The Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket — the best deal in Vienna

Just some of what you can see with the The Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket is the best thing you will ever buy in Vienna

If you are looking for the best deal in Vienna, you cannot beat the Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket. Not only is it cheap at 34 euros per person but, if you are under 25, it’s just 19 euros.

But it’s not just the cheapness of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket that makes it the best deal in Vienna, it is that you get to go to all seven branches of the museum (six in Vienna, one in Innsbruck) when you want, 365 days a year, and stay as long as you like.

And, when I say branches of the museum, I’m not just talking about average museums here, because, let’s face it, we’re in Vienna. The city of opulence, elegance and some of the most incredibly palatial buildings you have ever seen.

So yes, the Kunsthistorisches Museum buildings themselves are amazing before you even get started looking at their phenomenal collections (and I cannot even explain how huge these collections are — you really have to go and see for yourself).

The Kunsthistorisches Museum

Now, I only bought my Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket a couple of weeks ago and, during that time, I have just visited the main branch of the museum.

I went with friends, we stayed about three hours and only had to leave because there is so much to see, and the building is so extravagantly gorgeous, we were starting to feel a little overwhelmed.

But if you enjoy collections that cover everything from Egyptian artifacts and Greek and Roman antiquities to ancient coins and an absolutely enormous collection of paintings (so large some of the rooms have works displayed four-paintings-high), you will adore the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Paintings too include some of the world’s most famous — Raphael’s Madonna of the Meadow, Pieter Brueghel’s The Tower of Babel, Rembrandt’s Self Portrait, Caravaggio’s Madonna of the Rosaryand on and on.

And what I loved so much about this particular museum other than the opulently marbled and grand building itself, which is so beautiful I could stay in it all day, is that much of the collection comes from the Habsburg monarchy (a royal dynasty that ruled over much of Europe from 1438 to 1918). So you can wander around imagining members of this royal family living among these gorgeous pieces, picking them up, admiring them, using them and playing with them.

This dynasty collected the most extravagant things from intricate automatons to old scientific instruments, the Krumau Madonna sculpture, the Cellini Salt Cellar made by Benvenuto Cellini for Francis I of France, ostrich eggs, gorgeously designed game boards, tiny golden statues, things you have never seen before and will likely never see again.

In all, more than 2,200 works of art all exhibited in 20 of the most stunning galleries.

Now, I’ve been to museums all over Europe, Asia and North America, and I’ve never seen anything as incredible as the Kunstkammer Wien, the name the museum has given to this enormous Habsburg collection.

Which other museums are included in the Annual Ticket price?

As for what else will the Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket gain you entry to?

Six other museums — five of which are in Vienna, and one is in Innsbruck so, if you get there, you have somewhere to visit with free admission as well.

These museums are:

the Neue Burg

the Imperial Treasury Vienna

the Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna

the Ambras Castle Innsbruck

the Austrian Theatre Museum

the Welt Museum (which is currently closed for renovation and will open in the autumn, 2017)

What else do you get with the Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket?

Once you buy the Annual Ticket, which is valid for a year from the day you buy it, you will also get a 10 percent discount off most things you buy in the museum shops (which have a huge selection of really beautiful and unique souvenir and gift items).

You will also get free admission to all the temporary exhibits the seven museums have throughout the year, and 50 percent off the price of their fabulous audio guided tours (which I intend to buy next time I go and am not with friends, as there is just so much to learn about the hundreds of thousands of historical artifacts the Kunsthistorisches Museum branches house).

Give a fabulous gift

And, of course, if you are looking for the ‘gift that goes on giving’ for someone who lives in Vienna or visits the city often, you can buy the Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket in the form of a gift voucher that the person just has to exchange for the actual ticket the next time they visit one of the seven museums.

Honestly, I can’t think of a better gift to give anyone that loves art, history, culture and…museums, as the Kunsthistorisches Museum locations are really some of the finest in the world.

And yes, me, having only lived in Vienna for nine months and with my newly purchased Annual Ticket, I have already decided I will be buying a Kunsthistorisches Museum Annual Ticket every year for the rest of my life. They are that good of a deal and what you get in exchange is beyond compare.

You can find out more about the Annual Ticket at the museum’s website or, if you are under 25, you can buy it directly online for just 19 euros.

There is also a documentary called The Great Museum, which shows the daily life of what goes on in the Kunsthistorisches Museum during a renovation. It is apparently available on Netflix but, sadly, not here in Austria. (*Hint: If you search for the keywords ‘watch The Great Museum‘ online, you’ll find a slew of sites where you can watch it. Sorry, Netflix, but if you refuse to get licensing for the country in which the museum is located, I don’t have any other choice).

You can watch the video trailer for The Great Museum below my Instagram post.

You will find the Kunsthistorisches Museum at Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien. They are open every day except Monday from 10am to 6pm. From June to August, the museum is open every day. The main museum is also open on Thursdays from 10am to 9pm.

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