Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour, Vienna

Landstraße is a densely populated urban district of Vienna, located southeast of the city center. Established largely during the 19th century, it is mostly known for the 18th-century castle and gardens of Belvedere, the residence of Eugene of Savoy (housing the Austrian Gallery, these days) and the Hundertwasserhaus block of flats, designed in a dream-like manner by architect and painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Landstraße is also home to another of Hundertwasser's creations - the KunstHausWien, as well as the Museum of Art Fakes. Speaking of the fakes, the artistic value of Landstraße is anything but fake, so it is well worth exploring, as such!
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Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: leticia
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Belvedere Palace

1) Belvedere Palace (must see)

The Belvedere palaces were the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). The ensemble was built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect, Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, and comprises the Upper and Lower Belvedere, with the Orangery and Palace Stables, as well as extensive gardens. As one of Europe's most stunning Baroque landmarks, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today, the Belvedere houses the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, complemented by the works of international artists. At the Upper Belvedere, visitors not only encounter artworks drawn from over five hundred years of art history but can also experience the magnificent staterooms.

The Belvedere's art collection presents an almost complete overview of the development of art in Austria and, thus, an insight into the country's history. The world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt's paintings lies at the heart of the presentation of Art around 1900, on show at the Upper Belvedere. Its highlights are Klimt's paintings, 'The Kiss' (1908/09) and 'Judith' (1901), and masterpieces by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Key works of French Impressionism and the greatest collection of Viennese Biedermeier art are further attractions at the museum.

Why You Should Visit:
As well as being home to some of Klimt's most famous pieces, the collection, in general, is vast and the building itself, remarkable.
Not only is the building a sight to behold but the grounds are magnificently maintained... as you would expect them to be.

Tip:
To wait in a shorter line, purchase your tickets online before your departure.
Make sure to leave the time to stroll through the gardens either on the way to or from this wonderful palace.

Opening Hours:
Sat-Thu: 9am-6pm; Fri: 9am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Barockmuseum

2) Barockmuseum (must see)

The Österreichische Galerie Belvedere is a museum housed in Vienna's Belvedere Palace. The art collection includes masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Baroque up until 21st-century contemporary, though mostly focusing on Austrian painters from the Fin de Siècle and Art Nouveau period. Well-known artists whose artworks are exhibited include Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

Opening Hours:
Sat-Thu: 9am-6pm; Fri: 9am-9pm
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Belvedere Garten

3) Belvedere Garten (must see)

The Belvedere Garten is in between the upper and lower Belvedere Palaces, acting as a link that ties the two together. The formal garden was laid out in traditional French fashion by Dominique Girard who had received formal training in Versailles. While the garden is in Vienna, its original owner was French in origin.

The old gardens had wonderful patterned beds and exquisite statuary. Most of this statuary has survived the years, but the intricately patterned beds have unfortunately been lost over the centuries. The gardens have enjoyed a resurgence and are neatly trimmed, and although not the formal gardens of days past, they are beautiful and easy to enjoy. Thousands of different plants are in the space of less than one acre. The pools and fountains give a glimmer of the original grounds' grandeur.

The area also houses the Alpine garden and a garden from the University of Vienna. Free and open to the public, this area is an absolute must-see for those who love to garden.

Tip:
Find the hidden spaces to just sit down and rest for a moment. They are shaded, quiet and just what you need after the walk around the garden.

Opening Hours:
The gates open at 6:30 or 7:30 in the morning and close between 5:30pm and 9pm depending on the season.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Wiener Konzerthaus

4) Wiener Konzerthaus

The Weiner Konzerthaus is located in the third district of Vienna. The idea for a multipurpose music auditorium was discussed as early as 1890; by 1913 the building was finally a reality. The venue was originally equipped with three soundproof auditoriums so that several musical events could be held simultaneously. The purpose was to entertain both traditional and new music styles.

Fortunately, WWI action did very little damage to the building. Updates to the Konzerthaus did change the original plans significantly; however, the building was restored to its original design at the end of the 20th century. Today the facility houses four concert halls and the building is home to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; a mixed choir, the Weiner Singakademie which does both traditional and contemporary music; and the Klangforum Wien, a chamber orchestra that is known for contemporary classical music.

This beautiful facility is able to handle 4,000 people comfortably and the acoustics accommodate both traditional and contemporary music styles. No matter what time of year one visits Vienna, there will be concert offerings to see at the Weiner Konzerthaus, both contemporary and traditional. Also on the docket during the season are films, lectures, readings and private functions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Stadtpark

5) Stadtpark (must see)

Germans call this place Wiener Stadtpark, and it is one of the city's most famous parks. The grounds extend from Parking to Heumarkt, taking visitors through two different districts in Vienna. The total land mass of this public place for fun and relaxation is over 65,000 sq. meters.

