Welcome to Vienna Walks & Talks

VIENNA WALKS & TALKS is a family-run company of certified travel agents and licensed AUSTRIAGUIDES with years of experience. We provide high standard sightseeing services tailored to your specific requirements. Based in Vienna, we help you discover the highlights as well as the hidden treasures of our native city and other parts of Austria in an unconventional and entertaining way (and preferably away from the madding crowds). In addition, we offer talks on a variety of Austria-related subjects, and ancestry research services.

Private Walking Tours of Classical Vienna
Until the 1850s, Vienna was a comparatively small walled city that covered what today comprises the historic city centre within the Ringstrasse Boulevard. Most of the city's highlights such as the imperial residence, the mansions of the nobility and the cathedral are located there. As buses are not allowed to enter the historic centre, the best way to explore its treasures is on foot. Therefore, most of our tours are walking tours. They can be booked by individuals or groups. Just browse through the wide range of tours we offer in English, or search by keyword. Should you not find anything that intrigues you, contact us and we can tailor a tour to your specific interests and needs to help you to make the most of your stay in Vienna.

Public Special Interest Tours

Our two most popular tours are also on offer as public tours: Jewish Vienna Past and Present and Vienna in the Footsteps of The Third Man. Please check our calendar for dates. These two tours take place with a minimum of three full-paying guests. Just meet your guide at the designated meeting point at the time stated, pay and go. Don’t be afraid that we will herd you around with a huge group where you may hear little and see little. The group size hardly ever exceeds 20 walkers and we guarantee that you will get the same personal service as on a private tour. Under normal circumstances, booking is not required but because of the pandemic and to comply with government regulations, we now have to operate a booking scheme.        

Private Walking Tours of Districts and Neighbourhoods
From the mid-nineteenth century onwards, the inner and outer suburbs were incorporated into the city. Today, Vienna consists of 23 districts each of which is proud of its own character, its own history and its own quaint neighbourhoods. Some of them have come to life again through urban renewal plans; in some of them time seems to have stood still. Walking tours are the best way to explore them, sometimes in conjunction with a short Metro ride or as part of a city sightseeing tour by bus.

Hiking or Cycling Tours out into the Green
Vienna has more green spaces within its city boundaries and lots more immediately beyond than any other European metropolis and offers plenty of opportunities for accompanied hiking or cycling tours. There are hilly woodland paths and roads in the legendary Vienna Woods on the western edge of the city as well as miles and miles of level tracts of land along the Danube, the Danube Canal or in the former imperial hunting grounds of the Prater at the eastern end of the city.    

Private Tours for Corporate Events
Are you planning an Accompanying Persons’ Programme? Do you want to treat your clients to a memorable tour of Vienna, celebrate the milestone birthday of your boss or a colleague or simply say "thank you" to your team for a job well done? VIENNA WALKS & TALKS can help you make your corporate outing an unforgettable success. No matter whether you opt for a medley of themed city walks, bus tours or a history hunt, just leave the planning to us. Have a look at our wide range of themed tours for ideas. If you can’t find anything suitable on our website, just give us a call or send an e-mail and we will be pleased to help and advise you.

Private Tours for School Groups
VIENNA WALKS & TALKS offer a wide range of themed tours suitable for school outings. We make sure that you get the right walk for your group and that you get the right guide who can bring history, architecture, music or whatever subject you choose to life. We are not only experienced professional tourist guides, but also trained teachers or qualified youth leaders, so you can be assured we get it right.

Private Walking Tours for Families
You are a family with children of different ages and different interests? In this case, a private walking tour is your best choice. Vienna is not only a grand city but also full of fun and excitement!

Sightseeing Tours by Bus or Mini-van
As our company name suggests, our focus is on walking tours. This, however, does not mean that we do not offer other ways of exploring Vienna, its environs or parts of Austria further afield.  AUSTRIAGUIDES are not licenced to driver-guide, but we can arrange a private bus or mini-van to help you cover more fascinating sights and make your visit of Austria extra special.  

Talks & Lectures
To complement our guiding services and provide a deeper insight into Austria-related subjects, we offer a wide range of PowerPoint-supported talks and lectures. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our website do get in touch with us and we will customize the talk to your specific needs.

Genealogical Research
Until 1918, Vienna was the capital city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the second-largest coutry on the European continent. It was a multi-national country reaching from Istria in the south to Galicia in the north and from Transylvania in the east to Lake Constance in the west. By 1914, its overall population was over 50 million, Vienna the fourth largest city in the world. The prospect of a better life, access to higher education and career opportunities drew people to the city. Jewish families from the shtetls of Galicia or Bukovina, farm labourers from Bohemia of Moravia, artists from Hungary or businessmen from Trieste all made Vienna a multi-faceted melting pot.
Are your family roots are in Vienna or in one of the provinces of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire? Are you curious about your genealogy and family history but do not know where to start on such a daunting task or which archives or other record repositories to contact? Being experienced researchers specialized in the history of Vienna as well as imperial Austria VIENNA WALKS & TALKS is an ideal and sensitive partner in your search for your family roots. We can help you trace, translate and explain ancestral records. We can also assist you in dealing with record gaps or losses of records, jurisdictional boundary changes or varying types of local records. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.