*Online registration is now closed. We will re-open on Saturday 22 July at 3:00 pm at the Austria Center Vienna.
Saturday, 22 July (9:00am – 12:00pm)
Saturday, 22 July (1:00pm – 4:00pm)
Monday, 24 July (9:00am – 12:00pm)
Monday, 24 July (1:00pm – 4:00pm)
Tuesday, 25 July (9:00am – 12:00pm)
Departs from Austria Center
City Walk with a Viennese Waltz Lesson
Our tour will start with a short stroll through the old city of Vienna to show you some of the delightful features of the city, only a true Viennese could point out. This tour takes you through various eras from the middles ages up to present day. The first district is the oldest part of Vienna, dating back to Roman times. The narrow roads, many still with cobble stones, and ancient buildings are prime examples of architectural styles from Renaissance to Baroque. Vienna as a whole is steeped in history and a delight to walk around.
Vienna is not only known as the city of music, but also as the city of the Viennese Waltz. With practice, and correct posture, the flowing movement of the dance can be developed and enjoyed by all ages and skill levels.
After our city walk, you get to experience the unique opportunity to learn how to dance the real Vienna Waltz with a professional instructor at one of the most prestigious dance schools in all of Austria. You will not only be instructed on how to waltz, but you will also learn more about Viennese tradition and the rituals of the former imperial Vienna. Your expert instructor will guide you in learning as you listen to music from Karl Michael Ziehrer, Joseph Lanner and the prominent Johann Strauss, whose classical compositions brought fame and attention to the Viennese waltz around Europe. Join us as we dance to the traditions of Austrian culture!
Backstage Tour – Vienna State Opera and Traditional Coffee House
The Vienna State Opera is an exceptional institution, not just artistically but also in terms of its extraordinary architecture. The 40-minute tour of the Vienna State Opera includes the entrance foyer, main staircase, Tea Salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall, and the auditorium (with a view of the stage). Over the course of the tour, visitors learn fascinating specifics about the Opera, the history of the institution, the opera business and the architecture of the building.
After this delightful visit, we take you on a lovely walk through the Imperial winter residence and one of the most romantic Viennese parks, Volksgarten, with thousands of fragrant and colorful roses; a breathtaking photo opportunity. Passing by the National Theater (Burgtheater), we finish our tour at a traditional Vienna café for a refreshing cup of coffee and a delicious Sacher cake, a Viennese specialty. The Viennese coffee house is known around the globe for its informal pleasantness, as an oasis of gemütlichkeit. Traditional cafés entice with a wide variety of coffee drinks, international newspapers and pastry creations. Since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house culture has even belonged to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.
Schönbrunn Palace and Palais Coburg’s Wine Cellars
The highlight of this tour is an interior visit of Schönbrunn Palace with its impressive state rooms and lavish gardens. Schönbrunn, the former Imperial summer residence, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. The Habsburgs resided here for the better part of the year in numerous rooms. Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married the enchanting Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born at the Schönbrunn in 1830. The monarch spent his last year entirely in the palace, which became the property of the new Republic of Austria only two years after his death. Today, the palace is one of UNESCO’s cultural heritage sites due to its historic importance, unique grounds and splendid furnishing.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
After lunch, a very special treat awaits: a visit and wine tasting at Palais Coburg, a 19th century palace magnificently set on one of the few remaining parts of the old city walls.
The Palais Coburg Wine Archive encompasses a total of six wine cellars, each with unique characteristics, a special focus and an ideal climate for great, rare wines. The six cellars hold over 60,000 bottles from four centuries and offer an impressive combination of medieval architecture and atmospheric spaces for wine tastings.
Sunday, 23 July (9:00am – 4:00pm) - SOLD OUT
Departs from Austria Center Vienna
Downtown Vienna with Imperial Riding School (Piber Meets Vienna & Stable Visit)
We start our day by taking you on a stroll through the old city, seeing select points of interest. Discover hidden secrets and ancient facts from your personal tour guide. Old city Vienna is one of the oldest parts of the city, dating back to Roman times. In fact, Roman ruins can be still be seen along the narrow medieval alleyways of the first district.
A staple of old city Vienna is the Spanish Riding School. As a conference exclusive, you will get to see the time-honored institution for a special performance and backstage tour. The Spanish Riding School and Lipizzan horses are famous and loved all over the world – but not everyone is familiar with where these noble horses come from and what they do before their training and performances in Vienna. The Riding School’s summer program, “Piber meets Vienna”, which takes place during the well-earned “summer break” of the stallions, offers an insight into life at the stud in Piber. You will see the Lipizzan mares and their adorable foals and learn lots of interesting facts about the breeding and rearing of the white stars.
You will also get a chance to visit the Renaissance palace that houses the stables of these fascinating animals.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Sunday, 23 July (9:30am – 4:00pm)
Tuesday, 25 July (9:30am – 4:00pm)
Depart and return from Albertinaplatz
Klosterneuburg and Wine Tasting
This tour takes you outside of the city to Klosterneuburg, once planned by the Austrian Emperors to rival the Spanish Escorial. Take in the scenery of Austria’s beauty as you ride by coach to discover Klosterneuburg. Discover the abbey’s medieval origins and legends surrounding this ancient holy site as well as its impressive baroque additions with a guided tour.
The Abbey is home to several religious relics including the Verdun Altar, the grave of St. Leopold and various art treasures from the 14th and 15th century. Klosterneuburg also boasts one of the oldest wine cellars in Europe, and a 900-year history of wine production on the estate. Explore the cellar’s three levels and ancient production facilities, culminating in a wine tasting. Abbey Klosterneuburg is sure to put you in high spirits.
Saturday, 22 July (9:00am – 4:00pm)
Monday, 24 July (9:00am – 4:00pm)
Tuesday, 25 July (9:00am – 4:00pm)
Depart and return to Austria Center