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Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

1. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

Experience a ride on the famous Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, a landmark of the Austrian capital and a symbol for the world-famous Wiener Prater. With its iconic silhouette, the Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Vienna. A ride on the Wheel is just as important to a visit to Vienna as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, or the Spanish Riding School. A ride on this significant and fascinating structure provides spectacular views over the whole city. The Giant Ferris Wheel is a true cultural and architectural highlight for any guest in the city: you haven't really visited Vienna until you've taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and marveled at the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna! The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel rotates at a speed of 2.7 kilometers per hour. A complete rotation takes just over 4 minutes, but only when the Ferris wheel has not stopped to let passengers on or off. More commonly, a ride takes between 12 and 15 minutes, during which time you can enjoy picturesque views over Vienna and the surrounding area, such as the hills of the Vienna Woods, the Danube, the Marchfeld, and the Pannonian Basin.

Vienna: Danube Rhapsody Segway Tour

2. Vienna: Danube Rhapsody Segway Tour

Begin by learning how to navigate safely on your Segway, before heading out of the city center on bike paths to the Danube Canal. There you can see Vienna from a different side, an aspect of the city that not everyone experiences. After crossing the canal, ride into the big Prater Park to discover some more territory that most visitors to Vienna don't see. Glide past the Vienna Economics University, before eventually reaching the River Danube. Johann Strauss’ most famous waltz “The Blue Danube” is dedicated to the beauty of this river, and whilst there you can decide for yourself if the river is actually blue, or if Strauss may have needed his vision checked. Following that, continue along the river to a special vantage point which is one of the best views in Vienna. It presents the Danube cutting through the hills of the Vienna Woods. To complete this unique experience, pass the apartment where Johann Strauss composed “The Blue Danube.”

Vienna: Chocolatier Workshop with Chocolate Tastings

3. Vienna: Chocolatier Workshop with Chocolate Tastings

Become a real chocolatier at our museum and chocolate workshop, where our team will provide you with everything you need from cookware, ingredients, and recipes to craft the tastiest chocolate. No previous cooking experience is needed to guarantee you get the most out of this delectable opportunity. You will be spoilt with various flavors, smells, and tastings while you create 3 unique chocolate bars. With various professional tools, you will temper your chocolate to perfection and make the original "Xocolate" drink, the first chocolate drink as created by the ancient Aztecs.  After the workshop, you will receive the official Chocolate Museum Vienna signed certificate, before being let free to visit the rest of the interactive chocolate museum. Here you can journey deep into the jungle, the homeland of the cocoa plant and learn about cocoa cultivation, while also seeing sculptures of famous historical figures made from pure chocolate.

Vienna: Danube River Cruise w/ optional Viennese Specialties

4. Vienna: Danube River Cruise w/ optional Viennese Specialties

Enjoy the Viennese scenery on this Danube River cruise with shorter and longer options available as well as the opportunity to try some typical Viennese cuisine. Admire 'modern Vienna' and 'green Vienna' as a part of the longer tour option or simply discover 'modern Vienna' on the shorter cruise. Enjoy views of ‘modern Vienna’ with the Danube plateau skyline, Danube Tower, and Millennium Tower. Travel via the Nussdorf lock system to reach the Danube Canal. Admire the architecture of the Hundertwasser-designed heating plant in Spittelau, the Roßau Barracks, and Ringturm. Make a short stop at the Vienna/City station at Schwedenplatz. Here, the shorter tour comes to an end. If you have selected the longer option, continue toward the green heart of Vienna and the woods of the Prater area. Sail downstream from the Freudenau Lock, past the shores of Danube Island, and past a grain silo that has been converted into a hotel and a stadium. Then, return to Reichsbrücke, where the extended tour comes to an end.

Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

5. Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

Experience the capital of Austria on two wheels, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the most famous sights and ride in between them on a well-maintained bike path. Meet your local guide at the meeting point, strap on your bike and start your adventure with an informative introduction about Vienna. Cycle through the Prater, marvel at the Ferris wheel, and listen to entertaining stories about the former royals. Ride along the Danube Cycle Path to the extraordinary architectural creations of Hundertwasser. Discover the Ringboulvard to get a glimpse of the city's imperial history. Enjoy a stop in front of several fascinating historical sites to learn the entertaining stories behind them. Take photos to capture your unforgettable memories of Vienna's landmarks such as the Opera House, City Hall, Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Cycle back through the multicultural, gastronomically and artistically outstanding Leopoldstadt and get more local hits, tips, and ideas from the staff for the rest of your stay

Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

6. Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Experience the glamour and elegance of Austria's capital city and the world of celebrity at Madame Tussauds Vienna. Meet and interact with the personalities that shaped Austrian history and culture and learn about their achievements. Here’s a chance to feel like a celebrity yourself as you mingle with the A-list elite, challenge your favorite sports champions, hop on stage with music legends, and meet icons from the movies on a star-studded journey through Madame Tussauds Vienna. You’ll experience family entertainment at its best on 3 floors and more than 2500 square meters of exhibits. Austrians and tourists alike are inspired by the over 80 wax figures in interactive settings that get visitors involved. 

Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass for up to 7 Attractions

7. Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass for up to 7 Attractions

With the Vienna city explorer pass, you have the freedom to choose between 2 to 7 of Vienna's top attractions, all in one easy to use digital pass. Choose from over 45 hand-picked activities and tours and save up to 35% off compared to buying separate tickets. You'll have so much to see and plenty of time to see it with 60 days to use your pass from your first attraction visit. Simply download your pass to your mobile device, browse the digital guide for attractions included and instructions before your visit (some tours or attractions may require advanced reservations), and present it at each attraction or tour for entry. Visualize the lavish lives of Austrian royals at Esterhazy Palace, Forchtenstein Castle, or Schönbrunn Palace (don’t forget to leave without exploring Schönbrunn Gardens). Enjoy a day at Schönbrunn Zoo, Wipeout Adventure Park, or Madame Tussauds. Sit back and relax with Big Bus Tour Vienna or the Danube River Cruise – the choice is yours! There's fun for kids and adults alike with indoor bouldering, trampolining, an escape game, laser tag, or a trip to the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel. Tours and Experiences • Guided Tour of Schönbrunn Palace (R) • Big Bus Tour Vienna 1-Day Classic Tour • Danube River Cruise • Empress Sissi Walking Tour (R) • Time Travel Magic Vienna History Tour (R) • Craft Beer Tasting Tour • Kick Bike Guided Tour (R) • Guided Bike Tour of Vienna (R) • Freud's Vienna Tour (R) • Vienna Undercover & Wine Tour (R) • Sisi's Amazing Journey (R) • Hollywood in Vienna Walking Tour (R) • Kick Bike Self-Guided Tour (R) • Street Art Tour (R) • Empress Sisi Walking Tour and Hofburg Imperial Apartments • Esterhazy Winery Tour and Tasting Classic (R) • The Future Bus VR Tour (R) • Educational Walk - Homelessness Initiative (R) • Classical Concert at Haus der Musik (R) Museums and Places of Interest • Schönbrunn Zoo (Vienna Zoo) • Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad) • MAK Vienna – Museum of Applied Arts • Vienna Technical Museum • Madame Tussauds Vienna • Wipeout Outdoor Adventure Park (R) • Sigmund Freud Museum • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (Art History Museum) • Imperial Treasury Vienna - Hofburg Palace • Theatre Museum • Imperial Carriage Museum • Weltmuseum Wien • Esterhazy Palace • Forchtenstein Castle (April to October) Leisure • Waltz Dance Class (1 hour) (R) • Scootseeing Vienna Electric Bike Rental (1 hour) • Ohmm! The Future Massage (R) • Quiz Rally in Vienna (2 hours) • Treasure Hunt Vienna (April to November) • Laser Tag (2 games) (R) • Escape Game • Relaxation in Salzquelle Salt Cave (50 minutes) (R) • Spanish Riding School • Indoor Climbing Session - Bouldering (2 hours) • Trampoline Session - (1 hour) (R) (R) Reservations required Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the included digital guide available with your confirmation voucher for the most up-to-date information including a full list of inclusions, opening times, and advanced reservation instructions.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, River Cruise, & Audio Tour

8. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, River Cruise, & Audio Tour

See Vienna at your own pace with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. From the open-air top deck, hear the stories of highlights like Hofburg Palace and Prater Amusement Park with audio commentary. Top it off with a relaxing cruise along the charming Danube River and a self-guided audio walking tour. Journey along the Red Route to experience historic sites like the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. Explore past the city center and towards Prater Amusement Park and find breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island. On the Blue Route, start your tour in the city center and go discover Vienna's famous palaces. Gaze upon the regal Hofburg Palace before leaving the city to see Schönbrunn Palace, once a residence of the Habsburgs, and Belvedere Palace which houses an immense collection of Austrian artwork. Climb aboard the sightseeing cruise included with your ticket and admire the "most livable city in the world" from the Danube River. Take in the picture-perfect scenes of modern life in a historic city that make Vienna unique. After or in-between your bus tour, enjoy one of 3 self-guided audio walking tours. Marvel at the architectural history of the Opera House, St Stephan's Cathedral, and more. Walk around outer Vienna to view the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus and the “New Modern” train station Hauptbahnhof.

Vienna: Private Flexible Tour by Luxury Van/Limousine

9. Vienna: Private Flexible Tour by Luxury Van/Limousine

Discover Vienna according to your own plans on the city's only private hop-on hop-off tour. A friendly driver will take you to all the main sights, traveling in the comfort of a luxury limousine or minivan just for you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, tell the driver where you want to go, or let them choose the best route for you. Drive along the Ring boulevard, and marvel at the impressive buildings built during the reign of Emperor Franz Josef, including the State Opera House, Museum of Fine Art, Parliament, and City Hall. Go to Heroes' Square to admire the vast Imperial Palace complex, former residence of the Habsburg rulers. Then, get out of town to explore the River Danube and United Nations buildings. Visit the Prater amusement park to see the iconic Ferris Wheel. En route to Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburgs, pass City Park with its golden statue of Johann Strauss. Continue past St. Charles Church and the Musikverein Concert Hall. Take time to wander in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Your driver cannot accompany you inside any monument, but will get you as close as possible for your convenience. The tour ends back at your hotel or city center, according to your wishes.

Imperial Vienna: Full-Day Tour from Budapest

10. Imperial Vienna: Full-Day Tour from Budapest

Travel to the Austrian capital on a full-day tour from Budapest. Vienna is just a 2 to 2.5-hour drive by motorway. When you arrive in Vienna you’ll drive along the famous Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard, to get an overview of the city and a look at many of its important sights. See the State Opera House, the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History, the Parliament, the Burgtheater, the City Hall, and the Votive Church. Your guide will take you on a short walk to see the most beautiful parts of the city center. You’ll visit the Museum Quarter and the Hofburg, which was the winter residence of the Habsburgs. Walk along Kärtner Strasse, Vienna’s main shopping street, and see St. Stephen's Cathedral. After the tour you’ll have time for shopping in the elegant pedestrian area. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to visit Schönbrunn Palace or any of the other museums, or to head to the Prater, Vienna’s well-known amusement park. On the way back to Budapest you’ll stop at Hundertwasser House, which is a journey into the world of creative architecture.

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An iconic visit of Vienna to be done at least once, suitable for everyone, if possible, plan to go there at sunset.

100% Must for Families and Chocolate lovers! The guides were funny and engaging. Would highly recommend!

it was beautiful in the evening. a dream beautiful sky and the view of the city. Excellent!

I loved the experience. It gives a lot of interesting things to do and explore.

Enjoyable experience. Nice views. It was nice to skip the line.