Vienna Nature & adventure

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Vienna: Skip-the-line Tickets for Schönbrunn Zoo

1. Vienna: Skip-the-line Tickets for Schönbrunn Zoo

Visit Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world and Europe’s best zoo five times in a row. Part of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site with the imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn Palace at its center, experience the zoo’s unique blend of culture and nature, promotion of conservation and biodiversity, and imperial charm. 700 Species: From Anteaters to Zebras See 700 species from all over the world, some of which are critically endangered. Explore a 17-hectare site and find giraffes, orangutans swinging from ropes, Siberian tigers dozing on their platforms, koalas munching through piles of eucalyptus leaves, African elephants wallowing in their mud baths, and meerkats rolling around and digging in the sand. Star Attraction: Giant Pandas Get to know the zoo’s most popular residents, the giant pandas. Learn about how Schönbrunn is only one of a handful of zoos worldwide entrusted with a pair of pandas by the People’s Republic of China. Understand the ways that the zoo is unique in helping this endangered species to breed naturally. World Tour of the Animal Houses Take refuge from any poor weather in the numerous animal houses. Lose yourself in the two-story rainforest house, which is home to a rich variety of tropical flora and fauna. Lock eyes with shimmering fish and fascinating reptiles in the aquarium terrarium. See death’s head monkeys and red-ruffed lemurs. Get an underwater view of the seals and penguins in the Polarium. Watch polar bears diving below the at the neighboring Polardom. Find out interesting facts about rare breeds of farm animals at the Tirolerhof.

From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

2. From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

Discover the beauty of the Austrian Alps on this guided tour from Vienna to the Admont Abbey, the village of Hallstatt, and the town of Gmunden. See stunning frescos on the ceiling of the grand library at the Abbey and take a guided walking tour of Hallstatt. Depart Vienna and travel along a panoramic road through the heart of the Austrian Alps. Visit one of the oldest monasteries in Austria at Admont Abbey on the banks of the Enns River, and marvel at the Baroque architecture of the building which is famous for its vast monastic library. Take a guided walk through the village of Hallstatt and learn about its remarkable history. Explore the culture of the region as you admire stunning views of mountains rising from narrow valleys. Continue to the town of Gmunden which is popular as a health resort. Get a stunning view of the 11th-century castle of Schloss Ort in the middle of Traunsee lake. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the town that has been known for its traditional crafts since the 17th century. Purchase souvenirs before the drive back to Vienna.

Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

3. Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

See the sights of Salzburg on a full-day tour from Vienna, with optional drop off for those who want to stay the night. Traveling in small groups of no more than 8 people, the intimate tour will take you through the breathtaking scenery of the Vienna Woods, with the peaks of the Alps in the distance, and on to the stunning Austrian lake district. Stop by picture-postcard Lake Attersee and visit the charming alpine village of St. Gilgen at lake Wolfgangsee, a famous location in the hit movie "The Sound of Music." Upon arrival in Salzburg, discover Salzburg's UNESCO-listed Old Town with your guide on a leisurely walking tour. Hear intriguing stories about the city's famous inhabitants as you pass Mozart's birthplace, the colorful gardens of Mirabell Palace, the cemetery of the Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Spend the afternoon in Salzburg with plenty of free time to purchase lunch and wander Mozart town on your own before making the journey back to Vienna with your driver.

Vienna: Tickets for Kunst Haus Wien: Museum Hundertwasser

4. Vienna: Tickets for Kunst Haus Wien: Museum Hundertwasser

Visit the Kunsthaus Wien and explore the Museum Hundertwasser. Choose between a ticket for the permanent exhibitions, the temporary exhibitions, or a discount combo ticket for both. At the Museum Hundertwasser, learn about the famous artist who shaped the philosophy and artistic principles of the museum, and who designed the building's architectural remodeling. Learn about Hundertwasser’s commitment to building and living in harmony with nature. The tour spans from the artist’s early picturesque visions up to practical implementations such as building models and the museum itself.

Vienna: Secrets of the Fiaker & Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

5. Vienna: Secrets of the Fiaker & Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Peek into the unknown world of Fiakerei (horse-drawn carriage driving). Who are the Fiakers? Where did they come from? And most importantly, where are they going in the evening after work? Get to the bottom of these secrets, and many more, by visiting the original Viennese Fiaker horse stable. For the first time, you'll have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the traditional two teams of "Lohnkutchen" (the original horse-drawn taxi!) Explore the unique Fiaker Horse Center in Vienna's 11th district of Simmering. An exclusive barn tour will give you insight into what's going on in a traditional Viennese Fiaker family business. Then, take a ride in an original Viennese Fiaker - the ubiquitous passenger transport of the 18th century - back to the city before the work of the Fiaker starts. During the carriage ride, you'll pass through the up-and-coming St. Marx district, heading to the city centre via the famous Ringstraße. You'll be dropped off at Michaelerplatz in the city center, a perfect place to continue your exploration of all of Vienna's top sites.

