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Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Audio Tour & Classical Concert

1. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Audio Tour & Classical Concert

Listen to live renditions of Mozart and Strauss' classical compositions at a concert in Schönbrunn Palace's Orangery after a self-guided audio tour. Have the 22 rooms of the palace all to yourself after opening hours and then settle into your choice of seat for the performance. Make your way to the palace and enter the historic building at 5:30 P.M. Use your own mobile phone as a guide to lead you through the rooms on show, learning about the history of Schönbrunn Palace. After your self-guided tour, enjoy about 2 hours of free time to explore the grounds or relax. At around 8:00 P.M., the Orangery will open. Take your seat and enjoy a beautiful classical music concert. Listen to the incredible skill of the Schönbrunn Palace orchestra and the Schönbrunn chamber ensemble as they enchant you with beautiful melodies.

Vienna: 3-Course Dinner and Concert at Schönbrunn Palace

2. Vienna: 3-Course Dinner and Concert at Schönbrunn Palace

Combine two divine experiences: exclusive culinary art and world-famous music. At a restaurant within walking distance of Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace, you will be served an amazing dinner at 6:30 PM. At around 8:00 PM, head to Schönbrunn Orangery and settle in as the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra presents the masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss together with international opera singers.

Evening at Schönbrunn Palace: Tour, Dinner & Concert

3. Evening at Schönbrunn Palace: Tour, Dinner & Concert

Visit Vienna and spend a wonderful evening at Schönbrunn Palace with a tour, dinner, and a concert. Immerse yourself in the world of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Joseph I and explore the imperial hunting lodge after the opening time of the palace with your own smartphone. The magnificent architecture and exquisite interiors make Schönbrunn Palace an attraction that you should not miss. Enjoy a 3-course-Dinner at a selected restaurant in walking distance to the Orangery. At the Orangery Schönbrunn, you can enjoy music by Mozart and experience a concert in the magnificent concert hall. Enjoy the marvelous overtures, arias, and duets from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s concertos and operas, such as “The Marriage of Figaro”, “The Magic Flute”, and “Don Giovanni”. The most popular arias, waltzes, and polkas of the waltz king Johann Strauss will delight you during the second half, such as “Die Fledermaus”, “The Gypsy Baron”, “The Blue Danube”, and “Radetzky March”. The orchestra is accompanied by 2 opera singers.

Vienna: Carriage Ride Through Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

4. Vienna: Carriage Ride Through Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

Meet your driver in front of the breathtaking Schönbrunn Palace. Enjoy a 30-minute ride by horse-drawn carriage to soak up the atmosphere of the well preserved baroque garden. See the different constructions from the Imperial period, such as the Palm house, which features plants from all around the world, the stunning Neptune and Obelisk fountains, the Orangerie and many more. During the ride your "Fiaker" (driver) will tell you about the history of Vienna. Listen to the stories he has to tell you about Schönbrunn, its inhabitants and visitors, as well as about the long tradition of horse-drawn carriages in Vienna. You will be sure not to miss anything from these extensive gardens, as you will see almost every corner from a comfortable seat on your carriage. Just lean back and admire the scenery.

Vienna: Digital City Card with 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus

5. Vienna: Digital City Card with 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Discover the capital of Austria and enjoy countless benefits in museums and sights, exhibitions, theatres, concerts, shops, 20% off consumption at each of the participating restaurants, and much more for the duration of your 7-day stay. This unique combination offers you free travel for 24, 48, or 72 hours with public transport, and you can use the 24-hour Hop-On Hop-Off ticket at any time during your stay in Vienna. See the city's famous highlights, such as the opera, the Votivkirche, the Prater or the Danube Tower. Drive past Schönbrunn Castle and discover the Arsenal and the Hofburg. Explore the city at your own pace, immerse yourself in the Vienna of the imperial era, and discover the life of the Habsburgs. Pass the imposing Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, the Heroes' Square, and the Capuchin Crypt. Along the way, learn about the importance of music for Vienna and about the famous musicians of the city.

Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

6. Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

Visit Vienna, the capital of Austria and the hub of culture and art for most of Europe during the time of the Hapsburg Empire. Discover its abundance of historical, cultural and architectural monuments. Embark on an exclusive tour of Vienna by car and see all the main attractions in one day. Fall in love with “The City of Dreams”! During the 3-hour tour you will see the essential sights of Vienna Old Town from the comfort of a private, air conditioned vehicle. After getting picked up from your accommodation, you will enjoy hassle-free sightseeing without ever worrying about tired feet. Your private guide will show you Old Town highlights, starting with the magnificent city hall Rathaus, built using some 30 million bricks. The next stop on the list is the gorgeous 18th century St Peter’s Catholic Church, located in the beating heart of the Old Town. Among the stunning townhouses and monuments, you will marvel at the sculpted Column of the Trinity and one of the greatest Gothic cathedrals in the world: St Stephen’s Cathedral, with iconic Romanesque towers and spire. Enjoy an easy and cozy drive along the beautiful Viennese streets and see the world famous State Opera, where great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin have performed. Closeby you will find Albertina, a 19th century Habsburg palace, and the magnificent Hofburg Palace complex, which now houses various museums and the Imperial Treasury. Further on, see the fabulous Palais Schwarzenberg and take a stroll through the Baroque-style garden of the 18th century Belvedere. At the end of a fruitful tour, you will be driven back to your accommodation. Sightseeing in Vienna has never been easier! Choose the 7-hour option to learn even more about Vienna and the Habsburg Empire. During the extended tour you will visit St Peter’s Catholic Church (Peterskirche). Its Baroque-style interior will amaze you with beautiful murals, paintings and domed roof with lots of gilding. Step inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral to marvel at the stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures. Other highlights are, driving through MuseumsQuartier, featuring Baroque palaces containing various museums, and seeing Karlskirche, the 18th-century Habsburg domed cathedral with Baroque, Greek and Roman elements. In addition, you will visit the top 1 attraction in Vienna - the Schonbrunn Palace. Take advantage of skip-the-line tickets to avoid waiting in several hours long lines, and explore the luxurious Rococo-style apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. Learn about the imperial lifestyle and take a relaxing stroll in the palace’s elegant gardens.

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: Imperial Carriage Museum in Schönbrunn Palace Ticket

8. Vienna: Imperial Carriage Museum in Schönbrunn Palace Ticket

See the carriages of famous rulers such as Maria Theresia, Napoleon, Franz Joseph and accompany them through their eventful lives. The highlight will be the Baroque imperial coach, but there are also exquisite state carriages, comfortable traveling coaches and the charming children’s carriages of the Habsburg princes and princesses. Another highlight will be the “Sisi Trail,” which showcases not only the Empress's carriages but also personal mementos such as her only extant saddle, her “riding chapel” and sumptuous original dresses.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

9. 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.

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Virtual Reality Experience

10. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Virtual Reality Experience

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the impressive Schönbrunn Palace and travel back to the time of the Austrian Empire. Take a seat in a Baroque-style chair and put on your VR glasses to witness a multi-sensory adventure through image and sound. Take part in this brand-new way to discover the palace and complement your visit with a realistic view of what life in the castle was like. Experience historical moments from the 18th century, listen to Mozart's first compositions, and dine with Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph. Feel like you're part of the story by watching real people play out the scenes, as opposed to the conventional animation-based VR. Join this innovative journey and acquire a whole new sense of appreciation for Austrian history.

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Our guide was fantastic and the bike tour was a wonderful way to see a lot of sights in one day. Vienna is super bike friendly, so we felt very safe riding on the streets as well as in the bike lanes along with pedestrians. It's inspiring to see how well all modes of transport exist together- if only that way in the US!!!

Maxi was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We received a short history of Vienna and the buildings we saw. We enjoyed our tour & recommend it for anyone wanting a private tour.

Our guide Jan has been very attentive and friendly at all times and a great connoisseur of the City and its history. 100% recommendable!

Beautiful surroundings with a journey into the past, successful connection. A bit difficult to find, get there early. Gladly again

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