It all begins at the music museum
Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Vivaldi, Mahler, Beethoven… very few cities in the world have been the home of so many great musicians. It is not surprising then that music lovers can't get enough of Vienna and its many legendary locations. Let's set off for a day retracing the footsteps of the great names in music.
After enjoying a breakfast of sachertorte – the traditional chocolate gateau – head for the House of Music, right in the city centre.
As soon as you enter the museum, you are taken right back to the origins of sound and music. You are immediately immersed in a dark room: the “sonosphere”. Intrauterine noises like those a foetus hears resound in your ears. Moving from one room to the next, you will discover the mechanics of sound before eventually arriving at the modern history of Austrian music and that of its great composers. The unique layout of this museum space will immerse you in the world of all the great names of Austrian music. An introduction which sets the tone.
House of Music (Haus der Musik)
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From Haydn to Mozart
Continue to the north of the city and gaze on the façade of St. Stephen's Cathedral and its very distinctive brightly-coloured roof. It was there that Joseph Haydn received his musical training. Once inside, admire the Gothic décor and tread the tiled floor which witnessed the weddings of Vivaldi, Salieri, Schubert and Gluck.
Farther off, tucked away in a quiet street, is the house of the most famous name in great music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself. The entire 1,000 m² of this museum, which was the composer's home between 1784 and 1787, is devoted to telling the story of the genius's life. It was within these walls that Mozart put pen to paper to create what would later become The Marriage of Figaro.
St Stephens's Cathedral
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An afternoon in Beethoven's shoes
After our time spent with the creator of Don Giovanni, let's retrace the footsteps of Beethoven. Destination: the great composer's house, in Probusgasse. This emotionally charged place was where the master wrote his last testament, a moving letter addressed to his brother. The 14 rooms of this house-turned-museum are devoted to the virtuoso's life and prolific work. A life so intense that it also inspired the painter Gustav Klimt. Head next to the Secession Palace and lose yourself in the 34 metres of the Beethoven frieze, painted in 1902. A masterpiece which is a landmark in the history of art.
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Coffee, piano and Vienna waltzes
To conclude this musical day, why not drop into the Café Central and sample some of Schubert's favourite drinks? Every evening, from 5 pm onwards, a pianist plays the greatest of the Viennese waltzes in a flamboyant neo-Gothic setting. The menu is jam-packed with the city's specialities, with a wide choice of coffees and pastries and, for dinner, bread-crumbed escalopes of veal: the unmissable schnitzels. In the end, that is also what Vienna is about: sophisticated food, sublime architecture and entrancing melodies in the background.
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