GuruWalk Original
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The Cradle of Vienna - Downtown Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Mario
Quality Verified Registered on July 16, 2022

Hi there! You are reading these lines because you wish to visit and explore Vienna soon :) I LOVE THE WAY YOU THINK!!! My family and friends call me Mario. I've done many jobs in my life until I discovered the perfect one for me: the love of exploring the culture, legends, and stories from the past with people from all over the world while roaming through the charming streets, historical buildings, and world-class museums of the city to which I owe so much. Whether you're staying a week or just one day, there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with this town. You don't believe me? Be my guest, take a tour and get your feet wet! See you soon! Your Mario

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Tour description

The Cradle of Vienna is a free walking tour exploring Vienna’s extraordinary past and fascinating present.

Recommended if you like:
traveling back in time and learning more about Vienna and its history, the idea of seeing a city behind-the-scenes, watching documentaries and reading books talking about past and contemporary societal issues, being outdoors and walking in sunshine, rain or snow

On this free downtown walking tour, we will walk through the former Roman military camp Vindobona, the first settlement in Vienna, and sail through more than 2,000 years of the city’s history, exploring Vienna in Roman times, Vienna in Middle Ages, Jewish Vienna, Vienna around 1900, Vienna in the Third Reich, and modern Vienna as the world’s most livable city!

The walking starts at the place popularly known as Schwedenplatz (a small park opposite the McDonald’s - Rotenturmstrasse 29). It goes through the city’s oldest party mile while passing next to the oldest synagogue, the oldest church, and the first man cave. We will take short breaks next to the Ankeruhr - music clock, St. Josef fountain, and old City Hall. Next, we will explore the Jewish Square, once the center of Jewish life in the middle ages, and today home to the first holocaust memorial in Austria. Ultimately, we will walk through the two most expensive streets in Vienna to reach our last stop at the very center of the city, the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Rotenturmstraße 29, 1010 Wien, Austria
    Rotenturmstraße 29, 1010 Wien, Austria
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    You will find me in a small park across from McDonald's (the address of McDonald's is Rotenturmstraße 29) with a white umbrella. Take the underground to Schwedenplatz station (on the red U1 and green U4 lines). Exit Rotenturmstraße.

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    Outside visit
    Rabensteig 5
  • 2
    Outside visit
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    Outside visit
    Judengasse 4-6
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Hoher Markt
  • 5
    Outside visit
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Am Hof
  • 7
    Outside visit
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Kohlmarkt 7
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    Outside visit
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Stephansplatz 1

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Wei Yan 11 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Mario guided us along a route which is very close to the centre part of Vienna but yet easily gets ignored if ones follow only the major touristic trails. He has chosen a very particular theme for the walking tour but he didn’t make it too heavy for the walkers to digest. Instead, he breaks them down and makes it pretty comprehensive. He also has great sense of humour and he is a meticulous person who pays so much attention to details. I was so amazed how precisely he could synchronise his speech with the moving music clock which started playing at noon. Portable speaker for him and earpieces for everyone is a win-win-win situation for him to speak, for the participants to listen and without disturbing people around. He also prepared surprise sweets and snacks for everyone. Professionalism and effort 100%. We have also joined the walking tour of Mario’s colleague Mirko which lead a different route. Together we have a more complete picture of Vienna’s culture and history. I would suggest to join both if you have time and energy while visiting Vienna.
Gonzalo 09 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Amazing tour, Super interesting and intuitive. Mario knows lots, the information was super interesting and he mixed it with a good funny stories of Vienna. Super recommended
Egle 09 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Mario did a good job with telling as about Vienna. Very happy with a tour. Go and do it. All of you will be happy. 😁😁😁😁😁
Ivan 08 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Great historical insights !
HIND 08 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
The tour guide is very professional
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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