Experience Vienna’s Quirky Side With These Unique Experiences

The Naschmarkt is one of Vienna's many markets. Now you can go off the beaten track to experience the city in a new way
The Naschmarkt is one of Vienna's many markets. Now you can go off the beaten track to experience the city in a new way | © Manfred Glueck / Alamy Stock Photo

From Baroque palaces to grand museums, Vienna has a wealth of history you simply can’t miss. But if you fancy seeing the Austrian capital in a fresh light, there are plenty of other things to see and do. Culture Trip has curated a list of unique tours and experiences that will take you to the very heart of the city.

Vienna’s impressive past and its artistic heritage are all in evidence in the Hofburg and Schönbrunn palaces, towering St Stephen’s Cathedral and its famous concert halls. But go off the beaten track to experience the city in a new way. From traditional Austrian music and dance at a dinner show and sampling local cuisine at the food markets to wine tasting in the Wachau Valley, kayaking on the Old Danube and learning about the city’s secrets on a walking tour, these experiences will allow you to discover a new side of Vienna.

ToursVienna: Medieval Legends Exploration Game & Tour
From $12 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
Embark on a quest around Vienna by solving clues playing the role of the famous Marx Augustin in 1679 during the Great Plague, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Historic Center of Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg, and more.

Ready to travel back in time?

+ Explore Vienna's old taverns that Mozart and Beethoven used to go to
+ Walk along Vienna's medieval streets
+ Discover the legend of the most famous balladeer in Vienna
Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg, and the oldest restaurant in Vienna

After you buy the quest, you will receive instructions on how to start playing in the Questo app. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map or GPS.

You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure.
ToursSmall-Group Food, Coffee, and Market Walking Tour in Vienna
From $117 per person
4 hours 30 minutes
5 (57)
Get a thorough introduction to Vienna’s dynamic food and drink scene with a local showing you the best places to stop for all manner of sweet versus savoury. Walk through the Grätzls (neighbourhood) with your guide and discover their favourite, only locals know markets and get an insight into traditional Viennese coffee culture in some of our your guide’s most beloved coffee spots, discovering historic gems and locals only hotspots. 
ToursWachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna
From $178 per person
8 hours 30 minutes
4.8 (252)
Spend a day away from Vienna to discover the picturesque Wachau Valley in the Austrian countryside on this small-group, fully guided tour. Satisfy your cravings with a delicious lunch at a traditional Heurige (wine tavern). With your expert guide, visit stunning villages and historical sites like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval town of Dürnstein made famous by Richard the Lionheart and go for a wine tasting in a small local winery. Then, you'll see the the Wachau Valley from another perspective on a 70-minute scenic Danube river cruise (May to September only) between the historic villages of Spitz and Melk.

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Tours3 hour Kayaking Tour of Vienna
From $107 per person
3 hours
5 (2)
We've developed the only guided paddling route in Vienna, one that uses just the cleanest, calmest and safest side arms of the great Danube river as it flows through the city in its many different forms. Along the way, take in some of Vienna's most important contemporary architecture and experience the undiscovered recreational heart of the city! This is the ultimate summer tour, so come see a different side of this city with us at Venture Vienna. We also limit all of our tours to just 8 people. That means your experience with us is more intimate, enriching and personal alongside your fellow travellers.
ToursStreet Art Tour in Vienna
From $36 per person
120 to 150 minutes
Vienna is always seen as the imperial city with its beautiful historical monuments and its classical music, but the urban art scene is never mentioned. Big names in the scene like ROA, Blu, Stink Fish, and Shepard Fairey already came to Vienna to leave their mark. The local Viennese Street Art scene is growing, names as Nycos, Frau Isa, Friend, Deadbeat Hero, Skirl and others are making an even bigger mark in the city.

Feel the passion while being lead on the most active street art place of Vienna. Guides are locals experts who are aware of the street art community and want to tell interesting stories about the art and its creators, and this specific lifestyle.

Highlights include insider information of the Austrian urban art scene, an entertaining walk in the biggest opened street art gallery in Europe, and an opportunity to hear about the local scenes, untold stories, and history of the development of street art globally.

Join us and discover the amazing world of street art.
ToursVienna Secrets Walking Tour to Backyards and Mysterious Locations
From $31 per person
2 hours
5 (1)
Listen to the exiting stories about the city. Starting at Stephansplatz, you’ll walk around St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the picturesque Ballgasse. Here you’ll discover the story behind the streets name. See Vienna’s cat café and admire the façade of the Franciscan Church. Learn about how the nobility once lived and stroll through the beautiful courtyards. That tour offers different aspects of Vienna. Marvel at the impressive Baroque architecture. Learn more about the former city wall and get to know Viennese cuisine.

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