Small Group 3-hour History Tour of Vienna Art Nouveau: Otto Wagner and the City Trains
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 Kettenbrücke 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 Kettenbrücke station we will step onto the metro for our last stop, a visit to the imperial station. This outstanding building was erected outside the Schönbrunn 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 Vienna’s 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 Klimt’s famous Beethoven Frieze. Your guide will help you to pay.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A maximum of 6 people per booking
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.