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Austria's heartland - 1000 years of art & culture

20 October 2021

7 days from £2,350pp

Join Dr Ulrike Ziegler on an adventure through the cultural heart of Austria. Visit the Art Nouveau city of St Pölten, discover the link between St Florian’s Baroque abbey and composer Anton Bruckner and enjoy a fabulous lunch at a renowned winery.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive insight into the region rightly named as the ‘Cradle of Austria’s Culture’
  • Indulge in an included lunch at one of the most renowned wineries of the Wachau region
  • Enjoy exclusive visits to little known treasures of Art Nouveau in St Pölten and the outskirts of Vienna
  • Pay homage to composer Anton Bruckner in the abbey of St Florian, before enjoying an organ recital of his music in the frescoed abbey church
The historical and cultural heartbeat of Austria began to pulse 25,000 years ago in an area roughly located between Linz and Vienna, in the present-day states of Upper and Lower Austria. After the fall of Roman power, the region was reorganised by the Carolingians who established a borderland, at the eastern outpost of the Frankish Empire named the Marcha Orientalis or ‘Ostarrichi’ (Austria). The noble Babenberg family further cultivated the land through the foundation of well-endowed abbeys where the seat of government was initially established. The Babenberg dukes of Austria fostered a Vienna that further flourished under successors from the House of Habsburg but before long, the expansion of the Ottoman Empire developed into a constant threat for all of Austria’s eastern lands. The Battle of Vienna in 1683 marked a turning point in the success of the Ottomans, who were forced to retreat, and a building boom rolled across Austria. Ancient abbeys like St Florian, Melk and Klosterneuburg were rebuilt in awe-inspiring Baroque dimensions and decoration. The dawn of the 19th century heralded a new artistic era and at the turn of the 20th century, both cities began to temper this eclectic aesthetic with the new Art Nouveau style, becoming prominent proponents of the movement’s art and architecture. This new Art Pursuits Abroad study tour spans a period of 1000 years and reveals a broad selection of treasures, exploring the genesis of art and culture in Austria’s heartland.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

CityHotel Design and Classic, St. Pölten

★★★★

The four star Cityhotel D&C is located in the heart of St. Pölten. In just a few minutes you can be in the middle of the colourful hustle and bustle of the baroque city centre with its countless shops, cafés, and cultural institutions. You can enjoy fine dining and Lower Austrian hospitality in the bar and restaurant and relax in the hotel’s wellness oasis. 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
 

Le Méridien, Vienna

★★★★

Located in the heart of Vienna, the Le Méridien hotel is situated in the artistic hub of the city. Your view falls on Vienna’s splendid Ringstrasse, the serene Schillerplatz, or our sun-filled courtyard. Spacious, newly designed guest rooms and suites make for a very comfortable stay, with roomy bathrooms and stylish features which are sure to help guests revive and relax.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Air conditioning