Explore Vienna’s First District, the historic city center of Austria's capital, and see medieval buildings, world-class museums, elaborate imperial palaces, and the towering church spires and domes of the city’s religious monuments.
What to Expect
Learn about the formation of Vienna and its transformation through time on a guided 3-hour walking tour of the First District. The district begins at the Ruprechtskirche, Vienna's oldest church, completed in 740 AD on the old Roman Vindobona.
See the Danube Canal, and walk through the government and commercial district, location of the 15th-century Maria am Gestade, one of the few remaining examples of Gothic architecture in the city, and historically used by sailors off the Danube.
Next, wander through the network of closely intertwined streets, formerly inhabited by the Babenberg Court, before entering Freyung, noted for its recently restored collection of 18th century palaces. Here, your guide will tell you about the imperial influence of the Habsburgs.
Following Freyung, head along the Ringstrasse, where the old city walls once stood. Learn about the development of Viennese culture in response to the Habsburg Empire, drawing artists, musicians, and authors alike.
You might even have time to stop at an authentic Viennese café, where naturally you should try some sachertorte, washed down with a cup of milky coffee. The walking tour ends at Stephansdom, a Gothic church that has remained an icon of Vienna's strength and persistence throughout history.
- Guided 3-hour walking tour of Vienna's First District
What's Not Included
- Food and drink
- Gratuity (optional)
Know Before You Go
• Please wear comfortable walking shoes
• Children under 12 are not allowed on group walks
• Walks are held rain or shine, with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with the docent, please call to alert Context Travel, so that they can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within 2 business days need to be made directly with the local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling the U.S. 800 number may not be honored