GuruWalk Original
Free tour

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! It is free! See you soon! Your Mario

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Tour description

Welcome to Vienna, the cultural capital of Central Europe and home to almost two Million lucky inhabitants.
On this free walk downtown tour from a corner to the corner of the former Roman military camp Vindobona, The Cradle of Vienna, we'll sail through more than 2,000 years of the city's history. Unfortunately, there is not much left to see from Roman times. This is because generations that followed the Romans recycled almost every stone for their buildings. However, a careful observer will not miss the traces of four centuries of Roman life in Vienna.
Our tour starts at the Schwedenplatz, a vivid traffic junction of the city center and, therefore, a meeting point for tourists and locals. Next, we'll walk through the Bermuda Triangle – Vienna's famous Party Mile that includes the town's oldest church and oldest synagogue.
Then we'll go to Hoher Markt – one of the oldest squares and therefore historical city center of trade and power as well as life and death with famous Ankeruhr (a musical clock), Römermuseum (Roman Museum) and fountain with the motif of the Marriage of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Judenplatz – the center of one of the most prosperous Middle-Age Jewish communities in Europe with the Holocaust Memorial, Jewish Museum, and Lessing statue is our next goal.
Then follows Am Hof – where the first Duke of Austria Heinrich II., and his wife Theodora, a byzantine princess, built the palace with a knight's tournament court. 
Finally, after a little bit more than two hours, our walking tour ends at Stephanplatz, the very center of the city.
I'm looking forward to walking and talking with you!
Your Mario

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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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    Rabensteig 5
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    Judengasse 4-6
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    Hoher Markt
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    Am Hof
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  • 13
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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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Lais 31 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Mario is an amazing tour guide, super knowledgeable and helpful! Would love to do more tours with him if I were staying in Vienna for longer.
Paula 31 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
I have done a lot of free tours around Europe and this has been the best I have ever done. So happy with it! Thanks!!!
Akhil 30 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
It was amazing to explore the history of Vienna with Mario :)
Julie 30 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Fabulous walking tour with Mario yesterday.. we had “whispers” so he could talk while walking. We received so much information, as he basically talked non stop for the whole time. He was pleasant, fun and informative. Great tour, thanks Mario
Chri... 29 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
Fantastic tour! Mario was full of interesting information, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to tour a different part of the city too!
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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 4 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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