Private Tour: Vienna Inner City Highlights
The perfect half-day tour for first-time visitors, this sightseeing experience in Vienna’s center is led by a private guide for a personal experience. The 3.5-hour tour visits three of Vienna's most important attractions: Belvedere Palace, the Ring and Heldenplatz, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Weather permitting, there will be a surprise "rooftop view" portion of the tour, and a snack break at a traditional Viennese café or a tucked-away beer garden to keep you refreshed as you traverse Austria's capital city. Public transport and food are at your own expense.
Travel from your hotel with your host, and navigate Vienna’s underground and/or tramway to the magnificent Belvedere Palace. As you travel, you’ll hear how the palace is the home of Gustav Klimt’s painting The Kiss, and provided the setting for the film Woman in Gold. One of the best views of Vienna's inner city can be had from the palace's hillside baroque gardens.
Later, take the tram past the Soviet Monument, Karlsplatz, and the State Opera as you reach the monumental part of the inner-city ring. The panorama, made up of the Hofburg Palace, Heldenplatz, Parliament, City Hall, and the Burgtheater, is one of the world's most impressive urban creations. Have your camera ready; the sight is best photographed before noon, in the morning light.
Discover impressive passages and staircases at Freyung plaza, which is surrounded by noble 18th-century palaces and is home to a small market on Fridays and Saturdays. Stroll along the stretch between the Hofburg Gate and St. Stephen's Cathedral, where your tour finishes, and mull over the history and architecture that has made this city one Europe's most interesting destinations.