City Walks: Exploring Vienna’s Neighborhoods

Explore the beautiful and historic neighborhoods of Vienna on foot, and venture out to the Vienna Woods Biosphere Reserve to take in the natural surroundings and views of the city.
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Program No. 22960RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Vienna, Austria’s impressive capital, is internationally recognized for its imperial palaces, timeless architecture, renowned museums, elegant coffeehouses and, above all, classical music. Extensive walks with a local expert introduce a city that has nurtured scientists, philosophers, rulers and artists. Stroll through the neighborhood where Johann Strauss Jr. gave his first concert. Walk along the magnificent Ring Boulevard where Vienna’s noble and wealthy built lavish, historic mansions. Navigate the winding streets and spacious squares of the Old Town, and hike in the city’s beloved Vienna Woods for amazing views from Kahlenberg Hill. Enjoy ample free time to discover some of the finest museums and concert halls in the world.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking 3-6 miles daily on varied terrain and using public transportation.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk in the footsteps of the artists of Vienna 1900 and the Hapsburgs as you explore the district of Hietzing, including Schönbrunn Palace.
  • An evening performance, including works by Mozart, illuminates this imperial city's rich musical past.
  • Get a taste of Vienna in the lovely Demel coffeehouse, once a meeting point for Europe’s intellectuals.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Lukas Husa
Dr. Lukas Husa was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where he still lives. He studied history with a specialization in economic and social history at the University of Vienna, completing his master’s degree in 2014. He studied at both the University of Vienna and Chiang Mai University in Thailand for his PhD. While pursuing his academic studies, he also studied to be a travel leader in Vienna and Austria. Dr. Husa has greatly enjoyed showing people from all over the world his beautiful home.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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