Private guided tour Vienna - Walking tour through the fountain

Private guided tour Vienna - Walking tour through the fountain

Vienna is full of fountains. Everyone tells a story. Some have made life possible, others have a purely decorative function

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Vienna is full of fountains. Everyone tells a story. Some have made life possible, others have a purely decorative function

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  • Language: English, German
  • Participants: 1 - 15
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Generations of viewers have enjoyed them. Take part in this slalom between splashing and noise.

City walk full of surprises

People have always been attracted to water. It stands for fertility and it has always been necessary for survival. Conducting water and making it available to citizens in the appropriate quality has always been a challenge, especially in large cities. Admittedly, this was already at a high level in antiquity. Unfortunately, the Roman water pipes were then all allowed to decay and it took about 1,000 years until many parts of Europe were again at the same level of water supply as in Roman times.

The Middle Ages were therefore characterised by water shortages. The laborious digging of wells and the expensive transport of drinking water in barrels on carriages into the city was very costly. In addition, there were the frequently poisoned wells and many a well was not poisoned by chance. It was only when the old Roman system of long water pipes from the mountains was recalled that continuous quality was again assured.

Water games and artistic sculptures

Until the Baroque period, fountains had the purely practical function of supplying water. But then there was also the decoration and the amusement. Fountains were part of the baroque amusement in the gardens and many a fountain in the larger squares of a city and in the courts of the nobility served this purpose. This was also the beginning of the jewellery and figural decoration of the fountains. Sagas, legends, bible stories or simply events from the city's own history were transformed into sculptures and more or less artistically realized.

Today, it is precisely the fountains, with their splashes and pools of water, that provide a welcome change in the big city. The noise is much more romantic than the traffic. If there is also a small guest garden at the same place, then we almost feel like in the south of Europe, where fountains are a fixed part of everything that is called place there anyway.

In the city centre of Vienna alone there are more than 50 fountains. Who'd have thought it? Certainly, even many Viennese themselves are surprised by this number. Too often, one is fast in the city, one has a path, so that one does not pay attention to what actually lines the way. There are large, well-known fountains as well as hidden, just as artistic and rather unadorned, fountains with still concrete function and fountains for pure amusement and in any case very many, which tell very concrete stories.

We invite you to this guided city walk full of surprises. To a slalom that also sharpens the eye for the hidden and for detail.

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Additional information

During this guided city walk you will also learn more about Vienna's water supply

Included in the price

  • State-approved Austriaguide for 2 hours

Meeting point

1010 Vienna, Freyung, Austriabrunnen (in the middle of the square). You can recognise your guide by his badge with Austriaguides logo.

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This deal can be cancelled for free up to 21 days before the date of the activity.

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