Neubau Sights Walking Tour (Self Guided), Vienna

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.
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Neubau Sights Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Neubau Sights Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: leticia
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Palais Auersperg

1) Palais Auersperg

Palais Auersperg, named after Prince Adolf Auersperg, is a huge Baroque style palace that was built for the royal Auersperg family. The palace features a beautiful park and is currently used to hold a variety of festivities, classical music concerts and other events.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais Trautson

2) Palais Trautson

Palais Trautson also represents traditional Baroque architecture of Vienna. It was built in 1712 and was the long-time home for the noble Trautson family. Nowadays, this well-preserved palace holds the Austrian Ministry of Justice.
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Palais Epstein

3) Palais Epstein

Palais Epstein is a Ringstraßenpalais in Vienna. It was built for the industrialist and banker Gustav Ritter von Epstein. The architect was Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, who also designed the adjacentAustrian Parliament Building. Unlike traditional Baroque noble palaces in Vienna, the Palais Epsteinwas built in the late 19th century and is therefore considered a Ringstraßenpalais. It is up to five storeys high and built in the neo-renaissance style typical of its time. From 1945 to 1955 the palais was domicile of the Soviet Headquarters. After that, it briefly served as a branch of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts and then again for the School Authority until 2002. After a thorough refurbishment it has been a branch of nearby Parliament ever since. A permanent exhibition about the history of the palais and its owners has been set up in the basement and there are guided tours of the bel etage first floor which has been restored to its original state.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Naturhistorisches Museum

4) Naturhistorisches Museum (must see)

The Naturhistorisches Museum is part of the larger Wien complex of exhibits located all over the city of Vienna. The current facility has grown to over 90,000 square feet in size. In recent years, software has been developed to allow you to tour part of the place via a virtual tour.

The location is known worldwide, as it is one of the most important collections of items of natural history to be found anywhere. The project started over 250 years ago and now features over 20,000,000 pieces of interest.

The central building is an old palace structure that constitutes the original museum. It opened in 1869 under the name of the Imperial Natural Museum. Today, many of the original displays have been relocated into other parts of the overall Wien Museum of Vienna.

You will find some very rare items here as well. For instance, the Venus of Willendorf is an object that is over twenty-five thousand years old. There is also a dinosaur skeleton displayed on the floors that is over two hundred and fifty million years old. In all, you will be able to casually walk through 39 different sections of the museum.

Why You Should Visit:
Incredible because of the upgrading of many exhibits, which brilliantly combine the old (showcases of artifacts from the late 1880s in their original cases) with the new (an amazing exhibit room of meteorites with interactive cases or an exhibit on our planet which is incredibly interesting and educational).
Almost everything is in English as well as in German. The museum has also gone out of its way to cater to kids, so a great place for the family.

Tip:
It is strongly recommended to take an audio guide and learn more about the most important collection items.
If you are a student, make sure to bring your student card to capitalize on the discount they offer.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Mon: 9am-6:30pm; Wed: 9am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kunsthistorisches Museum

5) Kunsthistorisches Museum (must see)

The very name of the place means “Museum of Art History.” Many locals just call it the KHM. The place was founded in 1891, and was designed at the same time as the Maria-Theresien Platz. Construction of the building lasted for 19 years. It is one of the most impressive art collections in all of Europe. Emperor Franz Joseph the First of Austria was responsible for the construction. It was designed mainly to hold the impressive art collection of the Hapsburgs.

The central structure on Rinstrasse Street is the home of the picture gallery, and is very impressive indeed. You will also find the European coin collection here. The display of Egyptian Antiquities is stored in this main location, as well as one of Europe’s best collections of Roman and Greek historical art.

Recently, the Museum of Ethnology has become part of the KHM, as well as the Theater Museum on Lobkowitz. This occurred in January of 2001. So, you will have to visit a couple of locations to get through all the holdings.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

6) MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

MUMOK, as it is named for short, is a museum that was designed to be a place to help promote and display all that is best about the modern age of art. They focus on pieces that have been done during the 20th and 21st Centuries. With such a focus, they have been able to amass one of the world’s larger collections of paintings, sketches, sculpture, etc. from this period.

