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The highlight of the Museum of Art History is its extensive Picture Gallery. The number of grand masters you’ll encounter is dazzling. You can see works by Raphael, Rubens, Bruegel and Titian among other greats. Also look for other treasures collected during the Habsburg Dynasty. Inspect Egyptian and other ancient antiquities before admiring some of the oldest coins in the world in the Coin Cabinet.
The KHM, or Kunsthistorischesmuseum (Museum of Art History) was built in 1891 for the purpose of housing the considerable art collection of the Habsburgs, the imperial rulers of Austria. Opposite the Ringstraße, a semi-circular building houses the Neue Burg (New Palace). On one side it is flanked by the Imperial Treasury and nearby is the Theseustempel. These buildings are all part of the KHM museum group. In 2013 the KHM reopened the Kunstkammer (Art Room) after nearly a decade of restorations.
Take in the exterior’s grand design. Then venture inside to discover the rich neo-Baroque decorations of this splendid museum before checking out the collections.
The Kunstkammer shows objects from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In the main gallery, view masterpieces like Raphael’s Madonna of the Meadow and Tintoretto’s Susanna and the Elders. The museum also contains the world’s largest collection of works by the Flemish Renaissance painter, Pieter Bruegel.
Once you’ve browsed the paintings, move on to the other fine art and history objects. The Armory exhibit is one of the finest in Europe, while the Egyptian, Greek and Roman collections contain artifacts spanning a period of over 3,000 years. Don’t miss the most comprehensive coin collections in the world, with over 700,000 pieces including early examples of paper money.
The Kunsthistorischesmuseum on the Maria-Theresien-Platz, is located along the Ringstraße in central Vienna. It is best reached by taking public transportation or by walking from the city center. The museum is open daily, except most Mondays and some public holidays, and stays open on Thursday evenings. The Neue Burg has more limited opening hours. Those 19 and older pay an admission fee.
Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spanish Riding School, Hofburg Imperial Palace, and Burgtheater. St. Stephen's Cathedral and Vienna State Opera are also within 15 minutes. Herrengasse U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Schottentor U-Bahn is 7 minutes.
Located in Josefstadt, this hotel is steps from Palais Auersperg and Vienna City Hall Area. Austrian Parliament Building and Museum of Natural History are also within 10 minutes. Rathaus U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Volkstheater U-Bahn is 7 minutes.
Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is steps from Vienna State Opera and Albertina. Secession Building and Museum of Art History are also within 10 minutes. Karlsplatz U-Bahn is 6 minutes by foot and Museumsquartier U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Josefstadt, this hotel is steps from Palais Auersperg and Vienna City Hall Area. Museum of Natural History and Austrian Parliament Building are also within 10 minutes. Volkstheater U-Bahn is only a 5-minute walk and Rathaus U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Neubau, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Volkstheater, Leopold Museum, and Museumsquartier. Museum of Natural History and Museum of Art History are also within 10 minutes. Volkstheater U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Museumsquartier U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Josefstadt, this hotel is steps from Theater in der Josefstadt and Vienna City Hall Area. Austrian Parliament Building and Burgtheater are also within 10 minutes. Rathaus U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Volkstheater U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area, Burgtheater, and University of Vienna. Austrian Parliament Building and Spanish Riding School are also within 15 minutes. Schottentor U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Schottenring U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Musikverein and Vienna State Opera. St. Charle's Church and Spanish Riding School are also within 10 minutes. Karlsplatz U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Resselgasse Station is 6 minutes.