Secession in Vienna. Art and Design around 1900 (2.5h)
This two hours and a half private tour is a thematic private tour about Art & Design in Vienna. The highlights of this private tour are Postsparkasse, Museum of Decorative Arts (MAK), Karlsplatz Underground Stations and Otto Wagner Houses at Wienzeile.
You will learn about the design elements, political and aesthetic philosophy of the elegant turn-of-century style, and understand the history behind the movement that rejected Austria’s imperial past through new types of art led by a visionary group of artists like Otto Wagner.
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 and it was the seventh largest city in the world. Vienna was as important to the world in 1900 as Florence in 1500.
To book this Art Nouveau experience (not to spell art noveau nor art nouveaux) start by selecting the group size, the date of your tour on the calendar available below and after the time you want your tour to start. Reserve early to guarantee availability.
Departure time: 9am, 9.30am or 10am. Other options on request.
Price: 1 – 8 PAX = 380€. Larger groups possible
On this complete 2.5-hour walking and public transport tour we will be pleased to go deep in the Viennese Art & Design of 1900 so you can enjoy learning about the cultural background of the society at the turn of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Art Nouveau at its best.
We will start our trip in Postsparkasse to arrive in the Museum of Decorative Arts (MAK) half an hour later. There, we will explore a collection of early 20th-century paintings, illustrations, and furniture, including works by Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffman, amongst others.
Then we will head to Karlsplatz Underground Stations.
After visiting the stations, we will go and see Otto Wagner Houses at Wienzeile.
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.
This private tour will be a journey back in time to Vienna’s Belle Epoque.
The Museum of Decorative Arts (MAK) is closed on Mondays, so we won’t perform the tour this day of the week. This Art Nouveau private tour will take place from Tuesday to Sunday.
Pick Up and Drop Off
This private tour starts in Postsparkasse building or you hotel and end at Wienzeile, near Naschmarkt.
Professional fully licensed private guide.
Please note that the opening hours of some buildings, and your group interests, will influence the order and content of the tour.
Payment for public transport. We recommend 24-hours Vienna ticket (8€ per person) BUY IT HERE.
Fees museum tickets (prices may change over time, so check links provided below for current prices):
Food or drinks.
The payment must be made by one person for the whole group, not individually.
Pay now by digital payment – when booking – the deposit. Please if possible, select Direct bank transfer when doing the booking. You will pay directly through your bank’s website, so you won’t need to share your financial information. PayPal/Credit card are also available, but their high commissions are not helping our niche art nouveau project.
Pay later by cash – on the day of the tour – the rest of the tour. Please pay cash to our guide on the day of the private tour.
If you want to make full payment of the tour now, you can do by Direct bank transfer. Contact us providing of the group size, date and starting time and we will send you the confirmation and payment details.
Art Nouveau in Vienna
Art Nouveau has left its architectural impact all over the world, including Vienna. Austrian artists, however, developed a unique manifestation of the style known as Vienna Secession.
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 the new artistic movement in Vienna.
The Vienna Secession was the name given to the group of artists, architects and designers that broke away from the main establishment of Viennese artists to form their own group.
It was not until 1896 that the painter Gustav Klimt and several 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.
Art Nouveau, also called Jugendstil or Secession, has a fixed place in Viennese architecture. In the center of the new style were geometric and naturalistic forms. Let’s discover it together.
Check HERE the seven different art nouveau experiences that we have for you in the Austrian city. A very popular one is the 4h private tour titled Museums & Interiors: Vienna’s Secession Times. Check it out!
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