Salzburg and Alpine Lakes Full-Day Trip from Vienna

6. Salzburg and Alpine Lakes Full-Day Trip from Vienna

This tour from Vienna to Salzburg and the surrounding lake district is a wonderful opportunity to dive into the world of classical music and see some of the jewels of the world’s natural heritage.  Salzburg is a beautiful city on the banks of the River Salzach, and is also the world capital of classical music, being the home town of both Mozart and Karajan. Walk through the Mirabell Gardens and see the very house where Mozart was born, as well as the cathedral and St. Peter’s Abbey, one of the oldest abbeys in Europe. During your free time you may choose to take the funicular up to the fortress of Hohensalzburg to see marvelous panoramic views over the city. Anyone who has ever watched the "Sound of Music" will be thrilled at seeing some of the film locations.  After embracing the cultural side of Salzburg, you will explore the natural beauty of the Salzkammergut lake region. What could be more magnificent than the reflection of the mighty Alpine mountains in the crystal clear water of the picturesque lakes? Prepare yourself for some unforgettable alpine landscapes, pure clear air and the sparkling blue water of the Mondsee lake.  These are not the only treasures that are waiting for you in the Salzkammergut. The last highlight of the tour will be small villages on the shores of the Attersee. The still waters of the mysterious lakes hide many legends and stories, which all contribute to the very special character of this tour.

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.

From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

8. From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

Start your trip in the idyllic scenery of the Austrian Alps. Visit the famous church of Mondsee, chosen by the director of The Sound of Music as an ideal location for Maria's wedding. On the way to Salzburg, take the chance to snap great pictures of the beautiful lakes and peaks. Enjoy the fresh air in the Hellbrunn Park, and see the famous Gazebo keeping the secret of Liesl's first kiss. See the Nonnberg nunnery, the oldest in Europe that became famous thanks to voice of Maria Kutschera, whose story served as inspiration for the Sound of Music movie. Take a stroll through the magnificent Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced around the Pegasus Fountain singing the song Do-re-mi. See the picturesque Hourse Pond shot in the film and Residence Square's famous Residence Fountain, the most famous fountain in the city, chosen for the I Have Confidence in Me song. Take pictures of the Summer Riding School where the von Trapp family took part in the world-famous Salzburg music festival, and enjoy the silence of the oldest cemetery in Austria at the Saint Peter's Monastery, where the von Trapp family found a secure hiding place before escaping to Italy.

Half-Day Kayaking Tour of Vienna

9. Half-Day Kayaking Tour of Vienna

Discover the most quaint part of Vienna, the Alte Donau; a lakeside village which was cut off from the main channel of the Danube in 1870. This is where nocturnal beavers now roam in a section of the river. See how Vienna maintains its long-established reputation as a center for diplomacy, politics, and international relations as you paddle past the United Nations, along with several of the city’s other most important contemporary buildings. This view of the city is later contrasted with the cute lakeside huts which adorn the water’s edge to give vibrant bursts of color to the lakeshore. You will most likely be sharing the water with local rowers, the odd fisherman, and plenty of swans and ducks along the way. The Alte Donau is a watery oasis in the middle of the city, perfectly designed for further investigation via kayak. If it's hot, you can also take a break for a swim in the clean lake waters while making new friends, getting some sunshine, and being active. You'll also get loads of tips from the guide if you want to keep investigating ‘new’ Vienna for a bit longer. You could grab lunch or a cocktail at Vienna’s self-styled ‘Copa Beach’, swim off one of the island’s riverside pontoons, visit the Danube Tower with its 360° views over Vienna’s skyline, or explore the charming Danube Park, all within walking distance from the end point.

Vienna: Go Green Eco Tour by Electric Mountain Bike

10. Vienna: Go Green Eco Tour by Electric Mountain Bike

Give the museums and imperial palaces of Vienna a miss for the day and venture outside the city center by mountain bike. Discover the spectacular green landscapes that lie directly on the doorstep of the city and ride along the banks of the Danube Canal. Cycle to the wine village of Nussdorf, and then ascend the highest hill in Vienna as you make your way up the Kahlenberg with ease on your comfortable e-bike with extra thick tires. Pedal through the beautiful vineyards and get the most spectacular view of Vienna from the top. Then, cycle through the woods on the downhill ride to reach the banks of the majestic River Danube and Danube Island. Enjoy a traditional snack of bratwurst and a radler (lager shandy) before riding through Prater park.

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4.7 / 5

based on 891 reviews

Little bit of a trek from Simmering station through a less salubrious area of Vienna (thought we'd got lost) but thankfully Google maps directed us to find the stables. Our host was very knowledgeable and talked through the bloodlines of the horses, the regulation surrounding the carriages horses and the horses welfare. We then had a lovely long carriage ride into the city. we didn't see many of the sights and the carriage driver didn't explain/talk through the journey.

So many breath taking animals, in their natural habitat. They seem vital. I recommend spending at least 4-5 hours, not less.

Beautiful, amazing trip. Guide was absolutely lovely. Highly recommend 5*

We are very much satisfied. Sofia is an excellent tour guide

Great all day adventure! Sophie was a great guide!