SHADES TOURS: Vienna Walking Tour: Uncover a Hidden Side of the City

Vienna Walking Tour: Uncover a Hidden Side of the City

Vienna, Austria


Social Enterprise

2 hours
From$29 USDper person

SHADES TOURS is a social enterprise that offers tours and activities with people experiencing homelessness that provide insight into the corners of Vienna while enhancing local socioeconomic development.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the shadows of Vienna through the eyes of locals experiencing homelessness while supporting their socioeconomic integration back into society.
  • Take a unique and meaningful walking tour through Vienna, learning about the city’s social challenges.
  • Hear personal stories from locals and gain insight into the many shades of homelessness.

Tour revenue will be invested in employing and empowering the homeless guides of SHADES TOURS.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    1 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM (depending on the day)

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Youth, Professionals, People with disabilities

  • Languages

    English, German

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    4 to 15

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking

Tour Description

Have you ever wondered what life must be like on the shadowy side of Vienna? Discover the challenges and complexities of impoverishment through a 2-hour city guided tour via a homeless local! What better way is there to explore the hidden world of poverty than through the eyes of those who experience it firsthand. Anxious to inquire about something explicit? These friendly guides are not shy in sharing their personal stories, so, when prompted, go ahead and reveal your queries.
After a brief orientation, your guide will introduce you to the topic of homelessness through a mix of facts and stories that illustrate its complications, presenting you with an insightful, informative, and emotional experience. Through their eyes, you will uncover a different side of Vienna that provides you with insights into an unseen world, far away from the typical tourist path.

Tour Start Address

Vienna main train station (Hauptbahnhof), Vienna, Austria

How To Get There

Take the line 1 of the U-Bahn and get off at Hauptbahnhof



To educate society on the issues and challenges of homelessness while integrating homeless people by providing them with employment and social integration.

Main Programs

  • Tours and activities empowering people experiencing homelessness

Awards & Recognition

Ideen Gegen Armut Social Business Award
Impact Hub
Bank Austria Social Prize