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Vienna - From the Emperor's Clothes to Klimt's Kiss

15 November 2020

5 days from £1,895pp

Surround yourself in the grandiose architecture of Austria’s breathtaking capital city on this magical tour. Be treated to a private look around Palais Lichenstein, visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum and indulge in traditional Viennese delicacies in the city’s famous patisserie.
 
  • Enjoy a private visit to Vienna’s spectacular Palais Lichtenstein
  • Explore architectural and artistic treasures of the Vienna Secession
  • Discover the treasures of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, with masterpieces by Bruegel, Vermeer and Caravaggio, among others
  • Sample the Viennese treat ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ in the city’s famous patisserie 
Vienna is the capital city of central Europe, with all the political, cultural, and strategic significance that implies. For a century and a half, it endured an Ottoman siege, withstanding and finally turning back the armies of the Sublime Porte. It was the seat of Maria Theresa and Joseph II as Habsburg policy came to dominate the cabinet rooms of Europe, while Austrian music dominated its concert halls: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert made Vienna the most important city in the history of western music. Later, in its imperial twilight, Vienna came to embody Mitteleuropa, that cosmopolitan, multiethnic realm of avant-garde aesthetics and intellectual pluralism, of Klimt, Schiele, Kraus and Freud, that was bloodily extinguished by the twin catastrophes of totalitarianism and war. And yet Vienna, like Austria, has handled its transition to modernity remarkably well. Today’s city, overlaid with a confident self-possession and an enduring civic pride, is a gleaming patchwork of mediaeval alleys and renaissance squares, of baroque palaces and Secession cafés. This tour will visit a number of the irresistible delights that have attracted so many thinkers, artists, and musicians over the centuries, including St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where we will have two visits to explore its wide-ranging collection.
Last but not least, we will explore the city’s unrivalled and splendid cityscape with its gleaming patchwork of mediaeval alleys and Renaissance squares, of Baroque palaces and Secession cafés making Vienna a metropolis of unique charm, where the spirit of Austria’s great Royal and Imperial tradition can still be felt.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Kaiserin Elizabeth, Vienna

★★★★
Overview
The charming and traditional four star Hotel Kaiserin Elizabeth is situated in a quiet street in central Vienna, near St Stephen’s Cathedral. The historic hotel features a lobby lounge and offers excellent service. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning