Austria officially the Republic of Austria is a federal republic and a landlocked country of roughly 8.5 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,855 square kilometres (32,377 sq mi) and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 metres (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
The tour begins by the Palace of Mirabell built in the year 1606 for the Archbishop Wolf Dietrich and is today home to the office of the local Mayor and city offices. Then pass the Mozarteum (University of Music) one of the world's most prestigious music academies.
Passing the Marionette Theatre, you will arrive in Markart Square with the Landestheatre (The Regional Theatre), The Trinity Church a baroque masterpiece from Fischer von Erlach plus Mozart's Wohnhaus (Mozart's Residence), where the composer lived for many years. Crossing over the Salzach (Salt) river which was once a major transport route you will have a wonderful view of this magical city.
Following the river along part of the old fortifications you will pass the Law Courts on the way to the Hellbrunn Palace where you will have a short photo stop. Hellbrunn Palace was built at the start of the 17th century to the design of the great architect Santino Solari and used as a hunting lodge and weekend residence by Salzburg's Archbishops.
On the way back to the city centre you will pass the Palace of Frohnburg and the Nonnberg Abbey, situated beneath the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress, before entering the heart of the city through the Siegmunds Gate. Once in the old city you will pass by the Festival Halls, Old University, Horse Pond, Getreidegasse and the Blasius Church. The tour finishes in Mozart Square where you will see the famous Mozart statue, Cathedral, Old Residence of the Archbishops and the Fortress Hohensalzburg.
See many unique attractions, world famous museums and historic monuments and join us for the perfect introduction to Vienna, Austria's most fascinating city.
- Stephansdom (St Stephan's Cathedral) As a symbol of the Viennese identity, St. Stephan's Cathedral sits in the center of Vienna serving as a beacon of historical and cultural importance. In 1945, more than 45 percent of this Gothic style cathedral was destroyed after a fire spread to its roof. After rebuilding and restoration, this iconic site serves as a testament to the Viennese
- Hitler in Vienna - originally from upper Austria, Hitler came to Vienna with hopes of being accepted into the art academy. After being denied twice and then living on the street he left Vienna only to return years later as Führer of the Third Reich during the Anchluß of Austria to Germany. Vienna's Heldenplatz (Heroes Square) will go down in history as the scene of Hitler's speech to hundreds of thousands of cheering Austrians after the 1938 Anchluß or annexation, which confirmed Austria as part of the Third Reich.
- Hofburg Palace Another reminder of the Habsburg dynasty, the Hofburg palace sits next to the Ringstrasse in the first district. It is now home to a plethora of museums.
Make a day trip to the Slovakian capital town, Bratislava, only an hour's drive away from Vienna. See the Primatial Square, Old Town Hall, Main Square, Michalska Street and St. Martin Cathedral.
- 09:15 Departure from Vienna bus station
- 10:15 Arrival at Bratislava city center
- Free time
- 12:00 Join your guide at the tour MEETING POINT in front of the Radisson SAS Carlton Hotel
- Lunch, Free time
- 17:05 Departure from Bratislava to Vienna