Architectural Adventures: Vibrant Vienna

Architectural Adventures: Vibrant Vienna

Brimming with architectural innovation, Vienna stands at the crossroads of Europe. Its location between north and south, east and west has always made it open to new ideas, even as the city carefully groomed its signature refinement and grace.

Our one-of-a-kind itinerary explores great Viennese architecture from the ancient Stephansdom to creative Secession masterpieces to brand new marvels by Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel. While staying in a fine four-star hotel immediately across from the cathedral, we will take in a great array of memorable visits and experiences—seeing the Klimt masterworks of the Belvedere before the museum opens to the public, gaining special access to buildings by Otto Wagner, entering the former studio of the great Adolf Loos, and enjoying private wine and chocolate tastings in elegant Viennese style.

Architectural Adventures is delighted to extend this unique opportunity to experience Vienna on a tour offered in connection with our friends at National Trust Tours.

Call now to book! 1.800.293.5725 (Max. guests 30)

Architectural expert: Elihu Rubin; Associate Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies at Yale

Architectural highlights:

  • Learn from an architectural historian about the Vienna Secession on a tour of some of the movement’s most important and iconic sites, which laid the groundwork for Modernism, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau and other dramatic innovations.
  • See the exteriors and interiors of numerous creations by pioneering architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos.
  • Spend an afternoon exploring Schönbrunn Palace, designed by Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
  • Discover some of Vienna’s most forward-looking urban districts and see works by international architects such as Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Center, Carme Pinos’s Department and Administration Building, and the landmark DC Towers by French architect Dominique Perrault.

More highlights:

  • Take a driving tour of Vienna’s Ringstraße (Ring Road) and see some of Austria’s most important monuments and outstanding examples of late 19th century Viennese architecture.
  • Explore Belvedere Palace, one of the most magnificent ensembles of Baroque secular architecture in Europe, and enjoy a private early morning viewing of the Upper Belvedere, renowned for its collection of circa 1900 Viennese paintings including works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
  • Visit Klimt’s former studio where he created some of his most important works from 1911 to his death in 1918.
  • Enjoy fine meals at exquisite Viennese restaurants; savor a slice of chocolate torte – a traditional Viennese specialty – in one of the city’s historic venues; and delight in a wine tasting at an award-winning winemaker’s estate.

Accommodations: Hotel Am Stephansplatz

The Hotel Am Stephansplatz has been owned since 1956 by a family from Vorarlberg, who designed the first-class hotel with taste for art and attention to detail, combining architectonic functionalism with the warm and sensual atmosphere of fine woods and leather. The hotel is ideally located in the very heart of Vienna directly opposite St. Stephen’s Cathedral and within close walking distance to the Vienna State Opera, the Imperial Palace, the Albertina, Parliament, and the Museums of Art History and Natural History. The hotel’s Café Bar Aragall offers a rich breakfast daily along with a seasonal snack menu with coffee, tea, and wine served throughout the day. Guests can also make use of the small but smart feel-well oasis with fitness machines, sauna, and relaxation area.

Also included:

  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert.
  • All guided visits and entrance fees throughout the program as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Land transportation by private motor coach as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
  • Water, soft drinks, and coffee are included with each lunch and dinner; two glasses of wine are included at dinners.

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Cite: "Architectural Adventures: Vibrant Vienna" 16 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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