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Vienna

Overview

Vienna offers many rewards to anyone with an interest in the arts. The city’s museums and galleries are of the highest order; the Old Master collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum; The Leopold Museum with its works by Austrian painters; the recently opened Liechtenstein Palais with its Baroque collection are all a must. Add to this the splendour of the Habsburg palaces and the selection of musical performances at the Vienna State Opera, the Musikverein and the beautiful Konzerthaus. We would be delighted to book tickets for any of these venues as well as the Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys Choir – details on request.

 

Vienna Masterticket

 

For all of our clients travelling to Vienna, we are delighted to include a Masterticket which gives you entrance to the Leopold Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts). The Kunsthistorisches was built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the vast Habsburg collections – amongst its many highlights is one of the foremost collections of Old Masters.
In contrast, the Leopold Museum is the home of Austrian modern art and includes works by the founder of the Vienna Secession movement, Gustav Klimt. The Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum is highly recommended; it reopened in 2013 after a 10 year restoration and is one of the world’s most important chambers of art.

 

2018 Exhibition Highlights

 

2018 promises to be a landmark year, with exhibitions celebrating the great Imperial collections as well as the innovative artists of the Viennese Secession. Whilst Kirker clients enjoy the city’s unrivalled musical pedigree – and the Kirker Concierge can arrange tickets to the opera, ballet, Vienna Boys’ Choir, or one of the city’s fine concert halls… as well as the famous Spanish Riding School – 2018 promises to make visual arts the centre of attention.

Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum holds the Habsburg empire’s world-class collections of paintings, and 2018 begins with a dazzling Rubens show (17 October 2017 until 21 January 2018), which brings international loans to accompany the gallery’s collection of 40 works by the Dutch master and his workshop. The year will close with the world’s first major monograph devoted to Pieter Bruegel the Elder (2 October 2018 – 13 January 2019).

However, the city’s own art scene is most well-known for the Viennese Secession – a creative explosion at the turn of the twentieth century, which gave birth to the modernist movement in art, architecture and design. Key protagonists including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser, all died in 1918, and a series of new exhibitions will mark the anniversary.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

In addition to the masters of the 16th and 17th century, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is home to a collection of works by Klimt, and will mark the centenary of his death with two new events: Stairway to Klimt. Eye to Eye with Klimt (13 February – 2 September 2018), a bridge at a height of 12 meters above the museum’s stairway which gives visitors a close-up view of the 13 Klimt paintings between the pillars and columns. At the same time as the Klimt bridge, Klimt's large-scale painting “Nuda Veritas” will be on display in the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Belvedere

At the Lower Belvedere, “Beyond Klimt. New Horizons in Central Europe” runs from 23 March - 26 August 2018. The exhibition will guide you through the post-Klimt era with works by around eighty artists including Josef Capek, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Albin Egger-Lienz, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser, Antonin Prochaska, Egon Schiele, Lajos Tihanyi, and many more.

At the Orangery, “Egon Schiele - pathways to a collection” runs from 19 October 2018 - 17 February 2019, and focusses on the Belvedere’s Schiele collection, set alongside sketches and related works.

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

At the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, a “Koloman Moser” retrospective will open at the end of the year (20 December 2018 – 22 April 2019). This exhibition highlights the work of the Wiener Werkstätte and painter, graphic artist and craftsman, Koloman Moser, who sought to bring the ideas of Modernism beyond fine art.

Wien Museum

At the Wien Museum, a centenary exhibition is devoted to architect Otto Wagner (15 March – 7 October 2018), including precious sketches, models, items of furniture, paintings and personal effects.

Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum will show “Egon Schiele. The Jubilee Show” (23 February – 4 November 2018), along with the comprehensive museum collection individual eminent Schiele works from international collections will feature in a special exhibition to mark 100 years since his death.

Also at the Leopold Museum will be “Vienna 1900” (18 January - 10 June 2018). Celebrating the anniversary year on the theme of Viennese Modernism, the museum will present select works by the main exponents of Viennese Jugendstil Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser as well as by the ground-breaking Expressionists Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka. This will be followed an exhibition focusing on “Gustav Klimt” (22 June - 4 November 2018); one of the highlights of this presentation will be the room devoted to Klimt’s Symbolist painting "The Bride".

Hotels

Hotel

Altstadt
Superior Boutique

3 nights from £639

including Flights, Transfers

Highly Recommended
Vienna, Austria
Located in the Old City, next to the Spittelberg artist's district with its many interesting shops, cafes and good local restaurants and within 10 minutes' walk of the Volkstheater and the spectacular new Museums Quartier.

Hotel

Imperial
Deluxe

3 nights from £1,048

including Flights, Transfers

Highly Recommended
Vienna, Austria
One of the grandest hotels in Vienna, the Imperial was originally built in 1863 and it became a sumptuous hotel 10 years later. It is located on the Ring and is five minutes’ walk from the Opera House and is beautifully furnished throughout with a wonderful grand staircase, wood-panelling, tapestries and oil paintings.

