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Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament or the Burgtheater. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers 3 different bus routes, which can be combined as you wish (Green Route will operate from Jun on and will be included in the 48h ticket): Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Mariahilfer Straße/Shopping Street - Burgtheater/CityHall - University - Liebenberg Denkmal/University - Liechtensteinstraße/Sigmund Freud Museum - Votiv Church - Vienna Airport Lines - DDSG City Cruises - MAK/Museum of Applied Arts - City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 10 to 20 min. The duration is 60 min. Mon - Sun, 9:20 AM - 6:30 PM. Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Westbahnhof/Train Station - Schönbrunn Palace - Main Station - Museum of Contemporary Art - Belvedere Palace - Lower Belvedere - State Opera Buses arrive every 15 to 30 min. The duration is 75 min. Mon - Sun, 9:15 AM - 6:15 PM. The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 36 min. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. Stops: MAK/Museum of Applied Arts - City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Mariahilfer Straße/Shopping Street - Burgtheater/CityHall - University - Liebenberg Denkmal/University - Liechtensteinstraße/Sigmund Freud Museum - Votiv Church - Vienna Airport Lines - DDSG City Cruises - Kunst Haus/Museum Hundertwasser - Riesenrad/Giant Ferris Wheel - DDSG (Pier6 Imperial Bridge - Donauturm/Danube Tower - Alte Donau/Old Danube - Uno City - Donauinsel/Danube Island - Praterstern/Train Station - Taborstraße/Museum of Crime - DDSG City Cruises - MAK/Museum of Applied Arts Buses arrive every 15 to 20 min. The duration is 120 min. Mon - Sun, 9:20 AM - 6:40 PM. Your ticket includes a self-guided walking tour with an app. Cross the city at your own pace. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

2. Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital. Upon activation, you will have 24, 48, or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). Enjoy countless benefits in museums and sights, exhibitions, theaters, concerts, shops, 20% off consumption at each of the participating restaurants, and much more for the duration of your stay (max. 7 days). Save up to 50% with the discounts. If you are traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holder. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. Download ivie, enter your 8-digit code to activate and hold your digital Vienna City Card.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

3. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg. The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions. Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.

Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Day Admission Ticket

4. Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum Day Admission Ticket

Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum was built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the imperial collections. See works from ancient Egypt and classical antiquity and through the late 18th century. In the Picture Gallery admire masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Vermeer, Velázquez, Titian and Durer. At the Kunstkammer see works by goldsmiths such as Benvenuto Cellini. The collection includes sculptural masterpieces and filigree works in ivory by top artists of the day. Marvel at the magnificent building itself, with its imposing staircase that features a series of paintings on which Gustav Klimt collaborated.

Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

5. Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

See Vienna's historic and modern highlights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with audio commentary. Choose between a 24-hour or 48-hour pass to suit your schedule. All tickets include a Self-Guided Audio Tour. Additionally, you can choose a Guided City Walking Tour, Danube River Cruise, or a trip on the historic Giant Ferris Wheel. Experience "Old Vienna's" landmarks including the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. The City Route takes you outside the city center past Prater Amusement Park to "Modern Vienna", with breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island. Starting in the city center, explore Vienna's famous palaces on the Palace Route. Pass the Hofburg Palace, then venture out of the city to see the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace. See the suburban areas of Vienna, the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus, and the “New Modern” Hauptbahnhof. With the 24-hour Ticket, you can see the best of Vienna in one day. Use the self-guided audio walking tour to learn more about the city at your own pace. If you purchase a 48-Hour Ticket, you can join a Guided City Walking Tour with a licensed guide who will lead you through the pedestrian area of Vienna’s Old Town. Learn more about the fascinating imperial history with comprehensive insight into some of its most notable buildings. Choose the 48-Hour Ticket option to enjoy either a scenic Danube River Cruise or a spin on the historical Ferris Wheel. You can also join a Guided Inner City Walking Tour with a licensed guide who will lead you through the pedestrian area of Vienna’s Old Town. Learn more about the fascinating imperial history with comprehensive insight into some of its most notable buildings.

Vienna: Guided Walking Tour of City Center Highlights

6. Vienna: Guided Walking Tour of City Center Highlights

Explore the center of Vienna on a guided walking tour. Uncover hidden gems and admire iconic sights like the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty and the Spanish Riding School where Lipizzaner horses are trained.  Discover Vienna's Old Town on this guided walking tour. Start near the Sacher Hotel and learn everything about the capital of Austria. Enjoy a 1.5 to 2-hour tour and admire the exterior of the Hofburg complex. Take a look at the magnificent buildings and the horses of the Spanish Riding School. Then, continue to Vienna's most famous coffee houses. Venture off the beaten path to the Blutgasse district and finish with a view of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

7. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok)• Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Plus more than 50 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 4 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • App guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Sisi Museum, Hofburg and Gardens Tour

8. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Sisi Museum, Hofburg and Gardens Tour

No lines, no hassle as our group tour takes you inside the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, courtyards and gardens of the Hofburg Imperial Palace Complex. With skip-the-line tickets and a 5-Star Licensed Guide, all guests can enjoy a high quality experience with easy-to-understand commentary in only 1 language. Discover the imperial heritage of Vienna in a nutshell! Book a 2,5-hour group tour of Hofburg Palace and Gardens with a Professional Guide. With pre-booked timed tickets, our guests can save time and skip the lines to the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartment at Hofburg. Inside the imperial palace, we will visit the private bedrooms, salons and offices of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth ""Sisi"" of Bavaria and see the world-famous collection of Sisi’s personal items. We will also venture out into the inner courtyards, see the buildings of the world renowned Spanish Riding School and admire the numerous statues and fountains of Heldenplatz and Burggarten. You'll be surprised how much the Hofburg Palace complex still has to offer the people of Vienna as a treasure trove of Austrian history and cultural heritage.

Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

9. Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

Discover the fascinating treasures of the Habsburgs in the oldest part of the Hofburg Palace – the Swiss Wing. See the most precious jewels – among them one of the largest emeralds in the world – that testify to the former power of the Habsburg dynasty. Other highlights are the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece as well the collections of 15th-century Burgundy and the cradle of the King of Rome (Napoleon II). Admire the charming jewelry of Hapsburg empresses and princesses and parts of the original jewelry of Empress Elisabeth. Discover legendary treasures such as the Holy Lance from the 8th century, the largest cut emerald in the world, the world's largest agate bowl – known as the Holy Grail – or the horn of a unicorn.

Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

10. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna. By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

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The tour was varied and interesting. There was something for everyone. The first stretch in the Sisi Museum was a bit narrow and stuffy, making you dizzy, but the guide can't help that. Perhaps drinking zones should be set up to counteract this.

Our tour was exceptional!!! We thoroughly enjoyed it and Amin was a delight!! Very informative and great photographer!!! Thank you for this wonderful experience!!!

Alexander is knowledgeable , very king and respectfully nice tour to know about Hifburg and the great Sissi

Everything worked great, staff was very nice, information was very extensive

She was brilliant, very informative, personable and engaging.