Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour, Vienna

Alsergrund, the ninth district of Vienna, is associated with many notable names of Viennese art and science. It is the birthplace of Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Ludwig van Beethoven died here in his apartment at Schwarzspanierstraße 15. Berggasse 19 is the former residence and office of Sigmund Freud.

Josefstadt is the smallest district in Vienna. Most mayors of Vienna have lived here, as does Austria's current president.
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Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour Map

Guide Name: Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: leticia
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Liechtenstein Museum

1) Liechtenstein Museum (must see)

This place is dedicated to the famous noble family named Liechtenstein. They are one of the oldest known royal families in all of Europe. You will find works here that were taken directly from the family treasures that help to also document the history of the famous family. It also houses a notable private collections of art works; one of the larger in the world in fact.

To visit the whole of the museum, though, you will have to go to several locations, as it has developed into a proper complex over the years. The two main structures to visit are the Garden Palace that is located in the Ninth District, and the City Palace, which is to be found in Bankgasse.

The Liechtenstein Garden Palace is perhaps the more exceptional of the two, and this may be the way to go, if you only have time to visit one place. Prince Johann von Liechtenstein had the home built in the early 1700s. There were many famous artisans of the day who contributed to the design, including the likes of 18th Century artists Rossi, Felucca, and Giuliani.
The groundskeepers are very strict, so you need to stay out of places marked off limits, as well as keeping off grass in the park. The place is fully handicap accessible though.

Operation hours: The Princely Collections: Friday - Tuesday 10 am - 5 pm. Surrounding gardens: daily 7.15 am - 8.30 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Josephinum-Museum des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin

2) Josephinum-Museum des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin

The Josephinum Museum is a true one of a kind place to visit. It was built in 1783, by a commission from the Emperor of the time, to be part of a medical teaching academy. In more recent times, the institution has been turned into a place to house the medical collection of the University of Vienna. The structure was designed by Isidore Canevale.

Joseph II had the place built as a school to teach physicians, nurses, and midwives how to care for people. One of the unique things about the place is the wax models that are housed here. They were originally used to teach anatomy to new students. Paolo Mascagni designed them. There are over 1100 different models to see, which are housed in six different display rooms.

Besides the main attraction, though, you can also find out a lot about the 600 year history of medicine in Austria, which has been so meticulously documented here over the years. You will need to take a guided tour to see the majority of the museum though. Only a few rooms are open to just browsing by the general public.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. unto 6:00 p.m. The guided tour occurs each day but Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. You have to call ahead and arrange a tour for Wednesdays.
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Sigmund Freud Museum

3) Sigmund Freud Museum (must see)

Located at Berggasse 19 is Sigmund Freud’s house and office where the practice of psychoanalysis began. Freud lived and worked here from 1892 to 1938. The home and office are now a museum that also has a lecture hall, shop, and library.

Sigmund Freud and his family had to flee to England in 1938 to escape anti-Semitic feelings (he died in London in 1939). During the hasty departure, what possessions that could not be moved with the family were sold. Sigmund Freud’s youngest daughter Anna worked with the museum to redecorate the home and office to match the original decor. Some of the original furnishings and antiques were used. Also on display are some of the personal library selections of Sigmund Freud. There is also a film of the Freud family in the 1930s with commentary by Anna which makes the film very special.

The museum has been carefully added to over the years: always remaining faithful to the original home and office. So while the building is now a museum, it is still easy to see the original home with the original furnishings and be transported back to a time when Dr. Freud had his practice here.

Tip:
Don't wait until they open the door for you, they will not. Approach the door and buzz to get in.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Votivkirche

4) Votivkirche

The Votive Church (German: Votivkirche) is a neo-Gothic church located on the Ringstraße. Following the attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor's brother Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian inaugurated a campaign to create a church to thank God for saving the Emperor's life. Funds for construction were solicited from throughout the Empire. The church was dedicated in 1879 on the silver anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Empress Elisabeth.

