The Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, one of the world's greatest art museums

The Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, one of the world's greatest art museums

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) – One of the world's greatest art museums and in a palace that's a work of art itself.

Like the Louvre, serious art fans may wish to devote more than a day to its treasures. The mother of all Austrian museums – there is no other word to describe the "Kunst" other than mind boggling. It contains a world-class exhibit of the Habsburgs' art collection, including Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Bosch, and Brueghel.

Its, at the very least, a full day’s worth of sightseeing, if you intend to go through it thoroughly and attempt to ponder the importance of each major work. The better approach here is to break up sections of the museum and visit them over a series of days, or if that’s not an option, pick one section and concentrate on it alone.

Beginning with another section of the museum, it’s possible to have a lunch or light dinner in the café and then continue through the Picture Gallery until closing time (especially on Thursdays, because the Picture Gallery is open until 9PM).

The Museum has an excellent collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art. The coin & medals collection is also exhaustive in its scope. The Museum cafe is a bit pricey, but good, and in a beautiful setting. Like the Louvre, hand-held photography is permitted to help store and recall the numerous mind-boggling beautiful works of art at the Kunst.

€10 (students €7.50 / map €0.50)
Picture Gallery daily except Monday 10AM–6PM, Thursday 10AM–9PM,
U2, U3: Volkstheater;
tram D, 1, 2, 46, 49 bus 2A, 57A: Burgring Maria-Theresien-Platz (entrance),
phone 525 24 0.
www.khm.at