Vienna

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    The Hofburg, one of Vienna's many striking architectural gems.
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    See Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, on an art & design school trip to Vienna.
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    Homage to Johann Strauss, one of Vienna's many musical heroes.
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    A visit to the Sigmund Freud Museum is a must for students of psychology.
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    The distinctive façade of the Hundertwasserhaus.

 

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Formerly the capital of the Habsburg Empire, swallowed up under Nazi control during World War II and besieged by the Soviets during the Vienna Offensive in 1945, Vienna is unquestionably a city with a fascinating history.

Indeed, Vienna’s wide-ranging historical diversity makes it an ideal destination for school trips, with a cultural heritage spanning many different subject specialities. Birthplace of Schubert and Strauss and home to Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Hadyn and Liszt, the Austrian capital is a natural draw for students of Music.

Home also to Sigmund Freud until he fled the Nazis in 1938, it’s also an important centre for Psychology and Sociology. Why not combine a visit to his former residence with a historical overview of Vienna’s Jewish heritage, taking in the Jewish and Judenplatz Museums, Schoa Memorial and Austrian Resistance Archives.

For those seeking an Art-focussed school trip meanwhile, Vienna boasts an excellent reputation for its rich array of artistic works, housed across a large number of excellent museums and galleries in the city from the Kunsthistorisches Museum to the Albertina, Leopold and MUMOK. 

Whatever your educational focus and tour requirements, let us put together the perfect Vienna school trip for you.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around the Austrian capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Vienna school trip itinerary and budget.

Vienna School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours are tailor-made to suit the requirements of each individual group. Here is a suggested itinerary for a Vienna school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Vienna. Transfer to hotel for three nights’ half-board accommodation.

Day 2 – Take a morning guided tour of the city, seeing all of Vienna’s main sites including the architectural splendour of the Ringstrasse, highlights of which include the Rathaus and Staatsoper, Vienna’s prestigious opera house. See, too, the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Stephansdom and the many fine institutions of MuseumQuartier.

This afternoon is spent visiting a site specific to your area of study. Art students might like to visit one or more of the Austrian capital’s many fine museums, galleries and institutions showcasing a wide spectrum of artistic mediums. Those interested in WWII History meanwhile should explore Vienna’s Jewish heritage including the district of Leopoldstadt, Judenplatz and the Archives of the Austrian Resistance.

Day 3 – Another day spent exploring the many treasures of the Austrian capital, perhaps taking in some of the city’s musical heritage in the form of Mozarthaus, Beethoven Museum and a tour of the Staatsoper opera and ballet house, or learning more about Sigmund Freud at his eponymous museum.

Alternatively, consider a full-day excursion outside the city to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum, perhaps combining with the city of Linz, childhood home of Hitler.

Day 4 – Time for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Vienna before boarding your homebound flight.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Vienna.

