Itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome to Austria, check in to your hotel and relax.

Overnight in Vienna

DAY 2

We begin our trip with a visit to the State Opera, built in the neo-renaissance style which is home to some of the finest musicians in the western classical world. Built in the mid 19th century, this building has seen the best of performers and performances from across the globe. Today we will be touring not only from the outside but going backstage to see the working of this opera.

Today we have yet another highlight of the city, the Belvedere, a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the third district of the city, on the south-eastern edge of its centre. Today, it houses some of the most artistic and historical artefacts of the country. As well as the Belvedere, Hildebrandt’s (the chief architect) most outstanding achievements include the Schloss Hof Palace, which was also commissioned by Prince Eugene, the Schwarzenberg Palace (formerly known as the Mansfeld–Fondi Palace), the Kinsky Palace, as well as the entire Göttweig Monastery estate in the Wachau Valley.

We begin our tour with the city’s highlight, the Schonbrunn Palace. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs

Another structure that holds a leading position in the performing arts space is the National Theatre (Burgtheatre), built in 1776. It is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world.

Overnight in Vienna

 

DAY 3

The beginning of any modern architecture tour in Vienna has to be from the infamous Haas House, one of the most controversial buildings of the 20th century. When commissioned, Hans Hollein’s design for a modern, concrete and glass building across St. Stephen’s Cathedral was not taken to lightly by the Viennese population. Today, it is one of the most famous buildings in Vienna.

Next is the colorful and exciting structure by the architect Friedrich Hundertwasser, the Hundertwasser House. The city’s most bizarre apartment was themed on the concept of nature and man thereby giving birth to new architectural shapes.

Part of the Vienna Business Park is the Vienna Twin Towers, which are 126m and 138m tall respectively interconnected with numerous bridges. The glass edifice is the pride of Vienna

For those in the arts field, there is one place not to be missed-the Museum of Applied Arts. Continuing to The Gasometer, this once industrial complex today comprises everything from several hundred flats to offices to shopping centres. The 75m high structures are hard for anyone not to gape at.

Lastly, we have one of the other big projects, the MuseumsQuartier, an entire complex showcasing a breadth of works by artists across era is of particular interests to tourists here.

Overnight in Vienna

DAY 4

Post breakfast we head for a long drive to a neighbour, Czech Republic! After checking in and having lunch, we head out.

This evening, we visit the National Theatre. Built in the late 19th century, it of three artistic ensembles–opera, ballet and drama–which alternate in their performances in the historic building of the National Theatre, in the Theatre of the Estates and in the Kolowrat Theatre. All three artistic ensembles select their repertoire not only from the rich classical heritage, but in addition to local authors they focus their attention on modern world output.

Overnight in Prague

DAY 5

For today, we have an interesting visit. The Architectural Institute of Prague, which is an international college offering a variety of courses to pursue awaits us. We will get to visit the campus in addition to interacting with students & faculty besides being shown their works. A great opportunity to exchange ideas is at hand with one of the best colleges in this part of the world.

For the second half of the day, we visit the Prague Castle, a complex in Prague, Czech Republic, dating from the 9th century. The castle has been a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia and is the official residence and office of the President. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it. The castle is said to be the largest on earth occupying an area of over 70,000 square metres. Enjoy the day exploring this amazing structure.

Overnight in Prague

DAY 6

We begin the day with a visit to the Franz Kafka society, carrying the torch of literature named aptly after the most popular Czech born German writer is housed in a small one storey building that was once used for laundry. Once a dimly lit structure, today the open windows of the building flood enough light to illuminate the library on the first floor. Besides this, it is used for conferences, exhibitions and lectures.

Next is the Czech National Library, strikingly distinct with its purple and yellow colors draping a blob-like shape. The outcome of a competition, this was built by a Czech born London based architect, Jan Kaplicky. The radical design is a treat for anyone who otherwise sees either glitzy buildings or baroque cathedrals.

Proceeding to Villa Muller, a structure built in 1930 is an example of the early modernist architecture. Embracing economy, minimalism and space, this structure was restored around 2000 and opened to the public as a cultural monument. Following this is Revitalisation of the Crucifix Bastion, originally built in the 14th century by Emperor Charles IV, today stands as an important modernist structure thanks to a competition held in 2007. The addition of an open-air café and gallery on the site of a ruined building of 19th-century date has only added to the minimalism with which it houses several exhibitions and social functions today.

Lastly, we have the Dancing House, one of the most visited structures of Prague was once a controversial piece of art now appreciated by many for the radical curvy design by architect Frank Gehry built in 1996.

Overnight in Prague

DAY 7

Check out as we take a plethora of architectural knowledge back home!

» Please note that the itinerary is tentative and all inclusions are subject to availability at the time of booking
» All workshops and factory visits are subject to being operated and availability
» Meals will be provided as applicable in all the tours