Additional activities and excursions
All excursions will start at the Austria Center Vienna.
Delving into Viennese life - walking tour
Vienna is known for its rich history, art and music. But what about the habits and traditions of the locals, the so called “Weana”? For example, the Viennese coffee house culture. These charming hot spots have been around in Vienna since 1685. Over the years the creative atmosphere and numerous coffee variations were particularly popular among writers, poets and musicians.
On the trail of these “Cafés”, reflecting the traditional Viennese life at its best, the tour leads through the city center. Along the way the participants learn about the importance of other Viennese “specialities” such as the ball season and the Viennese Waltz, Fiaker (horse-drawn carriage), “Würstelstand” sausage stands, Sacher cake, schnitzel and apple strudel.
Mozart & Strauss - the classical pop starts - walking tour
4 + 5 July, 09.00 am
Mozart and Strauss are Vienna’s most popular musicians - both of them influenced the cultural life and heritage of Europe and the world forever - each in his respective century. During his childhood, Mozart visited the city twice (1762 and 1767) and found first admirers in the imperial family as a child genius. In 1781 he came to live longer in Vienna. In a letter to his family he wrote: “Vienna is the perfect place for my music.“
Strauss – the inventor of the Viennese waltz – lived in Vienna between 1825 to 1899. He created a new body awareness and life style. The waltz was the first dance where men and women danced very closely together. What a new experience! Even today couples sweep through the imperial palaces and the State Opera in the stormy ¾ beat.
This walk takes participants to the most significant sites in the lives of these two exceptional musicians like the golden statue of Johann Strauss in the Stadtpark or the St. Stephan’s cathedral.
Schönbrunn Palace - bus tour
2 + 3 + 4 July, 09.00 am
Schönbrunn (literally translated: beautiful fountain) represents one of the most important buildings of Austria’s cultural heritages. Enjoy a walk through the splendid imperial apartments of the Habsburg family. Each and every room, every hallway has its own story to tell – stories characteristic for the way of life and the flair of imperial times.
After the palace tour, enjoy a coffee break with an apple strudel show. During the show you learn how the typical Viennese apple strudel is made – followed, of course, by a strudel-tasting.
Wachau - the romantic Danube valley - day excursion
2 + 5 July, 08.00 am
The Wachau is situated in the west of Vienna and stretches between Melk and Krems. The interaction of natural and cultural landscape determines the unique character and attractiveness of the region. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Danube flows past picturesque towns and villages, past vineyards and orchads (mainly apricots).
The excursion to the Wachau also includes a tour of Melk Abbey, one of the best known and most famous baroque monuments in Austria, as well as a romantic boat trip between Melk and Dürnstein. Lunch is planned in a typical Austrian restaurant.
Burgenland, the sunny part of Austria - day excursion
3 + 5 July, 08.00 am
Burgenland is situated to the south-east of Vienna, and is known for its viticulture, its thermal springs, extraordinary landscape and the most sunshine hours in Austria.
The famous Lake Neusiedl and its unique flora and fauna have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. The first stop of the sunny tour is Eisenstadt, Burgenland’s capital. This small baroque town is well known for Esterhazy castle and the Haydn Church. Joseph Haydn worked as music director at the court of Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy for more than 40 years. Many of his compositions premiered in this church. Haydn is buried in the Mausoleum of the church.
The next stop will be the city of Mörbisch, where you take a boat ride on lake Neusiedel accompanied by barbeque lunch on board.