The building that houses the collection is just as unique as the art. The outer structure is done in a very dark gray lava stone, which is a real contrast to all the other buildings around it. One will also quickly notice the unusual shapes of the windows as well. It is simply about as stark a contrast as anyone could have made to the quintessential Habsburg style castles of the area. For that reason alone, you may want to go visit.

There is also a lot of technology built into this place. The purpose is to present art in a wholly new way, and to push the edge of thinking on how art should be displayed in a formalized manner. The complex is located in the Museumsquartier, at Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 in Vienna. There are guided tours are offered each day, and are free to those visiting. The tour is in German, but you can call ahead to arrange a visit with an English speaking guide.

Operation hours: Monday 2 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 am - 7 pm, Thursday 10 am - 9 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Leopold Museum

7) Leopold Museum (must see)

This famous museum can be found in the so-called “Museumsquartier” of Vienna. If you only get a chance to see one museum while you are visiting, this may be your choice. It houses one of the largest Austrian centered collections of art in the world. You can visit and see the works of Kokoschka, Gerstl, Schiele, and even Klimt. All in all, there are more than five thousand exhibits.

The location is named for the famous couple - Rudolf and Elisabeth - who put the collection together over a span of 50 years. The collection was organized and placed on display at its current location with the assistance of the State of Austria, as well as the National Bank of Austria. A private foundation and holding corporation was established to care for the pieces in 2001.

In addition to being able to visit this grand exhibit of 19th and 20th Century Austrian art, you may also want to stop and visit their gift shop. There, you can purchase replications of some of the great pieces exhibited at Leopold Museum. The building is also home to the Café Leopold, which is a well known night spot for people to come, have some coffee, and discuss history, art, and politics.

Opening hours: Daily except Tuesday - 10am to 6pm; Thursday- 10am to 9pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kunstmarkt Spittelberg

8) Kunstmarkt Spittelberg

Kunstmarkt Spittelberg is an 18th century building that houses small shops filled with antiques. Common pieces include handmade silver and leather goods, dolls, and old, beautifully decorated electric light bulbs. You are sure to find here something unusual and special for yourself or a friend!
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Wein & Co

9) Wein & Co

What to buy here: Austrian White Wine. At Mariahilfer Strasse 36 you will find the fabulous WINE & CO, a flagship store and concept bar in a building designed by architects Henke and Schreieck, which sets a new standard in food communication. In this wonderful urban wine centre the feel good atmosphere guarenteed around the clock presents WEIN & CO as a wining-dining-shopping concept. You will find the branch on the second floor. The bar is open daily from 9am in the morning until 2am and features coffee and sweet delicacies, as well as the best white wines. By drinking at the bar you will earn 10% discount on all purchases in the shop, open daily until midnight. Naturally the shop includes a wine tasting corner. Three famous featured Austrian wines include „M“ a white Riesling from Star-winegrower F.X. Pichler:a powerful, opulent and lively wine that is impressive in memory, retailing at €69.95. Then at € 59,99 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd M, 2010, for fans of the classical wine from the Wachau region of Austria, shows complex aromas, ideal as gift. And also from Waschau at €64,99 the Smaragd Singerriedel Riesling from 2010, Hirtzberger Parade Riesling presents itself with lush, bell-clear Riesling fruit and great vitality and freshness.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-02:00; Sunday & holidays: 15:00-00:00
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Tu Felix

10) Tu Felix

What to buy here: Designer clothing and accessories.

With a range of portable giftwares including bags, wallets, clothing, jewellery and even antlers, Tu Felix is the right place to come for your a regional Austrian acquisition. Tiny miniture antlers carved in silver and left to dangle on a thin cord or silver chain you can hang around your neck. Prices starting at 46€. Men may prefer a black or brown belt with the logo embossed on a silver buckle. All belts are 69€. Intricately designed antler skulls could be just perfect for your mantlepeice or bookshelf at prices beginning from €149, they may suit someone truly passionate about their Austrian identity. And to take it all home you can buy one of several bags or wallets embroidered with the Tu Felix elogo and antlers. You find Tu Felix in the Schottenfeldgasse at number 35.

Business hours: Monday – Saturday 9.00 – 18.00.

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