Vienna Historic Center Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

Are you looking for things to do in the Vienna historic center? Try our tourist scavenger hunt through the historic center, the Innere Stadt, while discovering its churches and palaces!
It will take you from Stephensdom to the Vienna State Opera, and from Michaelerplatz to the Maria Rotunda. We offer challenges at every step. Each challenge will tell you where you are going next and a bit of local history and advice.
It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.

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Duration

2 to 3 hours

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  • What's included :
    • 20+ challenges on this scavenger hunt
    • Available in English and in French
    • Scavenger hunt / Walking tour you follow on your smartphone.
    What's excluded :
    • Internet access is required for this activity on your smartphone - WiFi is not enough
    • Entry/Admission - Mozart-Sterbehaus
    • Entry/Admission - Vienna State Opera
    • Entry/Admission - Theatermuseum
    • Entry/Admission - Austrian National Library
    • Entry/Admission - The Hofburg
    • Entry/Admission - Wien Museum Mozart apartment
    • Entry/Admission - Dom Museum Wien
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Stephansplatz, 1010 Wien, Austria

    At Stephansplatz you will find a U-Bahn station, the large Stephansdom cathedral and the outline of a previous chapel.
    The Magdalenenkapelle which dates back to the 1250s and was discovered 12 meters underground during excavations for the metro.
    Close to:
    - Stephansdom
    - Dom Museum Wien
    - Stock im Eisen
    - U-Bahn station
    - World of Mozart Museum

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Stephansdom, 1010 Wien, Austria

    St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Stephansdom, is the seat of Vienna’s Archdiocese. It was completed in 1160 in the Gothic and Romanesque style.
    Its main attractions are its tower, which is among the tallest in Europe. It also has a colored slate roof forming different mosaics on each side.
    Inside you can see the tombs of Prince Eugene of Savoy, hero of the Spanish War of Succession, and Emperor Frederick III (1415-1493).
    It was here that Emperor Ferdinand I was married in 1515, as well as musicians Joseph Haydn in 1760 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1782.
    The funeral of musician Antonio Vivaldi in 1741, and Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1916, took place here.
    Learn more on our scavenger hunt
    Close to:
    - Stephansplatz
    - Dom Museum Wien
    - Stock im Eisen
    - U-Bahn station
    - World of Mozart Museum

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Stock im Eisen, Kaerntner Strasse 1, Vienna 1010 Austria

    On one of the building corners at this intersection you will see a glass cage. In it there is a tree trunk.
    This tree trunk is riddled with nails. Trees riddled with nails were common in Europe in medieval times.
    People sacrificed a valuable item, a nail, in exchange for good fortune. Nails at the time were handcrafted, one at a time so they were quite valuable.
    This tree dates from the 1400s. This 7-foot trunk has been on display here since 1548.
    Close to:
    - Stephansdom
    - Stephansplatz
    - U-Bahn station
    - World of Mozart Museum

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Deutschordenskirche, Brueckenstr. 7, 60594 Frankfurt, Hesse Germany

    The Teutonic Order was founded by Germans in Jerusalem in 1190. It is a Christian military order, like the Templars and the Order of Christ. Just like the Templars, they served as companions to Christians on pilgrimage to the holy lands during the Middle Ages.
    Close to:
    - Stephansdom
    - Stephansplatz
    - U-Bahn station
    - World of Mozart Museum
    - Franciscan Church

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Franziskanerkirche, Franziskanerplatz 4, Vienna 1010 Austria

    The Franciscan Church of Vienna, Franziskanerkirche was built in 1603 in the Renaissance style.
    Inside, which is Baroque in style, you will find the oldest organ in Vienna, dating from 1642.
    The statue in front of the church, in the center of the square, is of Moses.
    Close to:
    - World of Mozart Museum
    - Deutschordenkirche
    - Palais Coburg
    - Mozart-Sterbehaus

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Mozart-Sterbehaus, Rauhensteingasse 8, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in several apartments throughout Vienna. Towards the end of this tour, you will see the only one that can still be visited today. It has been converted into the Mozart museum.
    The house in front of you is where he died on December 5, 1791.
    Close to:
    - World of Mozart Museum
    - Deutschordenkirche
    - Palais Coburg
    - Franciscan Church
    - Maltese Church
    - Capuchin Church

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Neuer Markt, Vienna Austria

    This is Neuer Markt, or the new market.
    The fountain in the center is called the thunder well, (Donnerbrunnen). It was built in 1739. At that time, this was the flour market.
    There are 4 characters around the fountain. The 2 men represent the rivers of Upper Austria, while the women represent the rivers of Lower Austria.
    The figure at the top represents Providence.
    Close to:
    - World of Mozart Museum
    - Deutschordenkirche
    - Palais Coburg
    - Franciscan Church
    - Maltese Church
    - Capuchin Church