Hotel

Konig Von Ungarn
Deluxe

3 nights from £794

including Flights, Transfers

Highly Recommended
Vienna, Austria
One of our very favourite hotels in the centre of mediaeval Vienna, just 200 yards from St. Stephen's Cathedral. Dating back to the 17th Century, the building has remained unchanged for 300 years.

Hotel

Sacher
Deluxe

3 nights from £1,098

including Flights, Transfers

Highly Recommended
Vienna, Austria
Privately owned, this wonderful hotel is located directly opposite the State Opera House in the heart of the Old City, close to the Hofburg.

Hotel

Bristol
Deluxe

3 nights from £928

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
The sister hotel of the Imperial, the Bristol is traditional and elegant and has been the focal point of Vienna's cultural life for over a century.

Hotel

Grand Hotel Wien
Superior

3 nights from £749

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
This fine hotel stands on the Karntner Ring in the centre of Vienna, a few yards from the Opera House and a ten minute stroll from St. Stephen's Cathedral.

3 nights from £796

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
The Palais Hansen is conveniently located on the Ringstrasse, 10 minutes’ walk from the Rathaus and 15 minutes from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Palais Hansen was originally built as a hotel for the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873, and named after its architect, Theophil Hansen.It has been restored to its former magnificence and reopened in March 2013.

Hotel

Savoy Vienna
Superior

3 nights from £469

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
Noted for its friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere, the Savoy is a privately-owned hotel located in a quiet street on the edge of the fashionable Spittelberg area of the city.

Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton
Superior

3 nights from £998

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
This fine hotel is well situated on the Ring in the centre of the city and consists of four historic Palais from the 19th century which have been extensively renovated to create a luxurious, contemporary design hotel. The 202 rooms and suites are spacious and modern and comfort has not been compromised.

Hotel

Das Tyrol
Superior

3 nights from £598

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
Located on Vienna’s longest shopping street, Mariahilfer Straße and only five minutes’ walk to the Leopold and Kunsthistorisches museums, Das Tyrol is a stylish and friendly boutique hotel.

Hotel

Kaiserin Elisabeth
Superior

3 nights from £716

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
As you might expect from a hotel which takes its name from the famous and much loved 'Empress Sisi’, the style is elegant and emphatically Viennese with the 63 comfortable rooms decorated with traditional fabrics and furniture.

Hotel

Kaiserhof
Superior

3 nights from £619

including Flights, Transfers

Vienna, Austria
A hotel of excellent quality, located in a small side street just outside the south-western corner of the Ringstrasse, some ten minutes' walk from the Opera House and the heart of the historic city centre.

Selected Itineraries

Tailor-made Holidays

Budapest & Vienna

7 nights from£1,549

Vienna, Austria
Whilst the sights and sounds of these two cities differ hugely, the histories of Budapest and Vienna are so intertwined that by visiting them separately you only get half of the story.

Featured Tours

Independent Opera Holidays

Vienna Opera

3 nights from £698

Vienna, Austria
The Vienna State Opera is one of the world’s top four opera houses and presents an unrivalled number of performances and productions of both opera and ballet each season. The opera house is located on the Ringstrasse. Its audience is very traditional in this most traditional of cities and, despite its popularity with visitors, the State Opera House still holds a special place in the affections of its loyal Viennese public.

3 nights from £469

Vienna, Austria
Throughout 2018 the Austrian capital is celebrating Viennese Modernism. Four of the movements key protagonists died 100 years ago - Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser - and a series of new exhibitions will mark the anniversary.

11 nights from £2,848

Vienna, Austria
Of all the rivers of Europe, the Danube is the most majestic, and undoubtedly one of the most culturally significant, gliding for almost 3,000km from its source in Germany, through ten countries and four capital cities, before flowing into the Black Sea. This holiday combines a stay in the Bavarian capital Munich with a river cruise on board AmaSonata – gliding through the heart of Central Europe from mediaeval Nuremberg to the Imperial grandeur of Vienna.

Cultural Tours & Music Holidays

Opera & Art in Vienna

4 nights from £2,158

Vienna, Austria
Vienna was the undisputed centre of musical life from the mid-18th century until the early years of the twentieth. As the capital of a vast and wealthy empire, Vienna was able to provide all the conditions for musical creativity to flourish on a magnificent scale.

5 nights from £3,355

Vienna, Austria
Combine two of Europe’s most fascinating cultural cities with a night on the famous train, travelling through the spectacular Austrian Alps.

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Our reservation consultants travel extensively to our holiday destinations throughout the year. They embark on regular visits to not only our most popular destinations such as Venice and Paris but also to our lesser visited cities and rural hideaways to ensure we have a comprehensive and detailed product knowledge.

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A Viennese Ballet

By Sarah Collins, 14 March 2017

On our first morning in the imperial city of Vienna, we were met by our knowledgeable guide, Inge, who took us on a private walking tour of the city. It was not only an excellent way to discover the…

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