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This year we are going to take you by the hand and lead you to some amazing history in this city! Vienna Expats and the Wien Museum have teamed up to bring you exclusive tours of some magical Vienna history – from the Romans to the Ringstrasse – all presented in English. Every four weeks there will be a new subject to whet your appetite for the world city you live in, and we will follow this with a coffee and a chat in the nearest Kaffeehaus.
Take a look at the tours below; we will send out a link to register your ticket a few weeks in advance of each tour.
Saturday, April 29 16:00
Karlsplatz: A Short History of Vienna
Explore the history of Vienna from its foundation as a legionary fortress to its place as a modern capital through the Wien Museum’s collection of city models and artifacts. Learn how Vienna’s city walls served to protect it, see how the city’s urban planning changed over the centuries, and discover the history of Vienna’s development into the thriving metropolis it is today.
Saturday, 27 May 16:00
Römermuseum: Roman Vienna
Vindobona was the name of a Roman army camp that existed nearly 2000 years ago in what is now the historic city center of Vienna. Built on the ruins of the settlement, the Römermuseum offers a fascinating insight into the ancient history of Vienna. Explore the ruins of this once-thriving army outpost and discover what life was like in this Roman settlement.
Saturday, 24 June 16:00
Karlsplatz: Vienna in 1900
At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was a cosmopolitan and international city, known for its art, culture, and literature. Explore one of the most exciting moments in Vienna’s history through the museum’s collection. Learn about masterpieces by Klimt and Schiele, view precious artifacts designed by the Wiener Werkstätte, see Adolf Loos’s original living room, and experience the splendour (and transgressions) of modernism in Vienna.
Saturday, 29 July 16:00
Clock Museum (Uhrenmuseum)
Visit the extraordinary and unique collection of 700 clocks and explore the history of timekeeping, its scientific and technical innovations, as well as the shifts in timepiece design over the centuries. Highlights of the collection include the tower clock from St. Stephan’s Cathedral, the Biedermeier-period Laterndluhren (pendulum wall clocks), and the Cajetano clock, an elaborate eighteenth-century astronomical clock.
Saturday 26 August 16:00
A gift to the Empress Elizabeth from her husband Emperor Franz Joseph, the Hermesvilla served as the Empress’s ‘dream palace.’ Visit the extraordinary home located in the former imperial hunting grounds to experience the architecture, furnishings, and history of the building. Learn about its famous owners and get a glimpse into the glamor and splendour of the late nineteenth-century Hapsburg court.
Saturday, 23 September 16:00
Joseph Haydn spent 12 years living in this idyllic house with a garden in the middle of what is today Vienna’s 6th district. During his life, however, the area was part of an outlying village. It was here that Haydn would compose two famous oratorios, where he received famous visitors, and where he grew old, dying at 77 years of age.
The Wien Museum itself
Located in the heart of Vienna, the Wien Museum presides over a broad collection of objects and stages an array of exhibitions. The Wien Museum also possesses a first-rate art collection, including works by Klimt and Schiele. Large-scale models and historical maps of Vienna trace the city’s development in fine detail from its days as a fortified town to the era of nineteenth-century Ringstrasse elegance.
The Wien Museum extends well beyond its main building on Karlsplatz. Vienna’s ancient and medieval history is on display at the Römermuseum and at the Virgilkapelle under Stephansplatz. Composers’ residences afford glimpses into the lives of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, and Strauss. Two of Otto Wagner’s art-nouveau city railway stations are now museum pavilions that provide insight into art and architecture in fin-de-siècle Vienna.