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche), Neuer Markt 1, Vienna 1010 Austria

    In the northwest corner of Neuer Markt is a church. It is the Capuchin church and monastery, completed in 1632.
    It contains an imperial crypt where members of the Habsburg family reside. This includes 12 emperors and 18 empresses.
    Close to:
    - Franciscan Church
    - Maltese Church
    - Neuer Markt
    - Albertina

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Malteserkirche, Kaerntner Strasse 37, Vienna 1010 Austria

    The Malta Church dates back to 1217. But this is a reconstruction started in the mid-15th century and finished in the 17th by medical / healer knights.
    Close to:
    - Franciscan Church
    - Maltese Church
    - Neuer Markt
    - Albertina

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Vienna State Opera, Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

    The Vienna State Opera was built in 1869 in the Neo-Renaissance style. It was originally named the Court Opera during the Habsburg reign but changed its name in 1920 when the monarchy was abolished in Austria.
    The Opera House was the first building completed on the Ringstrasse. Several firsts occurred here including Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo in 1914 and Crème Fouetté by Richard Strauss in 1924.
    Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) was the artistic director and conductor between 1957 and 1964.
    On the facade of the Opera, there are 5 statues representing heroism, tragedy, fantasy, comedy and love.
    Close to:
    - Franciscan Church
    - Maltese Church
    - Neuer Markt
    - Albertina
    - Ringstrasse
    - Burggarten

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Ringstrasse, Vienna Austria

    Opposite the Opera House is the Ringstraße.
    The Ringstraße was built at the end of the 19th century. It is a large boulevard encircling the old town on which are several important attractions today, such as theaters, the Hofburg, museums, the National Assembly and City Hall (Rathaus).
    Close to:
    - Albertina
    - Vienna State Opera
    - Burggarten
    - Karlskirche
    - Karlsplatz

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna 1010 Austria

    It is a museum established in 1805. It boasts around 1 million paintings by the old masters, and some more recent pieces, photographs, and architectural drawings.
    Among the most popular items in the museum is one by Leonardo da Vinci, and paintings by Claude Monet.
    Close to:
    - Albertina
    - Vienna State Opera
    - Burggarten
    - Capuchin Church
    - Neuer Markt
    - Hofburg
    - Austrian National Library
    - Theatermuseum
    - Augustinian Church

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Theatermuseum, Lobkowitzplatz 2, Vienna 1010 Austria

    This Theater Museum dates from 1922 and has been here in the Lobkowitz Palace since 1991. You can see here over 1000 sets and 600 costumes from the last 3 centuries of theater in Vienna.
    Close to:
    - Vienna State Opera
    - Burggarten
    - Capuchin Church
    - Neuer Markt
    - Hofburg
    - Austrian National Library
    - Albertina
    - Augustinian Church

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Augustinerkirche, Augustinerstrasse 3, Vienna 1010 Austria

    The Augustinian church opened in 1327. You can only see its side because there are constructions at the front and at the back, as well as on the other side.
    Some important weddings have taken place here:
    Empress Maria-Theresa and the Duke Francis of Lorraine, in 1736
    Archduchess Marie Louise and Napoléon Bonaparte, in 1810
    Emperor Franz Joseph I and Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria in 1854
    Close to:
    - Vienna State Opera
    - Burggarten
    - Capuchin Church
    - Neuer Markt
    - Hofburg
    - Austrian National Library
    - Albertina
    - Theatermuseum

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

    It was Emperor Charles VI (1685-1740) who ordered the construction of this library adjoining the Hofburg, in respecting the last wishes of the previous emperor, Leopold I (1640-1705). When it opened, it already housed 200,000 books.
    Close to:
    - Burggarten
    - Hofburg
    - Albertina
    - Augustinian Church
    - Michaelerplatz
    - Michaelskirche
    - Imperial Treasury of Vienna
    - Spanish Riding School

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Michaelerplatz, Vienna Austria

    This place was built in 1725 and takes its name from the church in the east (to your right when you arrived).
    The church, Michaelerkirche, is one of the oldest in Vienna, dating from the years 1220-1240. Over 4,000 aristocrats lie in the crypt beneath the church.
    In the center of the place are Roman era ruins, dating from 371. They represent the historic center of Vienna, which at the time was called Vindobonda.
    In the middle of the archaeological dike is a column with explanatory texts. Check it out for your next challenge.
    Close to:
    - Burggarten
    - Hofburg
    - Albertina
    - Augustinian Church
    - Austrian National Library
    - Michaelskirche
    - Imperial Treasury of Vienna
    - Spanish Riding School

