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from the Detroit River via Fallingwater to the Hudson River

The tour originally planned for May 2020 had to be canceled due to the covid. Information about a NEW DATE will follow EHESTMÖGLICH!


Concept: Marion Kuzmany / ARCH ON TOUR; Judith Eiblmayr / architect and architecture mediator

Guided tours: Judith Eiblmayr, as well as other architects and experts in numerous buildings, galleries and museums on site

Tour operator: Mondial GmbH & Co. KG


Bridges and bodies of water run like a red thread through the ten-day program: Panta rhei - everything is in flux. All over the world, bridges are being built to new, exciting forms of urbanism, we will get to know them in the USA. Let's get moving!

The journey starts in Detroit, one of the formerly most important industrial cities in the world. Laid out as City Beautiful on a concentric plan from 1805, Detroit quickly developed into a center of industrialization. The rapid rise as Motorcity was followed by its decline in the late 1960s - a development that can be seen in the buildings as an example; Art Déco skyscrapers, cultural buildings, factories and villas bear witness to the city's wealth at the beginning of the 20th century, buildings by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Victor Gruen from the post-war period are artifacts of urban renewal and a modernism imported by European architects. The traces of the withdrawal of industries are just as exciting: the river is clean, the city has been thinned out, nature is reclaiming the open spaces. Creative people move in and let the city bloom anew.

The overland bus takes you to Pittsburgh, a former stronghold of the steel industry, which is not only shown by numerous bridges, but also by impressive metal facades on the houses of Dowtown, the city located at the confluence of two rivers.

One of the highlights is the tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Kaufmann House, completed in 1939 and made history as Fallingwater House, one of the most impressive private houses of the modern era. Equally great is the Andy Warhol Museum, which has the largest retrospective of Warhol, the most important representative of Pop Art, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh.

New York marks the brilliant conclusion of this very special USA tour, where a large number of new buildings have been built in the last ten years: The National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero, Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center PATH Station, the super slender skyscrapers and the Hudson Yards Quarter is to be visited. The new Whitney Museum of American Art by Renzo Piano, located on the High Line, is also on the program, as is the New Art Museum by SANAA. Housed in the Hotel The Standard, there is a wonderful view of the Hudson River and the High Line, a former high-altitude railway line that has been adapted as a promenade.

Last but not least, the view from many a rooftop bar in all 3 cities provides both a fine overview and a good atmosphere!

here to the ROUTE

here for the TRAVEL PRICE


PROGRAM preview, subject to change

Eastern Time (North America) = CET - 6 hours


Friday  / Flight Vienna - Frankfurt - Detroit

check-in takes place individually

Meeting point directly at the departure gate for boarding / Vienna Airport

Flight Vienna - Frankfurt with OS

Flight Frankfurt - Detroit with LH

Bus transfer to the hotel

check-in hotel in Detroit Downtown 


Philip A. Hart Plaza: Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain / Isamu Noguchi, 1979

Renaissance Center Tower / John Portman, 1976

dinner together 

Detroit Skybridge : connecting One Woodward and The Guardian Buildings , 1929

1st night in Detroit, hotel in downtown   


Saturday  / Detroit: City Center, Mid Town and River Tour

breakfast in the hotel

Walk downtown

One Woodward Building / Minoru Yamasaki, 1962

The Guardian Building (former Union Trust) / Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, 1929

The Qube (former Chase Tower) / Albert Kahn Associates, 1959

Core's  Clock

Library Street Collective Gallery

The Belt Alley

Z park garage

Book Tower / Louis Kamper, 1926

Michigan Theater Garage

Gem & Century Theaters / George D. Mason, 1902 and 1927

Fox theater

take the QLINE tram to Midtown

Detroit Public Library

Detroit Institute of Art s / Detroit Industry Murals

individual lunch

Cadillac Place , Fisher Building , Albert Kahn Building / Albert Kahn, 1923, 1928, 1931

QLINE tram

Walk along the river bank

"Diamond Jack's River Tour" / private boat charter with dinner (pizza) on board

Walk back to the hotel

2nd night in Detroit, hotel in downtown  


Sunday / Detroit: Bike Tour, People Mover

breakfast in the hotel

Bike Tour with Jeff Potter:

Cobo Center, Ambassador Bridge, Corktown, Michigan Central Train Depot

Eastern Market / custom lunch

La Fayette Park / Mies van de Rohe

Elmwood Park and Cemetery, Heidelberg Project, ev. Russel Industrial Center, Belle Isle

back to the hotel, siesta

Round trip with the "People Mover" monorail

Walk to the Shinola Hotel , Evening Bar

dinner together

3rd night in Detroit, hotel in downtown  


Monday / Detroit: Dearborn, Southfiled and Cranbrook

breakfast in the hotel

09:30 bus ride to Dearborn

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation , individual tour

Bus to Southfiled

Shaarey Zadek Synagogue / Percival Goodman, Albert Kahn Associates, 1963 (interior view)

"drive-in lunch" on the way

Lawrence Technology University, Highland Park, Campus / 1932

Taubman Complex / Morphosis, 2015

Northland Center Mall , first shopping center / Victor Gruen, 1954

Reynolds Metals Building / Minoru Yamasaki, 1958

General Motors Technical Center (guided tour)

Affleck House / Frank Lloyd Wrigh (guided tour)

