JUST A FEW IDEAS...
Below you'll find one or two of the ideas and examples we have had for programmes recently. As you can see, we try to keep it creative - it's always a pleasure to fine-tune our clients' programmes to their exclusive requirements as well as consulting personally on a wide range of topics including music, fashion, fine dining, galleries, museums and much, much more. We have huge amounts of experience in providing the VIP experiences and luxury tours our clients expect to enjoy.
We look forward to exceeding your expectations in any way we possibly can!
Photograph: Claudia Blake Photography courtesy of Hotel Lamee
SHOPPING WITH THE EMPRESS
This walk through the city takes you to former court suppliers. These places, where the glamour of the Austrian monarchy survives to this today, are still alive and kicking. One good example is the shop of former court purveyor, whose beautiful textiles await your delectation even now. Then there is world-famous jeweller A. E. Köchert, its current owners the sixth generation of the Köchert family to have managed the outlet. Shoe manufacturer Scheer has been around since 1816, and likewise spans seven generations. This is one of our most exclusive tours, and because this is Artissimi, we will even be taken for a look behind the scenes.
Photograph: Claudia Blake Photography courtesy of A.E. Köchert
In Artissimi's groundbreaking Upper Belvedere programme participants can rent a castle and enjoy a tour with Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka on their own...
Photography courtesy of Belvedere
"SOMETHING IMPRACTICAL CANNOT BE BEAUTIFUL", Otto Wagner
By the end of the nineteenth century, Vienna was rapidly becoming the perfect state for the innovative ideas of architect and urban planner Otto Wagner, born in the city in 1841. The functional and floral buildings Wagner brought to life in his projects continue to define the look and feel of Vienna to this day, and the Austrian capital could justifiably be described as a vast outdoor museum to the great man's achievements.
Photo: copyright Artissimi
FROM ART NOUVEAU TO WIEN MODERN
The period of artistic expression and change that exploded in Vienna from 1890 to 1910 is widely viewed as one of the most culturally influential and significant in the great city's history. In two short decades, such world-changing names as Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner rose to prominence in the field of architecture, Josef Hoffmann, Kolo Moser and Wiener Werkstätte in design, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in painting, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schönberg in music, and last (but quite certainly not least), Siegmund Freud through psychoanalysis.
Depending on the weather and time available to us, we can organise a wonderful tour of Vienna this ground-breaking period in intimate detail and taking in the following gems:
- The Otto Wagner houses on Wienzeile
- "Secession" including the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt
- The "Café Museum" and Palmenhaus at the Hofburg
- "Looshaus" on Michaelerplatz
- "Artaria Haus" at Kohlmarkt
- The "Engel Apotheke"
- "Zacherlhaus" on Tuchlauben
- "Knize" at Graben
Photography: Looshaus am Michaelerplatz by Elisabeth Wolf
STREET ART IN VIENNA
FROM VANDALISM TO THE WHITE HOUSE
Specially-marked walls invite artists from all over the world to spray in the Austrian capital. Elisabeth Wolf has been researching the field for many years now, has participated in tours in and host of different countries and workshops and is experienced in making this tour the huge success it has become. Joint the tour to see the most amazing walls in Vienna, including work by local and international artists as well as walk over the Donaukanal, a famous area for spraying. You will also learn about the techniques, books and festivals involved, and hear the story of how the street art that made it to the White House then crossed the Atlantic and did so all over again. Taking pictures on this tour is a must.
If you would like to get goint on your own, be sure not to miss the book on Viennese street art by Thomas Grötschnig "Vienna Murals or @viennamurals
Photograph: copyright Artissimi
GOTHIC ALTARS AND BYZANTINE PRINCESSES
The altar at the museum of the Scottish Abbey in Vienna shows the eldest view of the city in existence, one of the most impressive and valuable pieces of its time. The artist, who lived in the Middle Ages, is unknown, and continues to guard his secrets well to this day; one of the few things we do know is that he had huge influence on artists across the region and beyond. A walk through the surrounding area then lets participants pick up the trails of the Byzantine Princesses who brought art and music to Vienna during the Babenberger period. This walk is particularly enjoyable in the winter months and can be booked as a Christmas walk.
Photograph: Museum Schottenstift, Vienna