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Kunsthistorisches Museum

Built at the end of the nineteenth century to house the royal family's extensive art collection, the museum has one of the great art collections of Europe and unparalleled ornate architecture.

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Velázquez paintings
The museum holds several portraits by Velázquez, largely of the Spanish royal family in the 17th century.
Bruegel 'Hunters in the Snow'
Bruegel was one of the early Dutch masters who painted non-religious scenery during the Reformation in the mid-sixteenth century. Many of his works are on display at Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Bruegel 'The Tower of Babel'
Pieter Bruegel created this incredibly intricate masterpiece in 1563. Zoom in on the details and rich history of this painting, which still captures our imagination.
Kunstkammer Museum
More than 2,100 valuable objects, collected by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg over centuries, are considered the most important collection of this kind in the world.
Dome hall Café
Museum coffee room underneath the dome surrounded by art.
Cellini 'The Saliera'
The salt cellar 'Saliera' occupies pride of place in the Kunstkammer Chamber of Wonders at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Vienna's Music History, with skip-the-line tickets to Mozart's House.
Vienna’s rich classical tradition attracts legions of musical devotees to the city where Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss, and Mozart perfected their art. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalized attention of your private licensed guide
  • Be thoroughly oriented in the city's historic center, ideal for families and first-time visitors!
  • See Vienna's most important cultural and political sites, including Rathausplatz (City Hall Square), Maria Theresien Platz, Heldenplatz (Heroes Square), the Hofburg Presidential Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Mozart's House to name just a few! 
  • Explore the old Jewish district, home to the haunting Holocaust Monument, also known as the "Nameless Library".
  • End your tour skip the line entrance to the Mozarthaus Vienna Museum, which you will be free to explore at your own leisure - audioguide included. 
Synonymous with the syncopated waltz that bears its name, Vienna owes much of its music heritage to the Habsburg dynasty and the excellent creative environment provided by the imperial court for visionary musical talent. Great composers were drawn to Vienna to pen immortal works in a honing ground for musical visionaries.
This fascinating half-day highlights tour will take you to Vienna’s most compelling attractions in a city crowded with glittering gilded palaces, monuments, bronze statues, grand mansions, and dome-topped royal buildings. As one of Europe's grandest capitals, Vienna is rich in handsome architecture and cultural relics that reflect the city’s storied history.  

On your walking tour, you will explore the best of the city’s architecture, including the Austrian Parliament Building, the Alte Burg, the Spanish Riding School, and the Austrian National Library. The architectural finery of Vienna's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a bounty of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Art Deco, and "Jugendstil" architecture under the gaze of the 370-foot steeple of St. Stephen's Cathedral. 

Your tour finishes at the MozartHaus Museum, where your guide will leave you to enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the museum, where you can step into the lives of the classical virtuoso and trace his enthralling backstory at your own pace.  
Private Tour of the Kunsthistorisches Fine Arts Museum
Built-in 1891 to house the Imperial family’s extensive art collection, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is considered one of the most important art museums in the world. On your private, guided tour of the museum, you will:

  • Enjoy skip-the-line tickets and personalized attention from your expert licensed guide on this private tour
  •  Explore the largest art museum in Austria and one of the most eminent museums in the world.
  • Stroll beautiful galleries and halls decorated with gold leaf, marble, and stucco.
  • Enjoy works by the Great Masters like RembrandtCaravaggioTitianRubensVelázquezRaphaelVermeer & Klimt.
  • Marvel at the largest Pieter Bruegel the Elder collection in the world, including The Tower of Babel, which is around 61 inches wide by 44 inches tall.
  • Discuss the evolution of Renaissance art and the techniques and influences of the genre.
  • Enjoy the architectural splendor of the truly magnificent building - world-class art in itself.
  • End the tour in the magnificent domed hall that houses the museum cafe, after which you are free to continue exploring the collections at your own pace.
  • Please note: Children under age 12 enjoy the tour and museum free of charge.
Commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary himself at a time of considerable investment into the city’s rich, vibrant art and cultural scene, the museum’s eminent works include the single largest exhibit of paintings by Brabant-born Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a celebrated Dutch and Flemish Renaissance artist famous for his landscapes and bucolic peasant scenes. 

The Private Highlights Tour of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum will connect you with the pieces throughout time. Cut through the crowds to reach some exceptional examples of European art history, such as Raphael’s "Madonna in the Meadow", Vermeer’s "The Allegory of Painting”, Rembrandt’s 1652 self-portrait, and Velazquez’s Infanta paintings - including his most celebrated oil, “Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress” produced in 1659, a year before his death. 

