A free walk with a Vienna Greeter
All our walks are unique. We’ll match you with one of our wonderful volunteers, and they’ll take you on a walk and give you their own very personal impression of our beautiful city.
To give you an idea of what our city has to offer, here’s what one of our recent walks looked like.
We meet at the main building of the University of Vienna on the famous Ringstrasse road. We walk past the city hall, the Burgtheater and the Austrian parliament and talk a little bit about the history of the area.
Near the Volkstheater, we turn off and explore the incredible Museumsquartier, home to the Museum of Modern Art, the Ludwig Museum and the children’s museum Zoom, amongst others. After that, we take the steps out the back past the traditional Glacis Beisl restaurant and into the 7th district.
After exploring the historic Spittelberg area, we move on to the peaceful square around the St. Ulrich church, with its cafés and small shops.
Just around the corner is the entrance to a serene passageway through the inner courtyards of the Shottendurchhaus.
On the other side, we come out in the 8th district and make our way along one of the oldest streets in the area, the Lange Gasse, past some original buildings from the early 18th century and finally on to the oldest remaining building in the whole district, the old bakery.
Coming along Maria-Treu-Gasse towards the Piarist Church is one of the most beautiful sights in the whole city, especially on a summer’s evening. It’s also a great place to have some food and sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere.
After a shortcut through Schönborn Park, the former garden palace of the Imperial Vice-Chancellor and Prince-Bishop of Würzburg, we arrive at the former buildings of the first general hospital in Vienna, the AKH. It’s now the home to a number of university faculties, and the inner courtyards, parks and spaces are a very special oasis, especially in summer months.
Passing the place where the house stood in which Beethoven died, we move on towards the 9th district, passing some of the science faculties of the universities, and down Berggasse, past the Sigmund Freud Museum and towards the Serviten neighbourhood.
We walk past the imposing Lichtenstein Palace with its wonderful park and come up the Strudelhofstiege steps into Bolzmanngasse and the Embassy of the United States of America, situated in one of the most impressive palaces of the city.
Our walk ends with a stroll past some more historic scientific departments of the university and the Votivkirche church, before finishing where we started at the main university building.
This walk gives a great impression of Vienna just outside the city centre, and we see a number of residential areas from the 18th and 19th centuries and some very contrasting parts of the city.
This is just an example. Your greet will be different. And remember, as we always say, your greeter is one of the sights. They’re full of information and anecdotes about life in the city, and you’ll get a real insight into what it’s like to live here.
All walks are free (and we don’t take tips), take about 2 hours, and are limited to 6 people.