The entrance in the Secession (Photo: Maximilian Just)
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On the way to the Majolika Haus and other houses that Otto Wagner built on the left Wienzeile, you will encounter the building of the Vienna Secession, which was built by Wagner’s student Joseph Maria Olbrich.
The golden laurel leaf dome is located directly over the exhibition rooms of this Secession building.
The Secession was the movement by fine artists and architects that through Art Nouveau wanted to break new ground beyond the stylistic imitations of the Ringstraße era.
The Beethoven Frieze
The Secession building is one of the most visited Landmarks in Vienna.
Gustav Klimt, as a co-founder of the art nouveau movement in Vienna, made a mural Beethoven Frieze in 1902 there. This mural covers three walls and measures 34 x 2 meters.
The Secession, Association of Visual Artists
Address:Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Vienna
Public transport: Underground: U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz
Gustav Klimt: THE BEETHOVEN FRIEZE
Tue to Sun 10am – 06pm
Vienna is primarily a city of artists, musicians and architects. The well-known figures such as Gustav Klimt, Adolf Loos, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert, Antonio Vivaldi, Sigmund Freud, Otto Wagner, Ludwig Wittgenstein and many others were born in Vienna or lived here.
After you finish your daily sightseeing this book can help you to master unforgettable evening:
WINE: After an art-filled day, a glass of wine is not such a bad idea. You can have it in the same bar in which Beethoven drank his.
DINNER: When were you last time in a restaurant that was first mentioned fifty years before Columbus arrived America and has been in the same place ever since? If Mozart, Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Mark Twain could not resist, why you should not eat your Viennese Schnitzel there?
DESSERT: Vienna is famous for its cakes. While you eat your dessert in the best Viennese cake shop, think a little about Antonio Vivaldi who lived a floor above you.
COFFEE: Coffee is a cult in Vienna. In Sigmund Freud’s favorite coffeehouse, coffee still tastes great as then.
As you can see, in a very short time you will be the expert about Vienna and famous people that lived here, even before you came to Vienna.
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The guidebook Vienna Art and Architecture is in many ways a different Vienna travel guide. Away from the tourist traps you will be guided through the castles, museums and music halls unique for its glance, art collections and historical importance.
You can read the first 3 chapters for FREE here: Vienna Art and Architecture