Guided walks and tours between Passau and Vienna
Here we list guided walks that can be joined by individual travellers. All the tours listed are operated in English, unless mentioned otherwise. (Please talk to us if you come across additional tours and offers.)
Passau: Guided city tours
Guided walks are offered from Monday to Saturday at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Find more information on Passau Tourism (scroll down). Currently: 1hr, €6 pp
Mauthausen Memorial: Audio Guide and App
Highly recommended is a visit to the former concentration camp near Mauthausen (video). Admission is free. Audio guides are available and provide detailed information in various languages (€3 per device, bring your passport or ID card as a deposit). Either cycle up to the visitor centre on the road (very steep!, <map link: visitor centre>) or leave your bicycle in the quarry and walk the quarry stairway up to the camp (<map link: quarry>, unfortunatelly currently closed). Alternatively, you may cycle the sligthly more gently detour to the visitor centre (<map link: detour>).
[The memorial also offers a free app to download with information about the site's history.]
Calculate 60 to 90 minutes on the site plus time to get there.
Melk Abbey: Guided tours
The Abbey offers guided tours for everyone to join. Tours in English start daily at 10:55 am and 2:55 pm [April to October] and additionally at 2 pm from May to September. Calculate one hour. The tour ends in the Abbey Church where you are free to contemplate for (almost) as long as you like. [Detailed information can be found <here>.]
2020 season: Due to the pandemic, occasionally limited availability. --> Corona Visitor Information (in German)
Krems: App-based audio guide
The tourist office put together an audio guide that invites you to a walk of the old town of Krems. The walk takes 60 to 90 minutes. You can download the audio guide with the Hearonymus app. The guide is free.
Vienna: 'ivie' app (for smartphone and tablet)
Following its publisher, this free "digital city guide knows the city like the back of its hand". We would not go that far. But it knows hundreds of places in Vienna indeed. And it provides background information and amusing stories for each. Quite amazing! Features that we like most, are
- 'Walks & Guides': Several sights and places thematically listed for you to discover Vienna on a stroll.
- 'Map' function: Consult the app from time to time while roaming the city and discover hidden places along your way.
- Additionally, the app is able to show you taxi stands, drinking fountains, toilets and city bike stations nearby. Handy indeed.
Free app, published by the Vienna Tourism Board. More information and download options <here> (available for iOS and Android devices, in English and German).
Cooking classes in Vienna
What do you think when you hear Vienna? 'Wiener Schnitzel' is certainly amongst the top five answers. So we were very happy when hearing that you can take cooking classes in Vienna, learning not only to prepare Wiener Schnitzel, but also apple strudel and other Austrian delicacies. Here are our favourite picks for English travellers:
- Watch a chef at the kitchen at Meissl und Schadn restaurant (currently on Mondays and Tuesdays, small groups of four to five people, Wiener Schnitzel and apple strudel on offer)
- Take a class on one of various kitchens across the city. Check if one offer suits your plans: Cooking classes in Vienna
- Join Bianca and her team on a 4.5 hrs class including grocery shopping in central Vienna (four to ten 'guest-chefs' at a time, apple strudel and goulash [beef as well as vegetarian]).
- Similar, a walk along the Naschmarkt food market, followed by a private cooking class is offered by Andrea at Vienna Cooking Tours (no set schedule).
- Nearby the Hundertwasserhaus east of central Vienna, restaurant Andante offers shop'n'cook events (presumably upon request) as well as cooking classes (every Tuesday).
... a final thought
Consider going on a guided cycling holiday. Many itineraries include guided walks and tours at noteworthy places already.