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Vienna Secession Tours

Vienna Secession
The Secession Building is one of the foremost examples of Art Nouveau in Vienna, completed by Joseph Maria Olbrich in 1898, it was designed as an exhibition hall for artist Gustav Klimt and his contemporaries to exhibit their rule-breaking paintings in the new ‘Secession’ style. The squat, gleaming white hall is adorned with gilded patterns and resembles an Egyptian temple with a lacy globe of golden leaves on top. The motto “To each time its art. To art its freedom” is inscribed in gilt over the main entrance. Now regarded as the greatest symbol of Art Nouveau styling in Vienna and included on many architectural walking tours of the city, the building was originally considered scandalous for its modernistic design, which contrasted with the Baroque and Neo-classical beauty of the Imperial palaces and mansions.

The basement of the Secession Building now houses Klimt’s ethereal green-and-gold Beethoven Frieze, which was painted in 1902 as a visual interpretation of the German composer’s Ninth Symphony. The vast painting is full of twisting, elongated female figures and adorns three walls; it measures in at 111.5 ft (34 m) in length. Elsewhere in the light-flooded gallery are temporary exhibitions featuring the experimental work of contemporary artists.

Practical Info

Friedrichstrasse 12, Vienna. Open Tue–Sun 10am–6pm. Admission adult €9.50; seniors, students & children €6. Metro Lines U1, U2 or U4 to Karlsplatz.
Address: Friedrichstrasse 12, Vienna 1010, Austria
Hours: Open Tue–Sun 10am–6pm
Admission: Adults: €9.50; Seniors, Students & Children: €6
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Vienna Secession

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Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

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Go deep into Vienna’s rich history on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour with an expert guide. Start your tour in the former seat of the Habsburg Empire, and hear about the city’s kings, queens and revolutionaries. Spot architectural and historic landmarks as you explore a pair of vibrant shopping districts. Learn about Habsburg religion and ritual at a trio of extraordinary churches, and see traces left by waves of invading forces from Ottomans to Nazis. Take in Vienna’s highlights and enjoy unique historic insights on the capital city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.02
Price varies by group size
From
$92.02
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: One Perfect Day in Vienna

Private Tour: One Perfect Day in Vienna

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Maximize your time in Vienna with a private tour that covers multiple top attractions. Your chauffeur takes you from your hotel to the city center, where you’ll explore top sights on foot. Your private guide will orient you with the city and provide you with food suggestions. Highlights include Heldenplatz, Hofburg Palace, State Opera House, and Karlskirche.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$757.78
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$757.78
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Architectural Walk of Vienna with a Local

Architectural Walk of Vienna with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the most impressive buildings in Vienna and learn about each one and its characteristics in this invigorating architectural walk. Join me on this adventure and discover the beauty and unique characteristics of the city’s most significant buildings and get to know a bit more about the local culture in Austria from my own perspective. During this walk you will become better acquainted with the local architecture, while also learning about the way in which this has changed over the years, with the city becoming more modern while still keeping its unique character. From the Museum Square to the Hundertwasserhaus you will get to know more about the Austrian architecture!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.95
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$64.95

Klimt's Kisses from Vienna a Private Expert-Walk from Baroque to Art Nouveau

Klimt's Kisses from Vienna a Private Expert-Walk from Baroque to Art Nouveau

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On this specialty-themed walking tour, you’ll learn the ins and outs of two of Austria’s most prominent arts movements. Discover Vienna’s most popular Art Nouveau and Baroque landmarks, from the 18th-century church of Karlskirche to the elegant Otto Wagner metro station. Tours include skip-the-line access to the Upper Belvedere for a peek at Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.”
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.56
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From
$240.56
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Private Half-Day History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

Private Half-Day History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

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Go deep into Vienna’s rich history on a 3-hour, private walking tour with an expert guide. Explore the city’s iconic landmarks and local neighborhoods as you trace a route from the elegant Michaelerplatz to the culture-filled MuseumsQuartier. Learn about the legacies of Habsburg dynasties and the armies that have swept through the city; see 12th-century walls, humble churches and the soaring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Discover the landmarks hidden within Vienna’s most fashionable districts, and enjoy the personal experience of visiting the city with a private guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$347.13
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$347.13
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Private 3-hour History Tour of Vienna Art Nouveau: Otto Wagner and the City Trains

Private 3-hour History Tour of Vienna Art Nouveau: Otto Wagner and the City Trains

Explore Vienna’s Art Nouveau design with a personal, expert guide on a 3-hour, private walking tour of metro stations and architecture. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour as you discover the stories behind the buildings and monuments. Walk from the elegant pavilion at Karlsplatz to a series of Art Nouveau stations, and pause to visit a groundbreaking art museum and two apartment houses designed by Otto Wagner. Finish your tour at a pair of beautiful metro stations, including a tiny stop built just for the Emperor.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$347.13
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$347.13
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Florian's movie Cult Tour

Florian's movie Cult Tour

Join me for the sights of Vienna. Beginning with the secession, we follow Alain Delon, "Scorpio the Killer", into what was then Europe's largest burrow. They learn how angry Viennese motorists get into a film scene with Burt Lancaster. Visit with me the Vienna State Opera and "watch" how Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible V" escaped the cops on the roof. Learn at the Vienna Hofburg where and how it was rebuilt for the "3 musketeers" to the castle Versaille. Marvel at the most expensive prop ever. Allow me to take you to hidden corners that still look the same today. Listen to the anecdotes and exciting stories. I offer you an exciting walk behind the scenes of Vienna.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.27
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$43.27

Vienna Ringstrasse Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Vienna Ringstrasse Tourist Scavenger Hunt

It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.90
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From
$34.90
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Vienna Secession hours of operation?
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Vienna Secession hours of operation: Open Tue–Sun 10am–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Vienna Secession?