I Spy Vienna - guided Espionage Tour

Vienna, Austria

Experience hosted by Jascha

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join a tour exploring the long and dark history of spies in Vienna. We will explore the heyday of international intelligence services of the cold war and dive into history to lern about the scandals that shook imperial Vienna on the brink of the great war. How is the Viennese coffee house tradition linked to a spy and how did the Romans encode their messages?

Over 2 hours we’ll untangle the web of international diplomacy, spies and informants who didn’t always do it for ideological reasons but sometimes just to survive. Retracing bold plans to be one step ahead of the enemy and witnessing personal tragedies that are still part of the game.

We learn why Vienna is still the secret capital of espionage while walking trough Viennas imperial heritage. We’ll find signs hidden in plain sight telling us the story of the darkest days in our nations history.

Best of all, we finish our tour with a cold beverage in a 1950ies bar that was once built for US soldiers of occupied Vienna.

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Other things to note
This is a walking tour that includes city terrain, cobblestones, some steps and pedestrian crossings. If you have any spezific requirements pleas let me know in advance
Join a tour exploring the long and dark history of spies in Vienna. We will explore the heyday of international intelligence services of the cold war and dive into history to lern about the scandals that shook imperial Vienna on the brink of the great war. How is the Viennese coffee house tradition linked to a spy and how did the Romans encode their messages?

Over 2 hours we’ll untangle the web of international diplomacy, spies and inf…

Accessibility

Mainly flat or leveled ground

Meet your Host, Jascha

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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Hi I’m Jascha, I’ve been a state certified tour guide since 2017 and am the founder of Hidden Vienna Tours. I was born and raised in Vienna so I know this city like the back of my hand and yet it manages to surprise me every day.
I finished my studies top of my class with years spent at the academy of fine art and with my deep love for history my tours concentrate on the people that shaped this city. This tour peeks behind the hidden corners and explores the stories behind the opulent facades of this imperial city.
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From $36/ person

Where you'll be

We set off at the Russian war memorial that holds many secrets, passing by the stunning baroque church of Saint Charles and the State Opera House on our way to the imperial winter palace. We learn about Roman infiltration methods at the ruins of Vindobona before moving on to Café Central and further on to Volksgarten where we end at a bar.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 217 reviews.

Doreen
December 2021
Jascha is a wonderful storyteller of espionage and spies in Vienna. He was able to keep the interest of 4 teens in our family and even had them engaged in a game. He had great stories and tidbits about Vieneese and Austrian history too! We enjoyed walking around with him. He is very personable and friendly.
Julia
December 2021
Great tour! Interesting for both kids and adults and Jascha is a very knowledgeable and kind tour guide. We would recommend this tour to others visiting Vienna. We were 4 adults and 4 kids (11-14)
Jade
December 2021
You definitely want to do this tour when you’re in Vienna. Jascha is a perfect guide- knowledgeable, kind, passionate about this topic, and a great storyteller. He created fun hands-on activities for kids and adults alike, and is always investigating new sources to provide unique insights into the history of espionage in Vienna. This was a top notch Airbnb experience!!!
Jesse
November 2021
The tour was everything we hoped it would be and more. Jascha is a great storyteller and very knowledgeable about hundreds of years of the city's history. I actually went as part of a podcast crew making an episode about the city's spy history and wrote Jascha the night before to ask him to tailor his trip to what we needed. He was happy to oblige. On the tour itself, Jascha was game to tell stories and answer questions. He was also very knowledgeable about contemporary spy craft in Vienna, which was more the focus of our episode. Really can't recommend this tour and Jascha enough.
Nicola
October 2021
Very interesting and unique tour! Jascha had expert knowledge about the history of Vienna and told his stories in an entertaining and engaging way. I’d highly recommend this tour!
Paul
October 2021
Eine sehr tolle Tour. Jascha ist ein sehr guter Erzähler und weiß seine Führung durch interessante und humorvolle Details gut zu gestalten. Mit ihm haben wir die geheime und nicht so geheime Geschichte Wiens erkundet. Ich kann diese Tour nur absolut empfehlen.

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    Things to know

    Guest requirements

    Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
    Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
    All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

    Cancellation policy

    Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.