The Secession Museum
© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Art nouveau and modernism in architecture

The Secession building, completed in 1898 by Joseph Maria Olbrich, is one of the best known examples of Viennese art nouveau. This pioneering building near the Naschmarkt was the first exhibition hall in Central Europe to be dedicated exclusively to modern art, and is widely credited as being one of Europe's most original art nouveau constructions. Gustav Klimt submitted two designs for the building in 1897, which was commissioned as an alternative to the Künstlerhaus.

Other than the Secession building, which provided exhibition premises for Klimt and his younger contemporaries, Vienna is packed with thought-provoking architecture that bears witness to the progressive spirit of Klimt's day. Architects Otto Wagner and Josef Hoffmann shaped the Austrian capital like no others, accounting for a large slice of the city's art nouveau building stock. The stations, viaducts and decoration of the former Stadtbahn (urban railway), the Majolikahaus and Musenhaus on the Wienzeile, Europe's first modernist church (St. Leopold am Steinhof) and the Postsparkasse Savings Bank on the Ringstrasse were all designed by Otto Wagner. There is a permanent exhibition dedicated to Wagner's oeuvre at the Postsparkasse (www.ottowagner.com).

Josef Hoffmann's villas in the 19th district are well worth a look. Two more of Wagner's students, Josef Plečnik and Max Fabiani, came up with the design for the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Artaria House and the Urania building. One landmark building in the history of modern architecture in Vienna has lost none of its appeal to this day - but when it first appeared the Adolf Loos building on Michaelerplatz was reviled by Emperor Franz Joseph and a population more at home with historicist architecture.

All of these buildings, and countless more art nouveau gems throughout the city, have a timeless appeal.
Visitors can discover them under their own steam or on one of the countless art nouveau tours, conducted by government-approved tour guides.

Secession

Friedrichstraße 12 , 1010 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 13 Steps (Swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors 120 cm wide )
        reachable via exterior elevator (bell)
    • Elevator available
      • 80 cm wide and 105 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      (Audio guide free with the Vienna City Card, iBeacons technology and free audio tours for smartphones will be offered)
      People with disabilities pay the discounted admission price, companions enjoy free admission.

    • Comments

      Main exhibition rooms accessible by elevator. Access to all exhibition rooms: elevator. Elevator: door width: 80 cm, cabin depth: 105 cm, cabin width: 80 cm. Beethoven Frieze: 15 steps (escort required). Drawing Room: 24 steps.

       

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Otto Wagner Pavilion

Karlsplatz, 1040 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 3 Steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      No steps in the exhibition hall.

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Otto Wagner's Court Pavillon (Hietzing)

Schönbrunner Schloßstraße , 1130 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Sa - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Sa - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 2 Steps (Double swinging doors   156  cm  wide )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours on request.

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Majolika House

Linke Wienzeile 40, 1060 Wien
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Steinhof Church (Kirche am Steinhof)

Baumgartner Höhe 1 , 1140 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Sa, 16:00 - 17:00
    • Su, 12:00 - 16:00
    • Sunday and Holiday 9.30 a.m. Mass
  • Guided tours

    • Saturday

      • 3 p.m. 

      Sunday

      • 4 p.m.

      Wednesday (April to October)

      • 2 p.m. art nouveau guided tour
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 12 Steps
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        Back entrance on north side
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Interior: no steps

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Austrian Post Savings Bank (Österreichische Postsparkasse)

Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 17:00
    • We, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Accessibility

    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Nebeneingang (Wiesingerstraße 4) stufenlos

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Artaria House

Kohlmarkt 9, 1010 Wien
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Urania

Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 30 Steps (Swinging doors   80  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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