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Art Nouveau Vienna through its famous residents - free tour

Your guru: Ita
Questions? Contact with Ita

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  • Vienna
  • Available in: English

About the guru Ita

Hello! I'm Ita, originally from Zagreb, Croatia, where I studied Art history. I first came to Vienna during my first year, with a group of students and professors, and immediately fell in love with this city. The maze of the inner city, the boulevards, palaces and medieval churches, the parks and friendly people in it. But my first 'crush' was, and still is, Vienna's weal... More »

Hello! I'm Ita, originally from Zagreb, Croatia, where I studied Art history. I first came to Vienna during my first year, with a group of students and professors, and immediately fell in love with this city. The maze of the inner city, the boulevards, palaces and medieval churches, the parks and friendly people in it. But my first 'crush' was, and still is, Vienna's wealth of art and architecture. I've travelled around Europe before and since, but kept returning and now I'm happy to call it my second home. It would be my pleasure to show it to you

About the tour

Hello and welcome to Vienna!

I'm Ita and I'd like to show you some of the most beautiful sights this splendid city has to offer.

This tour is designed around one of the most exciting periods of Vienna's history - the opening up of the historic Old Town by dismantling of the medieval city walls and creation of a circular grand boulevard with its magnificent palaces and representative imperial public buildings. By the end of the construction period which lasted for more than half a century an elegant new style had emerged - the Viennese version of Art nouveau called Secession. It started as a reaction to traditional art and architecture well exemplified by historicist palaces of the Ringstraße but is now delightfully intermingled with them.

We will visit some of the most remarkable examples of both, including The Secession Building, Otto Wagner's Stadtbahn Pavilions and his famous Majolikahaus with its neighbour, the House of Medallions, and the most important public buildings on Ringstrasse: Vienna State Opera, Museums of Art History and of Natural History (Kunsthistorisches Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum), Imperial Palace/Neue Burg, the Parliament and City Hall, and the National Theatre (Burgtheater).

In passing, we will see a few additional sights such as the theatre where Beethoven lived for a while and where he held his infamous 'monster' concert in 1808.

The tour takes about 2 hours. It is a "pay as you wish" tour, and as such ideal for individual travellers and any budget.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

Meeting point
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How to find me: Between the two white pavilions on Karlsplatz
Tour duration: 2 hours

Tour schedule

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What's the price?

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Reservations in advance are mandatory because if the 'guru' doesn't see any bookings one day, she will not show up at the meeting point. Or if she has too many 'walkers' that day, won't allow you to join without the reservation. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Ratings (11)

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Shivangi Singh

15 days ago

A great find for people who are interested in the art history of Vienna.

Ita came across as a warm and genuine person. She had in-depth knowledge of the city and her passion for the work she does was evident from the way she guided our group of 10 through the streets of Vienna.

The 2- hours we spent with Ita were worthwhile and wish her all the luck for whatever she does next.

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Peri

2 months ago

Ita is passionate about the art and architecture she talks about in the tour. She truly loves the city and is eager to share with you her love and knowledge. Follow her footsteps and you won't be disappointed.

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Response from Ita:

Thank you very much for this kind review, Peri, and for being so involved and inquisitive during our tour. It was a pleasure to be your guide and I wish you all the best!
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Sampath

2 months ago

Ita was really a energetic person. Who have a lot of knowledge regarding what she's speaking and she carries more materials regarding the tour, which many people may won't have such reference materials. In our experience she done really a very good job. We wish her to grow in this carrier in coming days.

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Response from Ita:

Thank you very much, Sampath. You were a lovely group and I enjoyed learning a little bit about your culture. I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and say hello to your friends from me :) Safe travels to you all!
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Zhanna

2 months ago

That definetely was a highlight of my stay. Ita is a very knowledgeable and helpful guide who shared so many new insights. She also was eager to give me any tips on local food, attractions and so forth. Ita is very passionate about arts and architecture. Highly recommended!

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Response from Ita:

Thank you very much, Zhanna. It was a pleasure to be your guide and I do hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay ;) All the best, Ita
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Marianne

2 months ago

I was very happy with yesterday’s guided tour. Even I have lived and visited vienna many time I learned interesting new things about the beauty full city.

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Response from Ita:

Thank you very much for this kind review, Marianne. It was a real pleasure to be your guide and I enjoyed how involved you were. This was the first time I had someone taking notes, making sure to remember as much as possible. It made it very special to me. Safe travels!
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Adi

3 months ago

Ita took us on a pleasant and very interesting tour through Vienna's gems, with an informative background on the city plan and how it was modernized to today's standards, the evolvement of the Secession art movement and how it affected the city's architecture, integrated with the historical and political changes that occurred during that period.

Ita also gave us excellent tips on art events and culinary recommendations. Even though we were just one couple in the group, she extended the length of the tour and was very keen to share with us her knowledge. Thank you for this nice experience!

Adi & Eyal

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Response from Ita:

Thank you very much Adi. It was a real pleasure meeting you both and I enjoyed myself to the point that it felt like a social encounter rather than a professional one :) All the best!
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