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Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets. Follow a licensed guide through lavish interiors, learn about the Habsburgs Royal Family, and explore the ornate palace gardens. Meet your guide in front of the palace and start with an informative introduction to the history of the royal compound. Receive a modern audio device so that you can always hear the tour’s live narration along the way. Benefit from priority entrance tickets and gain quick access inside the palace. Marvel at the grand entrance and begin your guided walk through 22 staterooms of the famous Austrian palace. Admire the 40-meter long Great Gallery and the Hall of Ceremonies and see how the Habsburg Dynasty lived as you stroll through lavish halls and peek into private chambers. Listen to entertaining stories about the former royals, which are infused typical Viennese humor by your local and friendly guide. Learn not only about the fascinating history of the royal family of Habsburgs and the famous Empress Sissi but also about how the palace has evolved in modern times and where the royal descendants now live. Following the tour, enjoy the opportunity to walk around the gardens at your own pace and catch a glimpse of the Gloriette, an arch on top of a hill overlooking Vienna’s forests.

Vienna: Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall

2. Vienna: Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall

Enjoy a superb concert of Mozart and Strauss classics at one of the city’s most venerable concert halls. During this entertaining and stylish evening, you will see a performance by the renowned Vienna Mozart Orchestra. Founded in 1986, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra is composed of frequent participants at the concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, as well as other prestigious Austrian ensembles. Beside its worldwide touring history, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra is well known for holding Mozart concerts in Vienna in period costumes, enriching the musical life of the city. Listen as 30 exceptional musicians, 2 internationally renowned soloists, and 2 opera singers from the Vienna State Opera and Vienna’s Volksoper, present a well balanced concert program in the style of the musical academies from the late 18th-Century. Directed by star conductors, the incomparable acoustics and impressive architecture of these beautiful Viennese concert halls make for an unforgettable evening.

From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

3. From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

After pickup from your centrally-located Vienna hotel, depart on a day trip to stunning region of Salzkammergut. Stop at Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch and to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water. On the way back you to Vienna, make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

4. Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

Enjoy the Ballet of the White Stallions at the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI. These performances are the result of years of training for the rider and their Lipizzans. The Spanish riding school is the only institution in the world which has practiced classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for more than 450 years. From the young, boisterous stallions to the fully trained School Stallions, they enchant the audience with their performance of breathtaking excercises such as caprioles, Levade and many more. The physique and grace of Lipizzans are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship. They are Europe's oldest horse breed. The exercise and preservation of the High School of Classical Horsemanship are some of the core tasks carried out by the Spanish Riding School which is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A particularly atmospheric lighting concept was developed by renowned multimedia artist André Heller for the performances in the most beautiful riding arena in the world. This atmosphere and the accompanying classical Viennese music make the wonderful presentation by the rider and their Lipizzans even more enjoyable. The 1.5-hour Gala Performance includes live moderation, the Standard Performance is 70 minutes long, and the Tribute to Vienna performance lasts for 2 hours.

Vienna: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert in Karlskirche

5. Vienna: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert in Karlskirche

Experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a masterpiece of classical music. Visit Vienna’s Karlskirche and listen to the concertos of a string quartet and basso continuo. The performance by Orchestra 1756, a classical period instrument ensemble, makes this concert extraordinary. Enjoy a journey through time with this evening concert and experience unforgettable moments with historical sounds. The Four Seasons includes four of twelve revolutionary violin concertos that interpret each season of the year. Four sonnets are the inspiration for this masterpiece that takes you into a world of sound, with thunder and lightning, cracking ice and birdsong, a sleeping shepherd boy, hunting parties, and many other places. Program: Le quattro stagioni – The Four Seasons Spring, Op. 8 Nr. 1 Summer, Op. 8 Nr. 2 Autumn, Op. 8 Nr. 3 Winter, Op. 8 Nr. 4 Works by W. A. Mozart, J. S. Bach, H. I. F Biber, and other major composers.

Classic Ensemble Vienna in St. Peter's Church

6. Classic Ensemble Vienna in St. Peter's Church

Experience St. Peter's Church, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Vienna. The church was built from 1701 to 1733 according to plans by Lukas von Hildebrand. Let the Classic Ensemble Vienna enchant you here with an evening of Classical music. Hear wonderful interpretations of works by famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many more. Hear "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," let the music lead you through "The Four Seasons" and follow musical stories by Mozart, Bach and Schubert. Enjoy these Classical works in the indescribably ambience of the underground vaults of St. Peter's Church in the heart of Vienna.

