Scholar-Led Introduction to the First District Walking Tour

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Duration: 3h
Location: Vienna, Austria | Vienna, Austria

Category: Tours & Sightseeing

Small-group tour led by a scholar of art & art history
Multicultural legacies from Roman & Habsburg eras
Magnificent architecture along the renowned Ringstrasse
A marvel of Gothic design—Stephansdom cathedral
Vienna's historic center landmarks & resilient stories

Guided walking tour of Vienna's Historic City Center
Admission fees
Live tour commentary provided in English


Seize an opportunity to study the complex structures of Vienna's first district with help of an expert art historian on this small-group tour. Your guide leads you through charming streets where spectacular monuments represent different layers of the city's history and multicultural legacy.

Your tour begins at Vienna's oldest church—St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche)—overlooking the Danube Canal in the ancient part of the city. Here you discuss the Roman settlements before continuing to Mary at the Shore (Maria am Gestade) church, a truly Gothic structure, with an impressive openwork tower displaying stunning ornamental works.

Next, your guide takes you to Freyung, an area inhabited by wealthy residents in the 18th century, where you gather a sense of the imperial power of the Habsburg Empire. Learn notorious facts about the Habsburgs and the astonishing architecture built to represent their wealth and power—which can still be appreciated along the famous Ring Road (Ringstrasse)—and how Viennese artists, musicians, and writers flourished during the Habsburgs' reign.

Your last stop is St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), a Gothic cathedral signifying centuries of survival in the midst of political and religious turmoil—including symbols expressing resistance to Nazism.

Cancellation Policy: 5 days
Know before you book: Children 12 and younger are not allowed., You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain., At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place., Maximum group size is 6 people., Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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