Discover the 7 most beautiful sights in Vienna on foot
Vienna is a great city to explore on foot. It invites you to stroll and dream. On our tour through Vienna we show you how you can discover a variety of Vienna's sights during a leisurely walk through the city, which can be found in every city guide:
1. Cathedral Church of St. Stephen
Start your tour at the cathedral church St. Stephan, the landmark of Vienna. St. Stephen's Cathedral is not only a church in which daily services are held. Rather, it is cultural heritage that has been part of the city for almost 900 years and is a popular tourist attraction. The visit is a must on every sightseeing tour. From here your tour takes you down Kärtnerstraße for about 800 metres to the Vienna State Opera.
2. Vienna State Opera
Next stop on this tour is the Vienna State Opera. The Vienna State Opera was opened in 1869 with Mozart's "Don Giovanni" as its new home. In the following years she carried different names until she got the name Vienna State Opera in the middle of the 50's. The opera house is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and has more than half a million visitors per season. The tour continues from the Vienna State Opera into the Operngasse. From here the Linke Wienzeile leads off, which will take you to your next destination: the Naschmarkt.
The Naschmarkt is the biggest market in Vienna with a variety of market stalls, restaurants and small cafés. The Naschmarkt has its origin in the Kärntnertormarkt, a former farmers' market where dairy products were sold. It is only since the beginning of the 20th century that the Naschmarkt has borne its present name. In addition, in 1910 the construction of brick market stalls was started. The Naschmarkt is one of the most popular tourist attractions, which can be found in every city guide. Here you can treat yourself to a little refreshment before continuing on to the Museumsquartier. Within a few minutes' walk from the Getreidemarkt you can reach the Museumsplatz and thus the Museumsquartier.
4. The Museums Quarter
The Museumsquartier is a 90.000 m² large area with a wide range of performing arts, theatre and music. Today's Museumsquartier is located on the emperor's court stables from the 18th century. After the First World War, the area of the Museumsquartier was used for the first time for trade fairs and exhibitions. Today it is home to prestigious museums such as the Leopold Museum or the MUMOK as well as the Kunsthalle Wien. Cosy cafés, delicious restaurants and the many colourful Enzi in the Museumsquartier invite you to relax and linger. Afterwards the city tour continues in the direction of the Vienna City Hall. Behind the Natural History Museum lies the famous Ringstrasse. This leads you past the Parliament and straight to the Vienna City Hall and the Burgtheater.
5. Burgtheater and Vienna City Hall
The Burgtheater and the Vienna City Hall are located directly opposite each other and are only separated by the Universitätsring and the Rathausplatz. The Vienna City Hall and the Burgtheater are, beside the Vienna State Opera, the Parliament Building and the main building of the University, two further representative buildings that adorn the Ringstraße since the end of the 19th century. After the capacities of the Old City Hall were no longer sufficient, the Vienna City Hall was built in 1883. All administrative and government departments are located in this building. The Burgtheater is the Austrian Federal Theatre, which was rebuilt at the Univeristätsring after its complete destruction in the Second World War. Afterwards, your tour of Vienna continues from the Burgtheater through the nearby Volksgarten to Heldenplatz.
6. Heroes' Square
Nestled between the public garden and the castle garden is the Heldenplatz. The Heldenplatz belongs to the adjoining Hofburg and was then as today a highly political place. In the middle of the 19th century, it was the scene of the German Revolution of 1848 and it was also here that Hitler announced the "annexation" of Austria to the German Reich in 1938. The Heldenplatz is a witness to political events. Today, numerous events take place on Heldenplatz, such as the annual celebration of Austria's national holiday. In addition, the Outer Castle Gate and the New Castle also belong to the Heroes' Square. The last destination of your tour is the adjacent Hofburg.
7. Hofburg Palace
The final stop on the tour through Vienna is the Hofburg. The Hofburg was at that time the imperial residence of the Habsburgs in Vienna. Even though the times of the Habsburgs are long gone, a visit to the castle is like a journey through time. For although the Federal President resides here today, the Imperial Silver Collection, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments, which remind on the time of the Habsburgs, are still there. For all those who want to finish the city tour at the cathedral church St. Stephan, the Tuchlauben goes up from the Michealerplatz behind the Hofburg. After about 200 metres turn right into Singerstraße, which will take you back to St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Travel tips for guided tours & walks in Vienna
Vienna with a difference
We know it as a magnificent city, with castles and palaces, majestic horse-drawn carriages and noble coffeehouse culture and the Schönbrunn Palace as its landmark. But Vienna also has quite different sides. Discover Vienna with all its facets. Visit the film locations of "The Third Man", explore the city on a scavenger hunt or make the streets unsafe during a pub crawl. There are many great possibilities to discover the diversity of Vienna, as Vienna has much more to offer than the sightseeings we know.
The most beautiful district: The Vienna Old Town
A walk along imposing buildings and historical monuments. Branching alleys, extensive pedestrian zones and wonderful green spaces invite you to stroll around Vienna. The Vienna Old Town is one of the most beautiful districts of Vienna and the perfect place for a romantic walk through the city. An even more romantic experience through the old town of Vienna is a city tour in a horse-drawn carriage or a visit to Schönbrunn Palace.
Shopping in the Mariahilfer Straße
The largest shopping street in Vienna is Mariahilfer Strasse. The 3.7 kilometre shopping mile connects the inner city with the outer district of Penzing. From shopping facilities such as Hallhuber, Zara or H&M to cosy cafés, Mariahilfer Straße has everything you need for a stroll through the city. The "Golden Quarter" is a little more luxurious. Between Kohlmarkt in the 1st district and Kärtner Straße, all kinds of upscale brands reach out and invite you to shop.
Visit Vienna far away from all architectural jewels and take a tour through the vaulted cellars of the former imperial residence city. Under the cobblestones of the city, surrounded by heavy steel doors and branched alleys, Vienna shows its dark side. Walk through the city's historic bunker system and explore the disused shelters from the Second World War.
Vienna on your own
A guided tour is not for everyone. Those who prefer to explore Vienna on their own will not have a hard time here. Vienna is a well connected city and so public transport is a great way to explore the city on your own. Wiener Linien, the municipal transport operator, provides 24, 48 and 72 hour Metro ticketswith which tourists can use public transport in the city. Before you start your journey, however, you should find out where the respective sights are located and which connections will take you to your destinations. EWer online booking gets a city and subway map sent directly to your home..
Free city tours in Vienna
In Vienna there are many guides who offer free guided tours through the city. Larger tourist groups meet here at a fixed meeting point and explore the most important sights of Vienna mostly on foot. At the end of each tour you can decide for yourself how much the tour was worth to you and give the guide a small tip. The tours are therefore not free of charge. Many of the guides have to give a part of their tips to their agencies. Therefore, on the free tours in very large groups, a minimum of 5.00€ to 10.00€ per person is expected.
Alternative activities in Vienna
The tour through Vienna is obligatory, but what else can one do in Vienna? A popular visit is to Schönbrunn Palace, Empress Sisi's former summer residence. A highlight of the tours is the visit of the maze, we also recommend the city tour by bike and a culinary tour á la Vienna with apple strudel and Co.