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To discover Vienna's wealth of history, all you need to do is set foot beyond your hotel. From its baroque palaces and vibrant art nouveau architecture to the scars left by World War II, the city’s rich and complex past is present at every turn. To learn more about Vienna’s unique heritage, here are your options for illuminating history tours.
 
Vienna’s Palaces and Churches
Distinctive for its baroque palaces, soaring churches, and other highly ornamental structures, elegant Vienna has the looks to match its history. Discover one of its most in-demand attractions when you tour the colossal, UNESCO-listed Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn), which once housed Habsburg emperors. With more than 1,400 rooms—plus companion gardens—the landmark is best explored over a period of several hours, if not more. Other itineraries will introduce you to the Hofburg Palace and the Belvedere complex (which actually comprises two separate palaces). Beyond the royal highlights, set off on a walking or cycling tour to see St. Stephen’s Basilica (Stephansdom) and other centrally located landmarks.
 
Artistic Vienna
Vienna is a haven for culture vultures and art lovers. One key creative destination is the sumptuous Vienna Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien), where works by artists such as Cellini and Bruegel are on display; go on a guided tour to discover the collection highlights. If your sensibilities are more modern, venture to the Museum of Applied Arts (Museum für angewandte Kunst) to learn more about the Vienna Secession art movement, made famous by Gustav Klimt. Couple your museum explorations with a walking tour of the city’s art nouveau architecture.
 
World War II and Jewish-History Tours
World War II took a heavy toll on Vienna, and its legacy can still be witnessed across the city. History-themed walking tours discuss Adolf Hitler’s early life in the city and visit monuments to wartime victims, while Jewish-history tours explore the city’s Jewish Textile Quarter and the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. For an especially poignant and sobering experience, pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust during a full-day trip to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.
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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Your guide leads the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the villages of Spitz and Melk.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Perfect Excusion into the Austrian Countryside

This was one of my favorite tours of all time. Small group of 6 with a great guide. It gave us to get to know each other and bond over good wine and food. The guide was charming and knowledgeable. A must if you only have 1 day outside of Vienne.

Trek750552, Oct 2019

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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys, and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a boat ride (summer only) to Melk along the Danube where you visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant (winter only). Your excursion concludes with transportation back to Vienna.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour

Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour

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Explore the magnificent city of Vienna on this city tour by coach, including admission into the Schönbrunn Palace without waiting time. Pass major attractions like the Hofburg Palace, City Hall, and the Vienna State Opera as you drive along the famed Ringstrasse. Afterward, explore the lavish summer home of the Habsburg monarchs, the Schönbrunn Palace. Skip the line at the entrance and learn the rich stories of its residents as you stroll from room to room.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna with Accommodation Pick-Up

Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna with Accommodation Pick-Up

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Experience Austria’s top UNESCO-listed highlights—Salzburg, the Wachau Valley, and the Salzkammergut—in one day on a trip from Vienna. Admire the wine country of Wachau and Salzkammergut’s mountains and lakes before arriving in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace and the setting for ‘The Sound of Music.’ Tour Salzburg's must-sees, including Mozart's House and the Mirabell Gardens, and then stroll and relax independently. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 12 hours
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Budapest Full-Day Trip From Vienna with Accommodation Pick Up

Budapest Full-Day Trip From Vienna with Accommodation Pick Up

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Get a taste of Hungary while you're in Vienna on a full-day trip to Budapest. Journey through scenic countryside to Hungary’s imperious capital, set on the River Danube, and view its must-see monuments and UNESCO-listed sights, including the Chain Bridge, Parliament, and medieval Buda district. Finish with free time to shop, stroll and have lunch (own expense). Live commentary aboard your air-conditioned transport, plus hotel pickup and drop-off in Vienna included.
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  • 12 hours
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Mauthausen Concentration Camp Day Trip from Vienna

Mauthausen Concentration Camp Day Trip from Vienna

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Experience a poignant piece of World War II history with a day trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp from Vienna. The former camp provides a look at the horrors perpetuated by Hitler during the war. An audio guide will provide historical background on each site as you go. Round-trip transport from Vienna is included in the tour.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Historical Hitler Walking Tour of Vienna

