Fill your holiday in a city as beautiful as Vienna with unforgettable moments: take part in tours and guided visits that take you deep into the Austrian capital in all its facets. Cultural itineraries, themed tours and guided museum visits are the most classic proposals, but the offer is really wide-ranging and also includes more original ideas.
Any ideas? Let yourself be captivated by the charms of the Danube on a romantic cruise or by the sumptuous atmosphere of a classical music concert in a castle or royal hall. Discover the most characteristic streets and corners of the city and at the same time improve your photography technique with a photo tour in the company of a professional photographer. Learn to recognise the wines of the Dachau Valley or do some healthy outdoor exercise along the cycling and hiking trails in and around Vienna.
A city as rich in history and yet as modern and dynamic as Vienna offers plenty of opportunities for knowledge, recreation and relaxation. Here is a selection of the best tours and activities in Vienna.
Celebrated in an immortal waltz by Johann Strauss, the beautiful blue Danube is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating features of Vienna. During your holiday, treat yourself to an exciting experience such as a river or canal cruise on the Danube, where you can admire the beauty of Vienna from an unusual perspective.
During the cruise time (an hour or more, depending on the cruise you choose), the symbols of imperial Vienna and the modern attractions of the trendy districts will unfold before your eyes. Some cruises also include an aperitif or dinner.
Classical music is one of Vienna’s identifiers: beloved city of Mozart and home of the most romantic waltzes in music history, the Austrian capital is the ideal place to enjoy a symphony concert or opera.
In exclusive locations such as castles and imperial palaces, concerts and performances are organised daily featuring the most famous pieces from Austria’s immense music repertoire played by prestigious orchestras or talented solo pianists. They are ideal for those new to cultured music as well as for enthusiasts of the genre.
Let yourself be transported by the notes of Mozart and Strauss, a traditional polka, famous arias, a melancholic requiem or an enthralling waltz in the magical atmosphere of 19th century Vienna. You will feel as if you have been invited to a court ball!
For a romantic evening, choose a dinner and concert package at Schönbrunn Palace: perfect for wedding proposals that are impossible to say no to, celebrations for anniversaries and special occasions, fairytale hours and daydreaming.
If you prefer a different kind of music, you can still do something traditional by attending a concert of Austrian folk music.
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is an elite classical dressage school and performance venue. Founded in 1572, it is the oldest of its kind in the world and the only institution in the world that has successfully preserved the centuries-old art of classical riding.
The school is renowned for its beautiful performances, in which Lipizzaner stallions engage in a series of classical dressage movements, known as ‘Airs Over Ground’.
The best way to get to know Vienna’s noble past in depth or to discover corners of the city little known to tourists is to take part in a guided tour: an experienced guide will accompany you around the streets and the most famous sights of the Austrian capital, telling you about its history and interesting facts.
You can choose between different possibilities depending on your interests and whether or not you want to walk. The most classic proposals are walking tours and hop on hop off sightseeing bus tours, but in a modern city like Vienna, you can also try out more exciting experiences such as Segway tours and bike tours.
Group tours are inexpensive and allow you to share the experience with other like-minded travellers in a friendly atmosphere. Private tours, on the other hand, are more expensive but let you decide the pace of the itinerary, agreeing on the programme with the guide and dedicating the number and duration of stops.
Vienna has several markets, but Naschmarkt is now an institution in the city. Stretching over more than 500 metres, the market hosts stalls selling meats, fruit and vegetables of all kinds, including the most exotic varieties, spices, wine and cheese. Vinegar and oil stalls offer some 20 varieties of products. Naschmarkt ends at the eastern end with stalls selling Indian clothing, jewellery and various objects.
A different way to appreciate the city is to climb the Danube Tower (Donauturm) to admire Vienna from above. Two super-fast lifts take you to the revolving platform with the panorama restaurant at a height of 252 metres in less than 35 seconds. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking 360° view of Vienna and its surroundings.
