Our tour kicks off with a Viennese classic that has well earned its title and is one of the most beautiful art nouveau buildings in Vienna, within walking distance of Zara’s alma mater. The impressive entranceway bears the inscription ‘Der Zeit ihre Kunst, der Kunst ihre Freiheit’ (To every age its art, to every art its freedom). The Secession Building was built in 1898 by Joseph Maria Olbrich as a venue for exhibitions and collections for the up-and-coming bohemian art scene centred around Gustav Klimt. The population at the time was disappointed by how new and out of place the building looked compared to those surrounding it. Today, the Secession hosts rotating exhibitions showcasing the work of international artists. One special feature is the view from the cupola, which is not usually accessible to visitors. It was renovated only recently, a process during which some of the gold leaf went missing. ‘Went missing’, or ‘was stolen’, as others would say. ‘Gfladert’ as Viennese would say.