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Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

1. Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Upon arrival, explore the preserved historic premises of the Mauthausen Memorial at your own pace with the help of your audio guide. See the Wiener-Graben quarry, the Stairs of Death, the SS-Quarters, the Camp Prison, the Gas Chamber, and visit the newly re-opened Mauthausen Museum with the Room of Names. Honor the victims by learning about this crucial period in history. Embark on a 2.5-hour journey from Vienna across lower Austria towards the Mauthausen Memorial in a comfortable air-conditioned tour vehicle. Listen to your guide explaining the historical context en route and learn about life at Mauthausen concentration camp before its liberation in May 1945. Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Upper Austria was one of the largest labor camp complexes in the Third Reich. Between 1938 and 1945 about 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in Mauthausen. About half of them lost their lives. Today, Mauthausen Memorial honors the memory of those who perished here by standing as a reminder to the darkest days in Austria’s history.

Vienna: Sigmund Freud Museum Ticket

2. Vienna: Sigmund Freud Museum Ticket

Skip the line at the Sigmund Freud Museum and visit Berggasse 19, Vienna's most famous address. See all the private rooms where Sigmund Freud worked and lived for half a decade and changed our minds by developing the ground-breaking science of psychoanalysis. Use the same entrance Freud and his patients used to enter the house take the historic steps to enter the mezzanine, where the Freud family lived. Marvel at the preserved spatial structures, which reveal an authentic experience of the birthplace of psychoanalysis, and the various exhibits highlight the professional stations and biographical facettes of Freud’s professional and family life. Admire special printings, rare first editions, offprints, and presentation copies provide insights into the geneses of Freud’s theoretical work. Walk through Anna Freud’s adjacent living and practice rooms, which are dedicated to her work of combining psychoanalysis and pedagogy. The private rooms of the Freud family show Freud’s life as a family father and his career path as a young physician and neurologist. Go up a newly-built staircase connecting all floors of the museum and displays information in order to recount the history of the house and its occupants, also depicting the period following Freud’s expulsion, a time fraught with Nazi violence when “Jews were collected” at Berggasse 19. Explore a separate section on the gallery of the foyer is dedicated to Freud’s flight into exile in London with his closest family, to his brother Alexander and the fate of his sisters Rosa, Marie, Pauline and Adolfine, and their murder in the Nazi extermination camps. Step inside Freud’s former office and see the permanent exhibition “Hidden Thoughts of a Visual Nature” – a presentation of selected works from the Sigmund Freud Museum's collection of conceptual art, including works by John Baldessari, Joseph Kosuth, Susan Hiller, Franz West, Haim Steinbach and others. End your visit at the museum’s shop and café. Browse thorugh the book and gift selections, have an original Viennese coffee, or taste the unique Sigmund Freud Original beer, brewed in Vienna.

Vienna: World War II Historical Walking Tour

3. Vienna: World War II Historical Walking Tour

Uncover the social and political climate of Vienna and how this influenced the mind of a young Adolf Hitler during this guided walking tour. View historical sights like a synagogue that survived WWII and a Holocaust memorial. The 2.5-hour walking tour begins in front of the Albertina Museum, next to Vienna’s world-famous Opera House. Your guide will provide an insight into Hitler’s early years and his ideology. You’ll learn why and how the art student became a feared dictator. Learn about the effect that over 100,000 bombs had on the city. Hear about what happened to the city’s large Jewish community when ethnic rivalry and fear seized Vienna. See the only synagogue that survived the Nazi regime and visit Vienna’s somber Holocaust memorial. Learn how Vienna was divided after World War II: It was the only city in the world where the Allied powers managed a zone together.

Jewish Vienna: City Synagogue Guided Tour

4. Jewish Vienna: City Synagogue Guided Tour

Explore the Stadttempel, the main Synagogue of Vienna. The tour takes you along the memorial of the Holocaust, the wall of names, and the surviving City's vibrant Synagogue. Exclusively see the inside of the City’s Synagogue and get to know its vibrant history. Along with your guide, and active members within the Jewish community of Vienna, you will have an unforgettable experience within the Synagogue.

Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

5. Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of the St Stephen’s Cathedral, then begin the tour in the heart of Vienna and pass by the Jewish Museum. From here, explore the Old Jewish Quarter and learn about the history, hardships, and culture of the Jewish community in Vienna. As you explore the neighborhood's charming cobblestone streets, hear about the lives of famous former residents, including Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler. Highlights of the tour are also the Imperial Place and the Holocaust Memorial. The tour ends in front of the Synagogue. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Vienna’s Jewish history and culture.

Vienna: Jewish Life in Leopoldstadt 2-Hour Walking Tour

6. Vienna: Jewish Life in Leopoldstadt 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the area between the Danube Canal and the district of Leopoldstadt located on the Danube, once a center of Jewish life in Vienna. Set off on a journey through time and learn more about Jewish life in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century. Explore the part of the city off the beaten tourist path. Learn more about what social and community institutions dominated this district and find out which magnificent houses of worship existed at that period of time. See how the Jewish people live in Vienna today and follow the commemorative plaques marked “Path of Remembrance”.

