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Vienna City Walks

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Experience Vienna Up Close on a City Walk

So running through the city in a group wearing headphones is not your thing? But sometimes it would be nice to know what something means or what stories are hidden behind the house fronts! You can find St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg on your own, but aren’t the hidden alleyways the truly interesting part of a city? Then a Vienna city walk with a certified guide is the right choice for you.

View to St. Stephan's

View to St. Stephan’s

The Vienna City Walk Association offers between 4 and 6 different city walks every day. The meeting points can be found throughout the city and are always clearly described so you do not waste any time and can enjoy the tour that interests you.

The city walks cover a wide range of topics ensuring that there is always something interesting for first time visitors as well as for Vienna enthusiasts. Therefore, it is no surprise that on these walks you will often meet Viennese people who also want to know more about the city where they live.

How does it work?

Pawlatschenhof, green open courtyaurd

Pawlatschenhof, green open courtyaurd

No reservations are needed. As long as at least three people show up, the walks take place rain or shine and last for about 1 ½ to 2 hours. All the tourist guides wear clearly visible identification cards and yes, if you arrive at the meeting point on time, you will easily recognize them. The chances of a tour actually being cancelled are next to none since they are very popular. You can expect around 10 people on each walk, sometimes more, sometimes less.

Viennese City Walks for Beginners

If you are visiting Vienna for the first time, we recommend the “Vienna at First Glance” tour as it will give you a good overview of the city. The walk “Highlights of the Old City: Hofburg & St. Stephen’s” is already more specific.

The walk “Hidden Treasures around St. Stephen’s and Old University” also takes you to various courtyards, wonderful, green oases of peace in the middle of the first district, which you would never find alone. The view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral from the courtyard of the Teutonic Order is sensational.

Vermischte Warenhandlung

Vermischte Warenhandlung

Particularly appealing are the “Pawlatschenhöfe”. The term comes from the Czech language and means “open house entrance” and is used in Austria for the corridors of the courtyards through which one enters the apartments. In one of these Pawlatschenhöfe is the “Vermischte Warenhandlung” (the mixed goods store), an insider tip we have already mentioned.

In addition, during this walk you will also take a look into the Franziskaner Church and the Jesuit Church. They are both beautiful churches with special “3D paintings” by the Italian Andrea Pozzo.

Viennese City Walks on Special Topics

Church of the Jesuits

Church of the Jesuits

For those who want to learn even more, there are many special topics: e.g. Jewish Tradition in Vienna, Sigmund Freud, Third Man and something more daring: “Unknown Underground Vienna” or a review of the recent history “Vienna in War and Post-War Times”.

You will see, no matter how well you know Vienna, with each city walk you will get to know a new side of this amazing city and most importantly learn about the many stories it holds. The staff at the reception of the Schick Hotels Vienna will gladly help you find the right tour for you.

Schedule of the current Vienna City Walks
(A much larger selection of tours are available in German)
Cost: € 16 per person (€ 8 for children up to 14 years of age)

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