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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria
Phone Number: 01-587-5307-0
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: In addition to a strong collection of contemporary art, this museum houses...
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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Vienna Secession Art Walking Tour

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Splendid exterior, interior a bit of a let-down

The Secession was right opposite our hotel. It is really impressive outside, but the inside is a bit spartan. The Beethoven frieze is worth the entry fee, but unfortunately... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A complete delusion. The building was almost empty: a couple of doubtful value exhibitions were in progress, and one room with G. Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. This was good, but for some reason pictures were not allowed here. The best is the building itself, as can be seen from the exterior

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

9 € to see the Beethovenfries which is the most important work of art of that period is really exaggerated. Of course no picture allowed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you visit Viena you have to go there. There is not best place to feel and enjoy essence of Gustav Klimt, starting with building itself it seems small at the first view but with its golden roof and special distribution you can see the importance of it. Of course you can visit building and exhibition there, but the most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Seccession is a highly distinctive beautiful art gallery, that is not too far from the Museum Quarter. It was built to house exhibitions by the Austrian succession group, who included Klimpt and later, Otto Wagner. I give it five stars for the exterior, there were some very specialist modern art exhibitions when I went which were fine, but I wouldn't... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The Secession was right opposite our hotel. It is really impressive outside, but the inside is a bit spartan. The Beethoven frieze is worth the entry fee, but unfortunately neck-strainingly high on the wall of its small basement room. Otherwise not much to see. They were preparing some sort of "installation" in the big room opposite the entrance, but the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Empty building. Beside the Klimt masterpiece it was empty to me. Others may argue that it was art that I don't understand but...it remains empty. Take a picture from the outside and keep walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

If you love the arts, this building is a must-visit. The Klimt frieze in the basement, based on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, is set on three walls of a white room in the basement. There are benches where you can sit and look at it as long as you like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a haven for modern art with many nice works inside. Sculptures and paintings are worth seeing. The building itself is also quiet spectacular from outside as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Yes, it looks even better in real life than the books. Yes, the Beethoven frieze is something that could move a grown man or woman to tears. The building in itself is a masterpiece, the detail is incredible. Even the guttering is gorgeous. The idea of gesamtkunstwerk is epitomised by this building, by its interior and exterior. The saying above... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

If you love modern art, it is a must to visit this exhibition hall. Not only architecture, painting and sculpture but also a history of this artistic movement that influenced so much the Austrian art nouveau. Gustav Klimt' s Beethoven frieze will make you dream. Contemporary art exhibitions on display.

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.