Our tour begins at Michaelerplatz, where the Hofburg, the Habsburg’s imperial palace and seat of power since the thirteenth century, dominates the square. From there, our tour continues down Kohlmarkt and the Graben, currently one of the city’s most fashionable shopping districts and home to such varied sights as a plague column commemorating the 17th century outbreak of bubonic plague, a baroque church, grand buildings in many different architectural styles and the national architectural icon of Austria: Stephansdom.
The walk continues to Schwarzenbergplatz, where a massive fountain and memorial to the Russian soldiers who died liberating Vienna from the Nazis dominates an area where most of the city’s embassies can be found.
Finally, weave through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to the city’s largest concentration of museums, while discussing the present day cultural, political and economic orientations of Austria and its capital.
- The guides at Insight Cities are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics and published authors
- We cater to visitors who want to enjoy spirited and informed presentations of the cultural and political histories of great cities
- This 3-hour walk introduces you to Vienna's layers of history, built one on top of the other, from Roman times to the present
- Encouter Michaelerplatz, a square dominated by the Hofburg, the Habsburg’s imperial palace and seat of power since the thirteenth century
- Examine Loos House, designed by Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933) in a modernist style that scandalized Vienna's citizens
- Stroll Kohlmarkt and the Graben, currently one of the city’s most fashionable shopping districts
- Discover Vienna's famed Secessionist Architecture
- Marvel at the mournful St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where the entrails of Austria's ruling Hapsburgs are entombed