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Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

1. Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

Find your Fiaker next to the world-famous St. Stephen's Cathedral. From St. Stephen's Square, begin your journey to old seat of government during the Habsburg monarchy, the Hofburg. Today, the President and Chancellor of the Austrian Republic have their offices at this impressive complex. Travel along marvellous boulevard known as "The Ring", where you have the chance to see the buildings of the Natural Museum of History and Fine Arts. The square between the two buildings displays the statue of Maria Theresia, the sole female ruler in the house of Habsburg. Pass by the Austrian Parliament, built in a Greek architectural style with the statue of Pallas Athene in front of it. Right after the Parliament, see the Vienna Town Hall with its impressive square. The square in front of the hall is very popular among the Viennese, many events such as the annual film festival and the Christmas markets take place there. Finish your ride back at the St. Stephans Cathedral where it started.

Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

2. Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

Discover the hidden parts of the historical center of Vienna and learn more about the city’s courtyards and their legends. Listen to the many stories of Vienna as you stroll through narrow streets to lesser-known places in the city. Explore many famous highlights of Vienna that you will see during the tour. See Stephansplatz, Mozart’s final residence, Ballgasse, and the Franciscan Church and Monastery. Admire Palais Neupauer-Breuner and the Deutsche Haus, and stroll along Blutgasse and Domgasse. Learn more about St. Stephen’s Cathedral, traditional Viennese cuisine, and the house "Where the cow plays on the board" before exploring the old university district, the Jesuit Church, and the old city wall. This tour continues on from Part 1 provided by the same tour operator. However, it is not a problem if you have not taken part in the first tour beforehand.

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

3. Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

Travel back in time and witness the events that made Vienna the cosmopolitan city it is today. Enjoy six scenes with breathtaking virtual reality technology that let you relive the past on a unique two-hour tour with an audioguide. Take part in a procession on White Sunday in 1483, one of the few occasions when the ornaments were brought out and shown to the public. Take cover as the Ottoman Empire carries out another siege during the second siege in 1683. Experience the darkness during the plague that killed half of Europe and learn about Augustin, a singer who showed that Vienna could survive such terrible times with humor and music. On a sunny day, walk around the Hofburg and see Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph II on a hunting trip. Luckily, you're standing very close to the road, so don't forget to wink. At the Opera you will experience Vienna in the golden 20s and see how people prepare for an opera performance. In the last scene at St. Stephens square see the cathedral burn in the last month of the terrible Second World War and witness the Soviet army driving the last German soldiers out.

Vienna: Guided Ghost Tour of Spooky Vienna

4. Vienna: Guided Ghost Tour of Spooky Vienna

Meet your guide in the city center to start your adventure through the streets, cellars, and squares and hear about Vienna’s darker history. Learn about the mummies in Michaelergruft and the enigmatic preservation of their bodies beneath Michaelkirche. Venture inside the Imperial Crypt hidden under the Capuchin Church and monastery and see the resting places of Habsburg royalty. Pause to learn about the many sarcophagi and urns that fill the crypt. Explore hidden prison dungeons and the cruel punishment of the Capuchin monks. Head to Blutgasse, or  "Bloody Alley", the site of the legendary massacre of the Templar Knights. Learn about the mysterious curse that is said to haunt the alley since the 14th century. Save the best for last with a trip to Stephansdom. Examine the demonic symbols and grotesque gargoyles that decorate the church’s ornate exterior. Marvel at the domineering gothic architecture of the massive cathedral.

Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

5. 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: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

6. Vienna: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

No matter if you are a first-time visitor or have passed through Vienna before, a guided walking tour will help you discover more of the splendor of the city. While you visit some of Vienna’s most stunning sights, this tour will help you discover some of the secrets of the city — stories told that are unknown even to most locals.  Marvel at the opulent grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the leaders of the Habsburg dynasty. Gaze at the unique roofing of Vienna’s most famous cathedral, St. Stephen’s. Learn the macabre history of the Pestsäule, a column erected to commemorate Viennese victims of the black plague. All the while, uncover the underground history of these well-known places from your expert guide.

Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

7. Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

Discover the city's fascinating history and attractions as you solve clues around Vienna. Explore this beautiful Austrian city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Vienna for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual ticket.

Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

8. 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: Self-Guided Puzzle & Riddle Tour in the City Center

9. Vienna: Self-Guided Puzzle & Riddle Tour in the City Center

Explore historic places in the city center with a riddling story that takes you to top sights around Vienna. Immerse yourself in the interactive story and investigate a murder to help the local police. Have fun learning about Vienna with friends and family on this unique self-guided walking tour. See how reality and fiction have merged over the centuries to create legends about the city. Add a touch of magic by following Emma, the game’s heroine, on a quest to investigate a strange manuscript that tells of the dreaded double-headed Habsburg. Uncover the secret of this strange creature by searching for clues along the famous Ringstrasse, past historical buildings, and through the ancient streets. Solve the mystery of the double-headed Habsburg and find out how much magic the city truly holds. Put on your detective hat and experience a multimedia adventure in the heart of Vienna. Go at your own pace, in groups or solo, and see a new side of this historic city.

Vienna: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

10. Vienna: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

Walk around the finest areas in Vienna on this walking tour with your art historian guide. Visit the Ringstrasse, explore the Hofburg and hear about classical dressage outside the infamous Spanish Riding School. Visit the most famous attractions of the city, including the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School, the famous Graben shopping street, Hero's Square and the Austrian National Library. Meet your guide at the geographical center of Vienna, the splendid 13th-century St Stephen's Cathedral, at Stephansplatz. Walk through Vienna's historical downtown and learn about the stories hidden behind its monuments, magnificent boulevards, and epic architecture. Hear stories of imperial rulers, grand architecture, and epoch-changing historical events. Learn insider tips from your guide like where the best bars and restaurants in the city are and how to make the most of the famous coffee house culture.

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What people are saying about Stephansplatz

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,078 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!

The tour with Herbert Stojaspal was very interesting, informative and entertaining. We can recommend him and the tour with a big thumbs up.

Informative easy paced cycle tour suitable for all abilities