Love and Desire in Vienna
Stories about love and desire in Vienna
are a universally intriguing and almost inexhaustible topic. Viennese have partaken in the pleasures of the flesh for centuries. The so-called “Hübschlerinnen” (prostitutes) of the Middle Ages and the courtesans of the famous Graben street of the baroque era were part of the Viennese way of life and love. This entertaining tour will give you insight into life inside those private dining rooms, and you will hear anecdotes about flirtatious encounters, but also about true love at the royal court
In 1874 Viennese citizen Jakob Zelzer was the first to be buried in the newly-opened Central Cemetery
. Today this resting place with more than 3 million graves is the largest in Europe. Besides countless ordinary citizens, the cemetery has the largest number of celebrity graves
. Musicians such as Beethoven, Schubert
, Johann Strauss
or Falco; actors such as Hans Moser, Theo Lingen or Curd Jürgens; painters, architects and sculptors and other luminaries are interred here next to Presidents of the Republic and mayors of the city.
Coffee and Cake
Since 2011, the Viennese coffee house culture
has been part of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage
. There is hardly a better way to relax than by enjoying a cup of “Melange” (a traditional coffee) and a slice of “Guglhupf” (Austrian cake) while reading the newspaper at a café. During the coffee and cake walk
you are introduced to the oldest coffee house in Vienna that is still open today, you find out why a pastry shop is named after an opera, and you learn how the famous Sacher Torte
was created. You also learn about the so-called “coffee house poets” and get the opportunity to have coffee and cake at Demel
, a pastry shop that used to cater to the royal court, and/or to visit the Demel museum.
Unknown Underground Vienna
Hidden from the eyes of locals and visitors alike, Vienna
boasts a labyrinth of underground passageways, historic cellars and burial crypts
. Although many were badly damaged or destroyed in the last war or in the course of post-war re-developments, Vienna still offers plenty of surprises below its surface. The Unknown Underground Vienna
tour includes a visit of the authentically preserved crypts of St. Michael's and the excavations on Michaelerplatz.
Vienna in the Footsteps of the Third Man
Follow your guide through the cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards of Old Vienna, which inspired author Graham Greene and Carol Reed, see the places where Harry Lime lived, appeared and disappeared, learn the fascinating story of how one of the all-time greatest films was made
and what Vienna was like in the days of Allied occupation, Cold War espionage and the black market In the Footsteps of the Third Man