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“History within history”
Review of Dorotheum

Ranked #114 of 815 things to do in Vienna
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Dorotheum was founded in 1707 and is the largest auction house in central Europe. Visit here not only to view the building itself but also the items available for auction over a range of more than 40 sales categories.

There are several floors showcasing the items, including artworks, jewellery and specialist pieces such as historical scientific instruments, old posters and toys.

This is a great place to visit, especially since it's not on the radar of the typical tourist. Plan to spend at least 2 hours looking around, longer if you are interested in antiques.

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Reviewed 28 February 2013

I already knew about the Dorotheum before we spent a month in Vienna last September. It is one of the largest auction houses (pawn shop) in the world situated in a former convent on a narrow street near Stephensplatz. The architecture inside alone is worth the visit with the beautiful center staircase a focus when you enter. If you are interested in antiques, plan to spend half a day here just looking at the beautiful things in the glass cases located on several floors. Most of them are for sale and have prices on them. Some of the items are new. If you are looking for a special souvenir for someone, you will find it here. That was why I was here this visit.The antique jewelry is especially worthwhile to peruse. My husband bought me a lovely delicate old diamond necklace whose history I can only imagine. I bought a pair of hand crafted silver grape scissors made in 1865 detailed with Bacchus cherubs and grape vines along the handles. Once home, I had it mounted in a shadow box lined with burgundy velvet for a great Christmas gift for my daughter. You will see complete porcelain tea services from the eighteenth century as well as jewel settings created for the aristocracy. The fun is not necessarily in the buying but in the looking. There is a spacious cafe on the second floor. Take a peek through the doors at its side (not for public use) to see the lovely antique iron staircase. There is also an auction scheduled several times daily in a second floor room. Many of the bidders send professional representatives to conduct bidding for them on objects d'art although there are also casual bidders present. Best of all, there is no admission fee.

4  Thank Pavlonia
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

On route to the Albertina we saw the banners outside the Dorotheum. We assumed that it was a musuem but was not listed in my guidebook. We had to investigate and what a delightful surprise. A stunning building over 4 floors filled with an incredible range of antiques, fine art and collectibles. But its main purpose is an auction house and as the previous contributor reported it is an odd experience to walk around what appears to be a top class musuem and gallery, but that everything is for sale.

Whilst you may not want to go out of your way to visit Dorotheum, if you are nearby and spot the large red banners it is worth popping in. There is a well appointed cafe on the second floor and if you have limited mobility there are lifts to all floor.

3  Thank luckjon
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

This Auction house is a kind of museum and it's free. You even can by some of the things directly. In this Palais Dorotheum there was a display of things from the Kaiserhaus (Sissi and Franz Joseph) as the auction was in two days. There even were some things we hadn't seen in the Sissi-museum in the Hofburg (her silk riding trousers), others we had seen. As there are different auctions every week, 4 to six times a week, you don't know what you will see unless you go to the website (www. dorotheum.com). A week before the auction you can see the things from Monday to Friday 10 AM till 6 PM, and on Saturday 9 AM till 5 PM. You can walk in and have a look around. On the ground floor, there is a large display room behind the stairs, When you go ustairs, there is a room for jewellery and much more. The address: Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Wien

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