Half-Day Private Ringstrasse Project History Tour In Vienna

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Daily at 9:30 AM and 2 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your guide will meet you at your central hotel or flat and lead your group by metro, tram or foot (when the sites are close). T.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Vienna, Austria
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

On a private, half-day history tour, embark Viennas most famous boulevard, the Ringstasse, which was meant to dramatically prove the citys cosmopolitanism and modernity. In the company of a scholar guide, learn about the controversies of the boulevards construction, its brilliant architectural completion, and how the Ring became the social hub of Vienna city life.

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

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This walk, in the company of a historian, takes you along this outstanding boulevard called “Ringstrasse” and gives you an in­-depth introduction to the political and philosophical motivations behind the project. In addition, you learn about the social and geographical impact it had on the city in the years to come. We start off in front of the impressive City Hall (“Rathaus”), one of the landmarks along the Ring and a beloved meeting point.

When the project was introduced, it was proclaimed that a large number of public buildings were to be placed along “Ringstrasse”. During our discussion, we will consider the historical style in which these public institutions were built and why certain styles where chosen for certain buildings. You will also become familiar with the most influential architects along the “Ringstrasse”. For each of those architects, winning a commission in this prestigious project meant a completely new status for their future careers.

The construction of the “Ringstrasse” was to be funded through the building of privately financed apartment houses. However, it proved difficult to sell the properties. First of all, it was obvious that it would take years before the Ring project would be finished. Nobody could be found who was immediately attracted to living on a building site. Second, the established nobility of Vienna feared the mystery of future occupants in an entirely new district. Because The Ring was a terrae incognitae in society circles, any nouveau riche could become your neighbour! The story of the community who ended up living along the “Ringstrasse” will add another dimension to our discussion along the Ring

Of course, a boulevard functions as a kind of public catwalk and The Ring was most definitely the place of places in Vienna to see, be seen and meet with people from the moment of its completion. Therefore several cafes and restaurants were established along the boulevard. At the end of our tour we will visit “Cafe Schwarzenberg” est. 1861 to get an insight into the thriving Vienna café culture at the latter half of the 19th Century.

Inclusions

3-hour guided tour of Viennas Ringstrasse

Professional guide

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour can also be booked as a childrens family tour where your guide focuses on the symbols on various buildings and on everyday life in Vienna around 1900

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate