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Vienna Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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Activity provider: insightcities.com

Vienna Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: insightcities.com

From US$ 115 per person

Embark on a 3-hour guided tour of Vienna’s Art Nouveau metro stations and other iconic Jugendstil buildings with a professional guide. Learn about the design elements and the political and aesthetic philosophy of this elegant turn-of-the-century style.

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Duration 3 hours
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English
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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn how a metro system helped Vienna’s transition from an imperial capital to a modern metropolis
  • Admire the Art Nouveau design elements of the beautiful metro stations
  • Explore other iconic Art Nouveau buildings, including the famous Sezession House
Full description
During the late 19th century Vienna experienced a rapid population expansion, and a modern system of public transportation became essential. The city’s leaders engaged urban planners to draw up metro lines to connect the suburbs with the city center along the Ringstrasse. The architect chosen for this assignment was Otto Wagner. From the beginning, his aim was to create a metro design that would be iconographic, easy to recognize, and highlight Vienna’s cosmopolitanism. It was not surprising that he chose to work in the international avant¬-garde Art Nouveau style. On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll visit 2 of the remaining stations, where you’ll begin a discussion about Viennese Art Nouveau and its ideological underpinnings. Starting out at the beautiful pavilion at Karlsplatz, you’ll visit the small Wagner Museum and then walk to the Stadtpark station, which is the best-preserved of the original metro stations still in use. Your next metro stop is Kettenbrücke station. Along the way you’ll visit the famous Sezession House, the icon par excellence of Viennese Jugendstil. You’ll also see 2 beautiful apartment houses designed by Otto Wagner. Learn more about the philosophy behind Art Nouveau and consider the symbols and materials favored by its practitioners. From Kettenbrücke station, step onto the metro for your last stop, which is a visit to the imperial station. This outstanding building was erected outside Schönbrunn solely for the emperor to use. The crown jewel of the line, this station had a symbolic meaning as well, namely to show critics of Vienna’s metro that the emperor supported the line. Note the methods used by Wagner to translate the generally bourgeois style of Art Nouveau into an aesthetic with imperial grandiosity.
Includes
  • 3-hour Vienna Art Nouveau tour
  • Historian guide
  • Admission to Otto Wagner Pavillon
  • Admission to Secession House (€9.50 adults, €6 students and seniors)

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Café Museum, Operngasse 7, A-1010 Vienna

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  • If your tour is on Tuesday to Sunday, you will visit Secession House to see Gustave Klimt’s famous Beethoven Frieze. The entrance is not included in the tour price (€9.50 for adults and €6 for students and seniors). Your guide will help you to pay.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
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On August 22nd we had the art nouveau tour with tour guide Anneli: that was a show! Extremely educated, competent, charming and very likeable. She conveyed her knowledge to us in a memorable and interesting way, it was just a great pleasure and an unforgettable day with her. One more reason to come back to Vienna. Elvira and Helmut.

August 26, 2021

very interesting and slightly off the beaten path

Gilles was very nice and knowledgeable about the different art movements over the years. This tour provided an interesting perspective on Vienna. Gilles was also very conscious of taking account of our individual interests; e.g., "do you want to take a few minutes to go into this museum?" or "if you like we can go down this street; there's not a lot of art nouveau buildings per se but you can see the different architecture styles next to each other..."

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November 17, 2015

Giles was fabulous.

December 30, 2018

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