Kunsthistorisches Museum

Address: Burgring 5, Vienna, 1010, Austria
Telephone: 01 525 24-4025

- Expensive


A must for culture vultures!

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the world's great museums. The Hapsburg family systematically and continuously amassed precious art works for centuries and, eventually in the late 19th century, Emperor Franz Joseph had this magnificent building constructed to house the imperial collection. I recommend all visitors to at least take a peek inside this incredible edifice. The sumptuousness of the marble-clad entry hall is breath-taking. And when you climb up the grand staircase don't miss the series of paintings along the ceiling by the Klimt brothers, Gustav and Ernst. The picture gallery contains unique masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Titian. Among the most popular are the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Other amazing collections in the same building include Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, although for many visitors this might be too much to see on one day. My advice is to choose your favourites and then select the galleries accordingly. Some incredible works are to be found in the passageways behind the larger rooms. Besides my favourite Titian, whose works fill a whole chamber, there are some fantastic paintings, almost hiding in the corridor, for example Archimboldo (his 'Summer' makes me laugh every time I see it), Parmigianino, Giorgione and Correggio (who captures that single moment of rapture as Lo is raped by naughty Jupiter without her having the foggiest notion of what's going on).

To avoid an over-kill, take a break in the museum cafe in between galleries.

Value for money

Price advice

Tickets cost 12 euros.

Expert tips

An annual ticket costs only 29 euros and includes entry to other KHM collections.

On Thursdays galleries stay open longer and are less crowded.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History