Mayor Andreas Zelinka helped to get the land set aside for a public park during his administration. The whole area was being renovated to build the now famous Ringstrabe. The chore of designing the place went to Josef Selleny. The grounds were opened to the public for this first time in August 1862 and thus became the very first such outdoor gathering place in Vienna.

If you go through the park to the southernmost end, along the Weinfub, there is a great children’s playground located there that the locals call the Kinderpark. The Viennese also use the area for sporting events of their little ones.

You will want to visit the Caroline Bridge while you are there, which takes you through some very beautiful garden sections. Perhaps the most famous attraction on the grounds, however, is the gold-plated statue of Johann Strauss that sits in the middle of a beautiful stone archway. It is, without doubt, the most photographed place in all Stadtpark.

Why You Should Visit:
Aside for being a little haven of tranquility, this park has the largest number of monuments and sculptures in Vienna.

Tip:
Johann Strauss' statue looks much more beautiful at night when lights are turned on.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais Rasumofsky

6) Palais Rasumofsky

Palais Rasumofsky was built as an embassy for Count Andrey Kyrillovich Razumovsky. He was the Russian ambassador of Alexander I in Austria. The palace is located in what is now the third district of Vienna. The Count was a patron of the arts and had acquired an extensive collection. He threw a ball for Tsar Nicholas I when he came to Vienna on New Year’s Eve 1814.

Unfortunately, the winter chill was eliminated in the ballroom by way of a flue that was run from the fireplace. Early the next morning the ballroom caught fire and extensive damage was done to the building. Although the damage was repaired, the palace was never returned to its previous grandeur during the life of then Prince Razumovsky.

The palace passed through several hands during the next several decades. The great gardens surrounding the palace were sold for private apartments and houses. The building was heavily damaged during WWI. After the war, the building was repaired and renovated. The building again has become a beautiful example of neo-Classical architecture of the early 1800s on the outside with modern conveniences on the inside. Ballrooms once again are resplendent in their Baroque appointments and there is no need to heat the rooms by a temporary flue.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hundertwasserhaus

7) Hundertwasserhaus (must see)

The Hundertwasserhaus is one of the most interesting, yet odd, architectural building complexes in Vienna. It sits as an antithetical statement about what architecture can be, as it is compared to the surrounding buildings of its neighborhood. It can almost look like a rainbow, with all the colorful walls. The walls and crooked, yet seem to flow in and out of one another. There is simply nothing else like it in the city.

The construction was the brain child of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. He was born in 1928, and sadly passed away in 2001. The designer did not finish the place until 1984, because of some legal issues. He was a painter by trade, who over time became increasingly interested in architectural design that could live in harmony with nature. He was also a political activist, who constantly pushed the Viennese government to move away from a totally conservative look for the city.

The Hundertwasserhaus is not very far away from the center of the city. In fact, it is a comfortable walk from most of the major sites of Vienna. It is well worth the walk to see this most fascinating place.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kunsthaus Vienna

8) Kunsthaus Vienna (must see)

The Kinsthauswein is the brain child of the famous Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The complex is now a museum dedicated to the work of the man. It can be located in the Landstrabe District of town. The place is the only official spot that keeps a permanent display of the works of the famous artist. Even the building itself was designed to be able to show off the works in a pleasing manner. At last note, the location received over 170,000 visitors every year, making it a very popular tourist destination in Vienna.

The building was designed and erected in 1892. The original structure used to be a furniture factory that was, at one time, famous for inventing the so called bistro chair. The famous artist designed the structure in typical fashion for his work. You will find flowing non straight floors and curved walls that make you feel as though you are moving in and out of areas. It opened to the public in 1991 as a museum.

The building opens at 10:00 a.m. daily, so the built in café and restaurant. The museum section closes daily at 7:00 p.m., but you have to be in the building by 6:30 p.m. to get a ticket. The café stays open until 8:00 p.m.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

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Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
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
Music Venues Walking Tour

Music Venues Walking Tour

To call Vienna the "Music Capital of the World" would not be an exaggeration. It is home to a vast range of magnificent music venues where you can enjoy the sounds of Mozart’s arias, fabulous compositions by the "King of Waltz" Johann Strauss, famous Viennese Waltzes and other superb works of world-known musicians. Come enjoy the majestic sounds you will hear in some of the most popular music venues of Vienna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Old Town Souvenir Shops

Old Town Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Vienna without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vienna, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Old Town Museums Tour

Old Town Museums Tour

Thanks to its glorious past, Vienna is home to almost one hundred museums. This wonderful city offers a wide range of local history and culture museums exhibiting Vienna’s unique history and culture. This tour will guide you to most famous museums located in the Old Town of Vienna.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Donau City Walking Tour

Donau City Walking Tour

Donau City is the 22nd district of Vienna and is located on the North bank of the Danube River. This previously undeveloped district is now the most modern part of Vienna, with contemporary office and apartment buildings, skyscrapers, international centers and the Vienna Islamic Centre. Take the following tour to catch some of these incredible sights!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km

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