Vienna Palaces & Art

Vienna’s elegance belies the intellectual and artistic fire that has kept it on top of the culture capital hierarchy for centuries. It is the cradle of Modernism, Freudian psychology, architectural innovation, the Waltz, urban planning, farm-to-table cuisine (and wine!)…and the list goes on. This year, the city is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its World’s Fair—putting it back in the spotlight. This fall, you can join Vienna insider and travel expert Elisabeth Wolf to explore Vienna’s past and present—going behind closed doors to discover the city’s hidden treasures and meet the founding families who still sit atop the Vienna scene. With private tours of the Belvedere Palace (a masterpiece of bygone aristocratic splendor, which houses Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss) and the Spanish Riding School, as well as an exclusive visit to the Liechtenstein Garden Palace and shopping at Vienna’s finest family-owned ateliers, you will understand what makes this subtle powerhouse one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Along the way, indulge at top restaurants with your fellow travelers and enjoy downtime at the iconic Hotel Sacher.

This year, Vienna celebrates the 150th anniversary of its World’s Fair, making it a must-watch center for arts and culture. Read our full report on why to go to Vienna now, here.

What to Expect

For this special journey, we are thrilled to partner with Elisabeth Wolf to bring you unmatched access to private experiences in Vienna. Highlights of this itinerary include the opportunity to:

  • Go behind closed doors in Vienna’s sprawling palaces to survey private family art and design collections, with works by revered European artists and items that once belonged to the imperial family—all of which provide insight into the rich history of the Habsburg Monarchy.
  • Spend an evening gaining an inside look at the Belvedere Palace—an architectural masterpiece of bygone aristocratic splendor which  houses Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, among many works by the artist and his contemporaries Egon Schiele and Helene Funke—presented in dialogue with other international masters (like Monet, Van Gogh and Rodin) as well as periods preceding and posthumous. Enjoy guided touring, cocktails and canapés, after the palace has closed to the public.
  • Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Spanish Riding School, an Austrian institution, to view the gleaming Lipizzaner horses, who will proudly demonstrate their skills.
  • Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Liechtenstein Garden Palace—a historical gem of Vienna for over 300 years, where some of the Liechtenstein family’s most prestigious art holdings are kept (including works by Rubens, Raphael and Rembrandt)—as well as a visit to the former summer residence of the Habsburgs: the Schönbrunn Palace and its Baroque gardens.
  • Discover the extensive art collections of the imperial family, including the world’s largest collection of works by Bruegel the Elder, with a trip to the Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum.
  • Learn about the Habsburg family with a tour of the Hofburg imperial apartments—authentically refurbished rooms that house the Sisi Museum and a collection of personal items belonging to the enigmatic empress.
  • Shop like royalty at some of Vienna’s Vienna’s finest family-owned ateliers: Wilhelm Jungmann & Neffe for beautiful textiles; A. E. Köchert, the world-famous jewelry store; J. & L. Lobmeyr, for intricate glass homeware; and Scheer, a shoe manufacturer that has been in operation since 1816.
  • Explore the Wachau Valley, Austria’s most famous wine-growing region, where you will visit the charming towns of Melk and Dürnstein—and discover why Austrian wines, though perhaps less celebrated than those of their French and Italian neighbors, are in fact some of the finest in Europe.
  • Stay at one of the city’s most iconic luxury hotels (and one of the oldest family-owned hotels in Europe)—the Hotel Sacher.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For any questions, please reach out to our team at

  • When
    September 24 – 29, 2023
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Art Lovers , Romantics

This Journey's Host


Elisabeth Wolf has always loved the arts, classical music, travel and nature—she is inspired by beautiful things. For many years, she chose to focus on these personal passions by way of the tourism industry. As a Vienna insider and Austria guide, Elisabeth has planned a multitude of luxury events. She is licensed to provide exclusive cultural experiences and is fluent in multiple languages.


As one of Indagare’s founding team members—and as a former magazine editor at Hearst with Melissa Biggs Bradley—he traveled extensively. Now, John is the Destinations Director for Indagare, sharing his profound expertise across departments. He is one of our most experienced and beloved Insider Journey hosts, having escorted Indagare guests all over the world. He personally curated and vetted our itinerary to Vienna, to provide our travelers with the best experience possible.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    September 24 – 29, 2023
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 14 travelers
  • Host
    Elisabeth Wolf & Indagare's John Cantrell
  • From


  • Five nights’ accommodations at Hotel Sacher (Deluxe Room) as detailed in the itinerary. Indagare can arrange higher category accommodation upgrades, subject to availability.
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Group transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles, as well as airport transfers to/from the hotel
  • Expert guides and drivers, including your hosts, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • All gratuities
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical services for the duration of the trip


  • International transportation to/from Vienna
  • Meals not specified and premium or alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Trip and medical insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

Indagare has selected articles from our website and magazine to prepare you for your journey. Peruse inspiring slideshows, insider tips, reading lists and more.

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