Arts and Culture
Vienna City of Music
See an opera at one of the most famous opera houses in the world.. Yes, believe it or not you can buy standing-room seats to world-class operas, if you show up 90 minutes before the show begins. Its not for free, but really cheap: 3 to 4 Euros/ per person. The ticket booth is around the left corner of the building. You will be placed high in the balcony, but the acoustics in this gem of a theatre are superb. Merely a glance at the interior is worth the price. Take U4 until underground stop “Karlsplatz” Opening hours: check current shows at our information walls or ask at the reception. Shows usually start at 7.00 pm daily. Note: the opera is closed in July and August.
Dress up, (for you guys: something black will do – NO shorts!)
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and other world-famous musicians perform in the Musikverein, 1., Bösendorfer Str. 12, summer break in July and August! The acoustics in this concert hall are without equal. Tickets for the Opera and several theaters are often sold out well in advance but with some luck you will get one at their box office or at the Bundestheaterkasse in 1., Hanuschgasse 3, right behind the Opera. During summer, concerts and operas are shown on a large screen in front of the city hall. Free entrance, lots of drink and food stands.
With this open air concert in Schönbrunn, the world famous Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace. Take U4 until underground stop “Schönbrunn” or tram 58 until tram stop “Schönbrunn”, date- usually end of May/ beginning of June – for details ask at the reception. FREE entrance!
Hofburg, entrance from Schweizerhof. The poor bastards have to get up mighty early every Sunday morning (except July and August). Morning mass starts at 9.15 in the Hofburgkapelle. Be there by 8 am at the latest, standing room is free of charge. They also have an own concert Hall at Augarten Park now, performing opera and choir productions there, check out their website for programs.
Museums, urban art, exhibitions, galleries, theatre and Other:
Hofburg, entrance from Michaelerplatz. Details on shows at the website and Box office is at 1., Josefsplatz, gate 2. Closed in July and August.
22., Riesenradplatz. Open from April 2011 daily (except Dec 24th) 10 am–6 pm. Experience the real glamour and elegance of Vienna and the world of celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wien! 65 figures await you on more than 2.000 m2! Who do you want to meet?
is the oldest and most established English-language theatre in continental Europe. Take U3 to Volkstheater, from there it’s a 10 minutes walk toJosefsgasse 12 in the 8th district.
Cinemas Films are usually dubbed, but some cinemas show original versions, Haydn, 6., Mariahilferstr. 57, Burg Kino, 1., Opernring 19, Top Kino (has also a good restaurant/bar), 1., Rahlgasse 1 and Artis International, 1., Schultergasse 5.
WUK 9., Währingerstr. 59. Originally a factory for railway locomotives, this gorgeous 19th century, red-brick building and its green courtyard were revived in the late 70ies as autonomous and open “workshop & culture house”. Apart from two open schools, rehearsal- and exhibition rooms, a café and workshops, it houses more than 300 events and performances each year. Check it out! www.wuk.at
From MuseumsQuartier a few streets further on, a charming blend of restaurants, shops and crafts businesses has evolved there.
“Hundertwasser” – Spittelau thermal waste treatmant plant
Insiders tip: A garbage factory designed by the famous painter and architect “Friedenreich Hundertwasser” Possibilty to take pictures from outside How to go there: U6 Underground stop “Spittelau” Opening hours: until operating hours of the underground, guided tours inside online for groups with reservation.
In most museums you can get student discount (it’s roughly 20% off). Bring your student card along.
7., Museumsplatz 1. A popular hangout in summer, this spacious area consists of various museums, cafés and shops. Among them the Leopold Museum (Austrian art), a museum for contemporary art (Kunsthalle) and one for modern art (MUMOK). Interesting mix of architecture and lots of arty people
Opening Hours: Leopold Museum daily 10 am – 6 pm (10 am –9 pm on Thu) – closed on Tuesdays! Admission EUR 12 (student ticket EUR 8) www.leopoldmuseum.org Kunsthalle daily 10 am – 7 pm (Thu 10 am–10 pm), for admission fees please check the homepage (the prices vary from time to time); www.kunsthallewien.at. MUMOK daily 10 am – 7 pm (Thu 10 am–9 pm & Mo 2 pm – 7 pm) admission EUR 10 (student ticket EUR 7); www.mumok.at.