Walk through the Cranbrook Academy of Art Campus / Eliel Saarinen, from 1922

End of the hotel, free evening

4th night in Detroit, hotel in downtown  


Tuesday / road trip: Detroit - House Fallingwater - Pittsburgh

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out

Departure bus

Bus ride to Mill Run, House Fallingwater (approx. 6 hours)

lunch together in the Fallingwater Café

House Fallingwater / Frank Lloyd Wright, 1939 (guided tour)

Bus ride to Pittsburgh (approx. 1.5 hours)

check-in hotel Pittsburgh Downtown

Stroll to the "Strip District": customized dinner

1st night in Pittsburgh, hotel in downtown


Wednesday, May 20 / Pittsburgh: City Center, Andy Warhol

breakfast in the hotel


Andy Warhol Museum

City tour:

PPG Pla c e / Philip Johnson, John Burgee Architects, 1984

United Steelworke r s Building / Curtis and Davis, 1963

US Steel Tower, 1967

Three Gateway Center, 1952

Alcoa Building, 1953

University of Pittsburgh campus, individual lunch

with the Monongahela funicular to Mt. Washington

Walk with a view of the city

dinner together at Mt. Washington

Taxi back to the hotel

2nd night in Pittsburgh, hotel in downtown


Thursday / Pittsburgh - New York: Lower Manhattan

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out

Bus transfer (public) to the airport

Flight Pittsburgh - New York LGA with Delta

Bus transfer to the hotel

check-in hotel in New York

individual lunch


9/11 Memorial Museum / Davis Brody Bond, 2014

World Trade Center PATH Station / Santiago Calatrava, 2016

New Museum of Contemporary Art / SANAA, 2007

dinner together

1st night in New York


Friday / New York: Central Park, upper Manhattan


Metro to Columbus Circle

VIA 57 WEST / BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, 2015 (from outside)

Lincoln Center, West Broadway Walk

Central Park

Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright, 1959

lunch together at " The Wright "

Mo M A / Yoshio Taniguchi, 2004 ( Neueröffnu n g in October 2019)

Austrian Cultural Forum / Raimund Abraham, 2002

Rockefeller Cent e r / Top of the Rock Observation Deck

        View, including on uptown: "super slender skyscrapers"

Evening free, optional: 230 Fifth Rooftop

2nd night in New York  


Saturday / New York: Hudson Yards, Midtown, Brooklyn



New York City Highli n e / Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2003

Metal Shutter House / Shigeru Ban, 2011

David Zwirner Gallery / Selldorf Architects, 2013

IAC Building (office) / Frank Gehry, 2007

100 Eleventh Avenue (condominium) / Jean Nouvel, 2010

High Line 23 (apartment building) / Neil M. Denari Architects, 2009

High Line Nine Galleries

The Shed  / Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2019

Hudson Yards Vessel / Heatherwick Studio, 2019

Hudson Yards / KPF, BIG, SOM, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rockwell Group

Hudson Yards Edge (observation deck)


Walking Tour: Midtown Manhattan

Flat Iron Building / Daniel Burnham, 1902

Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, 1931

Times square

Bryant Park

Chrysler Building / William Van Alen, 1930

Ferry: East 34th Street Pier to Astoria Pier, Brooklyn

Isamu Noguchi Museum


dinner together possibly in Brooklyn

then: Le Bain (penthouse discotheque in the Standard Highline Hotel)

3rd night in New York


Sunday / New York - Vienna


short walk

Whitney Museum of American Art / Renzo Piano, 2015

leisure time

Bus transfer to the airport

Flight New York JFK - Vienna with OS (arrival the next day)


Monday / arrival in Vienna



Day 1 / flight Vienna - Frankfurt: with Austrian Airlines, flight Frankfurt - Detroit with Lufthansa 

Day 2 - 5 / DETROIT / 4 nights (including breakfast) in Detroit Downtown on the Detroit River and within walking distance of the city center

Day 5 / road trip by bus from Detroit to Pittsburgh, visit to House Fallingwater

5. -7. Day / PITTSBURGH / 2 nights (incl. Breakfast) in Pittsburgh Downton on the Monongahela River and within walking distance of the city center

Day 7 / Flight Pittsburgh - New York LGA with Delta 

Day 7-10 / NEW YORK / 3 nights (including breakfast) in the super chic Meatpacking District on the Hudson River

Day 10 / flight New York JFK - Vienna / direct flight with Austrian Airlines 

Day 11 / arrival in Vienna

back to the PROGRAM


TRAVEL PRICE will be announced as soon as possible


Included: flights (economy class) from / to Vienna, outward flight with Lufthansa via Frankfurt to Detroit and direct return flight with Austrian Airlines from New York, 1 domestic flight Pittsburgh - New York with Delta, 9 nights with breakfast in special hotels in the best central locations ( see route and program), airport transfers, coaches, excursion boats, public transport (monorail, funicular, metro, ...), 9 meals together without drinks in selected restaurants according to the program, all admissions to museums, etc., bike tour, guided tours, program and project brochure as well as continuous specialist tours by Dr. DI Judith Eiblmayr and expert moderation

by DI Marion Kuzmany

Not included: individual meals and individual programs, drinks in the restaurants and bars, taxi rides


(Inquiries for individuals in a double room are welcome and, if requested, can be referred to a possible roommate.)



Photos: ARCH ON TOUR archive, Judith Eiblmayr

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