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Touring Vienna off the Beaten Path

The best city tours not only give you a good overview, but show you facets of a destination that you would probably not stumble upon on your own. Explore the lesser known sides of Vienna and its hidden cultural gems with Vienna Walks & Talks, or discover the shadowy world of Orson Welles’ Vienna on “The Third Man” Tour. Whatever your preference, you’ll come out of the experience feeling like a destination expert.

Third Man Sewer © Wien Tourismus
Third Man Sewer © Wien Tourismus
Karl Mars Hof in Vienna © WienTourismus, János Kalmár
Karl Mars Hof in Vienna © WienTourismus, János Kalmár
 © Wien Tourismus
© Wien Tourismus

Vienna Walks & Talks

The Timmermann family knows Vienna, and Vienna knows the Timmermann family. Meet Vienna Walks & Talks, the family-run tour company founded by Dr. Brigitte Timmermann, a well-known and highly respected professional Austria Guide with years of experience both in academia and the tourist business. The best way to see a city is on foot, but Vienna Walks and talks also specializes in bus, biking, and hiking sightseeing tours. For those on a short stay in Vienna, a quick “Vienna for Beginners” tour will familiarize you with the layout and profile of the city. If you want to delve deeper into the city’s history, culture and lifestyle, there are many themed tours available which will take you to sights and locations off the beaten path: The “Viennese Art Nouveau” tour includes fascinating architectural sites built during the famous Secession Movement spearheaded by Gustav Klimt. A guided nature walk will take you to the most beautiful sites among Vienna’s four nature parks and fifteen conservation areas. Wander along the hiking trails that loop around the city and enjoy the stimulating combination of exercise and information while you take in the raw beauty of Vienna’s green wilderness!

The Third Man Tour

 “The Third Man” portrays the once splendid imperial city of Vienna in shambles as it recovers from the horrors of World War II. Directed by Carol Reed with stellar performances by Orson Welles, this legendary thriller takes viewers through a grim Vienna. With “The Third Man Tour,” you can walk in the footsteps of the elusive Harry Lime and discover fascinating locations you would not get to see otherwise. You will even descend into the underground sewer system where some of the film’s most intense scenes take place. After you’ve seen all of the original locations and you’ve visited the private Third Man Museum, stop by one of the most iconic sets for the movie: The Giant Ferris Wheel. While the scene in the movie may have been creepy, you can brighten up your day with a spin on the wheel, taking in an enchanting sunset over a peaceful city.

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