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Admire works from the 20th-century Secessionist artists on a 3-hour walking tour of Vienna. Led by an expert guide, learn the history behind the movement that rejected Austria’s imperial past through new types of art. Wander the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts, study the Art Nouveau architecture of the first district and check out the Secession Building to see Gustav Klimt’s ‘Beethoven Frieze’ along with other famous works. This small-group tour is reserved to six people to keep the experience as intimate as possible.

Highlights

  • 3-hour art tour in Vienna led by an expert art scholar
  • Explore the birth of modern art, architecture and design through the eyes of Viennese artists
  • Learn about the revolutionary Vienna Secession movement of the 20th century
  • Admire famous artworks and buildings around the city showcasing the Art Nouveau style
  • Visit the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts and the Secession Building
  • Small-group tour limited to six ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Vienna Secession Art Walking Tour

Learn about the Viennese Secession movement and explore the birth of the modern

In the late 1800s, a group of visionary artists including Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner and Rudolf von Alt cultivated a new aesthetic that broke with the ideals of imperial Austria. It celebrated technology, progress, freedom, expression and youth — a far cry from classicism.

Your tour will begin in central Vienna, near the Stubentor metro stop. Meet up with your guide and begin your tour along the rim of the first district. Here your guide will discuss some historical background on the Vienna Secession, a significant artistic movement that paved the way for Modernism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

See the movement’s characteristics reflected in the architecture as you walk, including the Austrian Postal Saving Bank, designed and built by Otto Wagner out of reinforced concrete.

Continue inside the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts to explore a collection of early 20th-century paintings, illustrations and furniture, including works by Gustav Klimt. Afterward, visit the Secession Building if time permits, built in 1897 as an architectural manifesto for the movement. Inside, admire one of the most recognized works of Secession style, Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze.

Your tour will conclude at your original departure point.

Itinerary

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