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How to do Vienna | VIENNA/NOW

What is the best way to get from the airport to the city? Where do I get Wi-Fi? And why are there so many different types of coffee? Tips, Tricks, Do's and Don'ts: In this episode of VIENNA/NOW Adia shows you some basic facts on how to make your arrival and stay in Vienna even easier.

Belvedere Palace

With its magnificent gardens, this former residence of Prince Eugen von Savoyen is one of the most beautiful Baroque ensembles in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Upper Belvedere houses the world’s largest collection of paintings by Klimt, including the Art Nouveau icons “The Kiss” and “Judith.” It also contains masterpieces by Schiele, Kokoschka, Waldmüller, Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh as well as important collections of works from the 19th and 20th centuries, the Baroque and the Middle Ages. Top-quality special exhibitions are put on in the Lower Belvedere and Orangery. And the exquisite Baroque garden between the two palaces offers an extraordinary view of Vienna. More information on
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Spanish Riding School

Founded in 1572, the Spanish Riding School has put on performances in the Baroque Winter Riding School since 1735. These shows represent the highest form of equestrian art. The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world at which the classic equestrian art of the “High School” has been preserved and practiced unchanged since the Renaissance. At the gala shows, visitors can enjoy unique presentations by the Lipizzaner horses in the most beautiful riding hall in the world. The morning session offers an insight into the years of training that the riders and their Lipizzaners go through. More information on
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VIENNA/NOW - Vienna on a Budget

You don’t need to throw around money in order to have some fun in Vienna. This insider tour will give you an intel report for exploring Vienna on a budget. So lean a little bit closer to the screen and let Adia show you some occasions for reasonably priced food, sightseeing and shopping opportunities. And even if you’re not on a budget: You don’t want to miss out on free museum admission, opera tickets for 3€ and a delicious pay-as-you-wish-restaurant.

Wien Museum

This museum presents Vienna’s 2000-year history, from the Imperium Romanum to the residence of the Dukes of Babenberg and the 640 years of Habsburg rule to the present. The history of the construction of St. Stephen's Cathedral, detailed city views and furnishings from the Biedermeier era as well as magnificent paintings from artists such as Makart, Klimt and Schiele illustrate Vienna’s cultural heritage. The Wien Museum also has an exceptional Klimt collection that includes the world’s largest collection of his drawings, comprising absolute masterpieces, sketches and preliminary outlines dating from all stages of his creative life. More information on
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Leopold Museum

With its 41 paintings and 188 works on paper, the Leopold Museum in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier has the world’s largest and most significant collection of works by Egon Schiele. The comprehensive collection “Vienna 1900 and Art Nouveau” is another highlight of the Leopold Museum. The paintings by Schiele’s mentor and paternal friend Gustav Klimt are especially noteworthy. A program of special exhibitions also presents large-scale shows of work by internationally famous artists. The offer is rounded off by a well-curated museum and a cafe with a patio that affords a view of the main courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier. More information on
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MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

As the home of the Wiener Werkstätte archives, the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art is unique in its ability to represent the history and significance of the Wiener Werkstätte. The archive, which was donated to the MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts) in 1955 by its last owner, Alfred Hofmann, comprises about 16,000 design drawings, including 5,500 from Josef Hoffmann, about 20,000 fabric samples, posters, postcard designs, model books, photo albums and business correspondence. One of the highlights of the MAK’s collection is Gustav Klimt’s nine-part working drawings for the mosaic frieze (around 1910) in the dining room of the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, which was designed by Josef Hoffmann. After a restoration process that took several years, this has again been on permanent display in the MAK as of 2012. The Palais Stoclet, which is considered one of the Wiener Werkstätte’s most important works, was commissioned by Adolphe Stoclet and built in the Avenue de Tervuren from 1906-1911. It most clearly symbolizes the utopia of the Gesamtkunstwerk, one of the main concepts behind the Wiener Werkstätte. More information on
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Kunst Haus Wien

Friedensreich Hundertwasser created the Kunst Haus Wien with colorful tiles, tilted walls and uneven floors. Colorful surfaces and irregular shapes, often overgrown with rampant green, are waiting for you. Multi-colored surfaces, irregular shapes, often overgrown with rampant green: This was how the painter not only added new momentum to Vienna’s architecture but also established an exhibition center that shows Hundertwasser’s works along with rotating exhibitions of exciting contemporary art. The ground floor also contains a cafe/restaurant and a shop. More information on
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The Albertina, the Habsburg’s enormous collection of graphic arts, houses works by Dürer and Rubens along with masterpieces by Schiele, Cézanne, Klimt, Kokoschka, Picasso and Rauschenberg. The show “Masterworks of Modernism: The Batliner Collection” is especially recommended. It illustrates the progression from Monet and Picasso to Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz and presents highlights from the last 130 years of art history. The Albertina also has a collection of architectural works and photos (including Helmut Newton and Lisette Model among others), which are on display in special exhibitions. More information on
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Mumok - Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna

The basalt stone building lets visitors experience art from the 20th century through to the present day. The collection is shown via changing exhibits of everything from classic modern art to the essential artistic genres of the 1960s and 1970s (Pop Art, Fluxus, Nouveau Réalisme, Minimal Art, Conceptual Art and Viennese Actionism) right up to current art pieces from the worlds of film, photography and video. Since 2011, a cinema has also been housed in the 4,800 m² building. It was designed by the artist Heimo Zobernig and presents the many connections between the visual arts and film. More information on
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The Kunsthalle displays international contemporary art. Located in the MuseumsQuartier and on Karlsplatz, it presents exhibitions focused primarily on photography, video, film, installation and new media. Themed exhibits convey developments and relationships from the modern era up to today’s art scene. If you are travelling to Vienna and are interested in art, a visit to the Kunsthalle Wien should definitely be part of your plans. Kunsthalle Wien on Karlsplatz calls itself the flexible and experimental outdoor exhibition site. The glass cube by Adolf Krischanitz presents art as if it were in a display case, allowing a completely unique form of presentation. The cafe with its huge terrace invites visitors to stay a while after enjoying the art on display. More information on
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Vienna Boys' Choir

They thrill the concert-going public around the world, are described as Vienna’s youngest ambassadors and make music with world class musicians. In Vienna, they regularly appear in the Chapel of the Imperial Palace and in their own new concert hall "MuTh,” which was opened in 2012 and is located in the Augarten, right near their home in the Palais Augarten. The hall is fitted with all the latest sophisticated equipment and has space for 380 audience members. The hall is used as a rehearsal and performance venue for the Vienna Boys' Choir and as a center for music and theater for other children and young people. Collaborations are planned with established festivals, the Konzerthaus, the Vienna State Opera, Theater an der Wien and similar establishments. More information on
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House of the Sea

Schools of yellow, red and blue fish, green mambas and sharks: over 10,000 animals from every continent live in the aquariums, terrariums and the 20-meter-high tropical house with a waterfall, suspension bridge and mangrove landscape. The tropical house and Krokipark (crocodile park) also include free-flying birds as well as monkeys and crocodiles roaming freely. The terrarium houses poisonous and giant snakes, lizards, leaf-cutting ants and tarantulas. Another highlight since September 2013 is the 150,000-liter tank for the hammerhead sharks on the tenth floor of the former anti-aircraft tower. And a cafe on the 11th floor, which also opened at the same time, provides visitors with a breathtaking view of Vienna. The House of the Sea is housed in one of Vienna’s six monumental anti-aircraft towers from the Second World War. More information on
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