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Popular Visits & Excursions

Hofburg – Official residence of the Habsburg monarchy for over 600 years, the vast Hofburg complex, known also as the Imperial Palace, is one of Vienna’s most symbolic landmarks. As well as housing the offices of the Austrian President, the Hofburg also plays host to the Imperial Treasury, the Emperor’s Apartments, National Library, Silver Vaults and the Albertina, Neue Burg and Sisi Museums. You can also see performances of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Spanish Riding School here.
Ringstrasse – A grand boulevard encircling the city centre, the Ringstrasse boasts some of Vienna’s finest architectural gems including the Rathaus and the Staatsoper.
Staatsoper – A prominent Viennese landmark situated on the Ringstrasse, the Staatsoper is Vienna’s famous opera and ballet house. Join a behind-the-scenes tour of the impressive interior or visit the Staatsopernmuseum, showcasing 140 years of the opera house’s history, with costumes, portraits of the operatic greats and ballet memorabilia.
Rathaus – Seat of the city council, this impressive building provides a picturesque backdrop to the city’s annual Christmas Market.
Stephansdom – Dominating the city skyline with its soaring Gothic tower and distinctive chevron-effect roof, St Stephan’s Cathedral represents the heart of Vienna. Climb the 343 steps to the top of the Alter Steffi tower for some incredible views over the city.
Prater – Housed in the former hunting grounds of the Habsburgs, the Prater is Vienna’s city amusement park with over 250 different attractions, dominated by a giant Ferris wheel. (Open March to October).
Danube Tower – Vienna’s tallest tower, soaring over 250 metres in the Austrial capital’s skyline.
Kunsthistorisches Museum – Situated on Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum contains an amazing array of artworks and artefacts including one of the world’s most important collections of Egyptian antiquities. There’s also impressive Greek and Roman exhibits, as well as an extensive picture gallery originating from the Habsburgs’ private collection.
Leopold Museum A unique treasure-trove of Viennese Art Nouveau, the Vienna Workshop and of the Expressionist period. The Leopold houses the most important and largest Egon Schiele collection in the world as well as masterpieces by the founder of the Vienna Secession movement, Gustav Klimt.
Schloss Belvedere – Once home to Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the sumptuous Belvedere complex houses two Baroque palaces – the upper and lower Belvedere – and displays some of the finest examples of Austrian artwork, including works by Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and Gustav Klimt, with pride of place going to The Kiss.
Albertina – Housed in the Imperial Palace, the Albertina is home to one of the most important and extensive graphic art collections worldwide, comprising around 50,000 drawings and watercolours in addition to some 900,000 graphic art works, not to mention an extensive ensemble of architectural and photographic exhibits, too.
Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) – Dedicated to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries with works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Yoko Ono and many others on display.
Wien Museum Karlsplatz – With its unique collection of quality artworks and historic exhibits, the Wien Museum offers insights into the city’s history, from the Neolithic to the present day. Works by Schiele and Klimt, amongst others, are on display here.
Museum for Applied Arts (MAK) – Dedicated to design, the MAK’s collection contains furniture, textiles, silver, glass, and china from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Architekturzentrum Wien – The Architecture Center Vienna enjoys a great reputation worldwide as a center for information, knowledge and research, as well as an architecture collection.
Kunsthalle Wien – Set in Museumsquartier, this collection focuses on presentations of contemporary and modern art.
21er Haus – Dedicated to Austrian art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the building in which it is set is of architectural interest, too.
Secession – Home to Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze, the Secession lays on a rolling series of temporary exhibitions on a contemporary art theme.
Klimt Villa – Gustav Klimt used a villa in the 13th Viennese district as a studio from 1911 until his death in 1918. Today it is open to the public.
Kunst Haus Wien – Housing a permanent collection dedicated to the painter, Hundertwasser, this museum also hosts temporary exhibitions on a contemporary art theme.
Hundertwasserhaus – Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this distinctive building boasts bright colours, undulating lines and fanciful shapes, including bright pillars and a gilded onion dome atop its roof.
Academy of Fine Arts, Picture Gallery – Currently closed for renovations, the Picture Gallery showcases works by the old masters including Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck.
Augarten Porcelain – Housed in the former Imperial pleasure building in the Augarten, this museum illustrates the history of Viennese porcelain from its beginnings to today.
Neue Burg – Part of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Neue Burg is home to the Ephesos Museum, the Imperial Armoury and the Collection of Historical Musical Instruments.

