Dear Guests,

A very warm welcome to Vienna, my hometown. I would like to prove that the federal capital truly deserves this reputation by offering you my very own cultural tips. Let me tempt you with some slightly unusual, high-quality cultural tips that you won’t find in any “mainstream tourism programmes”.

I wish you, dear culture tourists, a wonderful stay with lots of culture and would be delighted to meet you at one or other event – your concierge is on hand to help you reserve tickets.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Barbara Ludwig 


Your advantages of direct booking: Free drink in our lobby bar. Valid per person in the room. If you come back frequently, we will be happy to provide you with your personal loyalty card.

Special Tip - Secession

In 1896, Gustav Klimt and a number of other artists quit the conservative Künstlerhaus and founded a new art association called the Secession. The building of the same name was completed in 1898.
On the site made available by the city administration on Wienzeile near Naschmarkt, Joseph Maria Olbrich constructed a modern, Art Nouveau style exhibition building for the association in 1897/98, which remains one of the best-known buildings in Vienna to this day. The leafwork dome ("golden cabbage") is the symbol of the Secession and visible from afar. At the time, the architecture caused a big fuss among the population. The original site on the corner of Ringstrasse/Wollzeile had to be abandoned following a flood of protests.

Gustav Klimt’s "Beethoven Frieze" can be viewed on the basement level. The 34 meter-long work is a virtuoso interpretation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and was created by the exceptional painter Klimt for an exhibition in 1902. Around 20 changing exhibitions of contemporary artists are shown each year on the levels above on 1,000 m² of exhibition space. Mounted above the entrance to the Secession is the motto of the artist’s association: To each time its art. To art its freedom.

Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Wien

Beethoven's Salon Concerts

Next concert dates are:

February 17th and 24th at 5.30 pm.

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st at 5.30 pm.

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We look forward to your visit!

Since autumn 2014 we invite our guests on one day of the weekend to enjoy a chamber music concert for cello and piano.Works of the Viennese classics will be performed. Enjoy music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven in the highest quality with a view to the monumental Papagenotor" of the Theater an der Wien.

Also external guests are welcome. During the intermission we invite our guests to a glass of champagne.

Michael Babytsch (cello) was born in Kyiv, Ukraine; received his musical education in prof. Tchervova’s class at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev, graduating with honors in 2006. 2007-2012, he perfected his skills at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2002-2007, he worked in his native Ukraine as a musician of the State Chamber Orchestra "Kyiv Soloists", with which he made numerous tours around Europe and Asia. In 2016 he was promoted to be the principal cellist of the HSO („Haydn Symphony Orchestra Vienna“). M. Babytsch is a winner of a nationwide competition for young composers (1st prize, Kyiv, 1999) and young cellists (2nd prize, Lviv, Ukraine, 2000) and the 6th International Competition "Farbotony" (1st prize, Kaniv, Ukraine, 2004). He oftentimes performs alongside the co-members of the "Ensemble XX. Jahrhunderts" (their artistic director being Prof. P. Burwik), and takes part in concerts organized by the Austrian Association for Contemporary Music (ÖGZM)as well as concerts in the Palffy Palace.

Pavlo Kachnov (piano) was born in Kyiv in Ukraine. He obtained his music education from the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev. Since 2009, he has been working on a  postgraduate degree at the University of Musik und Performing Arts in Vienna, in prof. O. Maisenberg’s class. He is a holder of first place prizes from the A. Karamanov and "Syniy ptah" international competitions held in Ukraine; from the 8th Int. Piano Competition Villa de Capdepera, Spain; the Prokofiev Int. Competition and S. Taneev Int. Competition (both held in Russia). In 2006 - 2012, he made numerous concert tours in Germany, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and Switzerland with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Balearic Islands (Spain). He often performs as a soloist and a chamber music partner. In 2009 he made his conducting debut in the Great Hall of the Kiev National Philharmonic. In May 2016 Pavlo Kachnov won the 1st place prize from the 26th Città di Cantù International Piano and Orchestra Competition, Italy.


The Albertina houses one of Europe’s most important compilations of Modernist art in the form of the Batliner Collection.
Its permanent display starts off with such artists of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism as Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gauguin. Further highlights include examples of German Expressionism, with the groups of Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter, and the art of New Objectivity, with works by Wacker, Sedlacek, and Hofer. An in-depth focus on Austrian art comprises works by Kokoschka and paintings by Egger-Lienz. The great diversity of the Russian avant-garde is represented by paintings by Goncharova, Malevich, and Chagall.
The presentation is topped off by numerous chefs-d’oeuvre by Picasso, ranging from his early Cubist pictures and works from his mature period of the 1940s to superb prints that have not yet been exhibited and paintings from his experimental late period.

Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien

Copyright: Alexej von Jawlensky: Young Girl in a Flowered Hat, 1910 Oil on cardboard (©The Albertina Museum, Vienna. The Batliner Collection ©Bildrecht, Wien, 2017

The new Beethoven Museum

Beethoven composed his 2nd Symphony, piano pieces and violin sonatas in this house. In 1802, he wrote a letter to his brother - which was never sent - in which he expressed his doubts about his worsening deafness, the "Heiligenstadt Testament". The Beethoven Museum is Vienna's big Beethoven Center. It focuses on Beethoven's 35 years in Vienna, his life and works.

Probusgasse 6, 1190 Wien


There are many music associations, but only one Musikverein. Music lovers around the world know it as the centre of Viennese music culture, the centrepoint of international concert life, the Eldorado of classical music. Make sure you check out its current programme.

Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien

Photocredit: Musikverein© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Theater an der Wien

And it is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “stagione” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively
surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

The musical is based on the life of the Argentine First Lady, Eva Perón (1919 – 1952), affectionately known as “Evita” to the people of Argentina, and sets her rise to social and political power against the background of historical events in Argentina between 1934 and 1952. The story is narrated by a young man called Che who acts as a guide and commentator on events.

During her lifetime Evita, who came from an impoverished background, is revered as a saint by the “Descamisados”, the “shirtless”, but despised by the bourgeoisie and intellectuals. She sleeps her way to the top, lover by lover, until she finally meets Perón, a colonel in the army. After throwing herself behind his bid for the presidency, she becomes Argentina’s First Lady.

Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien

Photocredit: Theater an der Wien: Das neue Opernhaus©WienTourismus/Wolfgang Simlinger

Kunsthistorisches Museum

I hardly need mention that Vienna is also a city of the most wonderful museums. I would like to highlight the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which is worth a visit just for its architecture. In the Vienna Museum you can also learn a little about the slightly different Vienna, away from the normal “tourist tour”. 

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Photocredit: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Special Tip - MuTh

The new branch of the Vienna Boys' Choir opened in December 2012 - with its own concert hall called "MuTh" for the world-famous boys' choir. The building is located in the Augarten.

Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Wien

Photocredit: Helmut-Karl Lackner