The queer city walks that QWIEN has been offering for more than ten years are a central part of the mediation of the history of same-sex desirers and people who did not correspond to the heteronormative majority.
Guided tours can be booked at QWIEN for travel agencies, groups and individuals. For groups as well as for individuals there is also the offer to plan guided tours individually or to set desired priorities. Duration of all guided tours between 2 - 2.5 hours.
Guided tours are only offered by appointment. Enquiries, price information and booking at
Andreas Brunner, e-mail: guide [at] qwien [dot] at
Current guided tours:
Queer Vienna City Walk I
Route: University to State Opera House (or vice versa)
Details: University: Homosexuality and Science (Criminal Law, Medicine); Was Franz Schubert "gay"?; Burgtheater: Raoul Aslan and Dorothea Neff; Rathauspark; Volksgarten - a Biedermeier "cruising area"; Heldenplatz: Prinz Eugen - the gay knight?; Hofburg. "Luziwuzi" - the gay brother of Emperor Franz Joseph; Josephsplatz: Emperor Joseph II and the abolition of the death penalty; Augustinerkirche: Marie Christine and Isabella von Parma - a baroque couple of lovers; Albertinaplatz: memorial against war and fascism and the persecution of gays and lesbians under National Socialism; the State Opera and its queer artists.
Queer Vienna City Walk II
Route: Schwarzenbergplatz to Burgtheater
Schwarzenbergplatz: Palais Archduke Ludwig Viktor, called "Luziwuzi"; Ring: the Bodega - a homosexual restaurant of the turn of the century; Mahlerstraße: Karl Kraus as a fighter for gay rights; Walfischgasse: Death house W. H. Auden; Maysedergasse: The painter Stephanie Hollenstein; Albertinaplatz: The memorial against war and fascism; Café Tirolerhof - a lesbian meeting place of the 1920s; Augustinerkirche: Marie Christine and Isabella von Parma; Josephsplatz: Joseph II. and the abolition of the death penalty for "unnatural fornication"; National Library: Prince Eugene as book collector and patron; Michaelerplatz: the old Café Griensteidl and his homosexual poets (Leopold von Andrian), the old Burgtheater: Iffland and Wilbrandt; Herrengasse: the Café Herrenhof as a popular meeting place for gays and lesbians, Colonel Redl's suicide in the former Hotel Klomser; Burgtheater: Raoul Aslan and Dorothea Neff.
Suppressed injustice. The persecution of gays and lesbians in Vienna since 1938
Route: Morzinplatz to Zimmermannplatz; tram ticket required!
Morzinplatz: Gestapo headquarters; Rossauer Lände: Vienna criminal police headquarters; individual fates of victims of persecution in Türkenstrasse; Servitengasse; Prozellangasse; Wasagasse; Währingerstrasse: the Medziner*innen's assistance in the murder of homosexuals; Schwarzspanierstrasse: Franz B. - shot on the run; University: Viennese lawyers involved in the persecution of gays and lesbians; Vienna Regional Court: the murder of homosexual men as "habitual criminals dangerous to public safety"; Old General Hospital: lesbians in the "Old Empire"; Zimmermannplatz/Heinz-Heger-Platz: "The men with the pink corner".
Queer life around the Naschmarkt I
Route: Rosa Lila Villa to Kettenbrückengasse
Left Wienzeile: Rosa Lila Villa; Corneliusgasse: the former Nightshift, probably the oldest gay/lesbian restaurant in the city; Linke Wienzeile: Residential house Leonie Puttkammer and her teenage girlfriend Gretl, who was Sigmund Freud's lesbian patient; the Naschmarkt as a gay/lesbian biotope once and now (Goldener Spiegel, Café Savoy, etc.).); Heumühlgasse: Niccoladoni, an early testimony for a homosexual movement in Vienna (1907); Das Gugg and the HOSI Vienna as the oldest NGO in the fight against discrimination and for recognition; Die Alte Lampe; Schubert Sterbehaus: Franz Schubert and Homosexuality
Queer life around the Naschmarkt II
Route: Zentrum QWIEN to Karlsplatz
Rienösslgasse: Niccoladoni; Schleifmühlgasse: Café Paulanerhof as a gay meeting place in the interwar period; Schikanederkino: Vienna's oldest cinema and the first gay/lesbian film festivals in the 1980s; Schleifmühlgasse: Coming Out, a short-lived but important pub in the gay history of the 1980s; Naschmarkt: public toilet as a gay meeting place; Theater an der Wien: the gay operetta star Max Hansen and the ascent of Zarah Leander; Girardigasse: Leo W. - homosexual and Jewish; Gumpendorferstraße: Hans Adolf Beer: gay opera singer and upright National Socialist; Rahlgasse: Lina Loos and the lesbian life of the interwar period; Rosa-Mayreder-Park; Karlsplatz: popular meeting place for homosexual men and raids by the Nazis, the bisexual emperor Charles IV. and his church
Rainbow Guided Tours at the University of Vienna
Developed on behalf of the University of Vienna, bookable only through QWIEN via the University of Vienna
Since 2009, Rainbow Guided Tours at the Pride have been held annually in the main building of the University of Vienna. The universities as "think tanks" of society had and have an important position in the history of homosexuality. Whether in law or medicine, psychology, sexual science or in the social sciences and humanities - research at the university has significantly influenced the living conditions of lesbians, gays, transgenders or intersex persons. On a tour of the university, from the auditorium to the arcade to the university library, important results of the university discourse on homosexuality are thematized, female scholars are presented, but also reference is made to persecution at the university level (denial of academic dignity).
Empress Elisabeth (Sisi)
Empress Elisabeth, the tragic, mythical representative of a declining epoch, has always fascinated gays and lesbians alike: Whether as the sugar-sweet "Sissi" in films of the 1950s, as the unapproachable in Visconti, as the death yearning Fin-de-Siècle icon in musicals, as the embodiment of female self-determination and rebellion against a crumbling social order, as the neurotically fleeing who disappeared only became more present, or as a crazy parody in the gay trash musical. What is the fascination of this historical figure for gays and lesbians? What images and myths do they associate with it? Where do the fault lines run between a supposedly real, historical figure and the stagings around and about it? During a guided tour through the rooms of the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg, developed by QWIEN, individual stages of Elisabeth's life and myth are subjected to a "queer" interpretation. The focus is not on the keyhole perspective on Sisi's private life or that of the Habsburg family, but on the images Elisabeth triggers in our minds. (Duration of the tour approx. 1.5 hours, prices on request.)