Morning visit to the Vienna Secession which was constructed by Joseph Maria Olbrich in a modern Art Nouveau style in 1897/8 and remains one of the best-known buildings in Vienna. The leafwork dome ("golden cabbage") is the symbol of the Secession, which was an artistic movement in 1896, where Gustav Klimt and a number of other artists quit the conservative Künstlerhaus and founded a new art association. See the famous Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt on display in the Seccession. Continue to the Schloss Belvedere, Prince Eugène of Savoy’s summer palace, which is considered one of the finest examples of late baroque architecture in Europe. Visit the oberes (upper) palace, which houses a superb collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, including works by Klimt, Renoir and Schiele. Here, in the Great Hall, The Staatsvertrag or Austrian Independence Treaty was signed by the Allied occupying powers (France, United Kingdom, United States and Soviet Union) and the Austrian Government in 1955.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Walk to visit the newly-opened Liechtenstein City Palace which has one of the finest Baroque grand staircases in Vienna and staterooms with Baroque stucco ceilings, opulent neo-Rococo interiors and original furnishing. It houses a collection of artworks from the Biedermeier and Classism periods. Return to the hotel. Dinner under own arrangements.
Optional evening opera performance at the Wiener Staatsoper of Richard Strauss’ Arabella.