SIGHTS TO DELIGHT
As a highly-qualified licenced guide who has undertaken extensive and in-depth training and regular further training, I am authorised to show you many of Vienna’s most interesting sights from within and without, from top to bottom.
Enjoy the benefits of my expertise and special service: cross-references to things you have already seen, no queuing for admission, and in many cases, discounts on admission fees, …
Whether you’ve laid careful plans for what you want to see or made a spontaneous decision: it would give me great pleasure to guide you through the following attractions!
IMPERIAL GEMS IN THE HISTORIC CITY CENTRE
Imperial Apartments / Sisi Museum /
Imperial Silver Collection
The Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg: The audience chamber, private apartments and state rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria.
Sisi Museum: The life and legend of Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, Duchess in Bavaria, also known as Sisi as opposed to “Sissi” alias Romy Schneider.
Imperial Silver Collection: Utensils used by the court kitchens and bakeries as well as decorative and practical objects used for Imperial banquets in Habsburg palaces and when the Imperial Family travelled away from the city.
Imperial Treasury (Kaiserliche Schatzkammer)
More than one thousand years of European history: the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, the Crown of the Austrian Empire, vestments and treasures from the Order of the Golden Fleece, precious jewels, the “inalienable heirlooms of the House of Austria”, and much more.
Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente)
The oldest collection of musical instruments in Europe with the most important collection of Renaissance and Baroque instruments worldwide, unique examples of Viennese pianofortes, string instruments by Jacob Stainer and Renaissance woodwind instruments. The collection offers exciting insights into the world of sound in which the composers of Viennese Classicism lived.
Collection of Arms and Armour
(Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer)
The best documented collection of court arms in the Western world. No other ruling family in Europe was connected by marriage with so many European countries as were the Habsburgs. For this reason, nearly all western European princes from the 15th to the early 20th centuries are represented here with suits of armour and ornamental weapons.
State Hall of the Austrian National Library
(Prunksaal der ONB)
This jewel of secular Baroque architecture is one of the most beautiful historic libraries in the world.
Imperial Crypt (Kaisergruft)
The final resting place of 145 Habsburgs, including 12 emperors and 19 empresses, as well as one woman who was not a member of the family. Magnificently decorated sarcophagi. Funerary rituals and the Habsburg’s morbid cult of death.
SCHÖNBRUNN: PALACE AND GARDENS
Grand Tour: 40 of the palace’s 1,441 rooms, including the apartments of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth, Franz Stephan of Lorraine and Maria Theresia
Imperial Tour: 22 of the palace’s 1,441 rooms, including the apartments of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth
Highlight Tour: 22 of the palace’s 1,441 rooms, including the richly furnished apartments of Maria Theresia and Franz Stephan of Lorraine.
Carriage Museum (Kaiserliche Wagenburg)
State coaches, (children’s) carriages, sleighs, sedan chairs and litters as well as liveries, harnesses, shabraques, and much more. Which coaches were used for which purpose and with how many horses?
Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)
The oldest and yet one of the most modern zoos in the world. Exotic animals been brought to Vienna since 1752, how was this done then, how is it done now, how are the animals displayed to visitors, where in times of crisis does their food come from? A journey through the history of royal, bourgeois and modern zoo keeping.
Liechtenstein Garden Palace (Liechtensteinmuseum)
The summer palace of the princely family of Liechtenstein in the 9th district of Vienna is a stunning symbiosis of architecture, painting and sculpture. It boasts a fantastic collection of pietre duro and major works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Sebastiano Ricci, …
BELVEDERE - SCHLÖSSER UND GARTENANLAGE
HIGHLIGHTS FOR MUSIC LOVERS
House of Music (Haus der Musik)
Let me take you to the place where in 1842 Otto Nicolai founded the Vienna Philharmonic Concerts. Treat your ears to an exciting journey of discovery through the interactive sound museum. Conduct the famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and learn more about the great masters of music.
A guided tour through the life and work of a musical genius at the scene of his creative activity, exciting insights into life in Vienna under Joseph II, digressions to individual works and a peep into Mozart’s home.
Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)
A guided tour through one of the best opera houses in the world taking in the stage, the auditorium and the public rooms. Extensive photographic material about the construction of the building in the 19th century, its destruction during World War II and the reopening of the opera in 1955. Insights into both historic and contemporary operatic life, the repertoire theatre and, of course, the Opera Ball.
Johann Strauss Apartment
Johann Strauss as a composer, musician, conductor and man: instruments, furniture and paintings owned by the maestro document the turbulent life of Schani Strauß, the King of the Waltz. It was here that he composed his most famous composition, The Beautiful Blue Danube, in 1867.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SACRED ARCHITECTURE
St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)
The emblem of the city of Vienna, a symbol for the reconstruction of Austria after the end of the Second World War, a place of pilgrimage for believers, a gem for lovers of Gothic architecture.
A monumental imperial church designed to demonstrate the intensity of ties to Rome, a harmonious blend of different architectural style elements, a unique jewel of European architecture.
Old University Church
An exquisite synthesis of the arts; discover the tricks used by Andrea Pozzo, who was a master of perspective, to create stunning optical illusions.
Sigmund Freud Museum
An exhibition about the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis in the apartment in Berggasse 19, where Sigmund Freud lived and had his practice from 1891 to 1938. It was from here that on 4 June 1938 he and his family fled Nazi persecution for exile in England.
Jewish Museum Vienna
Rich and diverse collections provide insights into Jewish life in the past and present:
- The Vienna Jewish Community Collection (since 1992)
- The Max Berger Collection (since 1988)
- The Sussmann Collection (since 1992)
- The Antisemitica Collection of Martin Schlaff (since 1993)
- The Stern Collection (since 1994)
- New acquisitions and donations
In 2000 a second branch of the Jewish Museum was opened on Judenplatz. The remains of the synagogue that was destroyed in 1420/21 and uncovered by archaeologists in 1995 bear witness to the life and destruction of the mediaeval Jewish community, which was one of the largest and most important in Europe.
Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance
Permanent exhibition of the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance in the Old Town Hall. Documents, photographs and many original objects document the early history of National Socialism, resistance and persecution under Nazi rule and how the Nazi past was dealt with after 1945. Admission is free!
How to keep spending on entrance fees and optional additional expenses to a minimum while soaking up an extraordinary amount of culture with maximum enjoyment:
- Combined Ticket Albertina + Upper Belvedere + KHM + MAK + MUMOK + NHM + State Hall of the Austrian National Library + Technisches Museum Wien: Bundesmuseen Card
- Combined Ticket KHM + Imperial Treasury + Imperial Carriage Museum + Weltmuseum Wien + Theatermuseum + Schloss Ambras Innsbruck + Theseustempel: Annual Ticket KHM
- Combined Ticket KHM + Imperial Treasury: Treasures of the Habsburgs
- Combined Ticket Weltmuseum Wien + Imperial Armory + Collection of Historic Musical Instruments: Weltmuseum Wien
- Combined Ticket Schönbrunn Palace + Imperial Apartements in the Hofburg + Sisi Museum + Imperial Silver Collection + Hofmobiliendepot.Möbel Museum Wien: Sisi Ticket
- Combined Ticket Giant Ferris Wheel + Schönbrunn Zoo: Combined Tickets
- Combined Ticket KunstHausWien.Museum Hundertwasser + Leopoldmuseum: Combined Tickets
- Discounted Admission between Leopoldmuseum / Viktor Frankl Museum / Jewish Museum + Sigmund Freud Museum: Museum-Partnership
- Discounted admission for children / best-agers / groups: on demand