Historical Hitler Walking Tour of Vienna

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Discover the streets on which a young Hitler walked during this walking tour of historic Vienna. As you explore Vienna’s ornate Old Town, learn about Adolf Hitler’s early life and visit Jewish architecture that survived the Holocaust. See the devastation caused by more than 100,000 WWII bombs and pay your respects to monuments dedicated to lives lost.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna to Hallstatt

Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna to Hallstatt

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Discover Hallstatt and its surrounding attractions on a full-day small-group tour from Vienna. Travel by private transportation and discover more points of interest in less time. Listen as your guide narrates the sights and make stops at filming locations for 'The Sound of Music' and more.  Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hallstatt followed by free time to explore independently, before your comfortable return journey.
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  • 12 hours
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Vienna City Segway Day Tour

Vienna City Segway Day Tour

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Glide through the streets of Vienna on a 3-hour Segway tour of the city. Led by a local guide, cruise around the famous Ringstrasse and spot top attractions. See the Rathaus building, the opulent Hofburg Palace and explore the Austrian capital’s scenic parks. As you go, learn about Vienna’s rich history and the stories behind each architectural gem. Enjoy your choice of a morning, afternoon or evening tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$93.89
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Salzburg and Lake Region Small-Group Day-Trip from Vienna

Salzburg and Lake Region Small-Group Day-Trip from Vienna

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Explore Salzburg on this small-group day trip departing from Vienna. Led by an expert guide, relive your favorite scenes from ‘The Sound of Music’ as you pass iconic locations featured in the film. Discover the best of the lake region of Salzkammergut on a back-roads tour stopping at gorgeous Lake Attersee and St. Gilgen village. See Salzburg’s key sights, including Mirabell Palace and Mozart’s Birthplace on a walking tour of the Old Town. Learn about the city’s rich history from your guide and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring independently.
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  • 12 hours
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$241.36
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Skip the Line: Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour in Vienna

Skip the Line: Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour in Vienna

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The magnificent Schonbrunn Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vienna’s most visited attraction, and pre-booking skip-the-line entrance ensures you don’t waste time waiting in line. Follow in the footsteps of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth on a guided tour through the palace and gardens, then enjoy free time to explore independently.
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  • 2 hours
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$45.53
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Introducing Vienna Walking Tour: The Capital of the Habsburgs

Introducing Vienna Walking Tour: The Capital of the Habsburgs

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Get an insider’s look at Vienna’s thriving neighborhoods, historic landmarks and culture on a small-group tour with an experienced guide. Hear stories about life in the city as you follow your guide to hidden alleyways, elegant boulevards and the city’s most iconic monuments. Learn about the royal Habsburg dynasty and the legends of Hero Square then visit the sites of fierce battles in the Second World War. Enjoy the personal experience of a small-group tour, and discover the best places to eat, drink and live like a local.
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  • 2 hours
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Prague Small-Group Trip from Vienna with Accommodation Pick-Up

Prague Small-Group Trip from Vienna with Accommodation Pick-Up

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Take advantage of Vienna’s close proximity to Prague, the Gothic capital of the Czech Republic, on this full-day excursion from Vienna. Following a scenic drive through the mountains of Bohemia, embark on a guided tour that showcases top attractions such as Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, and Prague Old Town Square. Enjoy time at leisure to shop and explore according to recommendations from your guide, and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in Vienna.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Tour: Vienna City Highlights Tour

Private Tour: Vienna City Highlights Tour

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Explore the vibrant city of Vienna on a private tour. Led by an expert guide, travel along the famous Ringstrasse to see the Vienna Rathaus and other top attractions while learning the rich history behind the Austrian capital from your private guide. Pass the multi-hued Hundertwasserhaus and the opulent grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace. Choose from three tour lengths with the full-day tour exploring the wine town of Grinzig and to Belvedere Palace.
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  • 8 hours
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$237.70
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Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna to Salzburg

Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna to Salzburg

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This well-planned day-tour to Salzburg enables you to maximize your time in Austria without feeling rushed. Comfortable transportation collects you from your Vienna hotel before heading to Mozart’s hometown. In addition to an organized tour with a private guide, you also enjoy free time to explore Salzburg at your own pace. After visiting Salzburg Cathedral, filming locations for 'The Sound of Music, 'and more, transit returns you to Vienna.
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  • 12 hours
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SEGWAY City Tour Vienna

