Vienna Historical Hitler Walk: Glimpse into Austria’s darkest era with Skilled Historians
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409 Ratings
Wien
Uncover the origins of Hitler and explore Vienna's darkest era on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Discover the scars of World War II and visit the only surviving synagogue from the Holocaust.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Vienna State Opera - On May 25, 1869, the opening was celebrated in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth with a premiere of Don Juan by Mozart. But than after 1938 everything changed including the cultural life in Vienna changed.After the “Anschluss” of Austria, Adolf Hitler visited the State Opera on June 19 and October 27, 1938. The period of National Socialism saw the departure, persecution and murder of artists and employees. For several works there was a ban on performance.
  • Memorial Against War & Fascism - The Memorial against War and Fascism is the work of Austrian sculptor Alfred Hrdlicka. It has stood since 1988 on Vienna’s Albertinaplatz - named after Helmut Zilk in 2009. The memorial it is intended to serve as a reminder of the darkest era in Austrian history. It is dedicated to all victims of war and fascism.
  • Akademie der bildenden Kunste - Art school that didnt accept Hitler as a student
  • Heldenplatz - Heldenplatz on March 15, 1938
    Hitler’s speech from the balcony of the Neue Hofburg has become the epitome of the National Socialist seizure of power and the broad approval of it - and the trauma “Heldenplatz” for the Second Republic.
  • Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial - Mahnmal für die österreichischen jüdischen Opfer der Schoah

Memorial for the Austrian Jewish victims of the Shoah
Detail Memorial for the Austrian Jewish victims of the Shoah
In memory of the more than 65,000 Austrian Jews who were murdered by the National Socialists between 1938 and 1945.

  • Morzinplatz - Memorial at Morzinplatz
    Detail memorial at Morzinplatz
    The former luxury hotel “Metropole” became one of the most brutal Gestapo headquarters in the Third Reich.

  • Stadttempel Synagogue - The “Seitenstettentempel” is hidden behind a tenement building.
    The main synagogue of Vienna is located at Seitenstettengasse 4. According to the regulations in force at that time, non-Catholic places of worship had to be hidden and could not be visible from the street. Therefore, the synagogue stands behind a five-story apartment building. Above the entrance gate of the street building is the inscription: “Come to his gates with thanksgiving, to his courts with praise!”

What's Included
  • Licensed and knowledgeable guide
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information

Join our intimate crew of 4 history buffs seeking to shine a light on how rapidly things can evolve! This 2.5-hour walking tour of the historical heart of Vienna offers insight into Hitler’s formative years and beginnings. Throughout this tour, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of Austrian and European history from 1900 to 1955. Guided by our expert, unravel the mysteries behind how a mere Austrian postcard artist became universally loathed. Where could have Hitler and Stalin possibly crossed paths? See the lasting marks of World War II and stop by the singular synagogue that survived the Holocaust. Take an in-depth journey into Vienna’s darkest eras.

  • Due to many cobblestones on our route, not recommended for guest within a wheelchair
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes
  • Due to Vienna’s unpredictable weather, please bring water, sunblock, raincoat or umbrella
Location
Albertinaplatz
Albertinaplatz 1, next to Albertina Museum, next to the fountain and sausage stand with the green rabbit on the roof, behind the opera and opposite the tourist information - just look out for our green umbrella! Take the underground lines U1, U2 or U4, disembark at Karlsplatz, take the “Oper” exit.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jayne119
Mar 29, 2024
Fantastic walking tour … - Stefan, was our guide. Couldn’t praise him highly enough, very informative,interesting, extremely knowledgeable and very patient. Thank you.
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D3777aojoanad
Mar 28, 2024
Great tour by Michael S. - The tour was great to see all the importants sights in Vienna and understand how Hitler lived his life there. Michael S. was enthusiastic about the topic and was very knowledgeable. He also knew all the answers to our questions. I 100% recommend this tour for history enthusiasts.
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Victor_b
Mar 26, 2024
Great for history buffs. - Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable, and dispelled a lot of common misconceptions that are floating around.
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Ljubomirb178
Mar 24, 2024
Would recommend - Very informative. Good background of the whole period and more. Learned about the life of Hitler during his life in Vienna.
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Sarah_v
Mar 23, 2024
Worth it - Dieter was the perfect guide, interesting, informative and very careful with such a sensitive topic. Such a good opportunity to hear more about Vienna’s turbulent history. Would highly recommend.
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Christopher_h
Mar 18, 2024
Clear oversight of troubled times - Very knowledgeable guide. Presented sensitive topics in a clear, reasoned and careful manner. Excellent tour
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Jill_w
Mar 17, 2024
Well worth it! - Seeing key sites for understanding history and background on Hitler where grew up in Austria Cici our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable
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Ofrit_l
Mar 15, 2024
Dieter was exceptional! - An informative and thought-provoking tour. Our guide, Dieter was exceptional!!! Bring your walking shoes.
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Sarah_m
Mar 8, 2024
Historical walking tour , Vienna - We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, our guide Charles was very knowledgeable, he talked us through Vienna and its history without stopping. The walk took us around Vienna to some interesting places/monuments we would never have found ourselves or known what the significance of them were, without Charles knowledge.
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Nina_c
Feb 27, 2024
Great tour made better by amazing guide - This was one of the best tours we’ve been on and I’m so glad that we did this! Our guide Dieter was really great. He was extremely knowledgeable and dedicated. His personal touches were amazing and a quote he shared at the end of the tour still resonates with us. This is absolutely a must do in Vienna and such an important understanding of history!!
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