Vienna Art Nouveau and Otto Wagner walking tour with a historian
Walking tours

Vienna Art Nouveau and Otto Wagner walking tour with a historian

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours
Do this because
  • Visit the iconic Art Nouveau buildings in Vienna
  • Explore Otto Wagner's use of Art Nouveau
  • Admire the design elements of Vienna’s metro stations
  • Follow Vienna’s transition from historic imperial capital to modern metropolis
What to expect

Learn about German Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau, on this 3-hour walking tour through the metro of Vienna.

When Vienna's parliament hired Otto Wagner to design their new metro in the late 19th century, they wanted a modern construction to match the majestic buildings of the Ringstrasse and accommodate the capital's ever-expanding population. Wagner set out to make an easy-to-use system that could be quickly adapted to the city's different areas and highlight Vienna's cosmopolitanism. So he chose the international avant­-garde style of Art Nouveau, creating designs for fences, doors, and stone carvings that were displayed across the Vienna's metro and surroundings.

Your tour will explore two of the remaining iconographic stations while exploring Viennese Art Nouveau more in depth. You'll start at Karlsplatz with a visit to the small Wagner Museum. Afterwards you'll move on to Stadtpark station, the best preserved of the original metro stations still in use. Next, you'll visit the Kettenbrücke station. Along the way you'll be able to visit the famous Sezession art building, the best example of Viennese Jugendstil that there is, and two beautiful apartment houses designed by Otto Wagner. Your guide will also delve into the philosophy of the style and help you understand the symbols and materials used in the designs.

Then you'll take the metro to your last destination, the Imperial station. Originally built for the Emperor's use only, it demonstrated to the metro's critics that Vienna's emperor supported the line. From here to Schönbrunn castle you can find more elements of the generally bourgeois style of Art Nouveau hidden within imperial grandiosity.

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What's included
  • Guided tour
What's not included
  • Public transport ticket
  • Admission to exhibitions
Where

Operngasse 7, 1010 Wien, Austria

Meeting point:

The tour starts at the Café Museum.

When
  • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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Provider
Insight Cities
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 72 days before the activity begins.

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