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The World of Literature in Past and Present

The tour in short

Throughout its history, and especially during the period before World War I, Vienna was the home of countless famous authors who left their mark on the world of literature. Join our professional tour guide on an exciting tour in the traces of Vienna’s greatest writers.

Child (6-12)

Tour description:

Vienna is not only the city of music, but also a center for literature and theatre. Uncounted writers had been inspired by the special atmosphere of this town – from the Middle Ages to the present time.

Around 1900, the literature scene was extremely flourishing including writers like Stefan Zweig, Arthur Schnitzler, etc. – a period also referred to as “coffeehouse literature”. We also have a look at international authors who visited Vienna and created unforgettable respectively also rather unknown works in and about this city like Mark Twain, W.H. Auden, and John Irving. Walk in the footsteps of literary geniuses on this walking tour in Vienna!


Tour highlights:

  • The Burgtheater
  • Vienna’s coffee house culture
  • The famous figures of Vienna’s literature

And much much more!


Why this tour?

Instead of taking an ordinary sightseeing tour, dig a bit deeper to learn the unique stories and secrets of Vienna’s literature and great authors. These stories are new even to most locals and so this could be a great activity for anyone who wants to explore and learn about Vienna in a fun and entertaining way.


Important details:

  • Tour time: Please check the schedule on the right side of the screen to see the tour’s availability.
  • Duration: The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
  • Guide: One of our awesome guides is looking forward to meeting you.
  • Children: This tour is excellent for children who love stories, secrets and history.
  • Accessibility: This tour is wheelchair accessible.
  • What to wear: Comfortable shoes! Also, always check the weather forecast in advance to make sure you are dressed properly.


Tour conditions:

Minimum number of participants:  The tour takes place if at least 5 people are registered. In case there aren’t enough participants, the tour will get cancelled and a full refund will be issued to those who paid.

Cancellation policy: You can cancel your booking up to 48 hours in advance. No refund will be given to those who cancel less than 48 hours before the tour. Certain exceptions apply such as emergency situations. Please note, we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 48 hours in advance too. We will do so if our guide is unavailable due to a sudden change or if we do not have the minimum number of participants required for the tour.

Pictures and videos: Please be aware that photos and videos may be taken during the tour. If you don’t want to appear in any Secret Vienna promotional pictures, please let us know by sending us a message.

Copyrights: The content of the tour is the result of the hard work done by our team of licensed guides. Recording the tour or taking pictures of artefacts and material used by the guide is strictly forbidden.

Do you have more questions?

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