Educational walk with a homeless guide

Vienna, Austria

Experience hosted by Nina  &

2 hours, Hosted in English and German
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Currently this tour is only operated in GERMAN!

Together we will walk along the thin line of poverty and wellfare. We will discuss the topic of homelessness in the most liveable city in the world - while walking through the center of Vienna.

This is not a sightseeing tour - this is a tour about life.

The content of the tour is homelessness, its challenges and the solutions that the city provides - and I'll share with you my personal insights and experiences of being homeless. You can ask me any question about homelessness that you might have.

We will pass places that are related to homelessness and will make you realize the contrasts of the city.

We love to educate you! If you are interested in alternative tours and in socio-politics, then you will definitely enjoy this experience.

**Please note that the tour is NOT a sight seeing tour and NEITHER visits shelters or expose homeless people. We are affected by homelessness ourselves and we reject social voyeurism, thus neither other homeless people are on display, nor former beds of guides or other homeless people are shown.**

The experience will be guided in english OR german (never both languages at the same time), depending on the date you book.
Other things to note
Wear good shoes and weatherproof clothes :)
Currently this tour is only operated in GERMAN!

Together we will walk along the thin line of poverty and wellfare. We will discuss the topic of homelessness in the most liveable city in the world - while walking through the center of Vienna.

This is not a sightseeing tour - this is a tour about life.

The content of the tour is homelessness, its challenges and the solutions that the city provides - and I'll share…

Meet your host, Nina &

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We are Nina and Daniel (and sometimes another collegue of us) from Shades Tours. Shades Tours is a social business that employs homeless people who are trained to become alternative tour guides. We started working for Shades Tours while we were homeless, some of us still are. We are working for Shades Tours to explain you what homelessness is like, what challenges there are and what solutions the social system offers - but also in order to improve and stabilize our living situation.

Our goal is to reduce prejudices and to open up a new perspective on the city!
We are Nina and Daniel (and sometimes another collegue of us) from Shades Tours. Shades Tours is a social business that employs homeless people who are trained to become alternative tour guides. We started working for Shades Tours while we were homeless, some of us still are. We are working for Shades Tours to explain you what homelessness is like, what challenges there are and what solutions the social system offers - but also in order to improve and stabilize our living situation.…
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Where you'll be

From our meeting point (in the city center) we walk to various points in the city center that are connected to homelessness, the challenges and the social system in Vienna. The tour ends after two hours in the first district.

Rated 4.71 out of 5 from 94 reviews.

Lena
October 2021
Мені не сподобалось! Можливо, у мене були інші очікування. При всій повазі до організаторів.
Kay
September 2021
Es war ein sehr interessanter Einblick hinter die Fassaden einer nach außen sehr schicken Stadt. Wir können nur empfehlen an der Tour teilzunehmen, wenn man einen Blick über den eigenen Tellerrand wagen möchte.
Hannah
September 2021
Wenn man die Möglichkeit hat während man in Wien ist, sollte man unbedingt an einer Tour teilnehmen! Gespickt mit Zahlen, Fakten und Anekdoten erhält man eine völlig neue Perspektive auf sozialpolitische Themen. Es war die beste Tour, die wir je hatten. Vielen Dank und weiter so!
Julia
September 2020
Eine tolle Tour in Wien. Unser Guide hatte eine Menge zu erzählen und wir haben alle viel neues erfahren. Auf jeden Fall eine Bereicherung Wien mal aus einem anderen Blickwinkel zu sehen.
Arnold
August 2020
Worth for every one who wishes to know more than the touristic Vienna. Homelessness is never desirable but the way homelessness is handled in Vienna could inspire many other cities in Europe (and elsewhere)
Kaho
July 2020
For sure it was a unique and great experience. The guide was homeless herself before and she is very knowledgeable about Homelessness in Vienna based on their statistics. We asked many questions, and she answered every question politely for us. We were able to have a new perspective and other insight*s* into Vienna, not only touristic activity. However, what would be great is if we could see more actual facilities or some related place s (Mostly we were listening to some places in the city) or interact with other actual homeless people since this tour is almost input from the guide. Thank you very much and we are looking forward to your future tours!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 14 and up can attend, up to 10 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

In winter, please dress EXTRA warm. We will spend two hours outside which can get super freezy!

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.