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October 31, 2023 by Neomi Seller and Elisabeth Wolf
City Stroll with Elisabeth Wolf

After weeks of revising, exploring, and researching, the moment has finally arrived! Drumroll, please... Lights, camera, action: The "ENCHANTING COURTYARDS Part 2" tour has its premiere in the heart of Vienna on November 8th and 10th, 2023. Because one thing is for certain: Vienna has many more enchanting places to offer, fairy-tale-like passageways, and delightful alleys.

Elisabeth Wolf will take you on a journey through Vienna's most beautiful streets, passing by old public baths, salt barrels, and "ghost letters," up to bastions, into well-known and less-known courtyards, and to Vienna's oldest school. Learn how the streets got their names, and where the composers had their first performances. Discover still existing accessible cellars from the Middle Ages and the Roman era.
If you enjoyed the "Enchanting Courtyards" tour, this one is a MUST-SEE for you!
Here's a video to get you in the mood.
Here's the booking link.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2023, starting at 10:00 AM
  • Friday, November 10, 2023, starting at 2:00 PM
The meeting point for both tours is the courtyard at Tuchlauben 17, 1010 Vienna. Best reached by U1 and U3 to Stephansplatz or by bus 3A to Hoher Markt.

We look forward to seeing both familiar and new faces and to exploring the city of Vienna with you from a completely new perspective. Because, as you know: Most limits are self-imposed! Let's go and explore Vienna.

Warm regards,
Your Artissimi Team

Photo: Courtyard Schotten, Artissimi

Musician in the World Capital of Music: Vienna
Musician in the World Capital of Music: Vienna
October 31, 2023 by Neomi Seller
Interview with Veronika Johanna Huber, Pianist
Performing with the Danubia Symphony Orchestra Budapest on November 19, 2023 at the Vienna Konzerthaus

"Since I started playing the piano at the age of 5, I knew that music would be something truly special for me. I hadn't just found something I was really good at, but something that challenged and grounded me at the same time."

Veronika Johanna Huber represents the future in the world music capital. The Viennese pianist with South Tyrolean roots is an outstanding musician. She has already won over international and local audiences and, at just 22 years old, is the recipient of numerous awards. Veronika Huber will be performing on November 19, 2023, at 7:30 PM at the Vienna Konzerthaus for the first time with the Budapest Danubia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its Chief Conductor, Máté Hámori.