Vienna: 3.5-Hour Grand Danube River Cruise

7. Vienna: 3.5-Hour Grand Danube River Cruise

Experience Vienna on board the MS Wien and MS Vindobona ships. The MS Vindobona was lovingly designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and with its distinctive coloring is now one of the city’s attractions itself. Let the Viennese scenery pass by on the Great Danube Tour and enjoy “green Vienna” (route A) and “modern Vienna” (route B). This tour starts at the Vienna/City station at Schwedenplatz, passing the Urania observatory and continues through the ‘green heart’ of Vienna and the woods of the Prater area. Downstream from the Freudenau lock, the ship docks at the Marina Wien station. Following the shores of the Danube Island and past a grain silo that was converted into a hotel and a stadium, your tour continues to the Reichsbrücke station. From the Reichsbrücke or Marina Wien station onwards, see ‘modern Vienna’ with its Danube plateau skyline, Danube Tower, and Millenium Tower. Via the Nussdorf lock system, reach the Danube Canal, where you will experience ‘historic Vienna,’ as well as the interesting architecture of the The Hundertwasser District Heating Plant in Spittelau, the Roßau Barracks, Ringturm, the Urania observatory, and much more. The tour terminates in Vienna’s center at Schwedenplatz station.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

8. 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: 1-Hour Boat Tour on the Danube Canal

9. Vienna: 1-Hour Boat Tour on the Danube Canal

Embark on a boat trip along the Danube Canal through the historical and modern city of Vienna. Once known as the “Vienna Water,” the “Vienna Arm," and the “Little Danube," this route of today’s Danube Canal was the main arm of the Danube in the Middle Ages. On this tour, see important buildings including the Uniqa Tower, the Urania Observatory, hotels and commercial buildings by Jean Nouvel, and the Media Tower by Hans Hollein. Take a look at the Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner, the Ringturm, the Rossauer Barracks, and the waste incineration plant of Spttelau designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Below the lock, the boat turns around and heads back to the starting point. Let the new Vienna and its countless graffiti art pieces and trendy areas enchant you as they pass by.

Vienna: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

10. Vienna: City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

Enjoy riding through Vienna with an optional bottle of the finest sparkling wine. Discover the beautiful city whilst your driver recounts exciting and unknown stories of Vienna's history. The rebuilt electro-vintage car is comfortable and offers 5 seats. This is an enchanting experience for young and old people.  Pass by the most historic Viennese sights in the first district such as Am Hof, Imperial Palace Hofburg, Volksgarten, Burgtheater, Rathaus (City Hall), and part of the famous Ringstraße. Drinks are conveniently served directly inside of the car during your sightseeing tour.

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This is a great way to see the most famous Austrian Wine region! We met at the office in Vienna and then took a 1 hour train to Krems where we picked up our bikes. Then ride to the 1st winery, then ride to lunch in Durnstein (for an extra 13 euros) with some free time, then ride to the 2nd winery, then ride all the way back to Krems for the train back to Vienna. I would say it is a moderate level of biking. This is probably a normal bike ride for Europeans, but as an American who hasn't ridden a bike in years, I was sore the next day! Would highly recommend to anyone interested in white wines and experiencing the local scenery, just make sure you are physically up to the task.

Robert was an excellent guide and we really enjoyed his commentary at the various spots we visited around Vienna. He showed a lot of the highlights of the city and provided great background on those, but also included more unusual locations such as the graffiti walls along the (not-the-Danube) canal and the Gaudì-ish Hundertwasser Village. The bikes were in excellent condition, a basket was provided for me on request, the weather looked iffy so everyone was given a poncho (in the end it did not rain), and the three hour tour was the perfect amount of time. Highly recommend!

First tip: go to the cash desk at Michaelerplatz 1 an hour earlier to exchange the voucher. Then go out with the ticket and go to the entrance at JosefhPlatz 4 (the 2nd door on the right of the porch facing the horse stables). with the various daily programs.

The tour itself was great. The only challenge was that the guide was talking in 3 languages : German, Spanish and English. It was difficult to keep up. We understand though that there are still not enough tourists . I would recommend this tour regardless.

Me gustó mucho la variedad de objetos y joyas que hay en el museo. Muy bien ambientado.