Richard the Lionheart as you walk past the beautiful Baroque Pestsäule on the Graben before reaching Kohlmarkt with the Demel pastry shop. You can then enjoy a stroll back to the starting point.

Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour

8. Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour

Learn all about one of the most beautiful cities in the world on this walking tour in Vienna. The tour starts with Roman Vienna and the question of why a castle was built here. Visit St. Michael's Church, Vienna's third oldest church with a combination of 3 different architectural styles. Learn all about the Hofburg Palace and the significance of the huge grounds covering 555,000 m². You will also discover details about the most important rulers in the city. Be impressed by the size of Heroes' Square and what lies behind the facades. Discover why any trip to Vienna should include a visit to the Imperial Treasury, what there is to see in the city, and things that you probably would have missed without your tour guide. As you walk past the Austrian National Library with its state room, you will find out what the symbol on the roof means and why the square is named after Emperor Joseph II. Visit the church where many Habsburg weddings took place (closed on Sundays and public holidays) and discover why the groom was not even present at some weddings. However, the city's history has also seen some dark times. As you walk past the Albertina and the Monument Against War and Fascism, you will be confronted with the horrors of the Second World War. You will also stop at the State Opera and find out why the Hotel Sacher now stands in place of the Carinthian Gate Theatre. You will be surprised about what anecdotes there are on the Providentia Fountain at Neuer Markt and on the Habsburg burial ritual in the Imperial Crypt. The walking tour ends at St. Stephen's Cathedral, the landmark of Vienna. Hear about its partial destruction during the Second World War and find out why not everything taught in school is correct.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Michaelerplatz Excavations

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 601 reviews

Lisa was incredibly knowledgeable about Vienna’s history, was an captivating story teller, and introduced us to parts of Vienna we hadn’t known! We go on ghost tours every where we go and between New Orleans, Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, and Dublin this was the best! Thank you Lisa and we’ll recommend you to all of our friends!

The tour went to the Hofburg and Heldenplatz, among other places. Really interesting for a first overview of the city and our guide was also a typical Viennese :) I recommend the tour to everyone especially for the first day.

Spontaneously decided to do a puzzle tour, it was very interesting - even for locals.

The tour was very good and fun. Definitely recommended.

Very interesting and a little scary in the crypts.