Historic Vienna Promenade: A Walk in the City Center

Historic Vienna Promenade: A Walk in the City Center

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      Vienna, Austria
      2 Hours
      Mild
      From (USD)
      $ 271
      • Hofburg: This magnificent Baroque palace, with its many wings and squares, was the residence of kings and emperors, and you'll see some of their royal regalia in the Imperial Treasury.
      • Lipizzaner Stables: The Stallburg is home to Vienna's famous performing horses, and their equine ballet is so highly prized that they get to live in the lap of luxury.
      • St. Stephan Cathedral: With its distinctive multicolored tile roof and 446-foot south tower, this 12th-century Gothic cathedral is one of Vienna's most recognizable symbols.

      Meeting point

      Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.

      Helpful hints

      Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Take a rain coat and/or umbrella in case of rain. Don't miss out on tasting the original "Wiener Schnitzel." Vienna is famous for its local shops but you can also find a lot of global brands (shopping is possible before/after tour and not during the tour).

      Getting around

      Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.24 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Private Tour

      Languages

      English, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-AUT-VIEN-EN-1005

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.

      As you walk along the Graben admiring the elegant architecture on both sides of Vienna's most famous street, it's hard to imagine that this wasn't always the exclusive part of Vienna.

      Once upon a time, the Graben was a working man's neighborhood, dotted with wooden houses, markets, and warehouses for trade goods such as clothing, carpets, and grain. Not only was the area overcrowded, it was also where a stream used for sewage disposal originated.

      And the stench wasn't the worst part. The warehouses would hold goods for months at a time, and were heavily infested with rats, which were heavily infested with fleas, which were heavily infected with Yersinia pestis bacteria. The result was plague so severe that it was called the "Viennese death" as it spread through Europe.

      Finally, during Vienna's Great Plague of 1679, a religious order called the Brotherhood of the Holy Trinity created special treatment hospitals for children and adults. Though their measures were simple, it was a vast improvement over the treatments of the time. And the tide was turned.

      The Holy Trinity Plague Column you'll see in the Graben was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I as a "mercy column" in hopes of speeding the outbreak's end. It ran its course by the early 1680s. But the column wasn't finished until 1693.

      Lipizanner lineage

      Lipizanner stallions have something of a royal bloodline. The breed began during the Moorish occupation of Spain, when Arabic and Iberian horses were cross-bred. Austrian nobility began training them in a fancy style of parade-ground performance in the 16th century. Today, every horse trained in Vienna's famous Spanish Riding School can be traced to eight stallions in the 18th and 19th centuries. Maybe that's why the ones you'll see live in stables that were built for a crown prince.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Vienna, Austria
      Vienna, Austria
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring water
      Bring snack
      Bring money
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Head covering
      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear warm layers

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