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It's not all about Christmas markets in Vienna!
But a lot! Even if the chances of a white Christmas are not really good, everyone is pushing for mulled wine and punch. On our Free Tour in Vienna, our guides not only give recommendations for visiting the markets but it also ends on one of the most beautiful. By the way, here in Vienna we don’t wait for Santa Claus, but for the Christ Child!
We believe your budget shouldn’t keep you from enjoying premium sightseeing services.
Show your appreciation and how much you valued the tour, simply by tipping your guide.
We offer you the best possible Service in the language of your choice. We speak German, English, and Spanish fluently!
Our guides will make sure you see the best that the city has to offer with a fun and informative free tour.
The Free Tour
The Free Tour
„Mozart, Emperors, Schnitzel and Strudel (nope, no noodles!).
Is that really all you need to know about Vienna? Absolutely not!
For the 10th year running, Vienna has been chosen as the most livable city in the world. Join our passionate licensed Austrian Guides on a free walking tour around the old town, that will make you feel what Vienna is all about.
Starting from Albrechtsbrunnen (the Albrecht´s fountain) at Albertinaplatz you will walk past some of the most important highlights of the city of Vienna. From the Opera to the Hofburg, from the oldest coffeehouse to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, we will lead you through history, anecdotes, and the famous personalities, that have made Vienna a cultural international capital.
Our free walking tour is the perfect way to start your experience in Vienna, as it will give you an overview of all the city has to offer, while inspiring you on what to do next. Whether you are into history, food, music, or architecture, our guides will make Vienna speak to you in its very own way. And all of this, without even having to learn German!“
For many tourists, the free walking tour concept is an alternative to traditional guided tours. Free Tours are already available in many cities around the world and are designed for solo travelers or couples. Contrary to regular tour services, there is not a set price that you have to pay in advance for taking a tour. Instead, you pay the amount that you consider appropriate after your tour experience by tipping your guide. ´Free´ doesn´t mean worthless by any stretch of the imagination – in fact, quite the opposite.
Our guides don´t receive any other income apart from the tips from their guests, so they work extra hard to make sure that you have a great time on the tour. Instead of lapsing into routine, their motivation to provide a top-quality tour has to be extremely high – day by day, and tour by tour. In Vienna, guided walking tours generally cost 20 to 40 Euro per person and you have to pay regardless of whether you are satisfied with the tour or not. Our Tours let you decide how much the tour is worth.
In Austria, all city tour guides must be officially licensed. As a result, we are immensely knowledgeable professionals and have completed a two-year apprenticeship. So, why do these Vienna experts work for free? It’s because they realize that their level of income directly reflects the level of effort they put into their tours and they love this concept! Our guides know that the better the tour, the better the tips, so they always strive to be the best of the best.
Demand for our free walking tours is very high, especially during the summer season, so we advise you to make a reservation in advance. You can book up to 5 spots per tour through our website if there are still free places on your desired date.
After booking, you will receive a confirmation. On the day of your free tour you should arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before your tour starts and ´check-in´ with our day manager. Please note that your reservation expires 5 minutes before the start of the tour. If you have not arrived by this time, your place in the tour will be offered to willing guests who have not made reservations. If you couldn’t book online in advance, you can come to the meeting point early and if we have enough places available or any no-shows, we will take you on a ´first come, first served´ basis.
Free tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. If you are a bigger group of 6 or more we have a special, private offer for you. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for requests and further information.
Our meeting point is in front of the Albertina building, right next to the fountain ´Albrechtsbrunnen´ (on the street level, not upstairs at the museum´s entrance!) – just look for our green umbrella! To get to Albertina by public transport use metro lines U1, U2, or U4, disembark at Karlsplatz and take the exit “Oper” (State Opera
House). Also, tram lines 1, 2, 71, and D take you to the stop “Kärntner Ring/Oper”. Our walking tour will end close to Schwedenplatz next to the Danube canal.
Our free walking tours lead through the historic centre of Vienna and focus on the inner city’s highlights, like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the Jewish Quarter, and many more. Please note: you won’t enter any sights or museums and therefore the tour does not include any entry fees. In addition to architecture and history, you will learn quite a lot about local traditions and hear some interesting gossip and legends about the city!
We are 100% weather-resistant. Our tours operate 365 days per year, seven days a week. Just make sure to bring proper equipment such as raincoats, umbrellas, sunscreen, hats or caps, water bottles, and wear appropriate shoes.
Due to the nature of walking tours, we aim to keep tour groups small and below 35 guests. There are rare exceptions during the high season, but 40 guests is our absolute maximum tour group size.
Our free walking tours are available in English and German. Occasionally, we also offer free walking tours in Spanish. Please check available dates on our website.
As we try to start our tours on time, we ask our guests to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before starting time. If you have a reservation, it will expire 5 minutes before starting time. To preserve tour quality for our other guests, it is not possible to join halfway through a tour or catch up with the group somewhere along the route.
Our guides don’t receive any set income from the company, they work on a tips-only basis. You get to decide how much his or her tour was worth to you. It’s recommended to bring small notes with you on the tour, so you can adapt the amount you want to tip based on the tour quality and your level of satisfaction.
Children under 16 accompanied by a parent are very welcome on our free walking tours. There is no need to book for them in advance.
Don´t worry! When you have a sudden need during the tour, there are several restrooms on the way. Just let your guide know and they will look for an appropriate stop. Most guides also offer a little tour break in a restaurant, where you can find food, drinks, restrooms, and free Wi-Fi.
We think that a free walking tour is the best way to be introduced to a city – and everybody should have the opportunity to join it regardless of their budget. However, a 2.5 hour tour can provide general information. It’s impossible to squeeze in all the interesting things to see in Vienna into such a small space of time. That’s why we offer other tours that give a deeper insight into specific topics. As we have to contract – and pay – specialized guides for these tours in advance, we also have to ask our guests to pay an attendance fee in advance. Tourism is one of the biggest
businesses in the world, and we want to be part of it – but as a fair player. That’s why our prices for paid tours are very reasonable and we promise that you will receive only the best quality with us!
There is a minimum of 10 participants for our free walking tours. If fewer than 10 people show up, the tour will unfortunately be canceled.