Otto Wagner. The pioneer of Modern Urbanism (2.5h)
Our half day private tour is a thematic private tour about Otto Wagner in Vienna. At the turn of the 19th Century into the 20th, Vienna’s population was growing and Otto Wagner was chosen to embrace this growth. An Art Nouveau focused private tour that will help you understand the importance of this man in the history of Vienna and the Secession movement.
He designed the growth of the city and draw up metro lines that were to connect the suburbs with the city centre along the Ring. He was famous for giving materials and functionality a leading role in his work by contrast with the tendency of many urban planners and architects to privilege ornate decoration.
Our private tour gives you a detailed look at Wagner’s architectural legacy to Vienna. 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.
This private, special theme tour is suitable for those who would like to immerse in the atmosphere of Vienna 1900, and understand how Otto Wagner helped to transform it.
Duration: 2.5 hours.
Departure time: 9am, 9.30am, 10am.
Prices according to size of your private group (price per price person can be as low as 40€ depending on the size of your group):
1 – 8 PAX = 320€
+8 PAX – Please Contact Us
Tell us your group size and choose the Date and Time of your Art Nouveau experience. Reserve early to guarantee availability.
On this complete 2.5 hour private tour we will be pleased to show you the major works in Vienna of Otto Wagner, the master of Art Nouveau who is considered The Pioneer of Modern Urbanism.
As in many European cities at the time, the old fortifications around the medieval city center of Vienna were no longer required, and pressures for redevelopment were huge. These old fortifications of the feudal era were replaced with institutions of the new bourgeois power: University, Parliament, Museums, etc.), as well as upscale blocks of houses.
The main highlights visited during the tour will be:
– Danube Locks
– Wienfluss Embankment
– Karlsplatz Underground Stations (Otto Wagner Museum)
– Otto Wagner Houses Wienzeile
All this works will help you understand the figure and work of Otto Wagner. From them all, some consider that Wagner’s masterpiece of the time was the Postal Savings Bank – Postsparkasse (1904-1906), a work characterized by linearity, smoothness, and crispness of design. The external walls were covered by marble revetments held in place by exposed aluminum fastenings. The interior, equally striking in its lightness and in the elegant use of exposed metal and glass, can only be visited during weekdays.
The main focus of our tour are on the best works of Otto Wagner in Vienna. This private tour include lots of references to history, architecture, decorative, cultural art, literature and music of the fin de siècle.
This private tour will be a journey back in time to Vienna’s Secession times and will help you understand the Otto Wagner’s importance within Art Nouveau and Modern Urbanism.
Tours can take place every day of the week but please note that the opening hours of some buildings will influence the content of the tour:
Karlsplatz Underground Stations (Otto Wagner Museum) – closed on Mondays.
- Postsparkasse – closed on weekends. The big cash hall (Großer Kassensaal) will be open for the public apart from private events
To book this tour please click on the calendar on the right. Book this tour at least one week in advance.
Pickup & Drop Off
Starting point is in front of the McDonald’s in Rotenturmstrasse near Schwedenplatz (Vienna 1010).
We will end the tour in Otto Wagner Houses Wienzeile.
Professional fully licensed private guide.
This is a walking private tour and it is not required the use of public transport.
Food and Drinks.
Entrance fee to the Otto Wagner Museum: Adults: 5€ pp; Pupils, students and senior citizens: 4€ pp. To see all ticket prices CLICK HERE.
Airport pick-up and / or drop off (extra fee).
Remember to bring the pending cost of the private tour in cash the day of the private tour (not credit card allowed).
To book this tour start by selecting the group size and the date of your tour on the calendar available in this page. In the event that you have difficulties while booking (not availability for your desired date/time,…) or that you have any additional query please tell us right now visiting the CONTACT section or clicking HERE.
Other Vienna private tours
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:
- Art and Design around 1900
- Gustav Klimt, Dream & Reality in Vienna’s fin de siècle
- 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.
This private, special theme tour is suitable for those who would like to immerse in the atmosphere of Vienna 1900, 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. Nowadays the Austrian capital is not in the the list of the “100 largest cities in the world”.
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