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Vienna

City Tour and Schonbrunn Palace

Duration: 3 hours
Overview: See the most important sights of the Austrian capital. Drive around the famous 'Ringstrasse', Vienna's main boulevard, past the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. Then drive along the Danube Canal and pass by Hundertwasser's 'Kunsthaus' and the Prater Park with its Giant Ferris Wheel.

The Schonbrunn Palace, with its surrounding buildings and the huge park is one of the most significant cultural monuments in Austria. The castle was built to almost rival French Versailles in Baroque beauty. Admire the magnificent apartments of Maria Theresia, her sitting rooms, bedroom and the parlour in which 6 year old Mozart used to play for the Empress. See some of the most magnificently decorated rooms with frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, huge mirrors and gilded ornaments.

Rreturn to the city centre, passing by Belvedere Palace, where you can either end your tour, or continue to the State Opera House, where the tour ends.

Apple Strudel at Schonbrunn Palace

Duration: 45 minutes
Overview: You love apple strudel, but you have never been in the Hofbackstube (Bakers to the Crown) of the Cafe-Restaurant Residenz? Then you should certainly do something about it soonest, as these wonderful, historical vaults hold the paradise for all apple strudel addicts. In the public bakery, original handmade Viennese apple strudels are made and baked every hour by an experienced confectioner. This show is an absolute must for apple strudel fans, as you can discover precisely how such a delicious strudel is prepared. In addition, every visitor receives a copy of the original Viennese apple strudel recipe, with which you can try your hand as an apple strudel baker at home. Not just the preparation, but also the simultaneous baking is a special experience; the aroma of baking strudel makes your mouth water. Of course you can satisfy your craving for a piece of oven-fresh apple strudel right on site; best along with a coffee at a cafe table in the Hofbackstube.

Belvedere Palace

Duration: At your own pace
Overview: Visit the Belvedere Palace, the palace at the heart of Vienna and which was the baroque summer residence of the renowned general and art connoisseur Prince Eugene. In the Upper Belvedere you find the world's largest Klimt collection with the famous golden pictures "The Kiss" and "Judith" which is a "must" for Klimt fans. In this magnificent palace you can stroll past Austrian art from the Middle Ages to Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. And from the Marble Hall there is an unforgettable view across the Baroque palace gardens to St. Stephen's Cathedral. At Prince Eugene's Lower Belvedere and Orangery, the museum stages superb temporary exhibitions with artworks from all over the world. Here you can also discover Prince Eugene's staterooms, the Hall of Grotesques and the sumptuous Golden Room, the Palace Stables and the Privy Garden.

Schonbrunn Oldest Zoo & Giant Ferris Wheel

Duration: At your own pace
Overview: Visit the oldest zoo and oldest Giant Ferris Wheel in the world. The Zoo was founded in 1752 and it is the oldest existing zoo in the world. It is embedded into the baroque ambiance of the Palace Park of Schonbrunn and is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Zoo you will be able to see the many attractions including a pair of Giant Pandas, Koalas, giant Ant-eaters, African Elephants, Japanese Cranes and more than 400 species that can hardly be seen in any other Zoo in the world.

The Giant Ferris Wheel - called "Riesenrad" by the Viennese - is the oldest still existing wheel in the whole world. Its famous silhouette can be seen from most parts of the city and it has become a trademark representing Vienna. From the top you have an great view of the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Grand Danube River Cruise

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes
Overview: Welcome on board of the MS Vienna! In the first half of this cruise, you will pass some of Vienna's most significant buildings like the Urania observatory, the "Kunsthaus Wien" (which has been re-designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser) and the Gasometer building. After passing the modern Hydro Electric power plant Freudenau you will continue to the Reichsbruecke. On the second half of this cruise you will get an unforgettable view of Vienna's tallest buildings - the UNO City, the Danube Tower (252m) and the Millenium Tower (202m). Afterwards you get to appreciate the lock Nussdorf and the Thermal Waste Treatment Plant Spittelau, which has been designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. On the way back you will see the Rossau Barracks, the Vienna Ring Tower and the St. Rupert's Church, which is the oldest religious edifice of the city. You then return to Schwedenplatz.

