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Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

1. Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

Explore the stunning region of Salzkammergut, a Unesco World Heritage Site on a guided tour. See the snow-white castle, the beautiful alpine regions, towns like Hallstatt, Traunkirchen, and more. Enjoy a convenient pickup directly from your centrally-located Vienna hotel or opt to head to a central meeting point if you're staying at a hotel outside of the pickup area or in other accommodation like an apartment. Board your bus and depart to the stunning region of Salzkammergut. Your first stop is the Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch, to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water at your own expense. On the way back to Vienna (in the summertime), make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

2. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

Experience a ride on the famous Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, a landmark of the Austrian capital and a symbol for the world-famous Wiener Prater. With its iconic silhouette, the Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Vienna. A ride on the Wheel is just as important to a visit to Vienna as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, or the Spanish Riding School. A ride on this significant and fascinating structure provides spectacular views over the whole city. The Giant Ferris Wheel is a true cultural and architectural highlight for any guest in the city: you haven't really visited Vienna until you've taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and marveled at the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna! The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel rotates at a speed of 2.7 kilometers per hour. A complete rotation takes just over 4 minutes, but only when the Ferris wheel has not stopped to let passengers on or off. More commonly, a ride takes between 12 and 15 minutes, during which time you can enjoy picturesque views over Vienna and the surrounding area, such as the hills of the Vienna Woods, the Danube, the Marchfeld, and the Pannonian Basin.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket to the Danube Tower

3. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket to the Danube Tower

Visit the magnificent Danube Tower and experience the tallest landmark of Vienna. Take the shuttle bus from either Alte Donau or Neue Donau metro stations to the tower, then head straight to the entrance with your skip-the-line ticket. The terrace at the Danube Tower comprises a fully accessible outdoor platform and a two-story glass-paned indoor section, where you can admire the unforgettable panorama of Vienna's gorgeous cityscape. The glassed-in terrace allows visitors to enjoy the view over Vienna in strong winds and bad weather conditions and has become a particularly popular venue for special occasions. At an altitude of 160 meters, the café offers homemade pastries, strudel, and cakes as well as a range of delicious Viennese coffee specialties and warm Austrian delicacies. The next floor houses the Danube Tower restaurant at an altitude of 170 meters. Both floors make one full rotation on their axes every 26 minutes, offering varied and fantastic views of the city.

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

4. 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: Paint the Skyline and Danube Tower Free-Ride

5. Vienna: Paint the Skyline and Danube Tower Free-Ride

Sit on the terrace of the Danube Tower and gaze over the whole of Vienna on this fantastic afternoon of painting. Pick the most striking buildings and the most beautiful aspects of the city and create your own Vienna skyline in your favorite colors. Be guided step-by-step through the painting process with help from a professional artist. Have the chance to take home your painting and keep it as a memory of your time in Vienna. Choose to paint your masterpiece on A4 or A3 paper. Afterward, take your time to enjoy the observation deck or grab a bite to eat at the Danube Tower restaurant.

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What people are saying about Vienna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 543 reviews

Hallstatt was like something out of a picture book! We went on Christmas Day, a little busy but still had a chance to do everything. The trip is long lots of hours on the bus so just be ready for that. Sofia was our guide and she was great! Lots of stories on the way and very helpful. I’ll definitely be going back!

I had an excellent experience. The guide was enthusiastic and very helpful, you can tell she loves Hallstatt. We had plenty of time to walk around and take pictures. The bus was comfortable.

It was amazing. We skip the big line who waiting for take a ticket and go to the wheel.

Everything was excellent, beautiful nature, beautiful Austria...I really recommend

Was a great visit to finish our holiday in Vienna would recommend to everyone