The Habsburgs ruled Austria for almost 600 years. In 1918 they had to leave the country and go into exile. Austria was transformed into a republic.
Today some Austrians long for the good old days when we still had an emperor.
But what was it like living under the Habsburg Eagle?
Who excactly were the Habsburgs?
This is a history tour that starts with Vindobona, Vienna as a Roman Legion Camp, then moves onto the Babenbergs and then leaves us ample time to deal in detail with the Habsburg Empire, with its rise and demise.
Some Habsburgs were just more interesting than others and deserve special attention. Sisi is probably the most popular Habsburg Empress. She is so special that an interesting and modern Museum was opened to show different stages in her life. Did you know that Sisi was full of quirks and did you know that Sisi was murdered?
We then move on to the next museum, the Treasury. Here we get to see the Reichskrone and the Rudolfskrone and many crown insignia.
A tour for ladies and history buffs!
MEETING AND END LOCATION
Meeting location: Albertina Square
End location: The Treasury
St. Stephan’s Cathedral
LOCAL CASH NEEDED
40 EURO – Ticket for Sisi Museum, Ticket for the Treasury, coffee
Our tour was absolutely excellent, full of varied and interesting information that was carefully selected and prepared. The four hour tour remained stimulating and interesting and was a real highlight of our stay in Vienna. I was taking the tour with my 82 year old mother and Suzanne was thoughtful and considerate making everything as easy for her as possible. I would have no hesitation in recommending Suzanne to anyone wishing to learn about history and art in Vienna.
KATE NEWMANTOUR: City Tour and Kunsthistorisches Museum
Not only was the tour wonderful it was especially helpful to have Susanne as a private guide in the museum. She gave us much more understanding of the art, the period and the connections between periods. Susanne was delightful and even gave us some help with a medical problem one of us had. Highest recommendation
BOB SCHNEIDERTOUR: City Tour and Kunsthistorisches Museum
Susanne was a wonderful guide to Vienna. She was extremely knowledgeable about art and history (our particular interests), energetic, attentive, helpful and warm. We are very happy she was our guide to this beautiful city!
DAN ROSSTOUR: Citytour and Kunsthistorisches Museum
Jewish history of Vienna is a very delicate topic that many tour guides try to avoid. Susanne does a wonderful job in highlighting this important part of Vienna’s past! She was very knowledgeable and thoughtful. I was visiting Vienna with my young daughter and my goal was to share the history of the city with her while highlighting the impact the Jewish community has made on it over many centuries. Susanne was able to accomplish this goal with excellence. We are very grateful for such wonderful experience
ALEXANDER LURYETOUR: Jewish History Tour
Susan is very positive and has good understanding to The need and interest I have on my visit to Vienna . She is one of the best I can recommend to my friends who Will visit Vienna .
YASER HAMDANTOUR: Vienna’s Must-See Sites
Susanne, our tour guide around Vienna was superb. She was very well informed and delivered an insight in to the history; culture and fascinating sights in a truly professional manner. She was very personable and a delight to be with. We would highly recommend her as your tour guide.
MORRIS ROBINSONTOUR: Customized City Tour
Susanne’s knowledge of the subject matters was excellent and the diversity of the tour (museum, market, highlights along the way) was appreciated. She provided us with follow up material to read or watch on the subject matters we were interested in and we really appreciate her attention to details and our wishes. Of yes, she is very personable and considerate as we ranged in ages from 58 to 80. Highly recommend her!!
GLORIA STICKLINTOUR: Gustav Klimt, Belvedere and Naschmarket
Our tours were outstanding with Susanne. She is knowledgeable about history, art, Jewish Heritage etc. It was a real learning experience and Susanne was delightful to be with. We are so pleased and will recommend Toursbylocals and Susanne to friends.
SANDRA POSLUNSTOUR: Jewish History Tour
If there would have been a six star rating, Susanne would have deserved it all the way ! She is this very special guide who walks the extra mile with pleasure, like: sending beforehand a whole list of links and ideas (movies, music, Youtube interviews, books, …) so one can prepare for the tour properly/extensively; adding extra hidden gem ideas to improve even thisbr brave tour; informing if her guests returned safely home… She actively involved the youngsters in the tour. She is most recommendable !
JAN LAMBRECHTTour: Vienna in the Third Reich
BEST DAY of our trip! It started with a scenic drive outside of the city on our way to the picturesque Wachau Valley. After an apricot danish in the town of Krems we saw several other quaint towns, and miles of miles of vineyards on our way to our lunchtime cruise down the Danube River and then ended up in the town of Melk and a tour of the Melk Abbey. Susanne planned a simply perfect day – one we won’t forget for quite some time! This was a 10 star tour!