GuruWalk Original
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The cradle of Vienna - Downtown Walking Tour from a Corner to the Corner of Vindobona

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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  • 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 (Rotenturmstraße 29/Franz-Josefs-Kai 25, 1010 Wien) with a white umbrella.Take the underground to Schwedenplatz station (on the red U1 and green U4 lines). Exit Rotenturmstraße.

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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Gordon 09 Dec 2022
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Small group, but friendly and well managed.knowledgeable and informative. Fun and pleasant experience.
Perla 09 Dec 2022
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Travelled in group - Dec 2022
Thank you Mario, the tour was great and his explanations were quite clear and concise.
Iulia 08 Dec 2022
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Mario was absolutely brilliant. He was extremely knowledgeable about the ancient history of Vienna, presented us interesting facts and hidden Roman gems. Needless to say he is very friendly and professional. Highly recommend his tour!
Julio 07 Dec 2022
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Amazing tour!!! Nice history, Mario knows a lot and he is kind
Beatriz 05 Dec 2022
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Travelled alone - Dec 2022
Mario is a great professional. I was running late because I was coming into Vienna from Bratislava and my bus had been delayed, and Mario replied to me with an updated location of where they were, which I really appreciated. He's very enthusiastic about the tour and the history of the place. I love it.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 10 people.
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.
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