- Maria am Gestade
- 3 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
As we turn back toward the city’s heart, we’ll discuss what drew artists, musicians, and authors to Vienna, and introduced a strong sense of Viennese culture. Our final stop will be at the Stephansdom, Vienna’s cathedral, an architectural marvel of Gothic design and an icon of the city’s centuries of survival in the midst of political and religious upheaval. By the end of our time together, we’ll have a sense of the many layers of history that have built up over centuries and make the city what it is today.
For a deeper look at the opulence of the Habsburgs, join our Schonbrunn Palace Tour. Or, for a closer look at music in Vienna, consider our Vienna Opera Tour.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
The tour starts and ends within the First District. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point.
Since this is an introductory tour, we'll see the exteriors of the buildings mentioned.
Yes, certainly! This walk can be booked on a private basis for any day, any time. In winter (November-February) it's better not to start later than 1:30-2:00 pm because it gets dark by 3:30-4:00 pm.
Piroska Mayer-Sebesteyén has been living in Vienna for over 20 years, after spending her childhood in Santiago de Chile and subsequently receiving a diploma in architecture in Barcelona from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura Barcelona (ETSAB). Originally drawn to architecture because of a love of buildings and an interest in the different styles and functions they offer to people, she has been sharing her passion for Vienna's history and architecture with travelers for over 10 years. As a licensed Vienna guide, she enjoys opening up both Vienna's past and more recent modern history, especially using architecture and art history to discover how different artistic approaches and design concepts reflect the changing criteria that were important in different periods, depending on the historical, artistic, and sociological context of that time. She has a special interest in Viennese modern architecture, particularly Jugendstil, and counts visiting the Kunsthistorisches Museum and hiking in the Vienna Woods among her favorite things to do in her city.
Born in Switzerland, raised in Austria from childhood Gabriela has been fascinated by history, art and people in general. After language studies in England, France, Italy and Mexico, Gabriela studied Interior Design in London. She then continued her studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, which opened up a new window to all arts. With a degree in Interior Architecture and Industrial Design Gabriela has been sharing her passion for the arts and the city of Vienna since 1999 with visitors as a licensed guide. She also works in adult education in the field of contemporary architecture. Her special interests are in contemporary art, design, architecture and lifestyle. Gabriela is also Involved in the Vienna Design Week and the AZW, Architektur Zentrum Wien, which she frequently works for. Alpine sports is just another aspect of a very active life that she shares with a husband a two children in one of Viennas nicest neighborhoods, the Servitenviertel in 9th district.
Bulgarian by birth, Marieta has lived in Vienna since childhood. She has a degree in Informatics and is a licensed guide for Vienna and all of Austria. After having worked in the IT business for over 20 years, she decided to dedicate herself to leading tours, and in particular to the transfer of knowledge about history, art, culture and the way of life to the visitors of Austria, mainly Vienna. Her area of specialty is Music in Vienna, Jewish Vienna, Vienna around 1900, and wine culture. Marieta focuses very much on continuous education on her specialties and actively deepens her knowledge by conducting independent research, attending lectures at various institutions like the Institute for Jewish history, exhibitions and museums in Vienna and abroad.
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