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St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

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Vienna: Ghosts and Legends Guided Nighttime Walking Tour

1. 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: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join an educational tour of Vienna's Old Town. See the most important landmarks and monuments and immerse yourself in the history of the Austrian capital. Discover the cultural heritage of the Hofburg Empire and fall in love with spectacular sights. Meet your guide and uncover the highlights and hidden gems of Vienna's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. View the monumental Hofburg Palace complex with gardens and numerous monuments. Head to City Hall, a monolithic Neo-Gothic municipal building built. Pass by the Burgtheater with its characteristic statues and staircases painted by Gustav Klimt.Tucked away among the elegant townhouses and shops, find the 18th century St Peter’s Church (Peterskirche). Stroll to a Stephansplatz to visit St Stephen’s Cathedral. Step inside to see stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures.  Pick to the 3-hour tour option to visit St. Peter’s Catholic Church, whose architecture mimics its famous namesake in Rome. Inside, be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of ornamental design with beautiful murals, paintings, and a domed roof with gilding.  Learn about its architectural and artistic qualities and discover its history dating back to the beginning of the city. In addition, during the extended route, see sights, such as the Column of The Trinity and the Vienna University. Choose the 4-hour tour option to also visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, housed in part of the Hofburg palace complex. Inside the museum, find secular and religious treasures like the Imperial Crown, the Holy Lance, and the Order of the Golden Fleece.  Select the 6-hour tour option for a full experience of Vienna's Old Town with a visit to the Hofburg Palace. Inside the former residence Habsburg emperors, explore the treasures of the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection.  Marvel at the ornate Rococo-style decor and antique furniture of the 24 private and official rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. View personal items of Sisi, the Empress, and a collection of silver, porcelain, and crystal tableware from Bohemia. 

Vienna: Guided Walking Tour of City Center Highlights

3. Vienna: Guided Walking Tour of City Center Highlights

Explore the center of Vienna on a guided walking tour. Uncover hidden gems and admire iconic sights like the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty and the Spanish Riding School where Lipizzaner horses are trained.  Discover Vienna's Old Town on this guided walking tour. Start near the Sacher Hotel and learn everything about the capital of Austria. Enjoy a 1.5 to 2-hour tour and admire the exterior of the Hofburg complex. Take a look at the magnificent buildings and the horses of the Spanish Riding School. Then, continue to Vienna's most famous coffee houses. Venture off the beaten path to the Blutgasse district and finish with a view of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

4. Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

This tour takes you to Vienna's most beautiful sights, from the city center to the Danube Canal. Stay on bike paths and less congested roads for the ideal experience of Austria's beautiful capital with plenty of chances to stop for photos along the way! Ride along the Ringstraße, passing the famous sights including the Staatsoper (State Opera), the Austrian Parliament Building, the Burgtheater, and the Rathaus (town hall), then continue into the first district, where St. Stephen's Cathedral rises impressively above Stephansplatz. Follows the Donau Canal past Urania and through the Stadtpark, over Karlsplatz with the magnificent Karlskirche, then return to the starting point.

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

5. 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.

Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

6. Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

Discover the hidden parts of the historical center of Vienna and learn more about the city’s courtyards and their legends. Listen to the many stories of Vienna as you stroll through narrow streets to lesser-known places in the city. Explore many famous highlights of Vienna that you will see during the tour. See Stephansplatz, Mozart’s final residence, Ballgasse, and the Franciscan Church and Monastery. Admire Palais Neupauer-Breuner and the Deutsche Haus, and stroll along Blutgasse and Domgasse. Learn more about St. Stephen’s Cathedral, traditional Viennese cuisine, and the house "Where the cow plays on the board" before exploring the old university district, the Jesuit Church, and the old city wall. This tour continues on from Part 1 provided by the same tour operator. However, it is not a problem if you have not taken part in the first tour beforehand.

Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Crimes Guided Walking Tour

7. Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Crimes Guided Walking Tour

Explore the dark side of Vienna and uncover the hidden histories lurking behind every corner. Hear the infamous legends from your professional guide as you pass historical monuments with eery secrets. Visit the Palais Bathory, home of the infamous Elizabeth Bathory. Learn about her many deeds and how she bathed in the blood of virgins, earning her the name the "Bloody Countess." Turn a corner and arrive at the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral, famous for its medieval crypts and tombs that hide a sinister past. Continue to the Himmelpfortgasse in the first district, known for its bloody history. Uncover the dark histories behind over ten locations in Vienna and hear the bloodcurdling crimes, many of which were committed by historical Viennese nobles.

Vienna: Secrets of the St. Stephan's Cathedral

8. Vienna: Secrets of the St. Stephan's Cathedral

The famous St. Stephan's Cathedral is a must-do for everyone who is in Vienna and it is probably the most iconic landmark in this beautiful city. But this means that everyone wants to visit the inside of the Church. This tour allows you to discover an alternative side to Vienna's most famous landmark. On this tour, you will visit the parts of the church, which are usually not accessible to the public. Meet your guide in front of the church and, after some general information about this incredible building, set out to discover the secret parts of the building. Find out some secret facts about the church itself and visit the catacombs before heading up to the attic — which is normally not publically accessible — and the unique rooftop. On the rooftop and inside the attic you will have the chance to take fantastic pictures in all directions, both from the inside and the outside. In addition, to get to the attic you will walk through a hidden tunnel and staircase. Of course, the guide will be by your side to show you the way and to tell you the best stories and myths about St. Stephans Cathedral.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

9. Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

Experience highlights of Vienna during a fantastic bike tour. Meet your local guide who will lead you safely around the city to show you the best parts of the city with plenty of chances to stop for fabulous souvenir photos. Explore the historic Old Town of Vienna and discover hidden gems. Forget about tourist crowds, tired feet, and traffic jams. Hop on the bike, follow the guide and explore the city ecologically. Start from the famous Anker Clock and admire historical buildings on the way to the gorgeous St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further see St. Peter's Catholic Church and Column of Trinity. Find the University of Vienna and impressive Rathaus! Marvel at this masterpiece as well as the Austrian Parliament Building. See the fantastic Hofburg Imperial Palace, known also as a Castle. Pass all Imperial complex and look at Albertina! This fantastic building has a recognizable statue with a horse on top of it. Don’t miss the Vienna State Opera and its amazing decorations outside. Enjoy all this route in 2-hours accompanied with a live commentary provided by a local expert guide and drive back. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, there is Karlskirche which for sure delights you in its architecture. Drive through alleys to see the magnificent Belvedere Palace! Besides fantastic buildings, fountains, and statues, it also has a picturesque park with joyful nature. On the way back move along the water canal and see the beautiful statue of legendary musician - Johann Strauss. Prepare yourself for 6-hours of city exploration with Top1 Attraction - Schonbrunn Palace! This magnificent residence with its complex of gardens is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn unique synthesis of Baroque art with joyful nature, so enjoy staying around.

Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,136 reviews

The guide was wonderful, with a lot of knowledge and nice stories. The group was small and we covered a lot of sites. We very much recommend this tour as it not long and gives you a way to explore the city with a fine taste of history.

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

It was so lovely to be able to learn about the city at our own pace. GREAT idea!

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

Fantastic Really knowledgeable guide Thanks so much