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.