The demise of these traditional ring services (after the last operation on 25th October 2008) saw many guide books to Vienna being hastily rewritten, as these circular services were an excellent introduction to some of the highlights of the city.
They disappeared at the same time as the J and N services and were replaced by new services 1 and 2 - see the separate galleries.
The VRT Ring Tram serves a similar function as the old 1 and 2 but at premium fares. It is more akin to the bus tours found in many cities.
The 1 had originally started at Stadlauer Brücke and run as a clockwise circle before returning to Stadlauer Brücke. This arrangement lasted from 1981 to 1985 when it became solely a ring service as described above.
© David Beilby