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“Fabulous building housing an excellent collection.”

Kunsthistorisches Museum
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and Imperial Treasury of Vienna
Ranked #3 of 564 things to do in Vienna
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience one of the world's foremost museums! Let yourself be enchanted by works spanning five millennia, from Ancient Egypt to the modern era. Experience unique major works by Dürer, Raphael, Titian and Velázquez as well as the world's largest collection of Bruegel paintings, all in a magnificent setting. The Kunstkammer Vienna, featuring the famous Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini, is a veritable universe of art and beauty guaranteed to transform any visit into an unforgettable experience. Included in the ticket are the collections at the Neue Burg on the opposite side of Vienna's Ringstrasse. Here you will see the instruments used by the great composers and be transported back to chivalrous times when knights held sway and tourneys and hunting shaped courtly life.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
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“Fabulous building housing an excellent collection.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

The building was an art work in itself, worth a visit just to see the building. Excellent extensive collection, well organized with a good amount of explanations in English. I was most interested in the Breugel's and there was a whole large room full. Also saw a huge fascinating special exhibit of the Habsburg's collection.

Visited March 2013
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“So much treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

A very interesting place filled with history and treasures from the distant past to the present day all well presented and with the audio lots of information

Visited April 2013
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“one day wouldnt be enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

great museum, a twodays tour would be enough to get the first impressions of the graaaandiosity of this treasoury, respectable arhitecture, divine stairs, three floors of cultural heaven

Visited March 2013
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“Buy a Yearly ticket and enjoy as you wish.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Our main advice here is, if you are more than a couple of days in Vienna, to buy a yearly ticket and then you can pop in and out of the Kunsthistoriches, and it's associated museums, as you wish. If like us you tire rather quickly it is good to be able to go to see a couple of rooms and then go off again to do something else knowing that you can return when you feel like it.

Visited March 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Impressive Bruegel's collection & most annoying facilities area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

The very first thing you have to be aware is that in Vienna the famous painting masterpieces are spread through at least 5-6 museums each of them requring at least 3 hours for visiting and at least 10 euro entrance fee. If you are interested in particular period or painter I recommend a bit of research.

While visting the museum we focused on paintings and we skipped the Egyptian part and focused on painting. We came to the musem mainly to see Pieter Bruegel's paintings and we were not disappointed. The collection is impressive and features one of his most famous paintings. The room was not crowded (nothing like Leonardo room in Uffizzi) so the comfort of viewing was high.

The museum exhibits also extensive collection of Rubens, quite a lot of Durer, Cranach etc. Having said that though be aware that some of 'big names' are represtented only by one painting which might be dissappointing to someone expecting e.g. Bosh to be one of the highlights of the musuem.

The descriptions of paintings are very brief, so for any additional background or interpretation one must hire and audioguide.

The one thing which we though was ridiculous and really spoiled the visiting was catering part of the museum. I know that one usually does not come to museum to eat, but spending couple of hours wandering through rooms might proe difficult without some break and cup of coffee. Well, the management of the museum apparently decided, that getting coffee in the landmark of city famous for its coffee shops might should not be easy. The coffee shops is therefore organised in most ridiculous way you can imagine. Actually there's no coffee shop - there are 5 or 6 tables in the corridor tucked somewhere in between shop and entrance to the restaurant. You have to get a table to order a coffee from quite impolite waiter, parading in bow-tie and graciously ignoring you for at least 10 mts (while serving other extremely busy 5 tables). The problem is the coffee area is also serving food, so the rotation is extremely limited and as result it can serve around 50 ppl per hour. You can't just order a cup of coffee and stand next to window sill and drink, no you have to get a table. I have been to all most famous musuems in Europe except for Prado, and all of them had decent coffee shop.

Visited March 2013
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