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Vienna: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert in Karlskirche

1. Vienna: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert in Karlskirche

Experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a masterpiece of classical music. Visit Vienna’s Karlskirche and listen to the concertos of a string quartet and basso continuo. The performance by Orchestra 1756, a classical period instrument ensemble, makes this concert extraordinary. Enjoy a journey through time with this evening concert and experience unforgettable moments with historical sounds. The Four Seasons includes four of twelve revolutionary violin concertos that interpret each season of the year. Four sonnets are the inspiration for this masterpiece that takes you into a world of sound, with thunder and lightning, cracking ice and birdsong, a sleeping shepherd boy, hunting parties, and many other places. Program: Le quattro stagioni – The Four Seasons Spring, Op. 8 Nr. 1 Summer, Op. 8 Nr. 2 Autumn, Op. 8 Nr. 3 Winter, Op. 8 Nr. 4 One or two additional parts which are changing from week to week and could be from these composers: Works by W. A. Mozart, J. S. Bach, H. I. F Biber, and other major composers.

Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

2. Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

Enjoy a classical concert by a string ensemble of musicians from renowned Viennese orchestras. The program includes complete works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert, played on period instruments and therefore recreating the atmosphere of the golden age of the Viennese Classic Era. St. Anne's Church ( Annakirche), the concert venue, is located in the heart of Vienna and is considered an architectural masterpiece with splendid acoustics and Baroque ambiance. Vienna is widely known as the capital of music. Enjoy a live performance in the city of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven. The church is heated during the cold months.

Vienna: Classic Ensemble Vienna in St. Peter's Church Ticket

3. Vienna: Classic Ensemble Vienna in St. Peter's Church Ticket

Experience St. Peter's Church, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Vienna with entry tickets to the Classic Ensemble Vienna concert. Hear wonderful interpretations of works by famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and many more. Step inside St. Peter's Church, built from 1701 to 1733 according to plans by Lukas von Hildebrand. Let the Classic Ensemble Vienna enchant you here with an evening of classical music. Hear "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," let the music lead you through "The Four Seasons" and follow musical stories by Mozart, Bach, and Schubert. Enjoy these Classical works in the indescribable ambiance of the underground vaults of St. Peter's Church in the heart of Vienna.

Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

4. Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join an educational tour of Vienna's Old Town. See the most important landmarks and monuments and immerse yourself in the history of the Austrian capital. Discover the cultural heritage of the Hofburg Empire and fall in love with spectacular sights. Meet your guide and uncover the highlights and hidden gems of Vienna's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. View the monumental Hofburg Palace complex with gardens and numerous monuments. Head to City Hall, a monolithic Neo-Gothic municipal building built. Pass by the Burgtheater with its characteristic statues and staircases painted by Gustav Klimt.Tucked away among the elegant townhouses and shops, find the 18th century St Peter’s Church (Peterskirche). Stroll to a Stephansplatz to visit St Stephen’s Cathedral. Step inside to see stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures.  Pick to the 3-hour tour option to visit St. Peter’s Catholic Church, whose architecture mimics its famous namesake in Rome. Inside, be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of ornamental design with beautiful murals, paintings, and a domed roof with gilding.  Learn about its architectural and artistic qualities and discover its history dating back to the beginning of the city. In addition, during the extended route, see sights, such as the Column of The Trinity and the Vienna University. Choose the 4-hour tour option to also visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, housed in part of the Hofburg palace complex. Inside the museum, find secular and religious treasures like the Imperial Crown, the Holy Lance, and the Order of the Golden Fleece.  Select the 6-hour tour option for a full experience of Vienna's Old Town with a visit to the Hofburg Palace. Inside the former residence Habsburg emperors, explore the treasures of the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection.  Marvel at the ornate Rococo-style decor and antique furniture of the 24 private and official rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. View personal items of Sisi, the Empress, and a collection of silver, porcelain, and crystal tableware from Bohemia. 

Vienna: Secrets of the St. Stephan's Cathedral

5. Vienna: Secrets of the St. Stephan's Cathedral

The famous St. Stephan's Cathedral is a must-do for everyone who is in Vienna and it is probably the most iconic landmark in this beautiful city. But this means that everyone wants to visit the inside of the Church. This tour allows you to discover an alternative side to Vienna's most famous landmark. On this tour, you will visit the parts of the church, which are usually not accessible to the public. Meet your guide in front of the church and, after some general information about this incredible building, set out to discover the secret parts of the building. Find out some secret facts about the church itself and visit the catacombs before heading up to the attic — which is normally not publically accessible — and the unique rooftop. On the rooftop and inside the attic you will have the chance to take fantastic pictures in all directions, both from the inside and the outside. In addition, to get to the attic you will walk through a hidden tunnel and staircase. Of course, the guide will be by your side to show you the way and to tell you the best stories and myths about St. Stephans Cathedral.

Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

6. Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

Experience the beautiful and historic city of Budapest with a day trip on a comfortable tour bus from Vienna. Take a comfortable ride through the plains of western Hungary to the city of Budapest, located on the scenic banks of the Danube River. Take an informative tour of the Buda and Pest districts, learning about their historical and cultural significance of the Hungarian capital along the way. Admire the most famous sights of the city, such as the majestic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the city. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, inspired by the Palace of Westminster, Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, and Matthias Church. Enjoy a visit to Margaret Island as you learn the meanings of these diverse sights from your tour guide. End by returning to Vienna for drop-off at your hotel.

From Vienna: Melk, Salzburg, Lake Wolfgang, & Hallstatt Tour

7. From Vienna: Melk, Salzburg, Lake Wolfgang, & Hallstatt Tour

Embark on a fascinating day trip from Vienna to some unique Austrian landmarks. Explore the historic Melk Abbey, the charming town of Salzburg, the scenic Lake Wolfgang, and the picturesque Hallstatt. Customize your itinerary depending on your needs and interests. Melk Abbey Be introduced to the history of Benedictine Abbey. Overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube River, the impressive baroque-style Abbey is home to the famous Melk Abbey library and contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau as well as the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg. During the visit, you can also explore the Abbey church and the garden pavilion. After approximately 1 hour visit of Melk, your journey continues through the Austrian countryside towards Salzburg. Salzburg Move on to the city of Salzburg. Upon arrival, independently explore the beautiful Mirabell Palace Gardens which was used as a filming location for popular "Sound of Music" movie, Mozart Museum, the UNESCO protected Old Town, and catch a spectacular view of the city from the Hohensalzburg fortress. Surrounded by mountains, Salzburg is well known as the birthplace of Mozart and the architecture is heavily inspired by Italian designs. Continue with a scenic drive through the Salzburg Lake District to Hallstatt. Lake Wolfgang The road to Hallstatt offers some spectacular panoramic views of the lakes within Salzkammergut region. We will offer you a photo break opportunity at Lake Wolfgang at the town of Sankt Gilgen. You are welcome to ask the driver for any other short stops along this route, so you can capture the picturesque scenery of Austrian lakes. Hallstatt Hallstatt is located directly on Hallstattersee. Hallstatt is known as one of the most photographed villages in Europe. Stroll along the Promenade into the colorful town center with numerous small shops, cafes and restaurants. In order to make your visit to Hallstatt more memorable, you have the opportunity to visit the Skydeck directly above the town as well as the Salt Mines for more scenic photo opportunities. In the late afternoon, drive back through the beautiful Austrian countryside to your accommodation in Vienna.

Vienna: Classical Concert at St. Stephen's Cathedral

8. Vienna: Classical Concert at St. Stephen's Cathedral

Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings in the Austrian capital. Whether you're a music aficionado or simply curious, you're sure to enjoy the tremendous acoustics within the cathedral walls. Choose from famous classical or Christmas shows for an elegant concert in Vienna. Admire the jewels of classical music at St. Stephen's Cathedral, where W. A. Mozart and J. Haydn once played. Listen to the great works of European composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, even during Christmas time (if option selected). Celebrate Schubert's 225th birthday with a fitting performance in his beautiful hometown. Commemorate the 175th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn’s death with a performance of his oratorio about the story of the biblical prophet Elijah, one of the composer's best-known works. Listen to a concert on the new Giant Organ (if organ concert option selected) with mighty sounds from more than 12,000 pipes, one of the biggest organ units of Europe. Hear world-class organists play a wide-ranging program with masterful virtuosity in the central nave of the church.

Budapest Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

9. Budapest Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

Enjoy the breathtaking view of Budapest and walk through the streets on a small-group guided tour. Explore the Hungarian Capital, expecially the Castle District and Hungarian Parliament. Cross over bridges and discover the Baroque-style streets, with free time afterward. Meet your guide and walk through the streets of the Castle District, with a special visit to the Matthias Church. View the 19th-century Fisherman's Bastion and take a look at the unique interior of the Ruszwurm, the oldest cafe in town. Go to the Hungarian Parliament from different angles, cross the main bridges and the most important avenues, like Andrássy Avenue, the local Champs-Élysées. Take pictures with historical Hungarian leaders at Heroes’ Square, at the St. Stephen's Basilica and learn the many secrets of Budapest. Enjoy your free time in the Budapest downtown area at the end of the sightseeing tour. Take time to walk around and try some Hungarian foods, like traditional Gulash. Afterward, enjoy a worry-free transfer back to Vienna.

Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

10. Vienna Old Town and St. Stephen's Cathedral Walking Tour

Enjoy a fun and informative walk through the highlights of Vienna's old town. Walk in the footsteps of Viennese history from the Middle Ages to the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Learn about the mystical architectural history of  St. Stephen's Cathedral and find out why the devil wanted to prevent the building's completion. Then step inside and discover this magnificent Gothic cathedral. Then continue to the Graben and see the historic baroque plague column. Stroll towards the Kohlmarkt until you reach the Michaelerplatz with the imperial façade of the Vienna Hofburg. Start at the stable castle and continue on to Josefsplatz which boasts great views of the imperial library. See the equestrian statue of Emperor Joseph II in the middle of the square. Pass through a gate and walk further into a small courtyard overlooking the choir of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle. Arrive at the Schweizerhof of the Vienna Hofburg. Head through the Swiss Gate, an important Renaissance work of art, and reach the inner square of the castle. Marvel at the monument Emperor Franz II./I. where your historic city tour will end.

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4.6 / 5

based on 112 reviews

Balazs was a great tour guide and driver on our trip to Budapest. It might have been a bit rainy and cold but it was still worth the trip. We saw amazing architecture and ate delicious food in the market. The whole trip went smoothly and was very informative.

Εξαιρετική εμπειρία, την προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα. Καλό θα ειναι να μεταβείτε άμεσα στον χωρό, γιατί δεν υπάρχει αρίθμηση και κάθεστε αναλόγως την ώρα της έλευσης σας. Μέσα στην εκκλησία κάνει αρκετό κρυο Αλλα δίνουν κουβέρτες.

Fantastic concert in the most beautiful surroundings! Be sure to dress warmly as it seems to be even colder inside the church than outside!

Next time I would pay a bit more, but you can see more. Still very nice experience

Great music in a beautiful setting. Very good value.