Rick Steves Tour: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


By Rick Steves

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Rick Steves' Tours eBooks are straightforward, self-guided tours of some of Europe's most popular museums, ancient buildings, and other points of interest, designed for easy reference on your mobile device or eReader. In Rick Steves’ Tour: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna—for less than the price of a cappuccino—Rick shares his candid advice on how to get the most out of a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including when to go, how much it costs, and what's worth your time once you're there. With Rick's knowledgeable, humorous writing in hand, you'll also learn some interesting historical facts about the museum along the way. Packed with indispensable tips and recommendations from America's expert on Europe, Rick Steves’ Tour: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna is a tour guide in your pocket—and on your smartphone.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Tour



Map: Kunsthistorisches Museum—First Floor

Italian Renaissance

Northern Art

The Rest of the Kunst

The Kunsthistorwhateveritis Museum—let’s just say “Koonst”—houses the family collection of Austria’s luxury-loving Habsburg rulers. Their joie de vivre is reflected in this collection—some of the most beautiful, sexy, and fun art from two centuries (c. 1450-1650). At their peak of power in the 1500s, the Habsburgs ruled Austria, Germany, northern Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain—and you’ll see a wide variety of art from all these places and beyond.

The building itself is worth notice—a lavish textbook example of Historicism. Despite its palatial feel, it was originally designed for the same purpose it serves today: to showcase its treasures in an inviting space while impressing visitors with the grandeur of the empire.

A statue of Maria Theresa watches over the Kunsthistorisches Museum and its eclectic art collection.

This chapter gives just a taste of the Kunst. Hit these highlights—mainly large canvases in the large halls—then explore the smaller side rooms for more delights.


Cost: €14, includes New Palace museums at the Hofburg; free for kids under age 19, €20 combo-ticket also includes the Hofburg Treasury.

Hours: June-Aug daily 10:00-18:00; Sept-May Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, closed Mon; Thu until 21:00 year-round, last entrance 30 minutes before closing.

Getting There: It’s on the Ringstrasse at Maria-Theresien-Platz, U-2 or U-3: Volkstheater/Museumsplatz (exit toward Burgring).

Information: Tel. 01/525-240, www.khm.at.

Tours: The excellent €4 audioguide, covering nearly 600 items, is worthwhile if you want an in-depth tour beyond the items covered in this chapter.

Services: There’s a free cloakroom. The restaurant is on the first floor.


On Sale
Sep 13, 2016
Page Count
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Rick Steves

Rick Steves

About the Author

Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually.  He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves’ Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at http://www.ricksteves.com and on Facebook.

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