PRIVATE VIENNA WALKING TOURS
See above Peter in action! Explaining Viennas black plague monument!
The tour starts close to the Opera building -allow yourself to be informed about the longstanding history of this old building. Subsequently we will cross the Albertinaplatz and we will walk down to the Imperial Palace. 16 wings, 17 inner courtyards, around 3000 rooms! We take a look into St Augustin church, which is as well part of the hugh palace and I will tell you incredible details and some unbelievable stories about the lives and the deaths of the empresses and emperors. Don't miss Canovas memorial to Marie Christine! Outstanding!
Next highlight will be the "Hofburgkapelle", where the Vienna boys choir perform Sunday morning since 1498.
Also the imperial treasury, which houses the crown jewels and many more attractions, are on my list. Our way continuos through the Swiss Gate onto the Reichskanzleitrakt, where Francis Joseph and his wife Sisi lived. Once on the hero square, you will figure out personally, why so many people point out, "this is the most beautiful city world wide".
But we still are on our way to the spanish riding school and I will introduce you the story of the world famous Lipizzan horses. Afterwards we will walk along the Kohlmark, Vienna's most elegant shopping street and we will see if we can stay outside the Demel confectionery, which is famous for their delicious pastries. After seeing St Peters church and the plague column we will reach our final destination, the majestic Saint Stephen's Cathedral. A tour to discover Vienna's major sights in the city-centre. You will love it!
We start our private Vienna walking tour in front of the Francis Joseph I monument, located at Burggarten.
On this tour you will learn about the Habsburg family,Emperor Francis Joseph, and World War I. See where the Habsburgs emperor lived, walk through hidden inner courtyards, and understand how the Habsburgs became Europe’s most influential family. See where they got married and their burial place, then visit the Spanish riding school (from outside) to see the horses up close, a must-see for horse lovers. Visit another World Heritage site which shows the Habsburgs’ love for entertainment. Visit the birth place of the Vienna Choir Boy’s, started by Maximilan, and finally reach Heldenplatz where you'll be blown away by the tremendous beauty of this unique square. Hear about the end of Habsburgs’ glory and learn why World War I started. Listen to the stories, which will go deep under your skin. Soon you will understand, why World War II started March 15th in Vienna, Austria. Stand on the same square where Adolf Hitler announced the annexation and listen to all the facts and unknown details of the beginning of the Third Reich. A tour to discover Vienna's major sights in the city-centre around Hofburg palace. This tour is mostly focussed on the time between 1900 to 1955.
The Hofburg palace was for many centuries the centre of the Habsburg empire. If you would like to see and to feel Viennas imperial atmosphere, than this tour is a must do. We will start our guided city walk with a deep look into the authentically-furnished Imperial Apartements and the tasteful Sisi museum.The museum presents a sensitive account of the empress’s life. There are many stories surrounding Elisabeth’s fascinating personality, but at the Sisi Museum legend and reality are presented and examined from the perspective of the latest scholarly research. Let me explain you the true story and get all the stories behind the wall. The museum attractions provide historically accurate insights into the tradition of the Habsburg family and daily life at court. Believe me, you will be impressed!
Furthermore I would be delighted to show you the Imperial Crypt. located beneath the Capuchin Church and is intended for members of Austria’s former Habsburg dynasty, who have been laid to rest in the crypt since 1618.
149 Habsburgs, including 12 emperors as well as 19 empresses and queens, have their final resting place here. The magnificent double sarcophagus of Maria Theresia and her husband, Emperor Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen, is a work by Balthasar Ferdinand Moll and a masterpiece of baroque art!
In strong contrast to this is the plain sarcophagus of her son Joseph II. The last emperor to be buried here was Franz Joseph I. (1916). The sarcophaguses of Empress Elisabeth and Crown Prince Rudolf are situated in the crypt, which is looked after by Capuchin monks. The hearts of the Habsburgs were buried in the Heart Crypt of the Church of the Augustinian Friars from 1654 to 1878.
Burials take place in the Imperial Crypt to this day: the last Austrian empress, Zita, was buried here in 1989. And on 16 July 2011, her eldest son, the former Crown Prince and European politician, Otto Habsburg, was laid to rest here alongside his wife, Regina.
This private walking tour takes 2,5 hours and is particular a must for those, who really would like to go into Habsburgs private life and history!
We begin with a visit inside the Vienna State Opera. Marvel at one of the largest stages in Europe. Keep yourself informed in detail about the long history of this old house. We visit all break rooms and of course the private dining room of the Emperor Franz Josef. The inside tour to the Opera house takes approxametly 50 minutes and afterwards we will walk, passing by the Secession building, over to Vienna's most favorite food-area. Naschmarkt. Vienna’s best-known market has around 120 market stands and restaurants for a colorful culinary offering ranging from Viennese to Indian, from Vietnamese to Italian. The Naschmarkt has developed into a meeting point for young and old. The Flea Market on Saturday is already a cult event. After a little "rest" we will walk over to one of Viennas most impressive squares called "Karlsplatz". We will see:
Otto Wagner's Stadtbahn Pavilions, fantastic art object from Otto Wagner.
Otto Wagner, the pioneering architect of Vienna's Art Nouveau era, was the designer in charge of the construction of Stadtbahn, a rail service running underground in some sections, as an elevated system in others, around 1900.
St. Charles Church
A magnificent religious building with a large cupola: St. Charles' Church, the last work of the eminent baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
Musikverein & Kunsthaus
The concert hall contains the world-famous Golden Hall, in which the Wiener Philharmoniker celebrate the New Year's Concert every year - attracting a television audience of millions around the globe.
Special tour for music-lovers, foodies and those who would like to get a little bit in touch with Viennese Art -Nouveeau!
There are few European cities whose history is as closely connected with Jewish history as Vienna. Follow me and learn more about the jewish heritage in Vienna.
Until 1938, Vienna had a flourishing Jewish community with dozens of synagogues and prayer houses. The prevalent anti-Semitism of the time provided fertile grounds for the racism and terror of the Nazis, which started immediately after the occupation of Austria by the German Wehrmacht in March of 1938. Any Jew who owned something, was robbed: through “Aryanization,“ his property came into the possession of the state or of private persons who could “buy” at low prices. Both as famous as Sigmund Freud or as modest as a shoemaker or homemaker, 140,000 Austrian Jews had to flee the country for “racial reasons”; 65,000 who could not escape were murdered.
This tour will cover the Museum at Judenplatz (optional visit - with the subterranean remains of a medieval synagogue), the Holocaust Memorial at Judenplatz, the Memorial against War and Fascism at Albertinaplatz.
As well we will take a look to the square where Hitler anounced the Anschluss in 1938 (Heldenplatz) and I will show you from outside the only synagogue, which was not destroyed in the so called "Reichskristallnacht".
After a short introduction at St. Stephans (if you wish, we include a guide tour inside) we will leave to the amazing area behind the cathedral with its narrow streets and hidden courtyards. You will see the house where Mozart wrote his famous opera "The marriage of Figaro" and marvel at the typical “Pawlatschen” access balconies!
This is the Vienna of Roman ruins, medieval cellars and catacombs; tranquil courtyards and romantic fountains! This tour will lead you to hidden corners, little-known places and unusual objekts, like the "Wiener Basilisk" for example. As well you take a look to the Jesuiten church, with its fantastic ceiling painting and lost but not least we take a look to the world famous bermuda triangle.
Recommended for visitors to Vienna wishing to discover something a little different!
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