This is lovely little museum in Eisenstadt and it was a place we had to go to because Haydn does really have a special place in the history of music. He is considered to be the creator of the string quartet and his works did help to advance the symphony to a high form of music. Mozart called him Papa Haydn.
Eisenstadt and Haydn belong together. Haydn began a career that spanned 40 years in 1761 when he took a psotion with the Esterhazy family first as assistant musical director and then musical director. Five years after his appointment he got and lived for 12 years in a Baroque house built on the site of todays Haydngasse 21. The museum contains some original instruments and furnishings, plus mementoes, portraits and manuscripts of his works. Every year there are special exhibitions about links between Haydn and other composers from the region. When we were there it was about Haydn and Beethoven so we were very lucky. The exhibits are multimedia and very well done.Related to:
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This is in Eisenstadt so it means an early start for a day out from Vienna - but we had it and had a wonderful day out. The town was part of Hungary until 1918. In the town is the Esterhazy palace where Haydn worked as Kapellmeister for 30 years, the house where he lived and the church with his tomb. The church is a short walk from the palace.
Opposite the palace is a lovely statue of the composer Liszt.
This little village which in close to the Hungarian border is about an hours drive from Vienna and it has a little house which is a museum. It is where Haydn and his brother Micheal were born. The mueum is small but interesting as it documents the composers life.
Haydn's father was a farmer-wheelwright. When Haydn was very young he showed great talent, so at the age of 5 he was given into the care of a Hainburg schoolmaster called Franck. Franck taught him the basics of music and then when Haydn was 8 years old he went to Vienna as a choirboy at St. Stephen's.
In 1761 he was made vice-kapellmeister to Prince Paul Esterhazy at Eisenstadt in Hungary. He remained in the Esterhazy household for 30 years. Prince paul and his successor Nikolaus were both music lovers.
In 1790 Prince Nikolaus died and Haydn's service to the household ended, although he was left a salary. Haydn then went to visit London, he was given an honary degree at Oxford university in 1791.Related to:
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Prater is believed to be best fun-fair in Vienna. Its milestone is 65 metre high Giant Ferris wheel. It used to be Europe’s tallest wheel.
Recently there have been new additions such as incredible roller coasters, for teenagers and roller-coaster lovers.
Monument of Wilhelm vonTegetthofF
This monument was the first attraction that drew my attention when I came out of the metro station Praternstern. In fact, my hotel was in the area of Prater, very close to the monument, so I took underground to get it from the train station in Melding.
Wilhelm von Tagetthoff (1827-1871) Austrian admiral, was considered as the best naval commander of the 19th century, known for his innovative tactics in the naval battles. Von Tagetthoff vigorously pursued a complete reform of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, making it one of the strongest naval forces in the Mediterranean. He is best known for the Battle of Vis (20 July 1866) in the Adriatic Sea, near the island of Vis, because it was a decisive victory for an outnumbered Austrian force over a numerically superior Italian force.
The monument of Tagetthoff stands in Praternstern and is joined work of architect Karl von Hasenauer and sculptor Carl von Kundmann. It consist of 11 meters tall rostral column, complete with frolicking sea horses, created by von Hasenauer, and topped by a bronze statue of admiral von Tagetthoff, some 3.5 meters in height, created by von Kundmann. The monument was finished in 1886.
The Pestsaule - Plague Column
The Pestsaule - Plague Column
It is located on Graven street in the inner city and it is one of the most well known pieces of sculpture in the Vienna. This statue is a memorial for all people that died from Plague that hit in 1679 killing between 75000 and 150000 residents. The Pestaule is a tower of clouds, saints, angels and Habsburgs.Related to:
Colourful Autumn - Walk the Bisamberg-trail !
Take the U6 to FLORIDSDORF and change there to tram #31 to STAMMERSDORF (whole trip about 45 minutes); you could also take tram #31 right away from Schottenring, 1st district.
Once in Stammersdorf (by the way a place, where the "indigenious Viennese" use to go to the "Heurigen") walk to the church (you won`t miss it, anyway) and walk up the hill through "KELLERGASSE" ("cellar-alley", as there are 100s of winecellars )
You will pass countless wineyards, a very special impression in autumn, when the leaves are multicoloured and reach the plane ontop of Bisamberg after about 45 minutes.
There are several hiking-trails with wonderful sights of the City of Vienna and River Danube
Bisamberg is about 350m high and an old Viennese hiking-area.Don`t go on weekends - during the week you`ll find only very few people there !
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Let me offer you some excerpt taken from the net to explain to you the History of both, the building and the movement behind the Secession:
"The Vienna Secession was founded on 3 April 1.897 by a number of artists who broke their ties with Künstlerhaus, the association and gallery of Vienna's art establishment which they considered intolerably conservative, seceded and formed a new art association with the name of Secession and the motto, "To the Age, its Art. To Art, its Freedom."
