Vienna and its architecture, which is rich in tradition, can also offer modern, extraordinary sightseeing tours.
If you go on a journey, you would like to tell others something about it. Nevertheless precisely in the case of a city break, you would like to say something more than that which many know from the classical tourist paths. You should leave the first district, which is swarming with tourists, in order to discover more about the real Vienna and its residents. Here you will find a list with extraordinary tours through the city to help you.
The Third Man Tour – follow in the footsteps of the classical film and delve into the Viennese sewage system
The most well-known – extraordinary – tour through Vienna is the Third Man Tour, which will give you a glimpse into the settings for the world famous film, The Third Man. While you are following in the footsteps of this film classic, you will have the possibility to visit the Viennese sewage system, which is actually not accessible to the public. The tours take place from May to October from Thursday to Sunday between 10 am and 8 pm (always on the hour). The tour is suitable for children from the age of 12.
On this tour, you have the possibility to discover the mystical and unconventional Vienna when you enter the canal system wearing your helmet and carrying your torch. A clear recommendation for all fans of the film classic. Due to the fact that this tour is extremely popular, it is best to reserve tickets in advance either by phone or online. The meeting point is the Karlsplatz-Girardipark in Vienna’s first district, opposite the Café Museum.
The Third Man Tour
Address: Karlsplatz-Girardipark, 1010 Vienna opposite Café Museum
Opening hours: May – October, Thursday – Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm
(Tour of the sewers every hour, on the hour, last tour at 7 pm!)
Shades Tours Vienna – Discover a side to Vienna which most Viennese do not know
We would of course not want to deprive you of the chance to see Vienna from a totally different perspective in a particularly special city tour. The Viennese social start-up, Shades Tours – Vienna, has developed a unique approach to draw attention to, and to raise awareness of, the topic of homelessness. The approach is very simple: in Shades tours, former homeless people take you through Vienna and you will learn about the city from the perspective of the homeless. This tour is suitable for school classes, companies, associations or interested individuals. Tickets can be bought online.
Shades Tours Vienna
Kontakt: +43 1 / 997 19 83 oder firstname.lastname@example.org
British humour meets Viennese architecture
Everyone say it and everyone knows it – Vienna is wonderful! There is a wide range of tours which will take you through beautiful, historical Vienna, passing architectural masterpieces such as the Viennese State Opera and St. Stephen’s Cathedral to name but two. And this tour aims to change this. Contrary to other tours which lead you to the classical sightseeing spots of the city, this tour will show you how ugly Vienna can be. With much sarcasm and humour, the native Brit, Eugene Quinn, will take you through the city and show you the ugliest buildings in Vienna. The tour begins at the entrance to Vienna’s Augarten in the city’s second district, Leopoldstadt, costs 5 Euro and is exclusively in English. It is not necessary to book in advance. You can find the next date online.
Meeting point: Augarten park entrance, opposite Obere Augartenstrasse 1, 1020 Vienna
The fastest sightseeing tour in Vienna – Hotrod Tours
A soapbox arouses happy childhood memories in most of us and you can relive these on a Hotrod tour. Every day there are tours with motorised soapboxes. The Daylight Tour, for example, lasts around two hours. The meeting point is in Judengasse in the first district and the tour will take you to Vienna’s Praterstern, passing the Riesenrad (Vienna’s famous Big Wheel) and the Old Danube before you return to the city centre. You will have ample opportunity to stop to take photos. Hotrod also offers further tours, such as the Moonlight, Wienerwald, or Gourmet Tours. You can find details of all the tours on their website.
Hotrod Tour Wien
Address: Judengasse 4, 1010 Vienna