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Vienna History Tour

Vienna is a fascinating city with a long history, occupying a pivotal place at the centre of European politics stretching back to the period of Hapsburg Empire

Here are more details of an example tour itinerary as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can tailor-make any itinerary just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Vienna

    You depart this morning for your flight to Vienna. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer into the centre of Vienna. There will be time to explore the Stadtpark – the city park with its monuments to Schubert, Strauss and other illustrious Viennese composers. After dinner, this evening you can visit the famous Prater Amusement Park and ride the Wiener Riesenrad. This iconic ‘ferris’ wheel was built in 1897 and famously featured in the Orson Welles film The Third Man and you can follow in the footsteps of Harry Lime.

  • Day 2

    City Walking Tour & Imperial Treasury

    This morning will be a guided walking tour of the city, taking in some of the historical landmarks. We walk along the Ringstrasse where we see numerous grand buildings including the State Opera House, the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts with its world-famous art treasures of the Habsburgs. We see the Hofburg, the former Hapsburg winter residence, the Parliament Building, the incredible gothic Rathaus (the city hall) and the Burgtheater. We walk through the Heidenplatz where Hitler addressed the crowds following the Anschluss in 1938 and we visit the Ballhausplatz where the Chancellors of Austria have resided for over 200 years. In the afternoon you visit the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Place with numerous European treasures including the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire dating from circa 962.

  • Day 3

    Museum of Military History & Belvedere

    This morning you visit the Museum of Military History which documents the history of the Hapsburg Empire and also World War I and the events leading up to it. You can see the car that the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was riding in during his fateful visit to Sarajevo in June 1914. You can see his uniform and the pistol used to shoot him and his wife, bringing to life this pivotal period in the early 20th century and the start of WW1. There are also extensive exhibitions focused on the Nazi period when Austria was forcibly joined with Germany in the Anschluss. In the afternoon, you visit the baroque Belvedere Palace. This architectural jewel was the former residence of the Empress Maria Theresa and her children, one of whom was Marie Antoinette. The Belvedere consists of two separate palaces which today house Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day. At the heart of the collections are the works of Gustav Klimt with his famous paintings The Kiss and Judith.

  • Day 4

    Schonbrunn

    This morning you visit the Palace of Schonbrunn, the “Versailles of Austria” and the official residence of the Hapsburg Emperors until Austria became a republic at the end of the First World War. The Palace was built in the 1740’s and all the Hapsburg rulers since this date have lived here, most famously the only Hapsburg Empress, Maria Theresa who ruled during the critical years from 1740 to 1780. Besides touring through the authentically furnished residential and ceremonial rooms of the Imperial Family in the palace, there are also extensive and exquisite gardens which include a maze. Schonbrunn provides a fascinating insight into the Hapsburg Dynasty which was so central to European power politics in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    In the afternoon, you transfer by private coach to Vienna airport for your return flight back home.

Prices start from

£495 for a 4 day tour

Half board basis based on flights with Easyjet or Ryanair.  We include local guides, all admissions and metro pass

includes flights

We normally use Easyjet for flights to Vienna from either London, Bristol or Manchester.  An alternative option which can be used is the Ryanair flight to Bratislava airport, which is just over an hour drive from central Vienna.

  • Austria Classic Hotel Wien

    Comfortable and traditional 3 star hotel

    The Austria Classic Hotel is a traditional hotel in an excellent location close to Praterstern and Nestroyplatz metro stations, making it exceptionally convenient for rapid access to the city centre.

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