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Michaelskirche, Michaelerplatz 4-5, 1010 Wien, Austria

    The church, Michaelerkirche, is one of the oldest in Vienna, dating from the years 1220-1240. Over 4,000 aristocrats lie in the crypt beneath the church.
    Close to:
    - Burggarten
    - Hofburg
    - Albertina
    - Augustinian Church
    - Michaelerplatz
    - Michaelskirche
    - Imperial Treasury of Vienna
    - Spanish Riding School

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Vienna, Austria

    In the center of Michaelerplatz are Roman-era ruins, dating from 371. They represent the historic center of Vienna, which at the time was called Vindobonda.
    Close to:
    - Burggarten
    - Hofburg
    - Albertina
    - Augustinian Church
    - Michaelerplatz
    - Michaelskirche
    - Imperial Treasury of Vienna
    - Spanish Riding School


    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, Vienna 1010 Austria

    Hofburg is the former palace of the Habsburg dynasty, the Emperors of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. It is on the left from where you entered Michaelerplatz.
    It is today the official residence and office of the President of Austria.
    The construction of the Hofburg started in 1279. Several additions and improvements have been made over the years. It was the winter residence of the monarchy that resided in Schönbrunn during the summer.
    Close to:
    - Burggarten
    - Hofburg
    - Albertina
    - Augustinian Church
    - Michaelerplatz
    - Michaelskirche
    - Imperial Treasury of Vienna
    - Spanish Riding School

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Plague Column (Pestsaule), Graben 26, Vienna 1010 Austria

    This white monument before you is the Vienna Plague Column. This monument commemorates the plague that struck the city in the 17th century, killing up to 75,000 people here. This plague is believed to be the same bubonic flu that struck the city in the 14th century.
    Being a hub of European trade, Vienna was hit particularly hard, but also saw the first modern approaches to controlling it. Here were introduced methods to sanitize places to avoid spreading the disease. Also, bodies were systematically burnt outside the city walls to avoid contamination.
    The characters at the base of the monument represent the triumph of faith against disease. Also seen is Emperor Leopold I (1640-1705) in the center. But the latter fled the city at the outbreak.
    Close to:
    - Hofburg
    - Michaelerplatz
    - Michaelskirche
    - Josefsbunnen
    - Leopldsbrunnen
    - St.Peter's Catholic Church

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Peterskirche, Peterplatz, Vienna 1010 Austria

    St. Peter's Church is run by the Opus Dei Order.
    It was built between 1702-1733 in the Baroque style. It is on the site of what is believed to be the first church in Vienna, dating from the early Middle Ages to the 7th or 8th century. This was replaced by another, established by Charlemagne (742-814), in 800. This church went up in flames in 1661.
    Emperor Leopold I (1640-1705) promised to build a new church during the plague of 1679-1680.
    Close to:
    - Josefsbunnen
    - Leopldsbrunnen
    - Stephansplatz
    - Stephansdom

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Statue of Johannes Gutenberg, Lugeck St., 6, Vienna 1010 Austria

    This monument honors Johannes Gutenberg (1400-68), inventor of the printing press, which made it possible to copy books mechanically instead of transcribing them by hand.
    Close to:
    - Stephansdom
    - Dom Museum Wien
    - Wien Museum Mozart Apartment

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Church of the Jesuits, Dr.-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 1, Vienna 1010 Austria

    The sober exterior of this church masks an opulent interior. It was built in 1627 on the site of a previous chapel.
    The Jesuits, brought here by Ferdinand I in the mid-16th century, were mostly professors and philosophers at the University of Vienna.
    Close to:
    - Stephansdom
    - Dom Museum Wien
    - Wien Museum Mozart Apartment

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Wien Museum Mozart apartment, Mozarthaus, Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria

    This is an apartment building where Mozart lived with his family between 1784 and 1787. It is now a museum dedicated to his life.
    This building dates from the 17th century. The museum opened in 1941, during World War 2.
    Close to:
    - Stephansdom
    - Dom Museum Wien
    - Jesuitenkirche

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Dom Museum Wien, Stephansplatz 6, Vienna 1010 Austria

    This is the Museum of St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), founded in 1933.
    The treasures of the medieval cathedral include various altars, sacred objects, paintings, manuscripts and sumptuous clothing.
    Close to:
    - Stephansdom
    - Mozart Apartment Museum
    - Jesuitenkirche

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Wien, Austria
    Departure Time :
    4/13/2020 - 10/20/2021
    Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Activity done in small groups of 6 max. No need to touch anything, or enter anywhere.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

6

Organised by Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Activity ID: V-152849P34

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