The Vienna Historic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.1 km / 2.5 mi self-guided walking tour of the historic center of the city. There are challenges at almost every stop. Sometimes, there is more than 1 challenge per stop. It normally takes 2 to 3 hours to complete the activity and ends near the start location.
Click here for this Tourist Scavenger Hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You will also find here the complete list of locations on the itinerary.
What you’ll see
- Vienna State Opera
- Spanish Riding School
- Mozart’s apartment
- Austrian National Library
- Jesuit Church
- Maria Rotunda
- And much more!
This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.
The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 – but it is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.
After purchase, to begin your self-guided walking tour of the Vienna Historical Center, you must be outside the Stephanplatz metro station, the intersection of Graben and Stock-im Eisen-Platz at 1010 Vienna, Austria. This is the start location.
Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account and follow the instructions.
This region was inhabited by Celts around 500 BC. In 15 BC, the Romans fortified the city which was then called Vindobona. Indeed, it was to protect the empire from northern Germanic tribes.
In 976, Leopold I of Babenberg is named Count of Margraviate (this region), on the eastern border of Bavaria. In turn, each subsequent Badenberg leader contributed to strengthening the region and the Austrian monarchy. Then, in 1145 Duke Henri II Jasomirgott moved the Badenberg residence from Klosterneuburg to Vienna. It has remained the capital ever since.
Finally, in 1440, the Habsburg dynasty settled in Vienna. It became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire between 800 and 1806. It was the center of the arts, sciences, music, and fine cuisine from 1437 onward.
Hungary occupied the city between 1485-1490.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Christian forces pushed back the Ottoman army twice outside of Vienna. In 1679 a plague ravaged the city, killing one-third of the population.
In 1804, Vienna was once again the capital of the Austrian Empire, and then the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Indeed, the city became the center of classical music with Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, and Richard Strauss followed one another after that, maintaining the city’s classical status.
The Ringstrasse begins to appear at the end of the 19th century. In fact, it is a large boulevard encircling the city’s historical center.
Then, after World War I, in 1919, Austria became a republic. Also, the Secessionist artistic movement started here, as did psychoanalysis.
In 1934 there was a civil war called the February Revolution. During the Second World War, it was quickly invaded by Germany. Russia liberated Vienna at the war’s end and controlled it until 1955.
Since then, the city has maintained an important role internationally, particularly with several UN organizations.