Gustav Klimt, dream and reality in Vienna’s fin de siècle (2.5h)
Our half day private tour is focused on the figure of Gustav Klimt, and his works to be found inside the Vienna Secession Building and in the museum located in the museum at the Upper Belvedere Palace. In the first building you will discover The Beethoven Frieze and in the second the best Klimt collection of oil paintings.
In 1902 Klimt created the spectacular Beethoven Frieze for an exhibition of the Secession movement. Written above the entrance to the building you can read the motto of the Secession association: To each time its art. To art its freedom.
With twenty-four works, the Belvedere holds the world’s largest collection of oil paintings by Gustav Klimt (1862–1918).
Our guide will explain you the context of the Vienna in 1900 because Klimt was the first president of the Secession, the artist’s association that decided to withdraw from the Association of Austrian Artists.
In this tour learn about the design elements, political and aesthetic philosophy of the elegant turn-of-century style. Understand the history behind the movement that rejected Austria’s imperial past through new types of art led by a visionary group of artists including Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner, Rudolf von Alt, Hoffmann and Moser.
This private, special theme tour is suitable for those who would like to immerse in the atmosphere of Vienna when it was the cultural capital of Europe, like Florence was around 1500. In the year 1900 the City of Music was the seventh largest city in the world.
If you want to get to know the Art Nouveau works of Gustav Klimt and the environment in which he created his works, join us on our walk …
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Pay a deposit of 150€ to make the Booking, either by Paypal or Bank transfer. You can also pay the full price by Bank transfer.
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On this 2.5 hour walking and public transport tour your guide will show you the main masterpieces created by Gustav Klimt in Vienna and at the same time will help you to understand his works and his role as co-founder of the Secession movement in Vienna.
Your guide will meet in front of Secession, the icon of the Viennese Secession style. Originally conceived as an exhibition hall for the association in 1897/98, the building remains one of the best-known buildings in Vienna to this day.
Inside, you will discover The Beethoven Frieze, an impressive interpretation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It represents an illustration of the human desire for happiness in a suffering and tempestuous world in which one contends not only with external evil forces but also with internal weaknesses.
After visiting the Secession building and museum we will head to Belvedere. In this museum at the Upper Palace we will see and learn about Gustav Klimt’s legendary painting “The Kiss” as well as major works by Schiele and Kokoschka.
Like much of Klimt’s work, “The Kiss” is undeniably erotic, but it is also profoundly tender. Inspired by Japanese mosaics and the universal appeal of romantic love, the painting uses the artist’s signature gold leaf to dizzying effect.
There are a number of links between this iconic artist and the Belvedere in Vienna, which houses the world’s greatest collection of Austrian art. Our Specialised Tour Guide will explain to you them all.
You will discover two of the most impressive highlights of Viennese Art Nouveau.
This private tour will be a journey back in time to Vienna’s Art Nouveau with a focus on the museums where you can appreciate the best of Klimt.
Pickup & Drop Off
Starting point is the Secession building near Karlsplatz or in you hotel (if located nearby).
We will end the tour in Belvedere Palace. At the end of the private tour our guide can recommend you a nice place to have a coffee and cake.
Our specialised art nouveau guides can guide you in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish. Please select the language of your choice in the scroll below the calendar.
Professional fully licensed private guide.
Fees for public transportation: You can either buy a 2,40€ per person ticket for the ride required in this private tour or pay 8€ pp and use the ticket during 24 hours.
Fees museum tickets:
Private tours can take place every day of the week except Mondays, when the Secession building is closed. Book this tour at least one week in advance.
To book this tour please click on the calendar on the right.
If you have not paid the private tour in full, remember to bring the pending amount in cash the day of the private tour (not credit card allowed).
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Focus of the tour and other Vienna private tours
The main focus of our tour is on the best works of Klimt in Vienna. This private tour include lots of references to history, architecture, decorative, cultural art, literature and music of the fin de siècle.
While other tours don’t include interiors and show only facades, our tour is focused on museums and interiors and therefore on a deeper understanding of the style and the cultural background.
We offer three alternative 2,5 hour private tours in Vienna, if you are interested to know more about them please go to the links below:
- Vienna Secession: Art and Design around 1900
- Otto Wagner – the pioneer of modern urbanism
- Steinhof Church – Otto Wagner’s Art Nouveau masterpiece
If you like this tour philosophy and you can spend the whole day visiting with us, we have a longer tour. For these lucky visitors we have a full day tour that incorporates a Steinhof Church and a lunch in an art nouveau restaurant, amongst other additional sights. CLICK HERE for more information and Booking.
Art Nouveau in Vienna
Vienna had a higher density of conservative nobility than Budapest, the other co-capital of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and this fact delayed the entrance of this new artistic movement in Vienna. It was not until 1896 that the painter Gustav Klimt and a number of other artists quit the conservative Künstlerhaus and founded a new art association called Secession, a name used by a popular building completed in 1898 and used by many of the members of this movement, artists like Otto Wagner or Josef Hoffman.
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