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Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude)

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Address: Friedrichstrasse 12 | 4th District/Wieden, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: 01-587-5307-0
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Klimt's Frieze and History of Art

The star display is Klimt's famous frieze and some early art for the Secession movement's magazine. As a record of the movement I guess it remains unparalleled. But you really... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The building itself is a gem. Unfortunately, every time when we have been in Vienna there has been exhibitions, which were too modern to us.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I couldn't understand why a gallery of such importance in the history of art was not to be found in any guides or in the top attractions on Tripadvisor. Now I know. If it had been free I would have given it a half-hearted recommendation.... but it wasn't. (9 euros!) If I'd been able to have a good look at... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't go there if not around. Small and short visit. Relatively expensive. Odd arts with little explanations.. Air conditioned

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building is really attractive from the outside, and Klimt's Beethoven frieze is stunning. Admittedly if you're not a Klimt fan I couldn't recommend it, as the other art on show was ultra-modern & did nothing for me, but we spent a good 30 minutes or more in the Klimt room, which is essential viewing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The star display is Klimt's famous frieze and some early art for the Secession movement's magazine. As a record of the movement I guess it remains unparalleled. But you really have to have an interest in the topic to hold your attention for more than 10 minutes!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

I'd read many reviews of the Secession building from other travelers, and I have to agree with them. The Klimt freieze is definitely worth seeing, but at 9 euros to spend maybe 10-15 minutes looking at it, is it really worth it? The other art on display was absolute garbage, and after being at the Leopold and the Belvedere, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

The history of the artists who came together to protect their artistic freedom is fascinating and important. Klimpt is featured here especially the famous Beethoven Frieze.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

First, the exposition is extremely scarce, despite the presence of the Klimt frieze. Second, the value of the exhibits is questionable even from the point of view of contemporary art. Thirdly, the ticket price is unreasonably high. Overall, expectations did not materialize, the building would have to place the work of Community members, including the Gustav Klimt.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Video art, papier-mashé art, all the temp stuff was beyond my understanding and appreciation. The cellar with the frieze of Klimt was fantastic. This is worth a visit but understandingly ik may not be worth your €9..... I liked it a lot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

The history of the Secession art movement inspired me to think about art belonging to society and as an agent of social change. These heroic artists sought to change the world. Contemporary artist exhibits were thought-provoking, too. The Klimt frieze provided a story of Beethoven's 9th symphony that will allow me to hear it in a new way. I wish... More 

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Staying in Wieden

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Wieden
The fourth district combines elegant tradition with contemporary style and relaxed living. More than a dozen town palaces and churches such as St. Charles Borromeo have added glamour to a neighborhood known for its traditional retail and crafts shops, taverns, cafés. Wieden is also home to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest street market. Many bohemian types have found their way to Wieden: meet them in trendy cafés and bars, shop alongside them for vintage items, enjoy Wien Museum’s and Kunsthalle’s modern temporary exhibitions, and hang out with the bees at Vienna’s most beautiful urban garden, Karlsgarten.