Romantic Danube Valley

Duration: 8 hours
Overview: On this full day excursion you will visit the beautiful region of Wachau Valley. Depart Vienna and head west along the highway to Melk, to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abby, Stift Melk. Lunch at the Abby Restaurant Melk, before boarding a boat for a beautiful view of the old castle and tales of the past. The boat ride ends at Duernstein, the old former wine merchant town. Return to Vienna, where the tour ends at the state opera house.

House of Music

Duration: 1.5 hours or 2 hours at your own pace
Overview: House of Music is an interactive sound museum, in the city centre, with four floors dedicated to the world of music and sound. Go on a musical journey, where music becomes audible and visible in real and virtual rooms. The glass-covered Inner Courtyard provides a relaxing atmosphere, while in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Museum you will discover the history of this famous orchestra. The former private apartments of the first leader of the Viennese Court Opera Company and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic are now home to historic treasures from the Philharmonic Archives. The New Year's Concert is probably the single most famous concert in the world. Experience the only authorised short version (35 minutes) of the Concert in a specially conceived concert hall, where top quality imaging and sound allow you to immerse yourself in this unique cultural event.

Schonbrunn Concert Package: Dinner and Concert

Duration: 3 hours 40 minutes
Overview: House of Music is an interactive sound museum, in the city centre, with four floors dedicated to the world of music and sound. Go on a musical journey, where music becomes audible and visible in real and virtual rooms. The glass-covered Inner Courtyard provides a relaxing atmosphere, while in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Museum you will discover the history of this famous orchestra. The former private apartments of the first leader of the Viennese Court Opera Company and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic are now home to historic treasures from the Philharmonic Archives. The New Year's Concert is probably the single most famous concert in the world. Experience the only authorised short version (35 minutes) of the Concert in a specially conceived concert hall, where top quality imaging and sound allow you to immerse yourself in this unique cultural event.

Strauss and Mozart Concert

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Overview: This concert takes place in the Wiener Kursalon, which is located in the beautiful Stadtpark where you will see the famous statue of Johann Strauss. The famous master works of Strauss and Mozart are performed by the very professional Salon Orchestra, opera singers, and ballet dancers.

Vienna Heurigen Show

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Overview: Start the evening with a tour along the illuminated boulevard Ring to the Viennese Prater and after a ride on the Giant Ferries Wheel, one of the symbols of Vienna, carry on to Grinzig, the little picturesque wine-growing village in the North of Vienna. Enjoy the 'Vienna Heurigen Show', where artists in beautiful costumes perform well known Waltz and operetta melodies, whilst enjoying a traditional Viennese meal and ¼ of local 'Heurigen wine'.

Vienna Woods and Mayerling

Duration: 4 hours
Overview: See the most beautiful part of the southern part of Vienna Woods. A stop will be made at Hoeldrichsmuehle, known as the place where Schubert composed Der Lindenbaum. You will also see Liechtenstein Castle from the distance. Then head towards the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz. Next you visit Mayerling, a hunting lodge where the Crown Prince Rudolph, the only son of Emperor Franz Joseph, committed suicide with Baroness Vetsera. Drive through the beautiful Helenental, passing through the Roman City of Baden, known for its thermal springs. After a coffee break return to Vienna.

The Vienna Mozart Orchestra

Overview: The orchestra performs in Vienna, with internationally renowned singers and soloists, all in magnificent historical costumes and wigs. It creates a special atmosphere in Vienna's largest and most famous concert halls, like State Opera, Musikverein Golden Hall, Hofburg and Konzerthaus.

The 30 musicians exclusively perform the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most accomplished representative of that period who, though born in Salzburg, found his home in Vienna. The orchestra's repertoire ranges from all of Mozart's symphonies to many of his instrumental concertos (for violin, piano and wind) to arias and duets from his most famous operas.

These concerts are one of the highlights of Viennese musical events and play an important role in the cultural and artistic life of the Austrian capital. If you love classical music, don't miss a performance of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra when you are in Vienna.

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