Stephansplatz

Stephansplatz: Our most recommended tours and activities

Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

1. 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: City Bike Tour

2. Vienna: City Bike Tour

Experience Vienna's lively streets and the riverbank of Danube by bike. See the major sights up close and hit the cycle path with your knowledgeable guide. Cycle down Ringstrasse to get a sense of the city's imperial history. Learn about the former center of the powerful Habsburg Empire through the impressive architecture of Vienna’s boulevards. Stop outside several historical sites to hear the stories behind them. Take unobstructed photos of the Opera House, City Hall, the House of Parliament, Hofburg Palace, and the colorful Hundertwasserhaus.

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

3. 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

4. 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: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

5. 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.

Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

6. 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: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

7. Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

With the use of an E-Bike you will be able to quickly shift from one Viennese highlight to the next. The tour starts at Karlsplatz and will then pass by Musikvereinshaus, the Opera Hall, Hotel Sacher and the Albertina. You will then go on from the Hofburg to Heldenplatz where you can catch the spirit of good old Vienna, complete with a view to the museums. Your path will then lead you to the Parliament House and Rathaus, before arriving at the Burgtheater and passing the Stock Exchange. The Stephansplatz must not be missed, and following its visit, you will travel onward to the city park on Schwarzenbergplatz to the Belvedere. Your tour will conclude by returning back to Karlsplatz. If you are in the mood to experience something else, you may inquire to rent your E-Bike for the whole day. Within 20 minutes you can reach the nearby recreation areas Donauinsel, Prater or the nearby vineyards around Vienna. At the conclusion of your day, you can drop off your E-Bike at Karlsplatz or to our Headquarters near Schönbrunn. If convenient we can also pick up your bike from your hotel.

Jewish Vienna: Inner City Walking Tour

8. Jewish Vienna: Inner City Walking Tour

We start at the City Temple ‘Stadttempel’, Vienna‘s main synagogue and the hotspot of Jewish life. The route takes us through the 1st district, the Innere Stadt, and through the centuries: from the first Jewish community in the times of the Middle Ages to the heyday of the early 20th century to the here and now. Continuing at Judenplatz „square of the Jews“, one of the most important sights to see and understand the Jewish history of Austria. Dive in deeper into the Jewish history, by visiting Graben, Kohlmarkt and finding out more about famous purveyors of the third Jewish Community. At „Hoher Markt“ you will learn about famous Jewish families such as the Arnsteins, Rothschilds, Ephrussies and many more. Discover things you would never see otherwise with our authentic and knowledgeable guides.

Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

9. 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: Christmas Markets Guided Walking Tour with Snacks

10. Vienna: Christmas Markets Guided Walking Tour with Snacks

Discover Vienna at Christmastime on a guided walking tour of the city. Visit 6 beautiful town squares and stop at 4 Christmas markets, enjoying some free time to wander around each one. Learn about the city's rich history and Viennese Christmas traditions from your guide. As you explore, keep your energy up and get festive with a delicious snack of roasted chestnuts, homemade Christmas cookies, and punch (with or without rum) provided by your guide. Begin your tour with a traditional Christmas market located in the heart of Vienna at the Stephansplatz. This lively market is set up around St. Stephen's Cathedral and provides an inviting atmosphere with stalls selling lebkuchen, punch, and much more. Next, head to the Old Viennese Christmas Market at the Freyung before making your way to Maria Theresien Square and next is the young and hip Christmas market located at the Museumsquartier. Known as Winter at MQ, this modern market includes live DJs and concerts on the weekend. Your final stop is the Spittelberg Christmas Market. This is where your tour comes to an end. Feel free to stay and soak up the festive atmosphere as you wander along the narrow streets lined with stalls selling food, drinks, artisan crafts, and more. 

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What people are saying about Stephansplatz

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,545 reviews

I had so much fun on this tour. Wolfy was a wonderful guide and took us to truly local spots that I would never have found on my own. We got a little bit of history at every stop, a surprise cultural experience and some fabulous food. If you’re coming to Vienna and you love food I highly recommend this tour.

Very knowledgeable guide and nice variety of authentic foods at various stops. Travel by public transportation to different parts of Vienna with good recommendations for further exploration.

Great on time. Got a lot of information and the horses made a well-groomed, relaxed impression. The coachman treated them affectionately.

Our city guide presented his extensive knowledge charmingly and with many anecdotes. The tour was very worthwhile.

Very informative and entertaining. Recommended at any time. We will be back