The Votivkirche has the typical form of a Gothic cathedral: a facade with two slimline towers and three gabled portals with archivolts and a gallery with statues above the portals, central portal twice as wide as the side portals, rose window, crowned by the roof gable of the nave, belfries and a transept spire, buttresses, abutments and flying buttresses. This imposing church constitutes a harmonious whole through the proportions, arrangement, spaciousness and unity of style of all the elements.

The Emperor window, donated by the City of Vienna, depicted the deliverance of the Emperor, saved from assassination by Maximilian Graf O'Donnell von Tyrconnell, but this original theme was lost when the windows were destroyed during World War II. The replacement window was restored by the City of Vienna in 1964, albeit modified to reflect the changing times. The detail of the actual moment of the Emperor's deliverance was lost, and although otherwise faithful to the original design, the replacement took on a less monarchical and more religious tone.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Volkskundemuseum

5) Volkskundemuseum (must see)

The Volkskundemuseum Wien/Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art is a museum dedicated to cultural history as well as historical and present everyday culture in Europe. Establishing a platform for the interaction between various academic disciplines and fields of arts, the museum offers an open space for researching and negotiating discourses in society.

The museum collections originate from the former Habsburg crown lands, today numbering more than 100.000 three-dimensional objects and more than 200.000 photographies and graphics and being continuously extended.

Established in 1896 Michael by Michael Haberlandt und Wilhelm Hein, the museum is housed in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the Josefstadt district of Vienna since 1917. As a cultural institution rooted in the 19th century, from early on the museum has encountered a constant development and reorientation according to the respective academic, political and societal turns of the 20th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Great collection of native art & everyday objects. Especially strongly represented here is anything made of wood – from cabinets and tables to Austria's very famous (and colorful) wood carvings.

Tip:
The museum café is especially attractive and has a wonderful outside garden to sip your tea or wine in warmer weather.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vienna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Walking Tour

Nightlife Walking Tour

Vienna has a reputation for history, classical music and elegance, but don't forget about its hot nightlife. The city is full of trendy bars, cafes, disco and clubs, where you can spend a fantastic evening dancing the night away. You can't visit Vienna without stopping at some of the following after-hours hot spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Neubau Sights Walking Tour

Neubau Sights Walking Tour

Neubau district of Vienna is an important shopping area, especially in the Mariahilfer Straße and Neubaugasse. The Volkstheater Wien, one of Vienna's large mainstream theatres, as well as the Museumsquartier, a centre dedicated to modern art, housing the Leopold Collection are located in Neubau.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Old Town Chocolate Stores

Old Town Chocolate Stores

Vienna is famous for its mouth-watering confections. In its specialty shops and boutiques, usually located on the ground floors of historic buildings, you will find the best roasted coffee, high quality chocolates, sweets, wafers, cocoa and, of course, Mozartkugels. Don’t hesitate to visit the wonderful specialty shops in the Old Town featured in this guide.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Museums in Vienna's North

Museums in Vienna's North

Everyone would agree that Vienna is home to a vast range of world-renowned museums. Their impressive works of art, interesting exhibitions and unique collections captivate visitors. Taking this walking tour, you will become familiar with Vienna’s most famous museums located in the Northern Districts of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km
Hofburg Sights Walking Tour

Hofburg Sights Walking Tour

The Hofburg area has been the seat of Austrian government since 1279 for a sequence of empires and republics. Throughout centuries, it has been expanded to include various institutions, such as The Imperial Chapel, The Naturhistorisches Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum, The Austrian National Library and more. The area is also home to the former imperial palace, which now forms part of the official residence of the Austrian President. Alongside the governmental and cultural buildings, Hofburg houses the Spanish Riding School and the Imperial Horse Stables, which is something animal lovers might find particularly entertaining.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Vienna's Modern and Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

Vienna's Modern and Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

Vienna’s architectural displays represent a wide array of time periods and styles. The popular Art Deco style, or Jugendstil, impresses visitors with its bold design and façade. This walking tour will introduce you to some of Vienna’s modern buildings of the 20th century.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

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