With the invaluable inside knowledge of our expert guide, stroll opulent gold-and-stucco galleries to browse glorious masterpieces by Ruben, Rembrandt, Dürer, and Titian. 
Private Walking Tour of Vienna's Highlights
This fascinating half-day highlights tour will take you to Vienna’s most compelling attractions in a city crowded with glittering gilded palaces, monuments, bronze statues, grand mansions, and dome-topped royal buildings. On your private tour of Vienna, you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalized attention of your private licensed guide
  • Be thoroughly oriented in the city's historic center, ideal for families and first-time visitors!
  • See Vienna's most important cultural and political sites, including Rathausplatz (City Hall Square), Maria Theresien Platz, Heldenplatz (Heroes Square), the Hofburg Presidential Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Mozart's House to name just a few! 
  • Explore the old Jewish district, home to the haunting Holocaust Monument, also known as the "Nameless Library".
  • Your tour will end at the famed Anker clock. If you book the 9.30 am start time, you will be there just in time to hear the clock chime and admire the 12 historical figures parade in front of the clock face! 
  • Please note: this tour is free for children age 11 and under.
As one of Europe's grandest capitals, Vienna is rich in handsome architecture and cultural relics that reflect the city’s storied history.  On your walking tour, you will explore the best of the city’s architecture, including the Austrian Parliament Building, the Alte Burg, the Spanish Riding School, and the Austrian National Library. 

The architectural finery of Vienna's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a bounty of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Art Deco, and "Jugendstil" architecture under the gaze of the 370-foot steeple of St. Stephen's Cathedral. 

On your private walking tour with a private guide, you will finish the tour not only being completely at ease in the city, but also with knowledge about the city’s rich history, learned through its many monuments, buildings, and statues erected to its former royals and famed musicians. 
Private Walking Tour of Vienna's Music History, with guided tour of the House of Music
Vienna’s rich classical tradition attracts legions of musical devotees to the city where Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss, and Mozart perfected their art. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalized attention of your private licensed guide
  • Be thoroughly oriented in the city's historic center, ideal for families and first-time visitors!
  • See Vienna's most important cultural and political sites, including Rathausplatz (City Hall Square), Maria Theresien Platz, Heldenplatz (Heroes Square), the Hofburg Presidential Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Mozart's House to name just a few! 
  • Explore the old Jewish district, home to the haunting Holocaust Monument, also known as the "Nameless Library".
  • Finish with a guided tour at the House of Music (tickets included), where your guide will lead you to the most exciting exhibits, before leaving you to explore the rest of the interactive exhibits at your own pace.

Synonymous with the syncopated waltz that bears its name, Vienna owes much of its music heritage to the Habsburg dynasty and the excellent creative environment provided by the imperial court for visionary musical talent. Great composers were drawn to Vienna to pen immortal works in a honing ground for musical visionaries.

This fascinating half-day highlights tour will take you to Vienna’s most compelling attractions in a city crowded with glittering gilded palaces, monuments, bronze statues, grand mansions, and dome-topped royal buildings. As one of Europe's grandest capitals, Vienna is rich in handsome architecture and cultural relics that reflect the city’s storied history.  

On your walking tour, you will explore the best of the city’s architecture, including the Austrian Parliament Building, the Alte Burg, the Spanish Riding School, and the Austrian National Library. The architectural finery of Vienna's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a bounty of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Art Deco, and "Jugendstil" architecture under the gaze of the 370-foot steeple of St. Stephen's Cathedral. 

Your tour finishes with a half-hour tour of the House of Music Museum, where your guide takes you to explore the museum’s exhibits, so you can try your hand at conducting the famed Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Then continue exploring the interactive exhibits at your own leisure. 

Vienna’s Catacombs & Central Cemetery Music Memorials Private Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of St Stephen’s Cathedral and its’ catacombs, followed by a driving tour of Vienna, including the Central Cemetery. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalized attention of your private licensed guide
  • Visit St Stephen’s Cathedral, with tickets included, and learn about its’ 370-foot steeple. See the carved wooden wing altar, the carved lace patterned canopies, and the pulpit, and the baroque main altar. 
  • Go under the cathedral to visit the catacombs, with tickets included.
  • Enjoy a private, panoramic drive through Vienna, where you will stop for pictures at several of the city’s most recognizable and famous sites, including the Wiener Musikverein concert hall, State OperaMuseum of Fine ArtsMuseum of Natural History, and the City Hall.
  • Visit the Central Cemetery of Vienna, one of the continent’s largest, and see the final resting places of several notable musicians, including Brahms, Strauss, and Beethoven. 
  • Visit the Mozart Memorial in Burggarten, one of Vienna’s quiet, green spaces in the city center. 
  • Finish your tour in Stephensplatz in Central Vienna, where your guide will happily give you recommendations for how to spend the rest of your time. 

Your tour begins at the seat of Vienna’s Archbishop, and one of Austria’s most important Gothic structures, St. Stephen's colorful roof tiles - laid to create the Royal and Imperial double-headed eagle and Vienna coat of arms - is a much-loved symbol of the city. 

Enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral, and then descend to explore its catacombs and crypts, where over 10,000 are buried, and remains in use today. See the burial place of the Austrian archbishops and bishops, as well as the crypt where the urns containing the internal organs of the former archdukes of the Habsburg Dynasty are kept. 