Artissimi in conversation with pianist Veronika Huber:
  • Who are you, and what do you do?
    My name is Veronika Johanna Huber, and I am 22 years old. I have both Austrian and South Tyrolean roots and was born and raised in Vienna. I completed my piano concert major at the MUK (Music and Art Private University of Vienna) last summer semester. My passion has always been music, but I am also very interested in animals and our environment. I have pursued these two interests in additional studies over the years - agricultural sciences and law. 
  • Music is your passion, especially playing the piano. Why the piano, in particular?
    The piano was the first instrument I learned, and I immediately found it to be the perfect instrument for me! I am fascinated by the many tonal possibilities, both on a melodic and orchestral level. I had the opportunity to learn about contemporary piano techniques through experimental improvisation seminars with my professor, Jean Beers. I also have a great passion for the extensive piano literature. You can never get tired of it!
  • Since when did you know you wanted to be a musician?
    I knew that music was something very special for me since I started playing the piano at the age of 5. I hadn't just found something I was really good at, but something that challenged and grounded me at the same time. Music has always been a means of expression for me, and I fell in love with piano literature early on. I always wanted to continue learning and improving, so it was clear to me from an early age that I would study piano at the university.
  • Who or what has inspired you the most and influenced your musical career the most?
    My family is very enthusiastic about music overall, except for my aunt, no one works as a musician. I have always had great support from all sides, but I had to find my own way and acquire a lot on my own because I sometimes lacked the necessary insights into the music world. One person without whom I would not have come this far and who contributed significantly to my playing is my first professor, Anna Vinogradova. She always believed in my abilities and in me. She always brought out the best in me, sometimes with the necessary strictness.
  • How often and how long do you practice?
    I practice several hours every day, even on Sundays, although I don't like to say that I "have to." First and foremost, I enjoy immersing myself in music, but it's also a lot of hard work. As a musician, you can't just switch off your "computer" after a regular workday and relax. You can always get better. That's why it's crucial to work on a healthy work-life balance, which is often a challenge for me as well!
  • What do you do when you're not practicing?
    Not only playing the piano but also my other studies keep me quite busy at the moment. I spend a lot of time walking in nature with my dogs or meeting up with friends for dinner. Physical activity is also essential to me.
  • What is it like for you, as a young pianist in Vienna, to gain international access to the classical music industry? Do you find it challenging?
    It's very overwhelming and unforgiving. I have hardly experienced another industry that exerts so much pressure on everyone involved. The bar is incredibly high, especially on an international level. I learned this during various masterclasses. I had long private lessons, and even though I participated in many competitions, I had to catch up on a lot after my successful entrance exam at the university. Many pianists focus solely on their instrument from a young age. They start taking university-level lessons at a young age and receive a different basic education. Only a few pianists manage to make a living from concert activities. Therefore, I am all the more excited to celebrate my debut at the Konzerthaus soon!
  • What is your favorite piece?
    Currently, it is definitely Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto. However, it changes constantly. Another smaller work that will always have a special place in my heart is Chopin's Nocturne No. 13 Op. 48 No. 1.
  • Favorite composer?
    I particularly enjoy playing Russian piano music, as well as Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin. From Bach to Schönberg and beyond into the modern era, there are so many composers I like.
  • ... and Viennese composer?
    Franz Schubert. He always touches me anew with his expressiveness and musical clarity.
  • Favorite place in Vienna and Viennese cuisine?
    Since I spent a lot of my student days in the 1st district, I was able to rediscover the city center. There's always something going on, and I feel very privileged to stroll past the Opera or St. Stephen's Cathedral on my way to the university every day. The architecture alone! A "hidden treasure" for me is the Gütenbachtal, a little outside of the city center. I have been vegan for several years, so Viennese cuisine doesn't offer me much. However, I love Asian food. Something that always brightens my day is a Poke Bowl. Best enjoyed in good weather in the Burggarten!
  • What are you looking forward to the most about the concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus?
    I am particularly excited about collaborating with the Danubia Symphony Orchestra. This will be my first concert with an orchestra, and I can't wait to play within the orchestra's sound.
  • Are you nervous?
    Of course, I am nervous. It's part of the process - I have given my best performances under nervousness. It also brings out the last bit of skill in me!
  • What do you do to calm your nerves before a concert?
    First and foremost, I trust myself. I recall the countless hours of preparation and look forward to sharing my work and, above all, my interpretation of the pieces with the audience. For concentration, a small, sweet snack before the concert always helps me!
  • How do you define success for yourself?
    What's essential is my own feeling and judgment. I want to be satisfied with myself and, beyond that, touch the audience with my performance. No one can play perfectly, which is a good thing since we are all human first and foremost. A good technique is, of course, a prerequisite for success, but no one is touched solely by good technique. Much more important are sound, expressiveness, and interpretation, in general, emotion!
  • Do you have other concerts planned?
    Yes, right after my concert in Vienna, I will be performing at the Budapest Music Center on November 25.
We thank Veronika for the interview and wish her all the best for the concert and her career as a Viennese pianist from the bottom of our hearts! If you want to experience Veronika up close and live at the Konzerthaus Vienna on the evening of November 19, here is the LINK to the concert:

Artissimi has already secured its seats!
Warm regards,
Your Neomi Seller & the Artissimi Team

Photo: Claudia Blake Photography

September 19, 2023
by Elisabeth Wolf

A few months ago, I was graced with a stunning notebook gifted by my dear friend Vanessa Golle from the town of Bad Gastein. Its elegant cover bears the inscription, "Passion never fails." Looking back over the recent months at Artissimi, this motto has proven itself time and again. We've been fortunate to embark on extraordinary journeys with a multitude of guests, curate unforgettable events at unique places, and revel in the magic of private concerts. Though there were moments of weariness, our hearts remained brimming with joy and gratitude. To all our cherished Artissimi patrons and friends, your unwavering trust and loyalty have been our guiding light!

As the curtain falls on summer, we find ourselves rejuvenated, and Artissimi is back in full swing! Our repertoire now boasts four captivating new tours, and we're thrilled to introduce two new additions to our team.

