Vienna's Modern and Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour, Vienna

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.
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Guide Name: Vienna's Modern and Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: leticia
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Hundertwasserhaus

1) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kunsthaus Vienna

2) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Postsparkasse

3) Postsparkasse

The Austrian Postal Savings Bank is housed in one of the buildings in Vienna that was created by the famous Otto Wagner. The organization as a whole was invented by Georg Coch. He had studied the principles of banking abroad, and came back home and opened the first bank in Vienna, and the whole area, that would do so called “moneyless transfers.” Bank transfers would simply being recorded as a credit on a ledger for one, and a debit on the ledger for another account, thereby eliminating the...   view more
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Haas House

4) Haas House (must see)

The Haas House of Vienna is a very modern example of architecture in a town where there is a premium of buildings done in a conservative manner. In fact, the project to build this structure was highly debated and contested. It almost didn’t happen at all. The architect of record was Haus Hollein.

The issue surrounds the fact that the modern style building, made of concrete and lots of glass, sits next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Such a change in style was considered to detract from the...   view more
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Loos Haus

5) Loos Haus

The Loos Haus was designed by the famous architect of the same last name, i.e. Adolf Loos. It represents one of the most important contributions to Viennese architecture, because of its classic Wiener Moderne style. It has a simple, yet sticking facade, which was the source of much controversy in the day. One will notice that there are no window bays done with the usual “stucco and lintels.”

Emperor Franz Josef, at first sight of the project, considered it to be an eye sore, and tried to...   view more
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Albertina Museum

6) Albertina Museum (must see)

Albertina Museum's claim to fame centers on its very large collection of old master prints and drawings. In fact, there are over 65,000 drawings in storage here. Apart from the graphics collection, the museum has recently acquired on permanent loan two significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th-century art, some of which will be on permanent display. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful building with a fantastic selection of...   view more
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Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station

7) Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station

This building represents the original home of the Stadtbahn of Vienna. It was the station for many years. The buildings above the ground are considered to be prime examples of an architectural style known as Jegendstil. As such, they are also considered part of the Vienna Secession, and used many of the classic styles associated with that important movement in design. They are part of the heritage of Otto Wagner to the city.

The Stadtbahn buildings are well known for their modern look, and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Secession Building

8) Secession Building (must see)

The Vienna Secession refers to a group of young artisans who decided to start their own movement within the world of art. The style is very 'nouveau' and is a radical departure from the more traditional types of art being created during that part of Viennese history. The famous 'new start' occurred in 1897, but Secessionism really took off at the beginning of the 20th century, when a fair bit of work from the group became part of the famous Belvedere Collection.

A building...   view more
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Majolica House

9) Majolica House (must see)

The so-called Majolica house is the inspiration of the legendary architect and designer Otto Wagner. The building is located at Linke Wienzeile 38 and number 40. Wagner designed the complex during his secessionist phase of design. The name of the building derives from the tile flower patterns on the outside façade which embellish the place with beautiful shades of green, blue and pink. No. 38 is offset in a golden color, and is adorned in medallions, designed to complement the flowers on the...   view more

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.
Old Town South Walking Tour

Old Town South Walking Tour

The Innere Stadt, first district of Vienna, is part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of the city. Originally the inner city was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates. Take this tour to explore the beautiful landmarks, art galleries and specialty shops in the Southern part of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Old Town West Walking Tour

Old Town West Walking Tour

The Innere Stadt, first district of Vienna, is part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of the city. Originally the inner city was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates. The Western part of the Old Town houses the Parliament Building, The Rathhaus, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces. Take this tour to explore the famous attractions in the West area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour

Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour

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!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 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
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The capital of the once mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire, today's Vienna is still much revered for its great historic and cultural past, as well as present. The biggest city in Austria with the second largest population of German speakers in the world (after Berlin), Vienna has no shortage of international guests coming each year to visit its imperial palaces, numerous museums and other art venues. This orientation walk will lead you to some of the most notable architectural and cultural places of Vienna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 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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