Heritage ['heritidj] is something that is handed down from the past

Family heritage research can open a window into the past that shaped your family. It can give you a sense of belonging. It can be a pastime activity you share with your family. It can unravel family lore that has been handed down for generations.

We, of Vienna Heritage Tours, believe that everyone’s personality is determined by the past. It is shaped by decisions our ancestors made, by whatever they experienced, and most of all by the places where they were born or used to live. Family heritage research therefore requires several approaches, a more theoretical one with the help of archival material and a more practical one by visiting the places connected with your family’s history. We can cover both.

Who are we  What we offer  How to start  Our clients


Who are we

We are a family-run business of professional tour guides and historians based in Vienna. We look back on more than 30 years of experience both in academic research, guiding and tour conducting all over Europe.



What we offer

Conducting bespoke Vienna tours in the footsteps of your family
Visit the places where your family members were born, grew up, ran their businesses, were deported from, or found their final resting places Depending on the extent of the tour, we offer walking tours (including public transport if necessary) or tours in chauffeur-driven mini-vans.
.. in addition ... Creating your family tree
Having access to a wide range of local and national archives as well as records of civic bodies or religious communities we can locate and follow your ancestors over generations, piece together the threads of life of your extended family, or simply fill in on missing details. We can then send you a compact GedCom-file containing the documents we have been able to find.
.. in addition ... Building the stories around your ancestors
Having an extensive family tree is a good start. But mere names are not everything. Our aim is to bring them to life by researching their circumstances, careers, family connections, and social life, all tied into the general political, social or artistic history of their contemporary environments.
.. in addition ... Compiling a family history legacy book your family could cherish
Zaufall Family book (excerpt) | Location of Family Graves | Retracing Family members
.. in addition ... Producing a video of your bespoke family tour of Vienna
Working together with experienced video makers we can offer you a short video of about 20 minutes on your family's history and family-related locations.
.. in addition ... Translation of family letters
We also offer transcriptions of documents written in old-German (gothic) script


How to start

If you are interested in using our services, we offer a "First View" completely free of charge and without obligation. This means that we take a look at the data you can provide us with. This may be anything from a few dates or addresses of close relatives to a complete family tree.

We then send you a suggestion of what help we can possibly offer. You may then decide if at all, or to what extent you would like to use our services. As mentioned above, this is completely without obligation.

In case your family originated from one of the successor states of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire (e.g. Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland or Ukraine) we can direct you to one of our partner companies which specialize in family history research there.


Our Clients

I want you to know how much I think of our time in Vienna, and all the amazing work you did - I bring you up in conversation at least once a week :) Johanna, USA

I just want to thank you again for all your hard work - I can honestly say that the whole experience with Erich made it so special for us all - Louis stood in synagogue to read and he had told the rabbi all about Erich and what he had learnt so when he made his sermon, he talked about both Louis and Erich - so Erich did get a bar mitzvah of sorts. Which made the whole thing worthwhile. Emma, UK

Now that we have got out the laptop out and accessed our email, we would like to thank you very much for all the information you prepared and gave to us. You sure did go out of your way to give us a great insight into life in Vienna when Martin's family was living here.

We have spent some wonderful days exploring Vienna and visiting places where the family lived and may have visited. Aunt Maria and her family have been excited to receive the photos that we have sent to them via WhatsApp and I believe Maria is remembering more of her life in Vienna. Diane, Australia



Vienna Walks & Talks
Timmermann & Co OG
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1010 Vienna / Wien
Austria / O¨sterreich
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