The eccentric, eye-catching building crowned with a “golden cabbage” by Karlsplatz is the Secession building, the gallery built as the headquarters of the movement of the same name in 1898, designed by Joseph Maria Olbrech, and decorated by several luminaries of the group, including their first president Gustav Klimt. Their aim was to break with the Viennese establishment and champion new ideas of art and aesthetics, and it still puts on contemporary exhibits. The only permanent artwork is Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze downstairs.

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The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

So what is it that draws us to Vienna? The waltzes? The white horses? The cakes? Let’s be honest, it’s the sex. Sex, that is, in the best possible taste:…

30 Nov 2016 • Jonathan Bousfield insert_drive_file Article
Austria's KäseStrasse: the hike that's a cheese-lover's dream

Austria's KäseStrasse: the hike that's a cheese-lover's dream

Despite the name, Bregenzerwald’s KäseStrasse (Cheese Street) in Austria’s Vorarlberg region is not a marked route along a specific road. Instead it deno…

02 Nov 2015 • Rough Guides Editors insert_drive_file Article
On the trail of Klimt in Vienna: the art tour of a lifetime

On the trail of Klimt in Vienna: the art tour of a lifetime

Known for its lavish balls and even more lavish cakes, Vienna is overflowing with art. If there’s one image that encapsulates the city, it’s of an elegant…

21 Oct 2015 • Alice Park insert_drive_file Article
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