Begin at the Kunstkammer
houses the over 2,100 objets d'art
that were collected and commissioned by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg. Spanning almost a millennium, the collection includes ivory carvings and miniatures, timepieces, paintings, intricate sculptures, wall-hangings, coins, weapons, and a wide range of curiosities. At the heart of the exhibit you will find Cellini’s celebrated salt cellar, the Saliera. A range of automatons, such as the gilded miniature model of a ship with musicians playing on its deck, are especially popular with children.
Take a break at the Cupola Cafe
Stop in the marble Cupola Hall
to refresh yourself with a coffee or tea and a traditional Viennese pastry. While you rest, take in the breathtaking architecture of the building’s cavernous interior.
Discover the world’s largest Bruegel Collection
Then stroll through the Picture Gallery, sourced from the century-old collections of the House of Habsburg. Art history enthusiasts shouldn't miss the world’s largest collection
of paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, but be sure to leave some time for the other old masters
. The gallery features works by Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. October 2017 marks the start of the KHM's special Rubens exhibit
. 2018 will bring the first major Bruegel monograph
in honor of the 450th anniversary of the artist's death.
The Grand Finale: Klimt in Focus
On your way out, be sure to stop at the Swarovski telescope for a detailed look at the beautiful frescoes
above the main staircase. Painted by Gustav Klimt
and his artist collective, the frescoes depict personifications of different periods of art.