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Born and raised in Vienna, I started to discover the world by travelling on my own. The best way to travel is speaking the local language. I decided to study French and Spanish at Vienna’s University. Later on I spent one year in Mexico City studying Mexican literature and giving German lessons to Mexican children. During my studies in Vienna I started to work as a tourleader in Austria and throughout Europe and America.
After majoring at Vienna’s University, I taught for a year in an Austrian high school, studied art history and movie production at Vienna’s Film Academy and worked on several movie and television projects.
I‘ve been a professional, licensed tourist guide in Austria for several years. It’s a job I truly love. Besides travel, my interests include: art, culture, literature, theater, movies, dance and music. My other passion is languages. Beside german I speak English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. My most recent language is Hebrew - my biggest challenge so far!
Great palaces and gorgeous castles wait for you in Austria’s capital. The Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Boy’s Choir, the Ring Street and St. Stephan’s Cathedral should not be missed. For centuries Schönbrunn and the Hofburg were residences of the Habsburg family. Take in the wealth of the incredible Imperial Treasury. For history lovers, the Imperial Crypt with the vaults of the Habsburg members is a must to see.
Before the Shoa, Vienna had an important Jewish population. Many artists, composers, scientists and intellectuals had Jewish roots. Gustav Mahler, Viktor Frankl, Sigmund Freud and Stefan Zweig are just a few examples of Vienna’s most notable Jewish personalities. Knowing the political background of the late 19th and early 20th century is important to understand World War I & II and its impact on Jewish history in Austria. You will also get a complete picture of more recent Austrian history, collaboration, restistance and remembrance, restitution and commemoration after the world wars. And you‘ll see examples of Jewish life and culture in today’s Austria. Jewish Museums, synagogues and history museums will be visited.
Food glorious food! Upscale Viennese grocery products, handmade chocolate and gorgeous pastry shops abound in Vienna. Where shall we try the best sandwiches, where the best Tafelspitz? As you might not want to gain too much weight we should do definitely walking tours… If you love wine I can arrange winetastings as well. There are lots of „Heurigen“, which are Austrian wine taverns, in Vienna, in the Vienna Woods, the Burgenland and in the Danube Valley for example. I can provide recommendations for restaurants, taverns, bars and clubs. Planning an evening out? I can assist making reservations for restaurants, opera, theatres, concerts, and what ever else you’d like to explore.
Viennese Art Noveau called „Jugendstil“ is reflected in architecture of Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Joseph Olbrich, to name just a few of Austria’s most renowned architects around 1900. Vienna’s other architectural styles include: Gothic, Baroque, Biedermeier, Classical and Modern.
Mozart, Beethoven, Hadyn, Schubert and Strauss were some of world’s great composers who lived in Vienna. We can focus on the music history during our walking tours and also visit the opera house or the Musikverein. There’s also the House of Music and the homes of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert that are now museums.
You shouldn’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts or the Austrian Gallery at the Belvedere. The Leopold Museum and the Albertina are great museums as well. Vienna has a great choice for every taste! You are bound to enjoy exploring the city a lot more if you see its sights and attractions at your own pace. We can do all the tours in a relaxed pace with coffee breaks or go back in time following medieval legends by discovering hidden courtyards and sleepy picturesque lanes.
Looking for an easy day trip? Only 80 km west of Vienna, the Danube Valley Wachau is listed as a "cultural heritage site" by the UNESCO. Enjoy a boatride on the romantic Danube river that may include a wine tasting. Take in wonderful castles, picturesque ruins and medieval cities, powerful abbeys and impressive landscapes. We will be surrounded by legends, old myths and centuries old vineyards as we cruise one of Europe’s most romantic rivers.
The Vienna Woods have been protected nature reserve for over 100 years chocked full of ruins, castles and medieval monasteries. The old monastery of Heiligenkreuz contains a wonderful abbey church and cloister. Mayerling is the former hunting lodge and commemorative place of crown prince Rudolf. You’ll also visit the imperial city of Baden where you can enjoy good wine along with a soak in relaxing thermal hot springs!
This beautiful region, situated southeast of Vienna, belonged to Hungary until WorldWar I. The famous Neusiedlersee, one of the largest steppe lakes in Europe, is a paradise for sailers and kite surfers. Boat rides are possible, too. There is a famous bird reserve alongside the lake and, every year, storks return to the famous and picturesque city of Rust. It’s Austria’s warmest region and some of Austria’s best red wines are produced here.
This tour can be also combined with a visit of Slovakia’s capital Bratislava.
Daytrips to Salzburg - the City of „Sound of Music“ – are possible by train and by van. The trip is 300 km one way and takes aproximately 3 hours. Salzburg city is called the „Rome north of the Alps“ and is famous as Mozart’s birthplace. In summer the world famous Salzburg Festivals host music, opera and theater performances.
|City Tour by bus/car (3 hours)*||€ 170,-**|
|Walking Tour (2 hours)*||€ 170,-**|
|Full Day (6 hours)*||€ 340,-**|
*Rates exclude entrance fees, transportation, meals and drinks
**Supplement for larger groups