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Meet your guide and group of fellow curious travelers at a central location in Vienna. Listen to an introductory talk on the topic of homelessness in Vienna and in Austria, which will cover the challenges that homeless people face, the Viennese social system, and the underlying reasons for homelessness. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and feelings on the subject and engage in a dialogue with your guide, who is homeless, and other group members.

Take off for a walking tour of Vienna to visit places around the city symbolic of the homelessness problem. For instance, visit a park to talk about the topic of people sleeping in public areas. Other stops provide jumping-off points to discuss the various issues facing homeless residents of Vienna and the social institutions tasked with helping them.
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Not your typical Vienna trip, this educational walking tour is designed to shed light on Vienna's homeless population. With a guide who is homeless and working on reintegrating into society, visit parts of the city important to the lives of this demographic and the country's social system. Listen to your guide's commentary, a mix of personal stories and historical and cultural facts illustrating the complexity of homelessness in Vienna.
  • Travel with a small group, which helps facilitate productive discussion
  • Walking tour provides firsthand views of important landmarks
  • Guide provides in-depth commentary on the plight of homelessness in Vienna
  • Plenty of time to ask questions on this complex topic
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Exceptional experience

This is not a sightseeing walking tour but a thought provoking tour of Vienna. It takes courage for someone who is homeless and leads a tour and tells us fascinating stories about his journey. Charles is articulate, engaging and knowledgeable and provides interesting information on...More

Thank mickey_victoria
Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Mickey_Victoria, wow- what a compliment, we are glad to hear you liked the tour with Charles. We want to forward him your beautiful feedback. We also love to read that it had an educational impact for your children. We love to work with children...More

Reviewed 1 August 2018
An eye opening experience

This is not any walking tour, it is a tour of life. How wonderful would it be if all the people could have access to this kind of experience? I feel like now I can understand a little bit more about the world we are...More

Thank Roberto K
Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Dear Robert, thank you very much - it is a tour of life sounds fantastic wow! We also would wish that everyone have access to a SHADES TOURS tour. That would help to educate about certain sensitive topics and would definitely be a win for...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018
A quite different view of Vienna

The tour through the first district of Vienna is not what one expects from a sightseeing tour - instead of talking about the beautiful buildings, our guide let us be part of a world not many people know much about. In the beauty of the...More

Thank Jasmin B
Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hello Jasmin, wow - biggest thank you for sharing your short time in Vienna with us! We are really happy that you have enjoyed your SHADES TOURS tour and all the information around homelessness - since you have probably expected more sightseeing? We clearly state...More

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Interesting and non-mainstream tour in central Vienna

Very interesting tour led by excellent tour guide, a homeless person herself. She was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in learning about the situation of homeless people in Vienna!

Thank DisL2013
Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Hello DisL2013, biggest thank you for sharing your impressions with us ♥ We are super happy to hear that you found the tour interesting and worth doing! Thanks for your recommendation and safe travels, your SHADES TOURS Team

Reviewed 30 May 2018
Very interesting overview of the homeless condition in Vienna

The guide gave us a very good understanding of how homeless live and survive in Vienna. She was really keen to openly answer every questions we had. I would highly recommend it if you want to know more about the social issues in Vienna as...More

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Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Hi jacoblaurence, thanks a lot for sharing your time in Vienna with us and for leaving your impressions on TripAdvisor! We are happy that you had an interesting tour on the topic on homelessness and that it provided you a good understanding on the topic...More

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