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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
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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This is a rebuilt version of the original building, the first being largely destroyed by Allied bombing during the last year of World War Two. As such it has curious departures... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a rebuilt version of the original building, the first being largely destroyed by Allied bombing during the last year of World War Two. As such it has curious departures from the original and apart from a Klimt frieze has little original detail. Instead one is treated to exhibitions of current examples of modern art which if the present... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We passed by Naschmarkt and saw the Secesion Building from outside. As we were late, we could not enter to view the Beethoven statue this time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth seeing from the outside, but the modern art inside is unremarkable, except for the freeze by Klimt.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The iconic building sure is beautiful and the Beethoven Fries is of course worth the watch. But I was surprised about the quality and quantity of the rest. Not very impressive. As the symbol of modern art, this place deserves more.

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York, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited and paid the entrance fee only to find the Beethoven statue that was part of the reason we went wasn't even there. We looked at the Beethovenfries in the basement which was lovely but all in all the visit wasn't the best.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building is very close to Naschmarkt. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to see the inside, but the outside is beautiful! The gold dome against the stark white building makes it more stunning. Although we did not get inside, being able to see the outside was worth the walk!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, so this is an art nouveau gallery which looks interesting from the outside...but seriously, €9.50 is a lot of money when many other interesting museums are €5, and much of the "art" was dreadful. The Beethovenfries was in the basement, and the centrepiece, the accompanying Beethoven statue - wasn't even there!! The rest of it was either samples ("Hmmm,... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If this building wouldn't have been included in Vienna's top 10 then I probably would have just walked on by - but it's an interesting non-standard building. Trouble is at circa 10 euros for entrance it's not cheap to enter and from what I can tell all the attractive appealing facets are viewable from the outside - it's more of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

Went here with a family group of 5 people. I was favorably impressed as it wasn't my choice. I think the guided tour is a must - we listened in on an English tour and the content was most enjoyable. If you know anything about Gustaf Klimt - this is a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

A very important building in his historic context. Today is a very ornamented cube with a lot to see from inside and very little outside. Unless you are very interested in architecture history, the envelope of the building is more than enough. But don't skip it.

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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.
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