Karlsplatz, Vienna

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Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

1. Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

With the use of an E-Bike you will be able to quickly shift from one Viennese highlight to the next. The tour starts at Karlsplatz and will then pass by Musikvereinshaus, the Opera Hall, Hotel Sacher and the Albertina. You will then go on from the Hofburg to Heldenplatz where you can catch the spirit of good old Vienna, complete with a view to the museums. Your path will then lead you to the Parliament House and Rathaus, before arriving at the Burgtheater and passing the Stock Exchange. The Stephansplatz must not be missed, and following its visit, you will travel onward to the city park on Schwarzenbergplatz to the Belvedere. Your tour will conclude by returning back to Karlsplatz. If you are in the mood to experience something else, you may inquire to rent your E-Bike for the whole day. Within 20 minutes you can reach the nearby recreation areas Donauinsel, Prater or the nearby vineyards around Vienna. At the conclusion of your day, you can drop off your E-Bike at Karlsplatz or to our Headquarters near Schönbrunn. If convenient we can also pick up your bike from your hotel.

Vienna: 3-Hour Christmas Tour by Segway

2. Vienna: 3-Hour Christmas Tour by Segway

Enjoy the festive season at some of Vienna’s most beautiful Christmas markets together with a sightseeing Segway tour. After a 20-minute Segway training, you follow the certified guide through festively decorated streets and pass by the famous buildings of Vienna. You will be enchanted by the charm of the festively illuminated world-famous architecture of Vienna, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate or a warm glass of mulled wine at the idyllic Christmas markets. Discover the various markets in the city center: the Altwiener Christkindlmarkt is a glistening wonderland, the Christmas village at Maria-Theresien-Platz offers traditional craftsmanship at over 70 stalls, and the Christmas market at Spittelberg is enchanting with its unique atmosphere. At the end of the tour you will receive the original Viennese Christmas market mug – a real collector’s item.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

3. Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

Get your bearings at the famous Anker Clock, the first stop on this guided bike tour. Admire historical buildings on the way to jaw-dropping St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further, thrill to the sight of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Column of Trinity. Don't fall off! The next stops on this architectural scavenger hunt are the University of Vienna and the stunning Rathaus, chockablock with historial facts. Continue your mobile adventure at the Hofburg Imperial Palace and its amazing complex of highly recognizable structures. Feel like a diva as you rock the Vienna State Opera on this fab 2-hour tour with live commentary. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, and labyrinthine Belvedere Palace. Return to drop-off via the canal, where you'll be confronted with the ghost of Johann Strauss - don't worry, it's only a monument. Or steel yourself for the 6-hour option with the perenially popular Schoenbrunn Palace. This magnificent residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn a unique combination of Baroque style and joyful nature.

Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

4. Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

This tour takes you to Vienna's most beautiful sights, from the city center to the Danube Canal. Stay on bike paths and less congested roads for the ideal experience of Austria's beautiful capital with plenty of chances to stop for photos along the way! Ride along the Ringstraße, passing the famous sights including the Staatsoper (State Opera), the Austrian Parliament Building, the Burgtheater, and the Rathaus (town hall), then continue into the first district, where St. Stephen's Cathedral rises impressively above Stephansplatz. Follows the Donau Canal past Urania and through the Stadtpark, over Karlsplatz with the magnificent Karlskirche, then return to the starting point.

Vienna Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

5. Vienna Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

During the late 19th century Vienna experienced a rapid population expansion, and a modern system of public transportation became essential. The city’s leaders engaged urban planners to draw up metro lines to connect the suburbs with the city center along the Ringstrasse. The architect chosen for this assignment was Otto Wagner. From the beginning, his aim was to create a metro design that would be iconographic, easy to recognize, and highlight Vienna’s cosmopolitanism. It was not surprising that he chose to work in the international avant¬-garde Art Nouveau style. On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll visit 2 of the remaining stations, where you’ll begin a discussion about Viennese Art Nouveau and its ideological underpinnings. Starting out at the beautiful pavilion at Karlsplatz, you’ll visit the small Wagner Museum and then walk to the Stadtpark station, which is the best-preserved of the original metro stations still in use. Your next metro stop is Kettenbrücke station. Along the way you’ll visit the famous Sezession House, the icon par excellence of Viennese Jugendstil. You’ll also see 2 beautiful apartment houses designed by Otto Wagner. Learn more about the philosophy behind Art Nouveau and consider the symbols and materials favored by its practitioners. From Kettenbrücke station, step onto the metro for your last stop, which is a visit to the imperial station. This outstanding building was erected outside Schönbrunn solely for the emperor to use. The crown jewel of the line, this station had a symbolic meaning as well, namely to show critics of Vienna’s metro that the emperor supported the line. Note the methods used by Wagner to translate the generally bourgeois style of Art Nouveau into an aesthetic with imperial grandiosity.