After, you will be picked up a private vehicle, where your guide will take you on a tour of Central Vienna, through Stephensplatz and along the Danube Canal. Then visit the Central Cemetery, where several of Vienna’s famous composers are buried. Lastly, visit the Memorial of Mozart in the Burggarten, one of the city’s many green spaces. Lastly, be sure to get expert recommendations from your guide before finishing your back in Stephensplatz. 

Private Tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Highlights & Egyptian Collection
Built-in 1891 to house the Imperial family’s extensive art collection, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is considered one of the most important art museums in the world. On your private, guided tour of the museum, you will:

  • Enjoy skip the line tickets and personalized attention from your expert licensed guide on this private tour, and all kids 11 and under are free
  • Explore the largest art museum in Austria and one of the most eminent museums in the world.
  • Stroll beautiful galleries and halls decorated with gold leaf, marble, and stucco.
  • See the highlights of the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, including the richly decorated Offering Chapel of Ka-ni-nisut, numerous sarcophagi, and coffins. 
  • Enjoy works by the Great Masters like RembrandtCaravaggioTitianRubens, Velázquez, Raphael, Vermeer and Klimt.
  • Marvel at the largest Pieter Bruegel the Elder collection in the world, including The Tower of Babel, which is around 61 inches wide by 44 inches tall.
  • Visit the Kunstkammer Collection of Curiosities, where you will get to see the world-renowned 'Saliera'
  • Discuss the evolution of Renaissance art and the techniques and influences of the genre.
  • Enjoy the architectural splendor of the truly magnificent building - world-class art in itself.
  • End the tour in the magnificent domed hall that houses the museum cafe, after which you are free to continue exploring the collections at your own pace.
Commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary himself at a time of considerable investment into the city’s rich, vibrant art and cultural scene, the museum’s eminent works include the single largest exhibit of paintings by Brabant-born Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a celebrated Dutch and Flemish Renaissance artist famous for his landscapes and bucolic peasant scenes. Spanning five millennia, from Ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance to Baroque and the modern era, artworks are resplendently presented in the magnificent settings of the grandest decor. 

The Private Highlights Tour of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum will connect you with the pieces throughout time. We will cut through the crowds to reach some exceptional examples of European art history, such as Raphael’s "Madonna in the Meadow," Vermeer’s "The Allegory of Painting”, Rembrandt’s 1652 self-portrait, and Velazquez’s Infanta paintings - including his most celebrated oil, “Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress” produced in 1659, a year before his death. 

With the invaluable inside knowledge of our expert guide, we will stroll opulent gold-and-stucco galleries to browse glorious masterpieces by Ruben, Rembrandt, Dürer, and Titian. Discuss the inspiration behind the Renaissance era’s greatest paintings and sculptures and debate emerging techniques that often echoed exciting evolutions in philosophy, literature, and music. 

Your private, expert guide will help you seek out curious, rare treasures that offer fascinating insights into mysterious Eastern cultures together with antiquities from Greek and Roman history. Marvel at the splendor of the museum's octagonal dome roof, in itself a breathtaking work of art. 
Private Walking Tour of Vienna's Music History, with tickets to the House of Music
Vienna’s rich classical tradition attracts legions of musical devotees to the city where Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss, and Mozart perfected their art. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalized attention of your private licensed guide
  • Be thoroughly oriented in the city's historic center, ideal for families and first-time visitors!
  • See Vienna's most important cultural and political sites, including Rathausplatz (City Hall Square), Maria Theresien Platz, Heldenplatz (Heroes Square), the Hofburg Presidential Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Mozart's House to name just a few! 
  • Explore the old Jewish district, home to the haunting Holocaust Monument, also known as the "Nameless Library".
  • Finish your tour at the House of Music (tickets included), filled with exciting interactive exhibits that you are free to explore at your own pace.
Synonymous with the syncopated waltz that bears its name, Vienna owes much of its music heritage to the Habsburg dynasty and the excellent creative environment provided by the imperial court for visionary musical talent. Great composers were drawn to Vienna to pen immortal works in a honing ground for musical visionaries.

This fascinating half-day highlights tour will take you to Vienna’s most compelling attractions in a city crowded with glittering gilded palaces, monuments, bronze statues, grand mansions, and dome-topped royal buildings. As one of Europe's grandest capitals, Vienna is rich in handsome architecture and cultural relics that reflect the city’s storied history.  

On your walking tour, you will explore the best of the city’s architecture, including the Austrian Parliament Building, the Alte Burg, the Spanish Riding School, and the Austrian National Library. The architectural finery of Vienna's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a bounty of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Art Deco, and "Jugendstil" architecture under the gaze of the 370-foot steeple of St. Stephen's Cathedral. 

Your tour finishes at the House of Music Museum, where your guide will leave you to enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the museum, and you can try your hand at conducting the famed Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, then continue exploring the interactive exhibits at your own leisure. 

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