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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:30am , 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Operngasse 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
  • Return Details :
    Vienna, Austria
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Know More about this tour

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.

Inclusions

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

Professional guide

Exclusions

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 8 people per booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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  • 12-Aug-2022

    Con la mia famiglia ho intrapreso un viaggio in Francia. Fino a Parigi, con il Frecciarossa, tutto bene. I problemi sono cominciati quando abbiamo preso un treno Nomade da Parigi a Pontorson che dopo circa due ore di viaggio si è guastato. Inevitabile il cambio di treno con tappa a Caen, cambio successivo ed arrivo a destinazione con oltre due ore di ritardo. Questo inevitabilmente ha fatto slittare la nostra visita a Mont Sant Michel che abbiamo dovuto fare con taxi a pagamento. Ma non è finita qui: altra tappa da Pontorson a Ruen : a circa metà percorso un’interruzione sulla linea ha bloccato il treno per circa tre ore ed il nostro arrivo in città è così slittato a sera inoltrata anche qui i nostri programmi sono stati sconvolti. Ovviamente sul treno c’era molto caldo e non c’è stato dato nessun genere di conforto se non una bottiglietta d’acqua sl momento di ripartire. Cosa dire? Critichiamo, a volte a ragione, i nostri trasporti ma … tutto il mondo è paese!!

  • 11-Oct-2021

    I don't think I ever met a tour guide as educated and well versed in the history, art, geography and social life of the place we're visiting as Annelie Pichler. Will be sure to book her next time we are in Vienna! Thank you so much for the tour and caring for us for three hours in Vienna, Annelie!

  • 09-Oct-2021

    Angelina was a perfect guide- very friendly and prepared. She was willing to go the extra mile to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see!

  • 07-Jun-2021

    Very individual guidance. Profound information about culture, art and history. Now you feel very well informed and educated.

  • 04-Jun-2021

    I took Insight Cities Prague Art Nouveau tour last year. It was terrific and whetted my appetite to take their Vienna Art Nouveau tour as a follow-up, but COVID put a halt to that. It is wonderful to finally get there. I really enjoy this design movement. The Vienna guide was just as good as our Prague guide last year. The Wagner Pavilion is still closed but our guide took us into the Secession Building. We were practically alone there, enjoying the Klimt frieze. Great tour with such beautiful buildings and artwork.

  • 01-Jul-2020

    We took the Art Nouveau Tour in December with Reinhard (I believe a former University Professor). Although it was cold and we were the only ones on the tour (two adults and a 14 year old boy), we had a fantastic time and have very fond memories of it. Since it turned out that some of the tour’s itinerary we already covered, Reinhard improvised on the spot and showed us many other interesting corners of Vienna that we otherwise would not have ventured to. We felt we had a personal (very knowledgeable friend!) showing us his city, all the while having a fascinating conversation about Vienna’s politics, literature and art. An unforgettable experience!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 04-Nov-2019

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

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