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  • Address: Friedrichstrasse 12, Vienna, Austria 1010
  • Hours: Open Tue–Sun 10am–6pm
  • Admission: Adults: €9.50; Seniors, Students & Children: €6

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Secession Building Tours

The Secession Building is one of the foremost examples of Art Nouveau in Vienna, completed by Joseph Maria Olbrich in 1898, it was designed as an exhibition hall for artist Gustav Klimt and his contemporaries to exhibit their rule-breaking paintings in the new ‘Secession’ style. The squat, gleaming white hall is adorned with gilded patterns and resembles an Egyptian temple with a lacy globe of golden leaves on top. The motto “To each time its art. To art its freedom” is inscribed in gilt over the main entrance. Now regarded as the greatest symbol of Art Nouveau styling in Vienna and included on many architectural walking tours of the city, the building was originally considered scandalous for its modernistic design, which contrasted with the Baroque and Neo-classical beauty of the Imperial palaces and mansions.

The basement of the Secession Building now houses Klimt’s ethereal green-and-gold Beethoven Frieze, which was painted in 1902 as a visual interpretation of the German composer’s Ninth Symphony. The vast painting is full of twisting, elongated female figures and adorns three walls; it measures in at 111.5 ft (34 m) in length. Elsewhere in the light-flooded gallery are temporary exhibitions featuring the experimental work of contemporary artists.

Practical Info

Friedrichstrasse 12, Vienna. Open Tue–Sun 10am–6pm. Admission adult €9.50; seniors, students & children €6. Metro Lines U1, U2 or U4 to Karlsplatz.

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Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts, Vienna, null
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Small-Group History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

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Discover Vienna's multi-faceted history on a 3-hour small-group, history walking tour with an expert scholar guide. Marvel at the city's iconic buildings and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Private 3-hour History Tour of Vienna Art Nouveau: Otto Wagner and the City Trains, Vienna, Walking ... 
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Private 3-hour History Tour of Vienna Art Nouveau: Otto Wagner and the City Trains

Embark on a half-day history, scholar led tour of Vienna’s Art Nouveau Metro Stations and iconic Art Nouveau buildings while learning about the design ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $390.00
Private Half-Day History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts, Vienna, Private ... 
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Private Half-Day History Walking Tour in Vienna: The City of Many Pasts

Discover Vienna's multi-faceted history on a 3-hour small-group, history walking tour with an expert scholar guide. Marvel at the city's iconic buildings and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $390.00
Vienna Secession Art Walking Tour, Vienna, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Vienna Secession Art Walking Tour

Gain insight into Vienna’s rich art history on this 3-hour walking tour. Discover the pivotal role Vienna played in shaping modern art and trace the history of ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.66

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