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Travel Wright Vienna: The Secession

June 15-21, 2018

Daily Itinerary (subject to change)

Day One – Friday, June 15

Depart the USA for your overnight flight to Vienna.

Day Two – Saturday, June 16

Arrive in Vienna and make your way on your own to your design hotel — located in the center of the city—before the journey begins. If you arrive early, don’t miss the world-renowned paintings collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Fine Arts Museum) or the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere to see Klimt’s painting “The Kiss.” You may also wish to buy tickets for the world-famous Vienna State Opera, located just steps from the hotel.

In the afternoon, meet your trip leaders and fellow travelers before starting your journey. Begin with a bus and walking tour orientation of Vienna and its Medieval and Baroque past in order to better understand the stunning transformation we’ll see in the coming days. Then, have a drink at the Loos-designed American Bar, one of the city’s architectural jewels. Return to the hotel. Tonight, mingle with your fellow travelers over cocktails and dinner in a dramatic setting: A Jugendstil-style greenhouse built in 1901.
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Day Three – Sunday, June 17

This morning, dive headlong into the Secession with a private, before-hours tour of Olbrich’s Secession Building, which was known and admired by Wright. With its daring cupola of golden laurel leaves and Art Nouveau façade, it was envisioned as a center for sculpture, architecture, painting and music. Admire Gustav Klimt’s famous Beethoven Frieze and its melding of the arts. Also see Otto Wagner’s Karlsplatz Stadtbahn. Continue to the museum quarter. After lunch, enjoy the superb fine art and decorative arts collection of the Leopold Museum. See paintings by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and others on a curator-led tour. Return to the hotel. In the evening, visit a private home with art nouveau interiors before having dinner on your own. There are many excellent dining choices within walking distance of the hotel.
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Day Four – Monday, June 18

After breakfast, start off on foot to seek out the city’s secessionist treasures, beginning with Lobmeyr, a shop that continues to make designs by Josef Hoffmann. Next, see the exterior of the Artaria House designed by Max Fabiani in 1902, as well as the Josef Plecnik House. After a coffee and pastries at the famous Demel café, continue to the Loos Haus am Michaelerplatz (1911) — which recalls Chicago’s Rookery building and is one of Adolf Loos’ most outstanding buildings — as well as his 1912 Manz Bookstore. Then board a bus to view the beautiful Secessionist façades of two luxury Wagner-designed apartment buildings (Majolikahaus and Medallion Houses). Lunch is at leisure at the nearby Naschmarkt, with plenty of Viennese and world-cuisine options to choose from. Reconvene for a driving tour to view Josef Hoffmann’s Moser-Moll House (1900), Spitzer House (1901), Ast House (1909-11), Moll House II (1906) and Hoffmann's last great villa, the Knips House (1924-1925). Also see the Karl Marx Hof (1927 -1930) by city planner Karl Ehn, a follower of Otto Wagner. Your evening is at leisure.
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Day Five – Tuesday, June 19

Drive to the outskirts of Vienna to the Purkersdorf Sanatorium, a masterpiece designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1904-05 as a health-restorative mineral spa for the industrialist Victor Zuckerkandl. The clean lines of the design induce calm, while its easily-maintained building materials have proven ideal for its present use as a rehabilitation center. We have special permission to tour the facility, which is not open to the general public. On the way, enjoy a short walking tour of the luxurious Gloriettegasse neighborhood, taking in the Villa Skywa-Primavesi, Villa Hackhofer and Ernst Lichtblau Haus. After lunch, enjoy a curator-led tour of the Ernst Fuchs Museum, housed in the opulent white villa Otto Wagner built in 1886-1889 for himself and his beloved wife Louise. Then, visit the elegantly simple Steinhof church, again by Wagner, which features mosaics and stained glass by Koloman Moser. Return to the hotel. This evening, travel to the Vienna Woods for dinner at a classic Heurige (wine tavern).
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Day Six – Wednesday, June 20

Hop on the tram to visit to Josef Hoffman’s Postsparkasse — with its stunning use of aluminum — and the Otto Wagner Museum. Next, enjoy a curator-guided tour of the MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), known for its outstanding collection of furniture and objects produced by the Wiener Werkstätte. Here, we see an entire hall devoted to Art Nouveau and a Jugendstil gallery with Gustav Klimt’s stunning designs for his “Stoclet frieze”. After lunch at the MAK café, enjoy a curator-led tour of the Secessionist furniture at the Hofmobileliendepot. The modernist-style Wittgensteinhaus, designed by Austrian architect Paul Engelmann and philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, caps off the day. Toast the end of our fabulous journey at tonight’s farewell dinner.
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Day Seven – Thursday, June 21

The journey ends after breakfast. Transfers to the airport can be arranged upon request.

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