72 Hours in Vienna – City Guide

72-hours City Guide

Vienna

Day 1: Encounter the old city

Never been to Vienna?

Well, it’s about time then.

There is a lot to be seen, and our tips how to see Vienna in three days may be a good start.

 
After breakfast, start the day with a tour of the Imperial Palace, viewing the private rooms of Emperor Francis Joseph (ruled 1848-1916) and those of his wife, Empress Elisabeth. In the Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum gives an insight into the life of the beautiful empress.

Certainly a must here: the Treasuries with the magnificent crown jewels.

Full-dress performances at the Spanish Riding School tickets must be ordered in advance.

Time for a little break? Drop into the dignified Demel cake shop, once a Purveyor to the Court (Kohlmarkt 14).

You can then continue to Judenplatz for a short visit to the Judenplatz Museum and the memorial in remembrance of the persecution of the Jews. You can also explore the maze of narrow streets where time seems to have stood still.

Now on to the oldest church in Vienna, St. Rupert’s (8th century), from where you have a nice view of the Danube Canal and Franz-Josefs-Kai. Climb up again to explore the medieval romanticism of Hafnersteig, Heiligenkreuz Court, the Jesuit Church and the quarter around Blutgasse, reaching on these winding paths the very centre of Vienna: St.Stephen’s Cathedral the city’s most famous landmark for just 850 years. If your feet will still carry you, climb the 343 steps of the south tower: the panoramic view is certainly worth it. (Guided tour of the cathedral at 3 pm)

Go for a stroll across Graben with the baroque Plague Column or in the famous Kärntner Strasse, both of which are lined with nice shops and cafés and street musicians or artists playing at every other corner. Walk through the pedestrian zone toward the State Opera and on to the Secession a magnificent specimen of Art Nouveau architecture that has just celebrated its 100th birthday. Take your time to study the Beethoven frieze by Gustav Klimt.

The buildings on Linke Wienzeile and the subway pavilions at Karlsplatz are more wonderful examples of Art Nouveau by architect Otto Wagner.
Roam across the Naschmarkt this produce market is a delight for all the senses – easy to see that Eastern Europe (or even the Orient?) begins in Vienna.

Before you plunge into Vienna’s nightlife, you may want to stop by at wombats for a little rest and enjoy the happy hour (6 – 8 pm, 9-10 pm and 12-1 am) in our famous wombar before you go on celebrating in the city… Check out the info wall for any parties and concerts!

Nothing more authentic than an evening at a “Heuriger – one of the wine taverns with gardens in the hilly outskirts, and the more plain and remote they are, the cosier the atmosphere. Therefore, don’t just try places in Grinzing but also in Sievering, Pötzleinsdorf, or on the other side of the Danube in Stammersdorf.

In the city centre, there’s still time to wander around the old town. If you feel up to it, finish the evening in the maze of streets called Bermuda Triangle (Rabensteig / Seitenstettengasse) where you find one bar next to the other.

Day 2: From Schönbrunn Palace to the Ferris Wheel

Take tram 58 to Schönbrunn Palace. Here you can enter the extensive gardens, where you are immediately faced with the beautiful palace. The famous glass-and-steel Palm House is a 5-10 minute walk through the gardens. Take a walk up to Gloriette where a spectacular view over the palace and the city awaits you at the café. Or you can visit the Zoo, the maze & the labyrinth.

In the palace itself, rent an “Audio Guide” for an individual tour through the magnificent state rooms to see the living and working atmosphere of the Habsburgs.

Now take the U4 back to the city centre where at first you can stroll across Karlsplatz with the Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner’s Stadtbahn pavilions.

Do I hear your tummy rumbling? Sit down in any cosy inn. On the Naschmarkt you can find nice little restaurants!

There’s the guided tour in the State Opera House: the grand staircase, marble foyer and red-and-gold auditorium are well worth seeing. Afterwards, you will pass the Hotel Sacher behind the opera – famous for its chocolate cake – and take in the Monument against War and Fascism by Alfred Hrdlicka on Albertinaplatz.