 

Mozarthaus – Although Mozart lived at a dozen different residences in Vienna, only one of these addresses – Domgasse 5 – still exists and today plays host to the Mozarthaus, offering a fascinating overview of the composer’s time in Vienna. It was here that he composed The Marriage of Figaro.
Museum of the Johann Strauss Dynasty – The first museum in the world to present the family history and creative works of the entire Strauss family.
Beethoven Museum – Set in a former residence, this new museum is scheduled to open at the end of 2017 and give an insight into this famous composer, his works and his time in Vienna.
Haydnhaus – Hadyn’s residence in Vienna for 12 years, it was here that the bulk of his late work was composed, among them The Seasons.
House of Music – Embark on a musical journey in Vienna’s singular Museum of Sound. Observe the great composers, discover the greatest musicians of our time and look at the future of computer music.
Archives of the Austrian Resistance – The Archives of the Austrian Resistance deal with topics such as resistance and persecution, exile, Nazi crimes, the Holocaust, right-wing extremism as well as restitution and compensation after 1945 and much more besides.
Sigmund Freud Museum – Set in the former living quarters and office of the founding father of psychoanalysis, this museum shows original furniture, including the waiting room and a selection from Freud’s private collection of antiques, autographs and first editions of his works. It provides an insight into Freud’s biography, his cultural surroundings and the emergence of psychoanalysis. Visitors will also see historic films from the private life of Freud and his family.
Jüdisches Museum Wien – A comprehensive insight into Jewish life and the history of Jewish Vienna. The journey begins on the ground floor with the years spanning 1945 to today. On the second floor, visitors experience Jewish history from its beginnings to the years 1938/1945. A 3D animation meanwhile provides virtual access to Vienna’s synagogues destroyed in 1938.
Schoa Memorial – Set on Judenplatz, this is Vienna’s memorial to the Austrian Jews who lost their lives during the Nazi occupation.
Judenplatz Museum – Judenplatz was the center of Jewish life in Vienna during the Middle Ages and this museum showcases medieval Jewry in Vienna, a virtual tour through the Vienna of the 14th century and excavations of the medieval synagogue. On display are the religious, cultural and social living conditions of Vienna’s Jews in the Middle Ages through to their expulsion in 1420-21.
Vienna Stadttempel Synagogue – The city temple is is the only synagogue to have survived the pogroms of November 1938. In the foyer is a memorial for the 65,000 assassinated Austrian Jews, whose names are engraved on rotating slate tablets.
Viktor Frankl Museum – Dedicated to the world-famous founder of logotherapy and existential analysis, doctor and philosopher Viktor E. Frankl.
Museum commemorating the Kindertransport to the UK 1938-39 – Für das Kind commemorates the arrival in London of 10,000 refugees, children aged between three months and seventeen years old, fleeing Nazi persecution, during the period of one year 1938-39.
Technisches Museum Wien – The Vienna Museum of Technology offers fascinating insights into the world of technology. Highlights include the high-voltage singing Tesla coil, the steam locomotive and mining exhibits.
Natural History Museum – The history of the earth and the breathtaking variety of nature showcased through 20 million exhibits, from insects and pterodactyls to gemstones and minerals.
UNO City – The Vienna International Center, also known as the UN City, is one of the four official locations of the United Nations, in addition to New York, Geneva and Nairobi. Multilingual guides from different countries inform you about the work of the United Nations and the many tasks of the organizations located here.
Dom Museum Wien – The Dom Museum Wien houses the historic treasures of Vienna’s Stephansdom and the archdiocese of Vienna as well as avant-garde classics from the collection of Otto Mauer.

Elsewhere

Schloss Schönbrunn – A short distance outside the city centre, this former summer palace of the Habsburgs was built during the reign of Maria-Theresa and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace sits amidst 435 acres of stunning gardens where you’ll find dancing fountains, a topiary maze and the Tiergarden, the world’s oldest zoo.
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum – Between 1938 and 1945, some 190,000 people from over 40 countries were imprisoned at Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps and at least 90,000 people were killed. Today Mauthausen serves as an international site of remembrance and a place of historical and political education.
Linz – An excellent combination with Mauthausen on a full-day excursion from Vienna, Linz was Adolf Hitler’s childhood home and the site in which he proclaimed the Greater German Reich. It’s also the birthplace of Mozart.

Vienna school trip images courtesy of Thoodor, Trishhh, Diano Ringo, Siesta.