Small Group 3-hour History Tour Of Vienna Art Nouveau: Otto Wagner And The City Trains

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  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:30am , 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Operngasse 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
  • Return Details :
    Vienna, Austria
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Embark on a half-day history, scholar led tour of Viennas Art Nouveau Metro Stations and iconic Art Nouveau buildings while learning about the design elements, political and aesthetic philosophy of the elegant turn-of-century style.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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The question of an efficient infrastructure is a topic that inevitably dominated Vienna during the late 19th century, at the moment when the citys population underwent rapid expansion. The need for a modern system of public transportation was therefore a logical consequence of the citys demographic and topographic upheavals. Thus, in the latter part of the century, Viennas parliament engaged urban planners to draw up metro lines that were to connect the suburbs with the city centre along the Ring. The architect chosen for this massive and sensitive assignment was Otto Wagner, who was already famous for giving materials and functionality a leading role in his work by contrast with the tendency of many of his peers to privilege ornate decoration. From the beginning, Wagners aim was to create a metro design that would be iconographic, easy to recognize and which would fit equally into different regions of the city, and which would highlight Viennas cosmopolitanism.

Starting out at the beautiful pavilion at Karlsplatz, we lay a foundation for our discussion by visiting the small Wagner Museum. From here we walk to the Stadtpark station, the best preserved of the original metro stations still in use. Here we will start to delve into some of the design elements. One of the most remarkable features of this station is the adjoining artificial riverbed constructed for the little Vienna river, since the waterway needed to be rechanneled when the city train was built and one of the major issues was how to integrate the realigned river into the new city landscape.

Our next metro stop visit will be Kettenbrcke station. On our way we visit and explore the famous Sezession art building, the icon par excellence of Viennese Jugendstil, as well as two beautiful apartment houses by Otto Wagner. Here we will flesh out the philosophy behind Jugendstil and consider the symbols and materials favored by its practitioners. From Kettenbrcke station we will step onto the metro for our last stop, a visit to the imperial station. This outstanding building was erected outside the Schnbrunn castle solely for the Emperor to
use. The crown jewel of the line, this station had a symbolic meaning as well, namely to show critics of Viennas metro that the emperor supported the line. In this small but dynamic building, we will recognize all the elements that we encountered throughout the walk and at the other stations, while also noting the methods used by Wagner to translate the generally bourgeois style of Art Nouveau into an aesthetic with imperial grandiosity.


3-hour guided tour of Vienna Art Nouveau metro stations and iconic buildings

Professional guide


Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entrance fees: From April to October, when the museum is open, this tour incorporates a visit to the Otto Wagner Pavilion. Admission fees are as following: 5 for General admission 4 for Senior citizens, students, holders of Vienna Card and persons with disabilities

Entrance fees: If you tour on Tuesday to Sunday, 9,50 Adults and 6 students and seniors admission to Secession House to see Gustave Klimts famous Beethoven Frieze. Your guide will help you to pay.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A maximum of 6 people per booking

Traveler Reviews

  • 20-Jan-2020

    Suzanne was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Viennese architecture. We learned a lot from her, and it has formed the core of my understanding of Vienna circa 1900, the Secession, and how those themes live on to this day.

    We met at the Museum Cafe and walked to the Secession Building, where she talked about Otto Wagner and the city under construction. Lots of specifics, too many to mention. She tailored the tour to our needs as we were the only clients. We took the U4 train line to save on walking and warm up between discussions. We had a day pass so it worked well.

  • 04-Nov-2019

    Ilse was a wonderful guide - knowledgeable, entertaining, flexible. The tour was an absolute highlight of our visit to Vienna!

  • 08-Sep-2016

    I thoroughly enjoyed my walking tour of the Art Nouveau buildings of Vienna. It gave me a greater appreciation of the wonders of the city, as well as made me aware of this style of architecture in other cities I visited afterward, especially in Budapest.