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The Secession Museum
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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 Vienna
  • 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 (Schwingtüre 120 cm wide)
    • Side entrance
      • (Schwingtüre 120 cm wide)
    • Elevator available
      • 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.

Otto Wagner Pavilion

Karlsplatz
1040 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -30%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 5€

  • Prices

    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times

    • April to October
    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

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

      No steps in the exhibition hall.

Otto Wagner's Court Pavillon (Hietzing)

Schönbrunner Schloßstraße
1130 Vienna
  • Opening times

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

    • Main entrance
      • 2 Steps (Doppelschwingtüre 156 cm wide)
        Stufenhöhe je 16cm
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours on request.

Majolika House

Linke Wienzeile 40
1060 Vienna

Steinhof Church (Kirche am Steinhof)

Baumgartner Höhe 1
1140 Vienna
  • 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
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Interior: no steps

Austrian Post Savings Bank (Österreichische Postsparkasse)

Georg-Coch-Platz 2
1010 Vienna
  • 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

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

      Nebeneingang (Wiesingerstraße 4) stufenlos

Artaria House

Kohlmarkt 9
1010 Vienna

Urania

Uraniastraße 1
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

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

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

Looshaus

Michaelerplatz 3
1010 Vienna
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