Vienna in the Third Reich


Tour Number

Activity Level



Other, Museums / Culture, Local Experience, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: Yes. only for kids 12 and older

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 10



German (fluent), French (fluent), English (fluent)

The Führers Jewel

Not everything in Vienna is beautiful. One thing that is not beautiful is the city's initial fascination with Adolf Hitler.

Adolf Hitler was an Austrian aspiring artist who came to Vienna as a young man trying to be accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts. Though not without talent, he was still declined.

Angry and fed up with Vienna Hitler left for Germany where he started his political career. Many Austrians (about 65%) were longing to be united with the new economic superpower of Germany.

In March 1938 Hitler marched into Austria and annexed Austria, making it the Eastern Mark of the Third Reich.

Initially people greeted the Fuehrer like a popstar. Then later on many lost their enthousiasm . . but it was too late.

This tour will visit important places relevant to Hitler's life in Vienna.

There will be an honest discussion about national socialism, Austrias initial fascination for the Fuehrer, the Holocaust and Austria's dealing with its shameful past.

Join me on this very informative tour!


Arenbergpark War Bunkers
Dr. Karl Lueger Statue
Hotel Imperial
Academy of Fine Arts
Heroes Square
The Chancellary
COFFEE BREAK for Q&A (30 min)
St. Stephans Cathedral
Jewish Square
Former Gestapo Headquarters
Albertina Square - Hrdlicka Monument

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Arenberg Park, Busstop Ziehrerplatz

End location: Schwedenplatz

Duration: 4 hours

4 hours


walking and tram

What’s Included

the tour itself is included in this special sightseeing tour

Estimated Local Cash Needed

35 EURO - 5 Euro for a tram ticket per person and/or about 30 EUR in taxi money to get around the different locations

What’s Extra

tram ticket of 5 EUR and possible snacks and coffee to go


I do not have a car of my own but I can arrange for a separate car and driver. Vienna is a city like New York City where owning a car is not necessary and if so a hassle with parking.

A Recent Review of this tour

I had asked Susanne if we could spend more time talking about Austria's involvement in the war, rather than touring. Our tour group was now just 3 adults. Her knowledge of history and the political climate, beginning prior to WWI was amazing. She provided an unflinching narrative of events leading up to the WWII. Her commentary on Austrians was not always flattering, but honest and backed up with solid research. She answered questions without hesitation. Perhaps the most insightful tour ever.
Stephen Payne

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