Some exhibitions take place here.
Metro: Karlsplatz (U1, U3 and U4).
Otto Wagner built some pavilions (now, there are jut two), for the Stadtbahn, a rail service running underground in some sections, as an elevated system in others, around 1900.
One of them is used as entrance for the metro as well as for temporary exhibitions while the other one houses a cafeteria.
Karlsplatz, in front of the church of St. Charles/Karlskirche.
Metro: Karlsplatz (lines U1, U2 and U4).
EDUARD A. FRUTH CONFECTIONERY
I was walking along the Kettenbrücken gasse when I came upon this new confectionery (sweets) shop called "Eduard A. Fruth, Kuchen-und-Tortenmanufaktur" - selling chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse, uniquely flavoured chocolate spreads (chilli, chestnuts/maroni, etc.), chocolate-covered almonds, cakes and many more.
I happened to meet the owner/baker one day in Dec 2006. I was browsing through the shop wondering what to buy for my best friend’s grandmother, who loves to bake and makes great Christmas cookies.
I found out that he used to work in Switzerland specializing in chocolates and other sweet/baked confections. Now he has retired, he decided to open this shop as his hobby. He makes/bakes most of the confections in the shop and he uses high quality products in his foods. I ended buying 2 kinds of cakes, almond dragée (almonds coated with chocolate), orange cookies, and a chocolate mousse. I must say that every thing tasted good and rich.
If you want to enjoy the confections without leaving the shop, you can eat it there and have a cup of coffee as well.
Fruth is located at Kettenbrücken gasse 20.
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The quest for the Third Man
If you know "The Third Man", the movie starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, you may be interested to see the locations.
In fact, even if Vienna has changed a lot from the time the film was made, 1949, the places of the most significant scenes are still unchanged, and there are expert guides who can take you there, describe how the film was made, and how life in Vienna was in those times.
By the way, if you saw the film long ago and want to refresh your memory, the original English version is regularly shown in Vienna, at the Burgkino (address is Opernring 21).
Great Cappuccino for Euro 1.50 ~ in Vienna?
I was browsing through the Kettenbrucken gasse (street) off the Naschmarkt when I came upon this shop called Bendinelli Home Store. It mainly sells coffee and food products from Bendinelli company. They also sell austrian wines, apricot nectar/syrup, schapps/grappa and jams.
However, I was more interested in the coffee brewed and sold using the coffee beans sold by them. As side business, they sell coffee (espresso, cappucino, latte, etc.) and pastries/cakes. And the prices were really reasonable. I paid only Euro 1.50 for a cup of excellent cappucino.
They don't have tables and chairs for seating down (maybe they will do this in the future), but they have stands and bar stools where you can park your butt for 5-10 minutes enjoying the excellent aromatic coffee.
So, if you happen to walk by the Naschmarkt, just stroll over to Kettenbruckengasse 19 and enjoy a cup of excellent cappuccino or espresso.
Stumpergasse 31 - where Adolf Hitler lived
Born in Braunau am Inn, Upper Austria, in 1899, with the name Adolf Schicklgruber, Adolf Hitler moved to Vienna when he was just 17. Six unsettled, unsuccessful, poverty-stricken years later he abandoned the city to make a name for himself in Germany. He later wrote in Mein Kampf that his Vienna years were 'a time of the greatest transformation which I have ever been through. From a weak citizen of the world I became a fanatical anti-Semite'. Hitler briefly returned in 1938 at the head of the German army, to be greeted by enthusiastic crowds.
Although Vienna would be happy for the world to forget about its association with Hitler, an increasing number of tourists are retracing the Vienna footsteps of the infamous fascist. He spent several years living in a small, dimly lit apartment at Stumpergasse 31, in the 6th district. It's a private block, but frequent visits by curious tourists have prompted plans (unrealised as yet) to turn the apartment into a museum.
Cafe Sperl is another address on the Hitler itinerary: here he would loudly express his views on race and other matters. Among his gripes was probably the nearby Akademie der bildenden Kunste (Academy of Fine Arts), which twice rejected an application by the would-be artist, dismissing his work as 'inadequate'. Although convinced that proper training would have made him into a very successful artist, these rejections caused Hitler to write to a friend that perhaps fate may have reserved for him 'some other purpose'.Related to:
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Monument - Johann Strauss
One of the most known and most frequently photographed monuments in Vienna is Johann Strauss. It is beautiful gilded bronze monument with lot of flowers. It was unveiled to public on 1921 and is framed by a marble relief made by Edmund Hellmer.Related to:
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