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Home of the Habsburgs, the capital of classical music, and the multicultural melting pot of Mitteleuropa, Vienna is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Its slow-paced life, architectural variety, and intensely seasonal cultural and gastronomic pleasures make Vienna an ideal destination for visitors. Get ready for balmy summer evenings at wine taverns, mugs of mulled wine at Christmas markets, and strolls through historic streets.

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Albertina

Albertina

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A renewed portrait of old Vienna

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The Albertina was for years the most visibly dilapidated building of the Hofburg complex. After undergoing a complete restoration of its plush state rooms and the construction of a new exhibition space plus escalator access and an emblematic yet controversial canopy by Hans Hollein.

In an effort to recoup this investment, the director opted for a policy of running up to three parallel nonpermanent shows of international names, bolstered with items from the Albertina collection. This consists of some 1.5 million prints and 50,000 drawings, watercolours and etchings, including 145 Dürer drawings, 43 by Raphael, 70 by Rembrandt, a large number by Schiele and many more by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse and Klimt.

The general feeling in Vienna is that the collection remains hidden in the archives while exhibition programmes adhere to the logic of the entertainment industry. The fairly steep ticket price also includes access to the state rooms, while admittance to the equally impressive Café Do&Co and its great views of the Burggarten from the ramparts can be had for the price of a coffee. At street level, the Albertina is also home to the Filmmuseum.

Albertina
Albertinaplatz 1, Wien, 1010 Vienna
Phone
+43 (0)1 534 83-0
Website
www.albertina.at
Hours
10am-6pm Mon, Tue, Thur-Sun; 10am-9pm Wed.