1., Albertinaplatz 1. Located in an annex of the Hofburg, this museum boasts a truly remarkable collection of graphic art – it is the world’s largest collection of Dürers, there are 70 Rembrandts and 150 of Schiele’s drawings as well as some by Leonardo da Vinci, Klimt, Picasso, Michelangelo … you name them, they are all there. Since the museum can only display a fraction of the 50,000 pieces it owns, there is a new theme every three months. Open daily 10 am –6 pm (Wed 10 am– 9 pm), admission EUR 11.90 (student tickets EUR 8.50)
3., Rennweg 12. The summer residence of Prince Eugene, is an illustrious creation of Baroque architecture. It was designed as a place for recreation, not for every-day use. The museums in the upper and lower palaces offer an excellent survey of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day. In the Upper Belvedere you can see the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection and works by Schiele, Kokoschka, Renoir and Monet. Open daily 10 am – 6 pm (Lower Belvedere Wed 10 am – 9 pm), admission EUR 11 (student ticket EUR 8.50)
How to go there: MAK: U3 until underground stop “Stubentor”, cross the street Museums quarter: U3 until “Volkstheater or U2 until Museums quarter. Free Admission on Tuesdays from 6pm-10pm
Museum of Art History and Museum of Natural history (both also amazing buildings, too)
1., Seilerstätte 30. Modern, interactive museum dedicated to sounds and music. Visitors are invited to playfully make new discoveries – and music – and to actively participate in the museum’s exhibits. One floor is dedicated to the great classical Viennese composers. Open daily 10 am – 10 pm, admission EUR 12 (student ticket EUR 9 – Night Ticket EUR 6)
3., Untere Weißgerberstr. 13. The extraordinary Hundertwasser building is worth a visit – there is also a permanent exhibition of his paintings. Apart from the fantastic architecture, it is probably the best address for lovers of photography and portrayals of all kinds. Nice little café attached. Daily 10 am – 7 pm, admission EUR 10-12 (student ticket EUR 8-9), on Monday EUR 5)
3., Löwengasse 43. Despite most architects call it a “painted barn“ (maybe because Friedensreich Hundertwasser – who hated straight lines – wasn’t an architect himself), this social housing project has become one of Vienna’s most popular sights. Please mind that this is NOT a museum, but people actually live there, so don’t throw peanuts at them (= behave).
1., Hofburg / neue Burg. The Museum for Ethnology is best known for its centerpiece – the feather crown once worn by Aztec Emperor Montezuma. The name means “ruling with furiousness” and the Mexicans are (rightfully) furious that the thing ended up in Vienna, of all places. Open daily 10 am – 6 pm (Tue closed), admission EUR 8 (student ticket EUR 6)
1., Friedrichstr. 12. Named after a club of artists (Klimt was among them) who declared independence from the artsy establishment in 1897. The building itself (finished only one year later) is a masterpiece itself. It is still dedicated to temporary
displays of conte
mporary art. Open daily 10 am – 6 pm (Mon closed) admission EUR 5 – 8.50 (student ticket EUR 4-5)
9., Berggasse 19. Interesting museum in Freud’s original apartment and consulting room. Open daily 9 am – 6 pm , admission EUR 8 (student ticket EUR 5.50); www.freud-museum.at
Vienna CITY OF MUSIC Collection of Ancient Instruments Admire the instruments on which 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 10–18. Take U3 (direction Simmering, get off at “Volkstheater”, from there it´s just a 5 minutes walk to the famous museums