Felicitas Petersen has been infusing Artissimi with her boundless enthusiasm for several months now. Perhaps you've had the pleasure of hearing her warm voice over the phone or delved into one of her blog posts.

And then, my daughter, Sophia Wolf, has returned. Do you recall her time as an intern at Artissimi? Since then, she's accomplished her A-Levels at Tourism College MODUL, travelled the world and is currently saving up so that she can hop on a plane as soon as possible. Her primary focus is nurturing our "baby" as we diligently craft the new Artissimi website. Discover more about Felicitas and Sophia here.
New Tours: Starting immediately, we present four brand-new Artissimi tours, available upon request. As always, we prioritize exclusivity to ensure that you continue to feel the vibrancy of our passion for Vienna. Our commitment to the highest quality remains steadfast, and, of course, we aim to have a whole lot of fun along the way.
Thanks to the indomitable Gerti Schmidt, we've secured access to the awe-inspiring Synagogue in Leopoldstadt, Vienna's second district. During my research, I stumbled upon a hidden gem—the Stock Exchange Agricultural Products, an architectural marvel dating back to the 19th century. Our latest tour, "Vienna Wall Street," kicks off with a visit to this extraordinary venue.

And because we can't resist the allure of enchanting courtyards, we're thrilled to continue our bestseller tradition, this time exploring the Herren- and Schottenviertel. More about our tours online and soon on our new website;)

We trust that we've ignited your curiosity, and we can't wait to welcome you once more! Here's to a splendid start to the autumn season! 
Warmest regards,
Elisabeth Wolf & the Artissimi Team

Photograph: Courtyard Tuchlauben, city center Vienna, Artissimi

Glanz and Glamour. 200 Years of Lobmeyr
Setpember 8th, 2023 by Felicitas Petersen & Sophia Wolf
Exhibition at MAK in Celebration of the 200th Birthday of J. & L. Lobmeyr
Vienna, Austria
Stepping into the foyer of MAK, the Museum of Applied Arts, is like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer day. Designed by Heinrich Ferstel and opened in 1871 on Stubenring, inspired by the V & A Museum in London, MAK offers an inviting entry into the world of art and design. However, the real magic awaits within as you enter the Lobmeyr exhibition.

Upon crossing the threshold, visitors are greeted by a veritable "Crystal Heaven." The rooms are swathed in darkness, and the narrow foyer, adorned with the exquisite glass creations of the Viennese glass manufacturer, rests beneath a shroud of darkened mirror film. Alice Stori Liechtenstein, the curator of this extraordinary exhibition, accentuates the profound interplay of light and shadow, which serves as the perfect backdrop to showcase the Lobmeyr family's legacy. This year marks the 200th birthday of J.&L. Lobmeyr, a company now in its sixth generation, with leadership entrusted to the Rath family. Remarkably, their production remains a testament to Viennese craftsmanship, still meticulously handcrafted in the heart of Vienna's 3rd district.

One cannot help but be mesmerized by the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of colors that dance upon Lobmeyr's glassware, depending on the angle of light. The Alpha Series, a collection of feather-light, ultra-thin water glasses designed by Harald Rath (the grandfather of the current owners) in 1952, stands out as a captivating masterpiece. Honored with the "Gute Form" design prize in 1964, these glasses are more than utilitarian objects; they are works of art that elevate the everyday. It's no wonder that the series continues to be revered as a "bestseller" even today.

Now, you might wonder, what sets apart a visit to the store on Kärntner Straße from this exhibition?
In essence, the museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the original designs, peruse photographs showcasing Austrian chandeliers gracing global locales (such as the MET in New York or the Kremlin), and marvel at unique art objects alongside everyday treasures—pieces that have been reimagined time and again by artists like Nives Widauer and designers like Susanne Bisovsky. Within these walls, you'll encounter collector's items and gain insight into the countless hours of craftsmanship that breathe life into each Lobmeyr creation.

Beyond Lobmeyr's in-house designs, the exhibition celebrates collaborations with renowned artists such as Theophil Hansen, Adolf Loos, Marianne Rath, and POLKA, which has become synonymous with Lobmeyr. This enduring partnership between a glass manufacturer and creative minds is unparalleled worldwide, and we take pride in having such family-run enterprises in Vienna.