SEGWAY City Tour Vienna

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See the many landmarks of Vienna with ease on a 3-hour Segway tour. Your easy-to-ride mode of transport allows you to see Musikverein, Karlskirche, and much more without breaking a sweat. The comprehensive route is perfect for visitors who want to orient themselves to the Austrian capital for future exploring. As you cruise along, enjoy live commentary on the city’s history and many attractions.
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  • 3 hours
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$93.89
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Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

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Go deep into Vienna’s rich history on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour with an expert guide. Start your tour in the former seat of the Habsburg Empire, and hear about the city’s kings, queens and revolutionaries. Spot architectural and historic landmarks as you explore a pair of vibrant shopping districts. Learn about Habsburg religion and ritual at a trio of extraordinary churches, and see traces left by waves of invading forces from Ottomans to Nazis. Take in Vienna’s highlights and enjoy unique historic insights on the capital city.
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  • 3 hours
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$92.02
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Vienna Secrets Walking Tour to Backyards and Mysterious Locations

Vienna Secrets Walking Tour to Backyards and Mysterious Locations

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Discover a different side of Vienna on this Vienna Secrets Walking Tour. Don't worry about navigating, as a guide leads the way.  Access hard-to-find secret places that you wouldn’t be able to find without your guide. Pass famous landmarks such as Neupauer-Breuner Palace, and the Franciscan Church, on the way to all the hidden attractions.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Schönbrunn Palace Half-Day Tour with a Historian Guide

Small-Group Schönbrunn Palace Half-Day Tour with a Historian Guide

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Go beyond what meets the eye on this 3-hour tour of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, led by a historian guide. Together with your small group limited to six people, you'll explore around 40 of the palace’s most extravagant rooms. Gain a better understanding of the significance of the palace as your guide walks you through its history, and learn about royals such as Franz Joseph who have called it home. Plus, visit the room where Mozart once performed, and see a secretaire previously owned by Marie Antoinette.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$92.02
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Belvedere Palace 2.5-Hour Small-Group History Tour in Vienna

Belvedere Palace 2.5-Hour Small-Group History Tour in Vienna

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Discover Vienna’s most important art and architecture with a 3-hour, small-group tour of The Belvedere’s palaces, grounds and museum. Hear stories about Austria’s princes and princesses as you explore tiered fountains and statue gardens. Learn about the design and décor of Upper and Lower Belvedere palaces, from the exquisite Marble Gallery to the over-the-top Gold Cabinet. Visit the highlights of the art museum, where iconic works by Monet, Rodin and Van Gogh are displayed alongside the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$92.02
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Vienna Walking Tour of Jewish Vienna

Vienna Walking Tour of Jewish Vienna

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Discover Vienna’s Jewish heritage and history on this 2-hour walking tour. Led by a local guide, explore the Jewish Textile Quarter and see the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. Pay tribute to the World War II memorial in the central square of Morzinplatz and hear the stories behind the city’s Jewish community.
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  • 2 hours
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$26.98
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Vienna City Center Tour: Medieval Legends Game

Vienna City Center Tour: Medieval Legends Game

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Skip the run-of-the-mill sightseeing tours and explore Vienna in an entirely different way. Using your smartphone, follow clues and solve riddles to discover the secrets of Vienna's taverns and narrow medieval streets and traces of one of the biggest tragedies in the city’s history: the plague.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$17.82
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Bratislava From Vienna By Bus With Lunch

Bratislava From Vienna By Bus With Lunch

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Extend your knowledge of the Austro-Hungarian empire and take a day trip from Vienna to Bratislava. Meet your guide in the city center and embark on a tour of the historic city center to see landmarks such as St. Martin’s Cathedral and Martin’s Gate. Your package is inclusive of a delicious 2-course Slovakian lunch and return bus tickets from Vienna to Bratislava.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$51.81
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Private Day Trip to Salzburg from Vienna

Private Day Trip to Salzburg from Vienna

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Explore picturesque Salzburg and the idyllic Austrian Lake District on this private full-day tour from Vienna. Visit film locations from iconic musical ‘The Sound of Music’; see Mozart's birthplace and spot landmarks like the Mirabell Palace, St Peter’s Abbey and the Archbishop’s Palace. Then, enjoy free time to explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town, visit the Hohensalzburg fortress and Mozart museum, or hit the shops, before heading back to Vienna.
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  • 12 hours
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$738.25
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