One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

6. One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of Vienna that gives the perfect introduction to first time visitors and combines an inner city walking tour and suburban discovery tour by sedan or van. An expert local guide will be with you throughout the day (including for the driving section) to answer any questions you may have and give tips on how to explore the city on your own. First, as the Innere Stadt’s pedestrian zone is crowded with delivery cars until about 11:00, start with a driving tour of the city’s suburbs. Enjoy panoramic views from Belvedere Hill, and admire the city’s most impressive Baroque palace. An interior visit to see Klimt’s “Kiss” is optional. Then, go to the oldest still-in-existence Ferris Wheel in Prater park. Cross the mighty Danube to discover one of the city's more modern sides at the UN-complex and DC-City. See a fantastic example of 1980s eco-friendly architecture at the Hundertwasserhaus. To do the 2nd imperial residence of the Schönbrunn justice would take at least half a day. Content yourself with a view of the façade and gardens, and make a note to return later. Along the way, pass the Naschmarkt, Karlsplatz, and State Opera. For lunch, your guide will provide you with some local suggestions, such as sausage tasting at a typical würstel stand,” or a sit down lunch at a hidden Inner City eatery. There are even a couple of rooftop gems you can enjoy. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the Innere Stadt on foot. Depending on your level of fitness, the precise itinerary can include the historic monuments of the Ring, the courtyards of the imperial Hofburg Palace, the Baroque staircases of some of the city’s opulent pastry shops, and the sacred treasures of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

7. Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

Enjoy a fun, informative and healthy 3-hour tour of imperial Vienna, riding comfortable city bikes. An expert guide will lead you along safe, well-surfaced routes, making multiple stops to snap pictures of Vienna’s most important sights up close. Pedal along the famed Ringstrasse to get a sense of the glory of the imperial city. Once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire, the impressive architecture of Vienna’s noble boulevards include City Hall, Vienna University, the House of Parliament, Imperial Palace, and the Opera House. Go to Heroes’ Square, where Hitler made his infamous "Anschluss" speech in 1938, before cycling towards the Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna’s funkiest apartment building. Last, but not least, ride to the Prater to marvel at the giant Ferris wheel, before pedaling back along the banks of a sidearm of the River Danube.

Vienna: Meet Strauss Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Vienna: Meet Strauss Private Guided Walking Tour

The first stop accompanied by your guide will be Theater an der Wien, where almost all of Strauss’ operettas had their premieres. On the way, see the Stadtpark Strauss’ golden memorial, with its intricate sculptural details. Be enraptured by this meditative space, and the background your guide gives it. Karlskirche at Karlsplatz is the church where Strauss said his wedding vows. Pass by mainstay the Vienna State Opera and enter the Old Town, where you'll end up at Strauss' official residence. Get a glimpse of his instruments, furniture, and paintings, in which his personal and musical lives merge in perfect harmony. Extend the tour to 4.5 hours to experience an exclusive evening concert of classical music in a marvelous venue such as Theater an der Wien, the State Opera, or Musikverein Concert Hall. Concerts are performed by some of the titans of the Viennese classical scene, and feature works by Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, or Schubert.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

9. Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.

Vienna: Art Class Painting the St. Charles Church

10. Vienna: Art Class Painting the St. Charles Church

Attend an art class in the middle of the Karlsplatz, in front of the magnificent St. Charles Church. Enjoy the outdoor ambiance, and use whatever utensil you prefer to recreate the iconic building. Your local teacher will guide you through the motif, from sketching to completion, and will be happy to help with any questions. All necessary materials (apron, paints, A4 watercolor paper, etc) will be provided on-site and at the end your painting can be taken home as a souvenir of your stay in Vienna.

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What people are saying about Karlsplatz, Vienna

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4.7 / 5

based on 971 reviews

We enjoyed roaming around the city and learned so much about the history of Vienna. Our tour guide Horst is really friendly and gave a lot of recommendations about food to try and places to visit.

We highly recommend the bike tour! We had a great guide, it was very informative and also a relaxed tour. The bikes were also in good condition.

Excellent tour, totally worth it! We biked around the most famous places in Vienna city Center. Our guide was the best. Absolutely recommend!

A wonderful tour which gives a great overview of the important sights in the city

Informative easy paced cycle tour suitable for all abilities