Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour, Vienna (Self Guided)

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
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.

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

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
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.

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
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

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.

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

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
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

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Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Old Town South Walking Tour

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

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Vienna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vienna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Vienna's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Vienna PASS, Vienna City Card, or Vienna Card. A city pass combines all or multiple Vienna's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Vienna hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth, Hotel Royal, DO&CO Hotel Vienna.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vienna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Vienna typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to admire Vienna's best-known landmarks in comfort from the open top of the bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The tickets are valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours.

- Pedal your way around Vienna on a 3-hour bike tour to see the city's most spectacular highlights stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions along the way from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Follow an expert guide on a 2.5-hour walking tour of classic Vienna to see the city's greatest landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, Sacher cafe, and St Stephen's Cathedral, plus a number of hidden gems only the locals know about!

- Travel back in time for a glimpse of what the life of the Austrian monarchs was like on a 2-hour tour of their fabulous summer residence and the matching beauty baroque gardens. Feel yourself like a royal, if only for a few hours!

- Follow the trail of Graham Greene's “The Third Man” novel made into a movie in 1949 by Orson Welles, depicting post-WWII spy-ridden Vienna. Explore this fascinating city as it was more than 60 years ago.

- Give yourself away to the sounds of music on a memorable Mozart-filled evening in Vienna attending a combo of the world-renowned Vienna Mozart Orchestra concert and a lavish 3-course dinner at the elegant Bristol restaurant visited, back in the day, by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and other historic figures.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Vienna, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Salzburg, Melk Abbey and Danube Valley, Wachau Valley, Mauthausen, or Vienna Woods and Mayerling. For as little as circa US$60+ to US$160+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites - harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty manifested in Austria's medieval towns and countryside, visit Mozart's birthplace and original filming locations of "The Sound of Music" movie, admire picturesque Danube valley with ancient castles, grand monasteries and cute little villages, explore historic locations bearing sometimes grim memories of the past (e.g. the horrors perpetuated by the Nazis) and pay tribute to the Holocaust victims at one of the largest Nazi labor camps during World War II, take a boat trip along the Danube or down to the largest subterranean lake in Europe, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Vienna and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.