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Following on from the Vienna Expats Culture Saturdays, we have another series of cultural events – this time around the tours will be held on Sundays, to help get you through the Autumn and Winter and into Spring, organised together with the Wien Museum.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 2pm – 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, 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.
Further ticketing Information. Tour €7
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Strauss Apartment
Discover the apartment where Johann Strauss composed the world-famous waltz “The Blue Danube”, Austria’s “unofficial national anthem” in 1867. Strauss lived seven years on Praterstrasse, then a fashionable and elegant Viennese suburban street. His own instruments, furniture, and paintings illustrate Strauss’s work as a composer, musician and conductor. Explore Strauss’s private life as well and learn about his three marriages, his enthusiasm for billiards and cards, and his work as a caricaturist.
Sunday. January 28, 2018 – Beethoven Museum, Heiligenstadt
Explore the newly opened Beethoven Museum in Heiligenstadt and discover the life and work of one of Vienna’s most famous composers. From his arrival in Vienna from Bonn to his legacy, the museum offers a glimpse into Beethoven’s working methods and life. At the center of the museum lies the “Heiligenstädter Testament”, a he letter in 1802 to his two brothers which he never sent, in which he expressed his despair over his advancing deafness.
Sunday, February 25 – 2:00 PM – Neidhart Frescos
Commissioned by the rich merchant Michael Menschein for a dance room in his summer home, these medieval frescos show depict scenes from songs of the famous poert, Neidhart von Reuental (circa 1180 to 1240). Explore medieval life through scenes of dance, feasting, and playing and learn about the music, food, and dance of the middle ages—all in one room!
Sunday, March 25, 2018 – 2:00 pm – Pratermuseum – Exploring the Prater – Viennese pleasures since 1766
Vienna without the Prater is virtually unimaginable. From the time Joseph II opened the imperial hunting grounds to the public in 1766, the Prater was a sensation. Attractions included carousels, Punch and Judy shows, spectacular fireworks displays, and experimental balloon flights. The Prater entered its heyday with the World Exposition of 1873. Theme parks such as “Venice in Vienna” set new entertainment standards, while the Riesenrad [Ferris wheel] and the majestic Rotunda became Viennese icons. Discover the history of the Vienna landmark with the Wien Museum.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 – 2:00 PM – St. Virgil Chapel – A Hidden Medieval Chapel under St. Stefanplatz
Discover this long-hidden chapel directly under St. Stefansplatz. First discovered during construction of the underground in 1973, the chapel is one of the best preserved Gothic interiors in Vienna. Built around 1220/30 as the “capella subterranea” of a planned chapel in Early Gothic style, around 1246 it was decorated with painted joints and Greek crosses with splayed arms in the alcoves. Explore the long history and multiple uses of this mysterious underground space, and dive into the religious and secular life of medieval Vienna.