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10 good reasons to visit Vienna in 2018

More than Viennese Modernism’s 100th anniversary: Vienna is a go-to place for both curious travellers and design lovers

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Vienna is celebrating the Viennese Modernism 2018 and provides and extensive agenda of cultural events, exhibitions and talks. Here's the 10 best reasons to pay the city a visit in 2018

The Austrian capital is as trendy as ever: hosting the beauty of 15 million tourists every year, Vienna and its majestic beauty have struck a cord with plenty of international travellers. This fact comes as no surprise, seen the extensive agenda blending art, design and creative trends offered by the metropolis in a wise mix of future hints and old imperial traditions.

The city is a feast of typical Austro-Hungarian architecture – an imposing mix of Rococo, Historicist (see the Ringstrasse) and Liberty style. 

Sure, tons of glorious imperial buildings help make Vienna an actual slice of artistic and cultural heaven, while the cheeky abundance of internationally relevant museums, art galleries and artworks also deserves a mention. Moreover, the city’s firm belief in the importance of art has definitely encouraged local artists’ creativity to emerge: as a result, Vienna boasts more than 50 theatres and 100 museums, alongside countless galleries and music/theatre/dance festivals that regularly win global accolades and provide both locals and travellers with a bottomless program of design, architecture and art-related events. So here’s the 10 best reasons to pay Vienna a visit in 2018.

Vienna in-between the 19th and 20th century

Vienna is celebrating the Viennese Modernism 2018, as well as four of the era’s leading exponents who all died 100 years ago: the artists Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser and Egon Schiele, and the architect and town planner Otto Wagner, whose legacy deeply influenced the cultural fate of the capital in-between the 1800s and 1900s. Numerous thematic exhibitions and events are taking place all over the city, which now relives as the cradle of art and creativity it once used to be. Our list includes a selection of works by a few key protagonists of Viennese Liberty like Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, along with the oeuvre of fellow Expressionists Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka.


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Klimt – Moser – Gerstl – Kokoschka

18.1-10.6 Leopold Museum, Museumsplatz 1

© SKB_Edgar Knaack

The exhibition is home to the largest and most eminent architectural legacy of Viennese Modernism: Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and Josef Hoffmann were, among other things, interior & furniture designers who promoted a totally differing approach to the two disciplines at their time. Also, large-format architecture photos by Walter Zednicek show key buildings of Viennese Modernism. 

Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and Furniture design in Viennese Modernism.
Artists, Patrons and Producers 
21.3-7.10 Möbel Museum Wien, Andreasgasse 7

Vienna Design Week

Taking place between late September and early October, the Vienna Design Week gathers the best of furniture, home decor and industrial design. This increasingly popular trade fair is held in several locations throughout the city and provides an exciting agenda of exhibitions, ad hoc projects and meetings open to design enthusiasts.

Andaz am Belvedere Vienna Hotel

High-end hotel chain Andaz lands to the Austrian capital with the Andaz am Belvedere Vienna Hotel, located opposite the 21er Haus and Vienna’s Schweizergarten, next to the Belvedere Palace. Based on the original project by Italian master Renzo Piano, the property includes 303 guest-suites featured in two separate buildings connected by interwoven bridges with a shared lounge on the ground floor. A breath-taking sky bar rises 60 metres up on the 16th level to delight guests with sweeping views of the city.


Mooons Hotel

If you are into boutique hotels, Mooons is definitely a great choice. A total of 170 rooms mixing smart luxury and affordable price are completed by a restaurant, private patio, roof terrace and gym. High-tech services include: virtual concierge, mobile check-in and e-car rental.

HoHo Hotel

Set inside the HoHo Wien building, the HoHo Hotel is quite an unconventional venue, being the one and only 24-storey wooden skyscraper in the world. On 24 floors, the building will provide commercial space for use as restaurants, health, beauty and wellness centres, offices, a hotel, and apartments. The U2 metro station Seestadt takes less than 25 minutes to travel from the green periphery to Vienna's city centre.

© Schreinerkastler und cetus Baudevelopment 

Niu Franz Hotel

Each Niu hotel is closely linked to the uniqueness and history of its key location, and 159-room Niu Franz Vienna is no exception. Developed by the Bridge Group, the property blends Viennese splendour with hipster design, by combining imperial allure, maximum comfort and design solutions conceived for generations Y and Z. From the living lobby to the co-working space, old meets new as antique furniture and old- fashioned habitats come together in a cool, contemporary setting equipped with the newest technology.

Artup – Austrian Design in the City Bauernmarkt 8 www.artup.at

Artup's distinctively gallery-like shop has presented Austrian design, fashion, accessories, homeware and souvenirs since 2003, along with a bunch of one-of-a-kind pieces and limited edition projects. By showcasing the work of freshly new designers, the store offers a wise insight of all the latest national and international trends. 


Austrian concept store Eigensinnig offersinternational and avant-garde fashion for visionaries, creatives and rebels inside a 'fashion gallery’. Fashion designers of the likes of Hannibal, Daniel Andresen or Biek Verstappen are artfully displayed in such historical venue with vaulted ceilings facing the fairylike SanktUltichsPlatz.

Eigensinnig Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz 4 

This total-white, futuristic concept store showcases the creations of Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons, Haider Ackermann and Bernhard Willhelm, plus a handful of international magazines and photographic books.

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by Paola Testoni / 12 January 2018


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