As we join in celebrating Lobmeyr's 200th birthday, we extend our warmest wishes and congratulations.
Happy Birthday!

The "Glanz und Glamour" exhibition will grace MAK's halls until September 24, 2023, and comes highly recommended and #artissimiapproved! The Kärntner Straße store welcomes visitors during its regular opening hours, details of which can be found in the LINK. Additionally, the museum boasts a delightful shop and an excellent restaurant complete with a charming garden—an oasis for art enthusiasts and epicures alike.
We look forward welcoming you in Vienna again!
Yours sinserely,
The Artissimi Team

Foto: © MAK/Georg Mayer

November 18th, 2022 by Elisabeth Wolf
Combine a visit to a magical palace with one of Vienna's most charming Christmas markets - an amazing experience for everyone in the family, art lovers included!
All those romantics amongst you may well enjoy private highlight palace tour more, as you look forward to the Christkind arriving...
Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has to be one of the highlights of any visit to Vienna, and offers endless possibilities for a tailormade tour. This must-see tour focuses on the history of Empress Maria Theresia and her family. Our favourites include the Chinese Cabinets, and of course the Great Gallery. The visit also includes a room entirely dedicated to Napoleon's son, Napoleon II Franz, as well as another to Karl, Austria's last Emperor. We promise the Little Amadeus, the vast golden bed and the Millions Room are experiences that will stay with you forever! 
A garden tour (or alternatively, a visit to Schönbrunn Zoo) could be another highlight... The Christmas Market is one of the buzziest in Vienna, and the perfect place to find some unique Christmas gifts (many of which will be handmade in Austria). And at the end of the day, you can enjoy some well-deserved hot punch and tasty Austrian treats to get you into the Christmas mood...
Travel: By public transport, taxi or private car
Minimum duration: 3 hours
Benefits to you: The must-see tour can only be booked through your guide, and means endless queuing isn't an issue - quite simply the best Christmas tour of Vienna you'll find! 
The 2022 Schönbrunn Christmas Market can be enjoyed from November 19th 2022 until January 4th 2023. 
Click here for further details...  
Photograph: Schönbrunn Christmas Market © A. Tischler

December 14th, 2022

"A different language is a different vision of life.” 
Federico Fellini

Tim is an internationalist at heart, who enjoys life both in the city of his birth, London, and his adopted home of Vienna.
He drinks espresso you could lay bricks with, loves The Beatles, has a very British sense of humour and relaxes in the unique cultural mix of Vienna’s cafés, museums and independent cinemas. 
A professional translator and teacher since graduating in the nineties, Tim somehow found the time to start up his own small language services agency, European Exchange, when he and his Austrian family moved from London to Vienna. On arrival in the Austrian capital, Tim soon realised the artists, writers and publishers he loved to chat with tended to frequent the same watering holes and cafés in the city. It rapidly became clear to him that there was a decent living to be made from translating Vienna’s creative positivity from German into his mother tongue, and by acting as a conduit for other experts to do so in a myriad of other language combinations through his company.
Tim is a man who loves to use language as a prism to amplify the impact of beautiful things and experiences – something Vienna has more than its fair share of – and his reputation for producing some of the best English in town began to spread.
It was really only a matter of time before he was introduced to Elisabeth Wolf, and following a coffee at the Café Mozart in 2019, he and Artissimi began collaborating on a regular basis. Neither side has looked back since!
If you need a top translator or personal English teacher, please don‘t hesitate to contact Tim! Here you can find the LINK!