Vienna: Jewish Museum Vienna and Museum Judenplatz Tickets

7. Vienna: Jewish Museum Vienna and Museum Judenplatz Tickets

In the main house of the Jewish Museum Vienna, an old palace near St. Stephen's Cathedral, you can discover the fantastic exhibitions on the Jewish history, religion, and traditions in Austria. Experience the history of Jewish Vienna with the permanent exhibition at Dorotheergasse “Our City! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now”. On the ground floor, the start of the exhibition presents Jewish Vienna from 1945 to the present day. It shows how the almost completely destroyed Jewish community developed over the years to a modest but diverse and vibrant community despite the resistance of Austrian post-war policies. After a look at present-day Vienna, the exhibition takes you back to Jewish Vienna from the Middle Ages to the Holocaust on the second floor. A multimedia guide provides visitors with additional perspectives on the exhibits. The collections are presented and placed in a historical context along with the objects’ places of origin – the synagogues or the collectors such as Max Berger or Martin Schlaff.  The foundations of the medieval synagogue are presented in the Museum Judenplatz. In addition to the various permanent exhibitions, the museum offers a wide range of temporary exhibitions and events at both locations on Dorotheergasse and Museum Judenplatz.

Vienna: Guided Jewish Museums Private Tour

8. Vienna: Guided Jewish Museums Private Tour

Visit the Museum Judenplatz and the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna on this guided private tour. Learn about the history of the Jews in Vienna and Austria from a knowledgeable guide. Have the option to extend your tour to see additional points of interest related to Jewish culture and history. Follow your private guide and discover events and facts about the local Jewish community at the Jewish Museum. See how the city once had a flourishing Jewish community prior to WWII and how it is today. Visit the Museum Judenplatz and see its animated virtual tour of Jewish life in the 14th century. Learn about the development of Jewish communities to the everyday routines of Jews during the Middle Ages. See the permanent exhibition of “Our city! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now” and understand the difficult path of Jewish Vienna from 1945 to the present day. Have the option to extend your journey and learn more about the Jews in Vienna. See the Holocaust Memorial at Judenplatz and Memorial against War and Fascism on Albertinaplatz. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you fascinating facts and lead you to see Stadttempel Synagogue. Stroll down toward Leopoldstadt to the other side of Danube. Once a Jewish neighborhood, the area was called Matzoh Island. Along the neighborhood's streets, come across plaques marking former Jewish community establishments and see Or Chadash Synagogue as well.

Vienna and the Holocaust: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

9. Vienna and the Holocaust: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

This walking tour is an essential introduction to Vienna’s role in the Holocaust. It tells the story of Viennese Jews throughout the city’s history, with a focus on the Holocaust and the post-war years when justice was being sought. If you like overlooked history, forgotten stories, and off-the beaten path places, this walk through the center of Vienna will be right up your alley (and we’ll be wandering down a few of those too!) We’ll explore locations with links to Jewish Vienna that aren’t often found on tourist maps. Along the way, you’ll learn about Simon Wiesenthal, the greatest ‘Nazi hunter’ of all time, and how many of his efforts eventually led to justice. You can look forward to hearing about: • Jewish Vienna’s history, and Austria’s role in the Holocaust • The original site of the Gestapo headquarters • Stadt Temple • “The Nameless Library”, the central memorial for Austrian victims of the Holocaust • Leopoldstadt, Vienna’s thriving Jewish community • The O5 headquarters, the most prominent pro-Austrian resistance group Whether it’s your first time in Vienna or you’re a curious history buff eager to uncover the city’s hidden corners, this 90-minute walk will keep you captivated and have you yearning for more intriguing tales.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

10. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Learn about Vienna's fascinating history as well as some of its most famous people on a private walking tour. Begin by tracing the city's historical roots, from the Celts and Romans to its modern-day inhabitants. Visit some of the most important locations of the city including St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Heldenplatz, Hofburg Imperial Palace, The Graben and Plague Column, the Jewish Square, Burggarten, and Volksgarten. Hear about the life of the various members of the Habsburg family who were once one of the most distinguished royal houses of Europe. Learn more about famous composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as the proud tradition of classical music in the city.

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The reconceptualisation of the museum is very good. I trained in psychoanalysis, so it was a treat to visit Freud's home in Vienna, and to learn more about him and his family in context. My partner, who wasn't trained in psychoanalysis (but has had to endure me prattling on for many a year) also enjoyed the experience, too.

I liked the Judenplatz museum which depicts the early history of the Jews in Austria & Vienna. The more modern Jewish museum was less interesting for me, being Jewish and from Israel. I think it's important for people who are not familiar with the important heritage and tragic history of the Viennese Jews.

we learned a lot from this tour. the guide we had was excellent! With HEADSET and guide had MICROPHONE. he was enthusiastic and upbeat. would highly recommend!

A very informative tour. Stefan, our guide, was excellent. He was highly knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour!

The guide was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.