History of the various buildings and stories about its residents. A visit to the Imperial Appartements or to the Treasury can be included. Just tell us! The tour is highly recommended for school classes.
The buildings of the Hofburg include more than 2.600 rooms. In the course of history the residential area was continuously enlarged, each ruler left his or her traces.
To understand the complex layout of today a comparison with old pictures is essential. The original castle was built as a stronghold. However, the architecture is predominantly Baroque or neo-classical and since the Baroque period the main purpose of the buldings was one of representation. The Hofburg was winter residence and seat of government and still is a governmental building containing many offices of the civil service. Our Federal President resides in the former apartements of Maria Theresia and her son Joseph II. A number of museums and the National Library are located in the Hofburg. The world famous Vienna Boys' Choir and the Lippizaners belong to the 'living' inventory.
On several occasions fires menaced the Hofburg, the last one in 1992. Traces are still visible. The Lipizzaners which you can see in their stables also were in great danger. An insight into the cellars offers the opportunity of learning about the Hofburg as an economic enterprise. Information is given on running new discoveries of old secrets within the area of the Burg.
On Tortuous Paths through the Old City - get acquainted with the Soul of Vienna
The most beautiful spots of the old parts of the city. Stories and legends which enable an amusing insight.
Vienna at its best: the multicultural tradition of the city. In a humorous way you will be informed about the roots and the mentality of the Viennese. Old Vienna is revived - a city populated by musicians, students, Jews and monks, victorious against the sieges of theTurks and surviving the menaces of the plague.
Although you might think to have covered quite a distance on your walk you will find yourself almost at the same spot where you started - the paths are tortuous. Just like on a string of pearls you will discover the most attractive picture postcard sights along your way. Hear about the manifold denominations in our city which live and practice peacefully in close vicinity to each other.
The tour will make you acquainted not only with the historical developement of one of the most glorious cities of the past, but also with the charm of this mixture of a population which has preserved its 'Gemuetlichkeit' up to the present day.
Murder, Witchcraft, Hangmen - Justitia Viennensis
History of Criminal Justice. A Walk through the Old City with Pictures.
For school-classes an easier version is offered.
The Monument against War and Fascism drastically demonstrates that there were times when justice has been in service of injustice. The next stop on the tour is Lobkowitzplatz as a former place of execution - a Viennese mayor was beheaded there.
For the Augustinian monks in their nearby monastery this was most disturbing. Passing the house of a mass murderess you arrive at a square where a pillory once stood. To be put in the pillory was one of the public penalties as well as a popular spectacle for the local population.
The hangman was resident in Rauhensteingasse where prisoners on remand were tortured. Now you follow the 'path of the poor sinners' until the spire of St.Stephan's cathedral comes in sight. A little later you arrive at the square where the former court house was situated. At the site of the present fountain executions took place on the gallows.
In 1421 the jews of Vienna fell prey to arbitrary justice. A strange relief tells the story of this appaling event of Judenplatz. The tour continues past the witch house and ends at the Platz Am Hof the site of mass executions, tournaments and court festivities.
Reminiscences of the last Imperial hangman will conclude two hours of crime, horror and justice.
Love Affairs and Immorality
"Josefine Mutzenbacher, a historic review on the morals of Vienna."
A humorous walk through the old city with many pictures.
Not suitable for children under 14.
Josefine Mutzenbacher was a Viennese prostitute in the second half of the 19th century who most succesfully made her way up by love and lust. Her 'memoirs' were written in the old Cafe Griensteidl by Felix Salten (author of worldfamous "Bambi") and are still on the list of bestsellers in the field of erotic literature.
On a humorous walk you will be shown the streets and places in the old city where Josefine and her 'Co-sisters' found their customers giving you an insight into the morals of the respective period.
Piquant and amusing stories about prostituion in Roman, medieval and modern times and a description of the situation nowadays will help the participants of the tour to become real 'sex-experts' of Vienna.
After 2 hours the tour ends in Baeckerstraße, a famous meeting point, then and now.
Eros and the Habsburgs - Forgotten Court Scandals
Frivolous stories of the Imperial dynasty.
Mistresses and homosexual relationships. Secret walks within the area of the Hofburg.
Topic: Unknown and notarious scandals and lovestories of the Imperial family are told on a walk in the Hofburg area and the close vicinity. Not suitable for children under the age of 14.
The Habsburg dynasty - on the one hand focus of admiration and most noteworthy attention, on the other without a substantial mission fenced into a golden cage with hardly any personal liberties. Still, even the Habsburgs were men and women with quite ordinary demands and desires.
There were but few who were able to fulfill their pretensions. In general they were not permitted to follow their hearts but to yield to what the head of the family expected them to do. Even the Emperor and the Empress had to submit to the laws of the house.
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