Vienna audio tour: The Heart of Vienna

The Heart of Vienna

Walking Tour

75 mins

About the Tour

Let Vienna's most fascinating stories take you into the city's rich 2000 year long history. This walking tour runs through the heart of the city, from the Vienna State Opera House to the city’s crown jewel – the Stephansdom. Along the way, you’ll experience the Viennese culture and be amazed at the incredible stories hidden in plain sight, including:

• How Vienna's Ring Road came to be
• The fiery origins of Stephansdom Boomer churchbell
• The birth of the Cappuccino and modern Viennese Coffee Culture
• The Hapsburgs' unusual burial tradition

You'll also see sights like:

• Vienna State Opera House
• Famous Vienna Star Walk
• Hotel Sacher
• Albertina Art Museum
• Monument Against War and Fascism
• Capuchin Church

If you've got an hour and want to see all the major historical and cultural themes that Vienna has to offer – this is the tour for you!

Music featured:

Johann Strauss II - Radetzky March
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Johan Strauss II - An der schönen blauen Donau
Jingle Punks - Extinction Level Event

Tour Producer


Alex Parkhill

Hello. I am an American Expat working in Vienna, Austria. Together with my friend and colleague Daniel Davison, we have been giving guided tours of Vienna for over 5 years. We are pleased to bring these experiences to you!

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Major Landmarks

  • Vienna State Opera House

  • Albertina Art Museum

  • Monument Against War and Fascism

  • Capuchin Church

  • St. Stephan's Cathedral

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is pretty easy to find. The tour begins in front of the southern face of the opera house, in between the opera house and the Ring road. You can take the U-bahn to Karlsplatz, or by street tram get off at the Kärntner Ring Oper stop. This tour is wheelchair friendly.

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Places to stop along the way

Directly on the tour recommended eateries include the Bitzinger Würstelstand and the Sacher Hotel Cafe. You may also want to visit inside of the Albertina Art Museum, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Habsburg Imperial Crypt.

Best time of day

This tour can be enjoyed anytime day or night. If you would like to enter the museums or churches that we pass, be aware that some of these close at 6pm.


The crime rate in Vienna is very low. Nevertheless, be aware of your belongings as there is always the potential for pick pockets in major European cities.


Really great tour, I learned so much and it really brought the city to life. It’s a pity there is no extended version as I could have walked around and listened for hours

Posted by Manus , 21 days ago

Very nice !

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

Very good, informative and fun tour. An update would be in place : we spend some time on Neuer Markt, where huge construction are taking place and there is nothing to seem

Posted by Bertil Videt-Que , over 1 year ago

Wonderful and totally worthwhile!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago

One of the best Voicemap tours ! Great details and inspiring insights ! A recommander absolument !

Posted by Helene Y , almost 3 years ago

So much fun! Very well done! I wished it were longer!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 3 years ago

Fantastic tour!! Easy to follow. Very funny and packed with interesting info. A little less than an hour.

Posted by Ann , about 3 years ago

Excellent tour! I loved the stories that Alex told and I felt like I was personally being shown around Vienna. Highly recommended!

Posted by Leo , over 3 years ago

Wonderful tour through Vienna! It was very informative, had seamless integration with the GPS, and had a great sense of humor!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 4 years ago

This tour blew us away! It is a great tour of the heart of Vienna, very knowledgable and entertaining! We wished it lasted longer!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 4 years ago

Great details on the varied history of Vienna’s inner district! I’m impressed and can recommend this tour.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 4 years ago

Highly recommend this tour! Extremely personable & knowledgeable tour guide. Unforgettable facts about Vienna. Absolutely worth taking.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 4 years ago

Excellent tour, highly recommend! Alex is a masterful guide and manages to be both informative and entertaining.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 4 years ago
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