Not far from here (Neuer Markt/ Tegethoffstrasse), go down to the Imperial Burial Vault, the final resting-place of the Habsburgs’ bones. From here, take the city bus (3A) or walk through Annagasse to Schwarzenbergplatz, behind which rise the exquisite gardens of the baroque Belvedere Palace – enjoy a great view of the city centre from the Upper Belvedere, in which the Austrian Gallery has a permanent exhibit of works by Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka.

After so much art and history, some diversion should follow. From the South Railway Station (Südbahnhof), the “O” tram-line will take you to the big amusement park in the Prater (Wien-Nord station) – or walk to Südtiroler Platz and take the U1 to Praterstern.
Try a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and taste some typical Viennese hot sausages with sweet mustard at a “Würstelstand” (sausage-stand). Or else take in a real meal at the Schweizerhaus, for instance Spiegelkarpfen nach böhmischer Art (carp Bohemian style) or Stelze (roast leg of pork). If you have had enough of the fairground hubbub, go for a walk along the Prater Hauptallee – a paradise for jogging, in-line skating or strolling.

Enjoy Vienna’s cultural life to the fullest – after all, Vienna is a center for theater and music: in addition to the traditional venues, musicals, and concert stages, there is a lively alternative scene with numerous cabarets and venues for live music – check out Jazzland, Joe Zawinul’s Birdland, or Porgy & Bess.

There’s a busy nightlife in the pedestrian zones around Stephansplatz until the early morning hours. No problem finding a nice streetside café or good entertainment in one of the many side streets.

 

Day 3 Special Tipps

Now that you’ve seen quite a lot of Vienna already, you should have an opportunity to set your own focus of interest
But before that, a little tour of the Ringstrasse:

After breakfast, take your constitutional through the Burggarten Park across Heldenplatz and into the romantic Volksgarten Park where the Art Nouveau memorial to Austria’s most famous empress is a must for all fans of “Sissi”. Opposite the Volksgarten, there is the Parliament with the Athena fountain. Or have a refreshing walk through the cool Rathauspark past its many fountains, statues and exotic trees.

Facing the Vienna City Hall, there is the National Theatre – its programme is always a controversial discussion matter among the Viennese. Treat yourself to a Melange, Vienna’s most popular coffee variation, at Café Landtmann, a fashionable meeting-place for theatre people and politicians from the nearby government buildings.

The tour ends at the University Building and the picturesque neo-Gothic Votive Church behind it.  Now plan the rest of the day according to ideas of your own… care for a few suggestions? Interested in whimsical architecture? Then go and see the Hundertwasser House (Kegelgasse/Löwengasse) – a “somewhat different” council house. More of this eccentric building style can be seen in the nearby KunstHausWien (with a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition).

The House of Music (1st district, Seilerstätte 30) is imaginative and unconventional; it presents musical highlights and visions, history and entertainment, according to the motto: “Your ears will be amazed.”  Friends of classical or modern art can make a selection from many museums, exhibitions and galleries – for instance, the Museum of Fine Arts (Maria-Theresien-Platz) with its great collection of the old masters, in particular the Bruegel Room.

Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier is a spectacular cultural complex located on the fringe of Vienna’s old city and one of the world’s nine largest museum districts. It is a sensational blend of revitalized baroque architecture (the former court stables) and impressive modern edifices.

The new cultural district comprises the chalk-white Leopold Museum in the new section, the Museum of Modern Art shrouded in dark-grey basalt, the Kunsthalle, Halls E und G (Vienna Festival, Dance Centre), some restaurants, the Architektur Zentrum Wien (Vienna Architecture Centre), the Zoom Children’s Museum, the Dschungel – a children’s theatre and experimental areas for cultural initiatives.

 

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Interested in ART?

 

“Westlicht” > smaller art gallery famous for their exhibitions, check out > http://www.westlicht.at/

just 6 minutes with the tram tram 5 (direction Praterstern) from Westbahnhof) to

Kaiserstraße/Westbahnstraße, from there ist a 2 minutes walk to Westbahnstraße 40

 

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Spittelberg:

 

From MuseumsQuartier few streets further on, a charming blend of restaurants, shops and crafts businesses has evolved there.

