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Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

Historic Center of Vienna

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The Basics

Visitors can shop along Karntnerstrasse or Kohlmarkt, sip coffee in one of Vienna’s famed coffeehouses, and peruse the area’s rich architecture and numerous museums. For a closer look into the storied history of attractions such as Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, explore the maze-like alleyways of Vienna’s First District on a small-group walking tour with an expert guide. Alternately, a 3.5-hour coach tour can give you an overview of city highlights, plus skip-the-line access to Schönbrunn Palace and discounted entry to Belvedere Palace, home of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting,The Kiss.

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Hidden Gems in Vienna Inner City Private Walking Tour
Hidden Gems in Vienna Inner City Private Walking Tour
$250.20 per adult
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Great tour
We took our tour with Hannes who did a fantastic job and gave us lots of interesting information. We asked for both Hidden Gems and normal tour stops for this as it was our very first time in Vienna and our first day so we wanted a proper tour to get our bearings for the city. After the tour we went back to several areas and stops that Hannes showed us to explore further. Overall it was really interesting and I would highly recommend it for a solid background on Vienna. Our tour was about 3 hours.
stormietravels, Dec 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The streets of Vienna’s First District are narrow and mostly one-way, making car travel difficult. Luckily, the city’s excellent public transport system can take you within a few minutes walk of most attractions.

  • Bring a pair of comfortable shoes if you plan to explore the area on foot.

  • Credit cards aren’t as common here as in Northern Europe, especially in restaurants, so you may want to carry cash.

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How to Get There

Vienna International Airport is located just outside the city limits of Vienna, roughly 12 miles (20 kilometers) or 20 minutes by road from the Historic Center. If you’re arriving by train, the Vienna Central Train Station is just a 10-minute subway ride from the First District. A slew of international bus services arrive at the Vienna International Bus Terminal, also a 10-minute subway ride from the city center.

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When to Get There

Summer is the most popular time to visit, so if you’re visiting between June and August, make sure to book accommodations ahead of time. Spring and fall bring mild weather and fewer crowds. Although winter can be cold, with temperatures around 32°F (0°C), Christmas markets abound in Vienna’s holiday season (think cheerful lights, seasonal treats, and handcrafted goods).

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Architectural Marvels in Vienna

The Historic Center of Vienna is characterized by its intricate architecture, from medieval remnants like St. Stephen's Cathedral to the grand Imperial Palace, which represents the golden age of the Habsburg Empire. The 19th-century Ringstrasse is also lined with iconic buildings, including City Hall’s Gothic towers, the neoclassical columns of Vienna’s Parliament, and the Renaissance-inspired Vienna State Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper).

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