Vienna, as the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was by the turn of the 20th century the fourth largest city in Europe with a population of two million people. Much of the city had been reshaped and it attracted entrepreneurs and intellectuals from across its empire; some aspired to join the highly conservative haute-bourgeoisie of Viennese society while others discovered a mind-set ripe for innovative, avant-garde ideas. Thus into turn-of-the-century traditional Vienna, Jugendstil and modernism found a foothold which blossomed in the faltering years before the Empire’s fall. It produced a remarkably rich creative outpouring in music and psychological thinking as well as in architecture and art – a legacy that excites visitors today.
Following on from the FoW’s very successful visit to Vienna in 2016, there will be a particular focus, this time, on the wonderful exhibition at the world famous Kunsthistorisches Museum to mark the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the greatest Dutch painter of his time. This is the world’s first ever major exhibition of his work.
In addition, the party will also visit the Gugging Museum, the medieval monastery in Klosterneuburg and its collection of modern sacral art, and the Museum of Applied Arts. We have specifically left much free time to explore Vienna at a delightful time of the year when the Christmas markets will be in full swing. Nearer the time, Distant Horizons will also provide information on cultural performances which are due to be staged at this time.
Maximum Party Size: 20