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Top sights in Vienna
A former Habsburg palace converted into a museum, the Albertina in Vienna is a sublime architectural as well as curatorial wonder. All art and history lovers visiting the Austrian capital should spend a day at the Albertina, they won't be disappointed.
The Albertina boasts one of Europe's most impressive permanent collections of modern art, featuring works by such luminaries as Picasso, Monet, Klee, Matisse and countless others.
The world-famous print room houses a graphic arts collection comprised of over one million pieces, ranging from the Gothic to the modern era, from Dürer to Cézanne.
The photographic collection is one the Albertina's lesser-known treasures. Stretching back to the mid-19th century, it constitutes a photographic chronicle of the last 150 years.
The Albertina constantly hosts temporary and wonderfully curated exhibitions, which either focus on a chosen theme or explore the work of a specific artist.
The recently renovated state rooms are a wonder to behold. The 21 lavish rooms offer the fascinating opportunity of traveling back in history to the time of the Habsburgs.
To grab a bite to eat, there is a popular café and restaurant in the Albertina. However, if you want to discover something new, head to the Palmenhaus around the corner. Located in a gigantic and recently renovated greenhouse from the early 19th century, the Palmenhaus is one of Vienna's most gorgeous restaurants.
The Albertina is just one small part of the giant Hofburg Palace complex. If the Albertina's state rooms didn't quench your thirst for Habsburg knowledge, make sure to visit the rest of the palace, which boasts countless more treasures and secrets from the imperial family.
- When should I visit?
- Open daily, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Wednesdays 10:00AM to 9:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult tickets start at € 11.90 and continue upwards based on ticket packages and transportation options.
- Will I need a guide?
- It's not necessary, but is a great way to learn more about the city overall.
- How to get there
- Take the U1, U2, U4 to the Karlsplatz stop, or the U3 to the Stephansplatz stop.
- Additional information
- Photography is allowed in the entrance area and in the Habsburg Staterooms.
- Mobile phone calls inside museum spaces are prohibited, so plan accordingly.
What people are saying about Albertina
Wolfgang was a fabulous guide. He has a vast amount of fascinating stories, a sense of humor and led our group skillfully and safely through the streets of Vienna. I give him more than five stars and recommend him to anyone who is looking for an exceptional and seasoned guide. I lead walking tours in San Francisco for San Francisco City Guides and it was a pleasure to be with a real professional like Wolfgang.
This is a wonderful way to see Vienna. Our excellent tour guide, Dace, lead a small group 6 of us through Vienna downtown. She knows city inside out and provided it to us - for example showing us the old city walls and hidden courtyards. What makes this tour great is the intimacy of the small group, the details provided by the guide, conversation about the history and culture. Highly recomended!
We both enjoyed the variety of displays the museum had to offer. There were various coloured state rooms with art works on display. The were also designated rooms for the various pieces of art from a variety of artists. There was a whole area with Picasso's work. Everything was clearly displayed with clear explanations.
Recommended for a 2-hour intro. But do it in good weather. It was around 5C and v windy and overcast on our tour. Much standing and listening left us all chilled. Not the guide's fault of course! We used it for orientation and returned to some of the places for a closer look.
I would definitely recommend this tour. It was a good introduction to Vienna. We got to see a lot of the sights, but, more importantly, we got a lot of the important history of the city in a casual, interesting way. Our tour guide, Herbert, was great!