Liechtenstein Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Fürstengasse 1, Vienna, 1090

Price guide: Mid-range

The south façade of the Liechtenstein summer palace© LIECHTENSTEIN MUSEUM
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expert-rated things to do in Vienna
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Art, Design and architecture, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Liechtenstein Museum

A world of Baroque with frescoed halls, breathtaking art and Sunday concerts.

Vienna's rich and varied museum landscape was further enriched six years ago after the reopening of the Liechtenstein family Garden Palace with its Princely Collections. The return of these art treasures, to the historical setting of the residence of the Princely Family, provides the visitor with a insider view of the history of the House of Liechtenstein and how art was viewed by them.  

For me the only one slight drawback is the location. Although only a few minutes from the Ring, this area lacks other attractions and is somewhat off the beaten track. Nevertheless, those that make the effort and enter this fascinating world of Baroque will experience a Gesamtkunstwerk that makes the trip unforgettable. Until 1938 the collection was shown on these premises but then removed. After complete renovation the palace was transformed into a “classic temple of the muses”. Noteworthy and particularly impressive are the mythological and religious works by Rubens, besides portraits by him and van Dyck. Early Italian paintings, Gothic and Renaissance works and plenty more await the art-lover here. The museum director, Dr. Johann Kräftner, has the job I'd like to have, he has the pleasure of keeping an eye on the art market and then when he spots a gem, jetting off shopping for further acquisitions to the collection.

Price advice: 

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Tickets for the permanent exhibition (except Sunday) cost 10 euros, Sunday 30 euros includes admission to exhibitions, a guided tour, concert at 11 am or 3 pm as well as lunch (11.30 am – 2 pm: main course and soup or dessert) or coffee and cake at RUBENS Restaurant
Table reservation required: 01 319 57 67–252.
 

Expert tips: 
Sunday visit includes concert and lunch, book ahead to secure places.
The historic park is worth a visit.
Restaurant open daily 9am - 11pm, serves classic Viennese cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. Wines are from the Liechtenstein vineyards.

More information on Liechtenstein Museum:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Art gallery, Castle / palace, Museum
Address:
Fürstengasse 1, Vienna, 1090
Telephone:
01 319 57 67–252
Website:
http://www.liechtensteinmuseum.at
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Fri-Tue 10am-5pm. Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor

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