 Dip into Vienna’s young and creative scene – the gamut runs from interesting shopping offers to trendy art and a lively nightlife.
The city’s old building stock, which was barely damaged during the war, has been carefully renovated and modernised. Now there are many lovely streets with the charm of ages past which can be explored during the daytime or in the evenings – apart from the 1st district, especially the 7th (Spittelberg Quarter) and the 8th (Josefstadt) can be recommended.

                        

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English Theatre

 

check their homepage for the latest program.

Vienna’s English Theatre is the oldest and most established English-language theatre in continental Europe.

Take U3 Underground line (direction Simmering), go out at Volkstheater, from there  you can go for a walk about 10 minutes Josefsgasse 12 in the 8th district.

 

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Vienna CITY OF MUSIC > Collection of Ancient Instruments

 

Admire the instruments on which such musicians as Beethoven and Chopin once entertained the imperial family. Here, in the Collection of Ancient Instruments in the Imperial Palace, you will also find the zither on which Anton Karas played his world-renowned melody for the film “The Third Man.” Open Wed – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Take U3 Underground line (direction Simmering, go out at “Volkstheater”, from there its just a 5 minutes walk to Kunsthistorisches Museum.

 

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The Central Cemetery

 

with its honorary tombs for numerous prominent artists and politicians and with its Art Nouveau church is a special kind of “museum”.

 

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HAPPY TRAVELS

“Vienna – Berlin the Art of two Cities”

Vienna - Berlin the Art of two Cities

copyright: Unteres Belvedere, Bildergalerie

Great Exhibition at Vienna´s Belvedere Palace

Visual Arts of Vienna and Berlin until the middle of June

Many travelers have both cities on their list and obviously Berlin and Vienna are famous for their creative atmosphere and cultural activities ever since. Never the less the outcome differs a lot. Until the middle of June you can visit a collection of historic paintings in one of Vienna´s most beautiful sights.

This rich collection of paintings takes the viewer into the period ranging from the turn of the century to the 1930s. With their gaze influenced by a multitude of clichés, the habitants of both big cities have observed each other – driven by curiosity, but also scepticism.

While Vienna was the capital of a multi-ethnic empire, Berlin was the up-and-coming metropolis of a united Germany. The old Habsburg Empire Vienna, the city of elegance opposed to Berlin, a dynamic metropolis, with a modern appearance. These are two cities that could not be more different but still had so much in common.

From Vienna Secession to Käthe Kollwitz

Following the founding of the Vienna Secession, in 1897, a similar artists’ association was established in Berlin. As different as both groups of artists were, they shared a similar international outlook in their opposition of the historicist-classicist traditions. In Berlin, this was reflected primarily in French impressionism, whereas in Vienna artists strived more for the total artwork. With his psychological portraits Oskar Kokoschka attracted the interest not just of the Viennese. Expressionism was certainly rampant in both cities.

While in Berlin artists compensated for the horrors of war with playful subversive force of Dada, in the economically weaker city of Vienna artists took up various variants of modernism.The spectrum extended from the German artist George Grosz who turned to big-city life with his critical-belligerent imagery, to Christian Schad who lived in both Vienna and Berlin and was known for his melancholy images of man, all the way to the Viennese chemist Franz Sedlacek with his magical imagery. They can all be seen in the exhibition, along with eminent works by artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann, Max Liebermann, Max Oppenheimer and Egon Schiele. The Weber series by the German socialist artist Käthe Kollwitz captures the great misery in which the poor in both Vienna and Berlin lived.

source: wien.at

 

Become a Gustav Klimt Model

Ever considered being a model in a Gustav Klimt painting?

An online tool called Klimt Yourself lets you upload a photo of your face and embed it a famous Gustav Klimt painting, like The Kiss:

The Kiss painting by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss

You can then send the photo to friends, or use it on Facebook. Click here to try it out.

