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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
Fee: Yes
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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Nice building but only Klimt's BeethovenFries inside

This was my third time here. I have been enjoying the building outside and inside on every occasion. There was not much inside apart from the BeethovenFries. I have not come... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Stunningly beautiful Secession Building was build by Olbrich and represents true spirit of rebellious secession (art nouveau, jugendstil) artists.

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Nearly every one in the line before me walked off without a ticket when they realised you pay as much to enter here as you do at The Leopold (where you could spend all day). You can also see virtually everything you want to see of the building from the outside. But the Klimt frieze only makes sense when you... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Unless you really want to pay 9 Euros to see Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. I was very disappointed by the lack of other types of art or exhibitions inside. The outside of the building is pretty cool with the golden cabbage on top. It is right next to the Naschmarkt so definitely walk around there to see the different types of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This was my third time here. I have been enjoying the building outside and inside on every occasion. There was not much inside apart from the BeethovenFries. I have not come across any of the exhibitions happened to be around to impress me. I came here to enjoy the outside of the building and also the BeethovenFries. Of course, the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

So we wanted to see the building itself. There were no tours per se, as the building showcases art exhibitions. So we paid our 9 euros each and went in. Modern art is what it is - the spectator is the judge. The main centre on the ground floor contains some reflections on New York, but whether you can engage... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I happened to be there just when there were no exhibitions and you could just see 1 room of the building and info about the building's history. The museum shop, as always, expensive and very upscale-design.

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is quite small but it houses the Klimt Beethoven Freeze. What other reason would you need to visit. Oh and stretching out in front of it is the Naschmarkt so you can combine the two in one visit.

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New York and London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was so anxious to see this that I failed to notice it is now an exhibition space for some dubious modern art, at least not to my taste. Yes glorious architecture on the outside but only the basement gallery has relevant exhibits. Some drawings and documentation and the Klimt freize. Very disappointing for a fan - the Leopold museum... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Beethoven frieze. That's it. If this building was meant to show art unwanted anywhere else, they got it. You go downstairs and find the frieze done by Klimt, moved from its original place, then stolen, then properly (?) bought, etc. On the floor, ceramic that is awful and completely lacking in craftsmanship. So I paid 5+ euros to see... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

That's how our tour guide described the sculpture atop building when we drove by. I got back only 15 minutes before closing, but I really wanted to see the Beethoven Frieze. They sold me a half price ticket and I went in. Can't speak to any of the other works there, but that was really interesting and I'm glad I... More 

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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.