Vienna - Art and Music
Enchanting city of the Danube, Vienna is studded with medieval and Baroque architectural masterpieces. Seat of the Habsburgs, the world’s greatest imperial dynasty, and crowned as Europe’s capital of music, Austria’s capital is defined by intertwined themes of royalty, harmony – and art.
“To every age its art, to every art its freedom” is inscribed at the entrance to the Secession Building, where we have the chance to wonder at Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze amongst other priceless works of art, sculpture and architecture promoted by this radical turn-of-the-century art movement.
Encounter unforgettable paintings by Raphael and Rubens in the House of Liechtenstein, and sway to the strains of a comic opera at the Vienna State Opera House. Tour Hofburg, 13th century winter palace of the Habsburgs, a thrilling hybrid of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo styles.
Musikverein hosts an evening concert for us after we have been treated to a private tour of this, the home of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra.
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Our flight lands in Vienna, Austria’s exquisite capital. After transferring to our centrally-located hotel, we wile away the afternoon with a captivating stroll around the Old Town, an area formally declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2001. Rich in beautiful Baroque and Medieval architecture, it’s not difficult to see why.
This evening, we enjoy a special welcome reception with drinks, followed by a private concert. Welcome to Vienna!
After a comfortable night’s sleep, and a delicious breakfast, our morning begins with an exclusive private tour of the Liechtenstein City Palace, with its opulent neo-Rococo interiors. Here we enjoy a rare opportunity to view the masterpieces of the Princely Collections away from the crowds. Deriving from the Baroque ideal that royal families ought to patronise the arts, the treasures here form one of the world’s greatest stores of European masterpieces. Rubens, Raphael, Van Dyck – all are here to be admired.
Following lunch we take a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Vienna State Opera House, a decadent building constructed in the 1860s, in order to get to grips with its inner workings, and hear the secrets of its past. We return to the Opera House this evening, for a dazzling performance of Don Pasquale, Donizetti’s comic masterpiece.
This morning we begin with a tour of Hofsburg Palace, former winter residence of the Hapsburgs, and now the seat of the Austrian President. Originally built in the 13th century, the palace has expanded over the centuries to include such lavish features as the Imperial Apartments, royal silver collection, and treasury rooms, where we find the Emperor’s Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as the Treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
After pausing for lunch, the afternoon is ours to spend as we wish. View the expressionist Hundertwasserhaus in the Landstrasse District, delve into one of the bustling local markets, or acquaint yourself with the city’s famous forebears in the intriguing Imperial Crypt.
We pore over countless old master prints at the Albertina Museum this morning – a peerless collection of drawings, prints and photographs housed within an Old Town palace. Among the many highlights here are original paintings by Monet, Degas and Chagall, as well as works by artists such as Da Vinci and Dürer.
We then take a look around the Secession Building, a hub of liberal-thinking artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where we marvel at Klimt’s astounding Beethoven frieze.
After lunch, we are invited on a private tour around the Wiener Musikverein, a 19th-century creation, widely considered to be among the best concert halls in the world. One privilege follows another as we make our way to dinner at the Michelin-starred Opus restaurant, where each course is virtually a work of art in itself.
We round off this exceptional day by returning to the Musikverein for a magnificent evening concert.
Our final morning begins with a visit to Schloss Belvedere, an art gallery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once a princely summer palace, the gallery has been active in various forms since the early 1800s. Today it exhibits all manner of priceless artworks, from Baroque to Biedermeier, Impressionist, Expressionist, Art Nouveau and beyond. A real art-lover’s paradise.
At lunchtime we enjoy our last meal together as a group, before flying home in the late afternoon.
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- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
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