Tim's favourite place in Vienna: Café Korb
Tim's favourite book: "Down and Out in Paris and London" by George Orwell

Photo: © European Exchange Ltd

December 3rd, 2021 by Elisabeth Wolf
TRAVELLING IN STYLE is the name of the classy magazine published by luxury hotel group Kempinski. And it certainly lives up to its name!
It was a very special pleasure and honour for me to tour some of Vienna's most beautiful spaces during lockdown recently with the magazine's publisher Antoine Gauvin and the world-famous photographer Claes Bech Poulsen. We pulled out all the stops, of course, doors opened for us along the way, and the programme even included a private organ recital. But don't take my word for it - check out the results for yourself... In the 22-page Vienna Special, highlighting the personalities, special sites, the Palais Hansen Kempinski am Ring hotel - and plenty of music, of course!  Cover: A trumpet dating back to 1598, which can be seen in our Collection of Historic Musical Instruments at the Neue Burg. Have you checked out this museum yet?
My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who made this possible!
Happy reading... ONLINE MAGAZIE HERE
Best regards from all of us,
Elisabeth Wolf
Foto: Cover of the latest issue of Travelling in Style magazine by Kempinski Hotels

October 10th, by Elisabeth Wolf 
 ‟I’d rather take a coffee than compliments just now.
Louisa May Alcott
NEW TOUR (upon request and availability from 1 to 20 persons)
The delicious tradition we know and love as ‟Viennese Coffee House Culture” has been listed as part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2011. Stefan Zweig once described the Viennese Coffee House as an ‟institution of a special kind”, and Peter Altenberg even had his mail delivered to his local café.
Palaces were equally important in the past, of course. When the Habsburg Empirewas at its height, every noble family had to have one, ideally very close to the Emperor’s home. One might bump into the Emperor himself, by useful accident…
Join us on a guided tour of Vienna’s old town district, and hear about the literature and music inspired by the coffee house, Apfelstrudel and melange, the origins of the Schanigarten, Punschkrapfen and more. Take a walk along the beautiful Herrengasse, where palaces and coffee houses battle for much sought-after space to this day. As you go, learn about when a women was finally allowed to ‟be” at a coffee house, and how many newspapers Café Central had in the past.
And do you know why one notable café had to have an encyclopaedia as well as the daily papers? Join us to find out!
I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Photograph: Claudia Blake Photography

September 20th, 2021 by Elisabeth Wolf
As you know, all of us from Artissimi love to work with the best photographers, musicians, artists, chefs, hotels and shop owners – and are always honoured to have the chance to do so.
As you can imagine, having the chance to have our own card designed by a hugely talented artist was an offer we just couldn't refuse. We found Viola Li, 23 years young, online. After contacting Viola, we came up with an idea which became our first card motive: an image of the famous Empress Sisi – transported into the year 2021. What would Sisi do today, we wondered? Would she be an influencer? Would she shop online? How exactly would she dress? One thing is for sure: she would be wearing make-up – a complete no-go in her day. Designing our card, we try to take a look over Sisi's shoulder and into her world, and possibly even envy her with her stunning hair, woven through with those amazing diamond stars (which can even be bought at the jeweller A.E. Köchert nowadays).
If you would like to have one of our unique new cards for yourself, let us know, and we'll be more than happy to pop one in the mail for you. In the meantime, you can follow our blog and our activities online if you would like to learn more about Artissimi and its special way of experiencing the Austrian capital and its history! 
Here at Artissimi, our raison d'étre is "Let's go and explore Vienna!". We live to help our guests to truly experience new spaces and to feel and breathe history rather than simply gaze at a screen. We would like them to immerse themselves in the smells and sounds of such a unique destination in a way that will stay with them forever.
We are looking forward to showing you the very best sides of Vienna in person once again.
Until then, Herzliche Grüße from Vienna!
Elisabeth Wolf
Managing Owner
Photograph: Viola Li and Elisabeth Wolf, Artissimi

July 25th, 2021 by Elisabeth Wolf
We are so happy to be truly back in action for you again!

Pretty well everything is now permitted again (other than what was forbidden before anyway!).
We can tour the sights, take a peek behind the scenes at Vienna`s cultural institutions, and visit the Opera, Musikverein and the capital's great museums. And the best part of it? Although a new normal has begun to return, the crowds of tourists haven't!
We've not been resting on our laurels over the past eighteen months, however – far from it, in fact!
We've been using our downtime to get in better shape than ever before, freshening up our minds with training sessions and reading, working on new tours, sending out offers of upcoming events to our private guests – and most importantly, of course, beginning to host those tours once again with our guests. Many of these are from Austria and neighbouring countries, and we're confident that guests from all four corners of the world are going to start visiting Vienna from this autumn onwards.
As for this summer, we can highly recommend that you come and visit Vienna!
The capital has a host of new restaurants and coffee houses with open spaces on offer. Should the summer heat become too much, the Danube is always worth a dip – and if you've forgotten your swimming costume, Vienna is world-famous for its delicious ice cream.
A few of my top tips for your Viennese visit…
Please let us know if there's anything we can help you with – and in the meantime, have a
happy summer and "Auf Wiedersehen!
Yours sincerely,
Elisabeth Wolf
Managing Owner
Photograph: Rooftop Lamée, Claudia Blake Photography 

