Vienna: Art – nourishing capital of Europe.

Vienna, Austria

Like most people I have come to Vienna with a vivid image in my mind. I was expecting a fairy-tale city from past times. With monumental Habsburg palaces. Aristocratic, richly ornamented mansions. Old ladies in fur coats, crowded cafes, Gothic cathedrals, trotting white horses and high baroque churches.

All of my expectations about Vienna have been fulfilled. I was not disappointed, even more, I was amazed and totally in love with the imperial nostalgia which hides behind every corner of the Inner Stadt.

Imperial grandeur is ubiquitous here and carefully preserved by the tradition-loving Viennese.

Sigmund Freud, wiener schnitzel, Schiele, St. Stephan’s Cathedral, coffeehouses, Klimt and leafy boulevards are just a few from the countless list of people and things which Vienna is known for.

Especially its musical heritage is legendary.

Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, Mozart, Brahms, Strauss and, my favourite, Schubert, all lived in the city, writing music that is played in the biggest concert halls around the world.

It is the musical tradition – the opera, symphony, philharmonic orchestras and the waltz that are the biggest legacy of this city. Strolling down the narrow streets of the First District, one can almost hear the classical compositions in the clatter of horse carriages and drops of rain.

Viennese coffeehouses, it seems like I could write a separate post about them. If you are looking for chandelier-lit splendour or wood-panelled coziness, this city is the place to be.

I think that contemplating the world over a newspaper and Brauner (espresso with milk) is an essential experience to have in this capital of classical music.

The mornings here concentrate around shopping at the local markets with pauses for tea at Demel’s rococo salon.

While a creamy cake at the Mozart Cafe makes a perfect start for any visit to the Albertina Museum.

In the late afternoon in Vienna after hours of sightseeing, rest your mind and legs at the Hawelka Cafe where you can spoil your palate with delicious plum cake.

In the evening stop at Delia’s Cafe for a glass of wine and a great chat with a friend.

Vienna is truly an outstanding city but the reason why I will be returning here over and over again is the ART and the attitude toward it.

The city map is spotted with little museum icons. During the five days of my stay in Vienna I got to visit only the biggest and most shining names, like, and Museum Quartier, which is the world’s largest art complex with the Leopold Museum and MUMOK.

The exhibition dedicated to the early work of Egon Schiele at Leopold, astonishing. The incredible art collection with superb works of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka, staggering.

Albertina showed international modern art with the key pieces of French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, German Expressionism, Fauvism and the Russian avant-garde as a permanent collection. And its exhibition paying tribute to contemporary art, impressive.

And last but not least, my beloved Dali was confronted with Louis Bourgeois, Glenn Brown, Markus Schinwald and Francesco Vezzoli at the ‘Le surrealisme c’est moi!’ exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien displaying paintings, film videos, sculptures, films and drawings – outstanding.

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23 thoughts on “Vienna: Art – nourishing capital of Europe.

  1. Vienna met my expectations, too. I think if I had a chance to spend more time there, it could even exceed them. I was happy to see Klimt’s The Kiss and other works at Belvedere. I didn’t get to visit MUMOK, but would love to do that next time. I don’t know if this would interest you or not, but I watched a movie on Netflix recently called “Museum Hours” about a woman who is in Vienna to see a sick friend. She visits the Kunsthistorisches Museum and becomes friends with a guard. Anyway, interesting story and glimpses inside the museum.
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    • Cathy the movie sounds like something I would enjoy, gonna check it out this weekend when I will have some more time and will report back :) And yes, if you love art Vienna is a place for you!
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  2. SJ

    Ohh I loved Vienna the 2x I went. It has such an old world charm about the place – and I love the cakes.
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  3. Great photos! I too like Vienna, and although I do enjoy the art and architecture, I must admit I keep coming back for Viennese coffeehouses :)
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  4. Tamika Rybinski

    It really is a great city! I enjoyed your post. I love Vienna too!

  5. Vienna is near the top of my list of places to travel in Europe! I love all of the history, the musical history, the cafes…it is perfect! Wonderful photos!
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  6. Caitlyn

    I’m like you, I love Vienna to bits. I went to the Belvedere and Leopold not knowing much about Klimt or Schiele but now I count them both as my favourite artists, and have been to many more museums just to see more of their works.
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  7. So excited to read this as I’m off to Vienna for the first time in 2 weeks. I’ve pinned to save your tips.
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    • You will love this place Girl, especially now when the spring is in full swing in Europe :)
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  8. Barbara Cacao

    Posts like yours make me so proud to be Viennese, though it’s really not my fault.
    I miss my hometown, but luckily travel back there regularly!

  9. Lori

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you to manage to go back there. I wish for at least another week there!
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  10. Lori

    Vienna is a truly wonderful city and I love it. I was there a couple of times, and I still want to go back. I like its buildings, museums, streets, atmosphere… I love the city as a whole :)
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    • I can’t agree more Lori! It is a great city! Now I think I should pop in for a weekend there, maybe between Sardinia and my big trip :)

  11. Chels

    These pictures are stunning. Love the Gothic feel. I had no idea it was such an artistic place!

    • My Travel Affairs

      Vienna is a big art center, that is why I love it so much. Thanks Chels x

  12. My Travel Affairs

    I tend to agree, I could go for a week and just sit around in all razzle-dazzle cafe, read and watch people passing by.

  13. Mark Smith

    Vienna is one of my favorite cities. It is both a bustling, modern capital and the old town, famous for its cafes, historic neighborhoods, beautiful parks, beautiful squares, and cozy romantic courtyards.

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