General sightseeing tours
Vienna Woods - Mayerling and Heiligenkreuz

This is a half-day excursion which shows you the most beautiful sights of the southern part of the Vienna Woods, the protected forest area that surrounds the city of Vienna. First, we will go and see the huge Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (founded in 1133), visiting the romantic medieval cloister which houses the remains of the Babenberg dynasty who ruled Austria before the Habsburg era, the splendid baroque sacristy and the monumental half Romanesque half Gothic church. After a short break, we will continue our tour going to the former Mayerling hunting lodge, today a commemorative chapel, where the Crown-Prince Rudolph, the only son of Emperor Frances Joseph, died together with Baronesse Mary Vetsera in 1889. Until today no one really knows what happened in the night of their death. Did they commit suicide? Were they murdered? If so, by whom? And why? There are over 150 different theories about the background of Austria's most famous tragedy - looking at the original scenery, we will discuss the most common versions and try to find out what we know for sure and what shall always remain a mystery.

This excursion can be combined with a degustation of a piece of "Topfenstrudel", Austrias typical cheese strudel, or with a visit to the subterranean lake in Hinterbrühl!

Vienna Woods - Mayerling, Heiligenkreuz and Baden

This half-day excursion combines a shorter version of the above tour "Vienna Woods - Mayerling and Heiligenkreuz" with a walking tour in the city of Baden. The origin of Baden lies in the healing powers of the sulfur springs. The Romans experienced and enjoyed the waters, calling the place "Aquae". Until today, the town bases its image on the element of water in all its different aspects. Baden has held a special place in Austrian history since Emperor Francis I chose this idyllic town for his Imperial summer residence between 1814 (the year of the Vienna Congress) to 1834. Artists, intellectuals as well as the so-called "good society" followed him. They built luxurious palais here or took apartments. The list of well-known people who lived and worked in Baden during this period is long: Emperor Franz I, the Archdukes Karl, Wilhelm, Anton, Eugen, Rainer, Empress Maria Luise (spouse of Napoleon I), the Duke of Reichstadt, Grillparzer, Schwind, Mozart, Schubert, Lanner, Strauss, Millöcker, Zeller, Komzak. Perhaps the greatest of them all, however, was Beethoven, linked to the city by the Ninth Symphony and the Missa solemnis, large parts of which he composed in the Beethoven House in Baden. The blending of art and money set a high standard and created a unique atmosphere, which the city continues to preserve. On our tour through the inner city of Baden we will look closely at the most important buildings of former times, then we will take a walk through the city park with the Summer Arena, the Casino (largest Casino in Austria and huge congress center) and if you like we can even climb the hill up to the Beethoven Temple, from where we can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the entire city and its surroundings.

This excursion can be combined with a degustation of a piece of "Topfenstrudel", Austrias typical cheese strudel, or with a wine degustation in one of the characteristical "Heurigen" restaurants in Gumpoldskirchen!