Florian Brandt

“Looking behind the scenes and telling stories have always been my passion.”

Growing up in Salzburg and the nearby Salzkammergut lake region, I have always loved discovering the exciting, sometimes hidden stories behind even the most modest of locations. I receive great pleasure in sharing this “ancillary knowledge” and folklore with others to this day. Leading tours is my way of sharing the many stories I have compiled in my studies of Vienna and Austria in general.

I left Salzburg for Vienna at the age of 19. Before long I felt completely at home in the historical city. The colloquial language and the gruff charm of its people intrigued me immediately. I was fascinated by how Viennese lifestyle and culture affected the local art and architecture throughout history. The more I studied and reflected, the better I understood Vienna and, in fact, my life in Vienna.

Viennese people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and religions get along together and form a rich, varied cityscape.  The interconnectivity of this city and its people has, over time, had a great influence on the lifestyle of its inhabitants. There are many visible attributes of this Viennese life to experience.  My tours explore everything from local cooking to coffee house culture; museums to palaces; the colourful Naschmarkt to the snow-covered Christmas market. Vienna is like a gigantic library, waiting for one to select the first book.

I have also spent 25 years in the film industry as a producer and researcher, primarily for documentaries, in Austria and around the world. My travels have taught me that it is always more interesting to look a step further, to dive a little deeper, in order to find the items of real interest.  My tours will aid you in understanding the relationship between life and living in Vienna to the city’s art and architecture.

Regardless of the style, be it baroque, rococo or contemporary modern, there is always a backstory. I hope to bring those stories to your attention by sharing what the architects and artists were thinking during those creative moments.  Some of these stories are so emotional, overwhelming and moving that I am almost forced to share my own emotions with you during a tour.

It is exiting to be of service as a tour guide and bring my unique style of storytelling to an interested audience. After years of personal curiosity I decided to take the leap, study hard and gain my official certification. This is much more to me than just a job. I am thrilled to have a company dedicated to sharing and learning with visitors from around the world.

I look forward to meeting you, your colleagues and your families while spending some time together in the city that I love and from which I have learned so much.

I hope to see you on one of my tours soon.

With warmest regards,