March 4th, 2021 by Elisabeth Wolf
2020 was an amazing experience full of new topics and challenges. It was a pleasure to produce our first videos for international clients on Vienna of course, be a few times at the national radio and even television. On an occasion we even went live with a national TV station at 6am in the morning, what an excitement! Finally I was asked to write an article on why the first district in Vienna is so special. Here we go, I love to share it with you!
We are looking very much forward to having you soon!
Meanwhile we make sure that Vienna will be even more special when you will be back!
Elisabeth Wolf
Managing Owner 
Foto: Claudia Blake Photography courtesy KHM Museumsverband

Summer 2019
Summer is my favorite month to read! I personally fancy books related to my holiday locations and of course about my passions: art, music, history and Vienna. Please find my personal reading list and don't hesitate to let me know what you think!
Happy summer!
Yours sincerely,
Elisabeth Wolf
Photograph: Melk Abbey, copyright Artissimi

After the most beautiful tour with highlights at the Upper Belvedere including paintings of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka and a walk through the superb baroque gardens, here some of my favourite books and films related to the theme:

  • "Good Living Street" by Tim Bonyhady written in English, in German the title is "Wohllebengasse"
  • all publications of the Belvedere Museum, they usually come in English and are sold in the museum shops as well as some bookstores.
  • "A little Chaos" with Kate Winslet, British period drama film by and with Alan Rickman on baroque gardening, I loved it!
  • "Vatel", French-British historical drama on how to make a party for the French King with Gérard Depardieu and Uma Thurman
  • "The Woman in Gold" with Helen Mirren, drama on the Klimt painting "Adele Bloch Bauer" and its restitution
    Photograph: Claudia Blake Photography courtesy Belvedere

Summer 2018
Artissimi's huge commitment to the city's variety of artistic treasures and the lovingly-crafted stories Elisabeth Wolf loves passing on to interested participants were recognised in 2018, when the Austrian Chamber of Commerece awarded the Artissimi founder the "Goldene Jetti 2018" in recognition of the innovative, creative, unusual and cleverly implemented concepts the successful businesswomen uses to fundamentally enrich the quality of life of people in Vienna as well as its guests.
"I love what I do. I feel like a host welcoming guests to Vienna! Elisabeth Wolf
Photograph: Claudia Blake Photography

You are a student and ask yourself what to do during autumn season in Vienna? Before you get too cozy inside your warm room, read my suggestions and get out there to not miss these exhibitions, festivals and more.

Viennale 2018 (25.10. - 08.11.18)
The international film festival will take place in Vienna's unique cinemas (Gartenbaukino, Metro Kinohaus, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus und Urania Kino). The program includes not just all kinds of movies but also talks and discussion, parties and concerts. Tickets are available online, or at the Gartenbaukino and Metro Kinohaus. For more information:

Vienna Art Week (19.11. - 25.11.18)
The motto of the Vienna Art Week 2018 is "Promising Paradise". The program with about 200 events includes everything from classic to modern art in exhibtions, talks, films and performances. A lot of famous museums of the city open their doors to show a very diverse art program for everybody who is interested. For more information:

Fesch'Markt Vienna 2018 (16.11. - 18.11.18)
On a November weekend the 17th Fesch'Markt will take place at the Ottakringer Brauerei. More than 220 young artists and designers of the field of accessories, furniture, clothing and food will present and sell their unique products. Tickets: € 4 for three days.
For more information:

Photo/Politics/Austria @ MUMOK
Until February 3rd, 2019 you will have the chance to learn more about Austrian history from 1918 until today at the museum of modern arts. The exhibition tries to visualize special events and situations with collected press photographs, interventions, newspaper cuttings, posters and film stills as "head pictures". For more information:

