City walks in Vienna
Architecture, History, Hotspots
Our teachers take students into Vienna to explore the city's hotspots. Book a free City walk and discover Vienna from various angles: architecture from Baroque to Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), Viennese history, literature and lifestyle...
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- from Baroque to the Modern Age - from imperial splendour to modern functionality
- Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) in Vienna - the art of being practical
- In Hundertwasser's footsteps - Vienna vibrantly varied
Around the Ring Boulevard
Our teachers take students into Vienna to explore the city’s hotspots. There is a wealth of new perspectives to be discovered off the beaten track. For instance Thomas, our established history expert, takes students along the Ringstraße. "We already know it!", many will say. But not what Thomas has to tell you about it.
Very few Viennese know the history of and stories about the State Opera, the Burggarten and Imperial Palace, the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History, the Parliament, the Burgtheater, the City Hall, Vienna University, the Stock Exchange, the Ringturm, Urania, Stadtpark, the Hotel Imperial and the many other attractions along one of Vienna’s most important roads - the "Ring".
As its name implies, the boulevard encircles the city centre, separating the first district from Vienna’s other districts. On foot and by tram are the best modes of transport for this tour. The yellow tram, which you need a special ticket for, goes around the Ring.
Around St. Stephen’s Cathedral there are a lot of small alleys and niches that are almost impossible to find without help.
For instance Blutgasse or the Deutsche Ordens Kirche - hidden in a courtyard - or Schönlaterngasse with a basilisk, a dragon-like monster that lived in a well and instilled fear among the Viennese.
All this, and much more, can be experienced on our free weekly city walks.
Tracking Roman Vienna
From the 1st to the 5th century AD, the Roman fortress Vindobona was only one of many forts lining the Northern frontier ("Limes") of the Imperium Romanum.
Carnuntum, capital of the Roman province Pannonia, was situated not far to the East of Vindobona and on the banks of the Danube. In importance, it exceeded Vindobona by far and remained a significant city right into late Antiquity. Today, you can visit extensive Roman excavations. A civilian city, also called Vindobona, was situated approximately on the same spot as ActiLingua Academy’s school building. It was completely destroyed during the age of migratory confusion.
Little remained of Vindobona's fortress on which's ruins medieval Vienna was built. Its history is accessible via historic and archaeological texts and by wandering through modern Vienna and discovering the nomenclature of its streets and squares.
Lifestyle, fun and adventure
- The Vienna Prater - from the Giant Ferris Wheel to the Lusthaus
- Coffee houses in Vienna - introduction to a Viennese institution
- Parks in Vienna - green Vienna and its monuments
Legends surrounding St. Stephen's Cathedral
Almost everybody knows St. Stephen’s Cathedral, at least the building per se. But do you know the many tales and sagas surrounding this landmark in the heart of Vienna? For instance the one about the Zahnwehherrgott, to whom the people went on pilgrimage to be healed of their toothache? Or about the Pummerin - the bell that rings in the new year on New Year’s Eve? Have you ever climbed up the tower and counted the steps? - Getting to the top is an unforgettable experience.
- Strudlhofstiege - a literary experience