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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria (Mariahilf)
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Ranked #132 of 315 Attractions in Vienna
Type: Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze," a 30-meter-long interpretation of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony."

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Wayzata, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The Secession Building was not in our original tour plan in Vienna. But while skimming one of the Klimt Art Books during our trip to the Belvedere Museum, we tripped on photos of the Beethoven mural and its location in the Secession Building. We made the 20 minutes walk to this historic and well preserved structure to see the restored... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed this museum a lot . The panoramic paintings were really seductive , if you are a fan of Klimt you must see it . Spend at least an hour admiring . Right at the centre of Vienna . The building itself is an architecture wonder . Enjoyed the story of the painting .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Best 5 Euros spent. Don't miss the opportunity to view the Klimt frieze which is housed in the basement.

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Sharon, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit at the Secession Building. It was well worth going downstairs to the main gallery and spending some unhurried time there looking at each section of the murals. Don't be put off by their "unfinished" look -- there's lots to see in all of the symbolism (explained by a helpful English-language leaflet). If you want to... More

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Saint Nicolas, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We simply love this building, we just love it so much that we went twice. If you can, try to see it on a sunny day. We were lucky both days. The gold is shinny in the sunlight and the sun makes every details even more beautiful. We visited Klimt' Beethoven fries inside which was great too. Metro station Karlplatz,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The building is Art nouveau, also called Vienna Secessionist or Jugendstil. For people who love this architecture or just love architecture in general, it is a don't miss. Inside is a Klimt series of paintings (frieze) of an interpretation of Beethoven's ninth symphony. That would have to be explained to me ( and it is). This exhibit takes up an... More

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new yrok
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The building is really interesting. The main attraction is the basement mural by Klimpt. A bit pricey admission based on time spent there but still a one of a kind piece of art. Did not care for the other exhibits but of course they change them so maybe another time that would add to the experience. Note this is right... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I've always wanted to go to Vienna and visit this building and I loved finally being able to make it. The building looks beautiful from the outside with the gold leaf dome on top, however apart from the Beethoven frieze and the displays and videos about its restoration don't expect to see much inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was so lucky to go to the Secession with a friend who's an art curator. She explained that the red marble on the entry stairs was to reference red carpet and that the stairs were to raise us up as we went inside, the foyer was a place to leave our daily cares before entering the more spiritual rooms... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

OK So its just a building with some odd art in it ? No.... its possibly the very nucleus of contemporary art in Europe The building now looks a bit tatty from the outside and it was badly damaged in WW2 But many details survive from the entrance hall the exhibition space, the fabrication of some original fittings if you... More

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