Antarctica. An Exhibition on Alienation. @ Kunsthalle Wien
Until February 17th, 2019 this exhibition presents the sociological discussion about the alienation of man from society through individualization, alienation from nature through urbanization and alienation from work through mechanization. By showing different contemporary artworks the topic will take you through history until present days. For more information:

Veiled, Unvieled! The Headscarf. @ Weltmuseum 
Until February 26th, 2019 the widely discussed headscarf will be the main topic in this exhibition. While traveling through time the headscarf will be presented in different countries and cultures with the hope of expanding your opinion through new aspects about it.
For more information:
Vienna, November 2018
Photograph: Claudia Blake Photography

Katrin and Elisabeth's history and art favorites for the start of the New Year:
  • "OOOM", the newest magazine in Austria. Number 00 is out just now and amazing! Very inspiring and full of unusual articles and pictures. Interesting: no ads in the very first issue, EXTRAORDINARY!
  • Our favorite exhibition in London: Alexander Calder: "Performing Sculpture", Tate Modern until April 3rd, 2016,
    see picture)
  • Our favorite exhibition in Vienna: "The Women of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka", unique paintings from all over the world until February 28th, 2016 at Unteres Belvedere,
  • Most interesting website on Austrian history also in English:
  • Amazing book on Germany's history: "Germany, Memories of a Nation", by Neil MacGregor, General Manager of the British Museum in London. The history of the Holy Roman Empire referring to their achievements such as Meissen porcelain or personalties such as Bismarck.
  • Unusual: For cat lovers: "Ulrike Müller" exhibition at MUMOK Vienna until January 31st, 2016,  followed by the only cat café in Vienna, Café Neko", 1010 Vienna, Blumenstockgasse 5,     
  • ...and many more ideas on Katrins blog:

Finally spring is in the air and we can't wait to go on an Otto Wagner (1841-1918) tour with you. To celebrate this pioneer who left many traces in and around Vienna, Artissimi prepared a special Otto Wagner walk for you. This will include Postsparkasse, Karlsplatz and of course the colourful houses on Wienzeile. For your individual tour please contact us!
Meanwhile happy spring,
yours sincerely,
Elisabeth Wolf 
Photograph: copyright artissimi

In November we visited Lucia Riccelli, the Roman painter and dancer in her amazing workshop! We had the great chance to see new and unfinished works. We got to know Lucia's ideas about art, her career, her passion, her topics and her visions. Each morning was unique and very inspiring. After the visit we walked along Gumpendorfer Strasse and continued our chats on art with Lucia in a nearby restaurant. What an exciting morning!
ooks: "Colour" by Victoria Finlay

Most amazing Picasso exhibition in Marseille, Southern France at the new MUCEM museum, an architectonical masterpiece by Rudy Riciotti directly at the sea combined with the old "Fort Saint-Jean" dating back Luis XIV. Plan half a day to see not only the exhibition but also to explore the whole museum site and have a stop in one of the excellent restaurants on top with view over the bay, it is simply wow!
"Picasso et les arts et traditions populaires" at

Everybody loved the photo tour and we thank all of you for sending us your pictures!
If you want to see more of street photography: the Joel Meyerowitz exhibit is on until November 1st, 2015.
There is an exhibit with pictures from Elliott Erwitt on the upper floor of the Leica Shop in Walfischgasse 1 (near the Opera) until January 2nd, 2016 (free entrance).
Reading corner:
Susan Sontag: "On photography"
Roland Barthes: "Camera lucida"
Joel Meyerowitz‘ blog:

For the first time in Gemany the Kunsthalle München shows an amazing, comprehensive retrospective by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), Spain's "master of light". Katrin loved it!
Until July 3rd, 2016, daily 10.00 - 20.00,

We are delighted about a series of highlights during our first tours! Our favorite feedback is:"Thank you for inventing Artissimi" and "…this is the best gift I have made to myself ever…" Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.
Please find here some of our favorite reads which are all about Vienna's history. All of these books were written originally in English: 

1) "Good Living Street", Tim Bonyhady, the history of the Gallia family who lived in Wohllebengasse in Vienna
2) "The Exiles Return" by Elisabeth de Waal
3) and finally if you have not read it already "The Hare with the Amber Eyes", by Edmund de Waal, the history of the Ephrussi family.

