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Austria's Heartland 1000 Years of Art and Culture

20 October 2021

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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
 

The Beethoven, Vienna

★★★★

The 4-star Hotel Beethoven lies ensconced in culture and cuisine on the “bohemian“ Naschmarkt, opposite the Papagenotor at Theater an der Wien, just a few minutes’ walk from the Opera, the Musikverein, the Museumsquartier, the most traditional Viennese coffeehouses and shopping streets. 4-star hotel situated on Vienna’s Naschmarkt The location of the 4-star Hotel Garni on the Naschmarkt lets lovers of Vienna dive right into the typical Viennese lifestyle. The market, with its dozens of little stalls and selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and specialities, is a colourful and lively snapshot of Vienna, which is even more varied on Saturdays, with the farmer’s and flea market. In addition to the restaurants and cafés around the Naschmarkt, a trendy restaurant and bar scene has developed in the market area. Coupled to culture The culturally committed Ludwig family, which owns the hotel, sponsors numerous Viennese cultural institutions, such as the Albertina, the Mumok and the Musikverein and inspires lovers of Vienna to special cultural delights: invitations to previews, exhibition openings, museum visits and preferential ticket orders at the Musikverein.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Satellite TV
  • Hair Dryer 
  • USB Power socket 
  • Coffee and tea making facilities 
  • Slippers and bathrobe