The Ringstrasse is Vienna’s elegant boulevard that circles the city centre: this circular boulevard is lined with must-see sights including the State Opera, the Hofburg, the Parliament and the City Hall. An original and convenient way to admire the buildings on this very special street is to ride the Vienna Ring Tram, which makes its round trip around the Ring with departures at 30-minute intervals from Schwedenplatz from 10 am to 5.30 pm. The carriages have 31 seats, each with headphones to listen to information in different languages.
The two-horse carriage, called fiacre, is as much a part of the Vienna skyline as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Giant Ferris Wheel. The French word fiacre refers to the station where hire carriages stopped on the Parisian street Rue de Saint Fiacre. In 1720, even in Vienna, the carriages, until then called Janschky-Wagen, were renamed to ‘Fiaker’. Fiakers were often original characters, known to everyone in the city, who also liked to perform as singers. Today, the fiacre stops can be found in the main squares of the old town, and a ride on these cute means of transport is a must for many tourists.
More than half of Vienna’s urban area is made up of green areas: as many as 280 imperial parks and gardens grace the face of the city and the city has a total of more than 2,000 green areas. In spring, as many as 400 species of roses bloom in the Volksgarten alone. A walk, hike or bike ride in one of these places can be an alternative way to spend a few hours.
The Romans were the first to appreciate Vienna’s beneficial sulphurous waters. In 1974, the city’s first thermal baths were established and today the Austrian capital’s thermal baths are the largest in the country. A day of relaxation in one of the 26 baths and 24 sauna and steam bath cabins, on one of the 2,500 loungers in the 6,000-square-metre wellness area, is definitely a good choice after visiting the city.
If you want to get out of Vienna for a day, you can choose other excursions besides cellar tours. There are numerous cycle touring opportunities, with half-day or full-day rides within everyone’s reach, as well as tours combining different means such as bus, boat and carriage.
A splendid one-day tour from Vienna to Bratislava allows you to combine a visit to two fascinating Central European capitals in a single day, with the outward journey by bus and the return journey by catamaran along the river.
The noble beauty of imperial Vienna and the eclecticism of modern Vienna deserve to be captured in quality images. By taking part in a photo tour, you can explore the Austrian capital in the company of a professional photographer and take home with you extraordinary photos that will make indelible memories of your holiday.
Photo tours are suitable both for those who already have a good knowledge of photography and for complete beginners: your guide will give you the right tips before you “click”.
If you don’t have a passion for shooting but still want to take home professional-quality photos, you can book a photo walk with a professional photographer who will take you to the city’s most beautiful spots. In this case, you will be the main subject of the photo, with the beautiful city of Vienna as a backdrop.
Is there nothing that makes you happier than a long walk or cycle ride? Would you like to experience the thrill of skating on a frozen river? In the absence of the sea, is it OK to sunbathe on a riverside beach (and maybe even venture for a swim)? Then Vienna will thrill you!
With more than 1,300 kilometres of cycle paths that allow you to travel safely from the centre to the outskirts, Vienna is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe. Not to be missed is the Ring cycle path, a fascinating loop around the historic heart of the city lined with elegant palaces and museums.
Hiking trails mostly run on the outskirts of the city, but can be easily reached by public transport; alternatively, you can take relaxing walks in the city parks. An easy walk is hiking trail number 9, which starts at the Green Prater and takes you to the Fredenau river plain.
The capital’s ultra-modern sports facilities allow for numerous other outdoor sports.
Vienna’s nightlife is not as legendary as that of other capital cities such as London and Madrid, but it will amaze you with its liveliness and variety. If you don’t want to risk being ‘out’ and choose the less frequented venues, join a pub tour that will take you to Vienna’s trendiest pubs and clubs.
Perhaps Vienna isn’t immediately identified as a wine capital because its proximity to Germany immediately makes us think that the most popular drink here is beer. In reality, there is quality wine production in and around Vienna, which you can discover with a visit to the wine cellars in the city centre or with a day-long wine tour in the Dachau Valley.
One-day wine tours are great for taking a short break from the city and immersing yourself in the countryside around Dürnstein, Weissenkirchen, Spitz and Melk. You can visit villages, old abbeys and especially wine cellars where a tasting of local wines awaits you at the end of the tour.