Vienna's multifaceted shadows

Perrine Schober of Shades Tours
Perrine Schober of Shades Tours

Today I introduce you to Shades Tours. They offer tours through Vienna, but with a decisive difference.

Vienna is a city that has an infinite number of facets. Many of them have already discovered, many you will still discover and many you might easily overlook.

One of these shadows is the homelessness and this is what the Shades Tours look closer at. I recently met Perrine Schober, the initiator and leader of this unique initiative, and asked her to tell you more about Shades Tours.

Shades Tours

Discover another side of Vienna and go on a tour guided by a homeless person! Discover the multiple shades of homelessness: the challenges, social services and stories of living and surviving on the street.

Bored of historical tours? Want to discover something new? Go on this unforgettable tour that will you show another side of living in a city!

This authentic, professional and insightful tour will submerge you into a mostly hidden and unseen world. During this 2-hour tour your guide will provide you with a mix of facts and personal stories that illustrate the complexity of homelessness.

How does a tour look like?

Shades Tours in Vienna
Shades Tours in Vienna

You will meet your guide. After a brief check-in round, your guide will introduce you to the topic of homelessness and start the tour. During the tour (and also afterwards) you will be encouraged to think about this topic from the different perspectives.

  • What challenges do homeless people face?
  • How does the Viennese social system work?
  • How do social institutions help?
  • And much, much  more….

I have already participated in one of the tours and was very impressed. Impressed by our guide, who was once homeless, how frankly and honestly he told us his moving story. Impressed by what is being done and what help is available. Thoughtfully influenced by what we do not perceive in our everyday life, as if a parallel world exists here.

I can simply recommend the tours of Shades Tours because you start to see Vienna, as an example of living in a big city, with different eyes.

Background information about the Shades Tours

Shades Tours
Shades Tours

These really unique tours give the guides—homeless people themselves—an opportunity to reintegrate into society. In addition to providing you with an insightful, unforgettable experience, they can earn an income, gain motivation and self-esteem to help them on their way out of homelessness and poverty.

Shades tours was founded in 2015. Since then it has received national and international recognition. It cooperates with the city council and different social institutions, in its aim to achieve a positive social impact.

What you can look for

You will get an unusual, insightful, informative and emotional tour and experience.

Make you discover a different side of Vienna and provide you with insights into an unseen world, far away from the typical tourist path.

The tours help you understand the complexity of homelessness and inform you about how the local social system works.

And most important: Make a difference for you and your guide

Costs: EUR 15 per person

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