Artissimi is now also on Facebook.
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with regular hints, lovely pictures and "Did you know…?"

While the Artissimi group for Thursday is fully booked, we are still available for "late bookers" on Saturdays (German) and Tuesdays (English). For Fridays there is a waiting list (German). Please contact us at or 0664 26 42 042
Enjoy the "Kulturherbst" and thank you for your interest,
yours sincerely Elisabeth & Katrin

Time flew by as we were walking with charming and knowledgeable Gerti Schmidt: we loved her lecturing and entertaining us with anecdotes about history, artists, millionaires, memorials and jewish life in Vienna today. Thank you Gerti we are looking forward to another tour with you!

Reading list:
Frederic Morton:  The Forever Street
Tim Bonyhady:    The Good Living Street

THE coolest place to check out in the art world at the moment is the new Fondazione Prada in Milan. The former distillery for "Schnaps" had a total refurbishment planned by Prada architect Rem Koolhaas and shows many of Miuccia Prada's pieces of art in a new way. An experience, you should book the sooner the better! Plan lots of time to go to "Bar Luce" on the premises. Indulge in a word on its own, the Italy of the fifties with flippers and lovely colors, Cappuccino or Campari, and enjoy the view to the new landmark of the museum's world: the golden tower! 

The very first Artissimi walk took place with a fine group of 20 in the beginning of June and was a big success! The rose garden (Volksgarten) was at its best, the fountains indeed very refreshing given the delightful weather. We all enjoyed the tour including the biggest pop art collection outside of America with its finest art works at the exhibition "Ludwig Goes Pop".

We would sincerely like to thank Karola Kraus, Direcor of MUMOK Vienna on her fine introduction about the collection and welcome her to be Artissimi's first official partner!

Don't miss the exhibition which can be indeed very refreshing on a hot summer day, until September 13th, 2015 at MUMOK Vienna

Also Artissimi's 7th tour was exciting! We were all fascinated by the exhibition "Golden Times" at the Prunksaal of the National Library seeing masterpieces of manuscripts, incunabula and prints all of within a period of 200 years. Each participant probably found a favorite piece. Afterwards, the English group had the chance to visit the modern library guided by the most charming Frau Mag. Tanzberger, who not only showed us some parts of the back office but also took us to the storage rooms. As parts of these are closed on weekends, the Saturday group visited the unique Papyrus Museum guided by the most professional Mag. Resel. We were all amused about the fact that the Egyptians even had to do a tax declaration…on papyrus of course!
A vast program, after which some of us got energy back at the most delicious "Café Demel".
Last chance to see the wonderful exhibition "Golden Times",  until February 21st, 2016, TUE-SUN, 10.00-18.00, THUR until 21.00 at the Prunksaal, Josefsplatz 1,

A few hints on the subject, go online and find:
*) The most amazing libraries in the world (including 3 in Austria!)
*) 17 Bookstores, which will change your life
And one more thing:
Welttag der Fremdenführer:
February 21st, 2016, 09.30-16.00
Free guided tours (also in English) and children's tours in and around the Natural History Museum, Vienna

Artissimi with hints and news at facebook/kultouren

This was an exciting tour in and around St. Stephan's Cathedral. We travelled back to the year 1200, we saw beautifully presented St. Valentine's in his gilded glass casket, we climbed up an 800 year old spiral stair and also went down to the recently reopened chapel of St. Virgil. We discussed artwork, penance, minstrel songs and politics of our early rulers.

Reading List:
J. Le Goff: "The Birth of Europe"
Thomas Mann: "The Holy Sinner"
Régine Pernoud: "Eleonore of Aquitaine" and "Heloise and Abaelard"

What a wonderful walk through Neubau, Vienna's 7th district. Lucky as we were we saw some hidden courtyards. After so much fresh air we all were energized and continued with the most amazing masterpieces of German Expressionism in a large-scale exhibition at Leopold Museum. Finally we had a chat at Café Leopold and looked back to the most successful tours of Artissimi.
We all agreed: what a fantastic experience for all of us! 
If you have not seen "Farbenrausch" don't miss it: until January 11th, 2016 at