We will pick you up from opposite the main entrance to the Schoenbrunn Palace with our old-timer tram. We come to Vienna’s technical museum at the next crossroads where we drive along the middle of a beautiful avenue. Now we come to upper Mariahilfer street, the lower part of which is one of the most important shopping streets in Vienna. At the busy West station, we join the “Belt” for a short time and then leave it at Urban-Loritz Square with its unique roof. Our route takes us through the 7th district, past the beautifully restored houses in the historic Spittelberg quarter. In no time we reach the National Theatre (left) and the Museum quarter (right) and passing the Natural History museum, we reach the Ring road at the “Bellaria”.
We turn left on the Ring road and can cast quick glance at the parliament building. Along the public gardens we come to the Heldentor (Heroes Gate) and the Hofburg Palace lying behind it. Passing the Burggarten (court garden), we stop in front of the famous state opera. Next to this is the beginning of Kaerntner Street – the main street in the inner city. Time for a quick look at the “Sirk-Eck” as well as a little further behind at St Stephan’s Cathedral and then we continue on our journey to Schwarzenberg Square. On the right hand side, you’ll find the Count Schwarzenberg statue and, a little further back, the Hochstrahlbrunnen fountain that is lit up at night.
Further along the Ring, we pass the city park, Otto Wagner’s Postbank building, the War ministry and finally reach the Danube Canal. Just before this, we turn right and pass the Urania. It is worth taking a look right at the Vienna river with it’s double-bridge construction: the underground travels under it from tunnel to tunnel over the river and the Zollamt bridge arches over it.
We reach Radetzky street via a small pedestrian zone and on the left, shortly after Radetzky Square, you’ll find the famous house of the architect “Hundertwasser” with its round shapes and colours. A sharp left bend takes us across the Danube Canal. It is worth looking at the rear bank and its grand houses.
Suddenly we are surrounded by woods and meadows – the Prater! You feel like you are far away from the city in this huge recreational area. We soon reach the Prater main avenue, our end stop from where you can easily reach the Swiss House on foot in about 10 minutes. A crispy pork knuckle and a cool beer are a great way to end an evening city tour!
Highlights of this Journey:
– Schloss Schönbrunn
– Parlament, Burggarten, Heldentor
– Natur- and Kunsthistorisches Museum, Oper
– Schwarzenbergplatz, Stadtpark, Johann-Strauß-Denkmal
– The Ringstraße (partly)
– Postsparkasse and Urania
Journey time: 48 minutes
Including additional arrival and departure time: 84 minutes
Please remember: This is only a suggestion! We can arrange your trip completely individual.