Vienna around 1900

Around 1900 the vibrant Danube metropolis was shaped by stark contrasts: it was the capital of both the high nobility and of liberal intellectuals, of the splendid Ringstrasse and endless slum areas, of anti-Semitism and Zionism, of a rigid conservatism and emerging Modernism.

© Wehr & Wehr
© Wehr & Wehr
© Wehr & Wehr
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Splendor and squalor, dream and reality, Symbolism and self-questioning characterized the existing pluralism of the time, marking Vienna as a place of experimentation and a laboratory of ideas, and thus as a central motor to a turbulent movement of renewal. This heterogeneous atmosphere provided the setting for the unique consolidation of cultural efforts, decisive milestones were set in Vienna for the cultural development of the twentieth century, from Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis to Arnold Schönberg’s atonal music. With the founding of the Vienna Secession in 1897, an extraordinary group of artists, architects and designers began to attach additional highlights to this unique moment of the dawn of Modernism. But there was also a heyday in mathematics, medicine, economics and jurisprudence.

This tour is offered both as an inside tour (visit to the Leopold Museum), as a walk (Ringstrasse) or as a city tour – a combination is also possible.