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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna, Austria
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+43 1 58753070
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Beautiful building and Klimt

We visited this wonderful building on a Sunday, and toured the small exhibition detailing its history and the artists involved in the art nouveau movement. I have to admit that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Epsom, United Kingdom
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this wonderful building on a Sunday, and toured the small exhibition detailing its history and the artists involved in the art nouveau movement. I have to admit that the reason for our visit was to see Klimt's Beethoven Frieze in the almost sepulchral room downstairs. It's important to read the pamphlet in tandem whilst looking at the frieze... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you are a great Klimt fan or you feel like you have to make the effort to see the frieze he painted in one room of the building, don't bother paying to get in (the Vienna Card is not accepted here). The exterior and the statue of Marc Anthony are the most Secessionist part of the building. Save your... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely little piece of architecture, and of course there's the Klimt Beethoven frieze in the basement, but that's about it. The exhibition space that extends out back is clean and uncluttered, but whether it's worth visiting or not really depends on the artist being exhibited (which is why my visit was a drag). As I said, the architecture is interesting... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't understand the negative reviews. Both the exterior and the interior of the building are truly spectacular, as is the massive Klimt mural downstairs. Very much worth a visit.

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting building but not much to see inside apart from the Klimt murals. So, unless you have to see every Klimt in Vienna, you might want to save the nearly 10 euros entrance fee and go to a proper museum

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Troy, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

We enjoyed the excellent exterior decorations on our way to the nearby Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts. I noticed that it is depicted on some recent 50 Euro Cent pieces. Fun!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

For openers and closers the Klimpts are to die for. Look like they were done yesterday. And the building itself reeks of the svante garde. I stumbled on this place and was glad I stopped in. It is a temple of art. Small, like a jewel box.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

I'm an art enthusiast and a fan of klimt but the only thing woth seeing here is Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. I could not make head or tail out of it, even after reading about it! You are better off going across the street to see Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Art) where you can see a great Bosch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

This place was on our 'must see' list and we weren't disappointed. If you like this type of Architecture then you will love it!. Although it has been almost completely rebuilt due to wartime damage it is very interesting with its stunning golden filigree dome. Used as a light and spacious display space the highlight for me was the Klimt... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

The building has a unique external design. I preferred the Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere museum, but enjoyed looking at the Secession Building when I walked in the area anyway. The building was very close to Naschmarkt and Museum Quarter.

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