10 Vienna Museums Featuring Gustav Klimt in 2012

If you’re traveling to Europe in the summer of 2012 and you like Gustav Klimt, it’s a perfect time to visit Vienna. 2012 is the year that would have had Klimt’s 150th birthday. To celebrate, 10 museums in Vienna are featuring his work.

Here’s a list:

Belvedere: 150 Years of Gustav Klimt

The Kiss painting by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss

The Belvedere has the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings, including The Kiss. The exhibition, 150 Years of Gustav Klimt, runs from 12 July 2012 to 6 January 2013. Visit the museum’s website at Belvedere.at.

Leopold Museum: Klimt – Up Close and Personal

Tod und Lleben, Gustav Klimt

Tod und Lleben

Klimt: Up Close and Personal will run at the Leopold Museum between 24 February and 27 August, 2012. The exhibition contains paintings, as well as 400 documents sent to Emilie Flöge.

Austrian Museum of Applied Art: Stoclet Palace Designs

Gustav Klimt Stoclet Palace

Stoclet Palace preparatory design

Gustav Klimt: Expectation and Fulfillment (Designs for the Mosaic Frieze at Stoclet Palace) runs from 21 March to 15 July 2012 at the Austrian Museum of Applied Art. The exhibition contains nine preparatory designs for Klimt’s art at the Stoclet Palace in Brussels.

Secession: The Beethoven Frieze

Beethoven Frieze, Klimt, Secession

Beethoven Frieze

The Beethoven Frieze is on display at the Secession building between March 23 and Nov. 4, 2012.

Wien Museum

Klimt - Emilie Flöge

Emilie Flöge

Klimt at the Wien Museum is a place to see hundreds of Klimt drawings as well as the famous painting, Portrait of Emilie Flöge.

Albertina: Gustav Klimt, The Drawings

Klimt: Portrait of a Lady with Cape and Hat

Portrait of a Lady with Cape and Hat

An exhibition called, Gustav Klimt, The Drawings, runs from 14 March 2012 to 10 June 2012 at the Albertina.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Gustav Klimt in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, from 14 February 2012 to
6 May 2012, centers on wall paintings around the museum’s grand staircase.

The museum’s website also has information on the Klimt Pass, which offers discounts on the Klimt exhibitions around Vienna:

Discover the artist and his works in Vienna‘s most important museums. By showing this pass at the cash desks whenever you visit a Klimt exhibition you will save € 1,- on each adult admission. When you have collected 10 stamps a “Klimt” present is waiting for you (ready for collection in all participating museums). With 5 or more stamps you can participate in the grand lottery:

1st – 3rd prize: an exclusive weekend on Lake Attersee including a visit to the Klimt-Centre and a trip on the Klimt-boat
4th – 10th prize: a Klimt-catalogue package (one catalogue of each of the 10 exhibitions!).

Just drop the complete pass at the cash desks of the participating museums.

Austrian Theater Museum: Nuda Veritas

Nuda Veritas - Klimt

Nuda Veritas

The famous painting, “Nuda Veritas”, will be on display between 10 May and 29 October 2012 at the Austrian Theater Museum [English]. The painting depicts a naked woman holding a mirror to the viewer, with a quote by Friedrich Schiller above:

If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few. To please many is bad.

Künstlerhaus

The exhibition, Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus, runs between July 6 – September 2, 2012 at the Künstlerhaus.

The “Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus” exhibition uses documents, letters and photographs from the Künstlerhaus archive to explain many of the artistic and biographical milestones in the work of Gustav Klimt.

Austrian Folklore Museum: Emilie Flöge

Emilie Flöge

Photo of Emilie Flöge

The Klimt exhibition at the Austrian Folklore Museum between May 25 and December 2, 2012 features works by fashion designer, Emilie Flöge. (See the Wien Museum, above.)

Planning Your Museum Visits

Here are some tips about planning your museum visits:

  • Read more about activities and events during “Klimt 2012” on klimt2012.info.
  • Check the museums’ websites for updates as well as any special rates and discounts.
  • For public transportation information, check out this website or, if you are walking, check out Google Maps for directions.

Enjoy the exhibitions!