Walking in the Footsteps of Mozart – A Self-Guided Mozart Vienna Walking Tour:
Mozart was born in Salzburg and although he lived for 25 years in this city, the final ten years of his short life were spent in Vienna. It was in Vienna that many important events took place that shaped his later life. Fans of Mozart can do a self-guided Mozart Vienna Walking tour, tracing the footsteps of this musical genius.
Mozart in Vienna
In 1781, whilst on a visit to Vienna with the Prince-Archbishop Count Colloredo of Salzburg, Mozart had a row with the Archbishop and resigned his commission. He decided to stay in Vienna where worked his way up from an unemployed artist to a respected and prosperous pianist, composer and music teacher.
Mozart got married to Constanze at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and his six children were born here. It was in Vienna that he composed many of his best-known operas, symphonies, piano concertos, sonatas, sacred music, including his most important works: the unfinished Requiem.
Sadly though, it was also in Vienna that Mozart died in 1791 and was interred at St Marx Cemetery in a modest funeral.
Mozart Vienna Walking Tour
This Mozart Vienna Walking tour, published by Vienna Tourism, can be done at any time of the year, but if you happen to be in Vienna at the end of January, it is a nice walk to do to celebrate Mozart’s birthday anniversary on January 27th.
The Mozart walk takes about 1.5 hours and does not include time for visiting the sites. So if you intend going into St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Mozarthaus or any of the other sites, you’ll need to allow more time. The walk starts from St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the city centre and takes in:
- House of the Teutonic Order – Mozart stayed here briefly from 18 March to 2 May 1781
- Milchgasse / Petersplatz – Mozart lived here briefly from May to September 1781
- Graben 17 – It was here in the former house at number 17 that he completed the Haffner Symphony and The Abduction from the Seraglio.
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Where Mozart got married to Constanze and two of their children were christened here
- Graben 29 – Mozart and Constanze lived here for a short period
- Mozarthaus - the only surviving Mozart house in Vienna
- Café Frauenhuber – Mozart performed here a few times, and on March 4, 1791 he gave his last public concert here
- The Steffl department store – Once the residence of the Mozart family and where he died
- Kruzifixkapelle – Mozart’s coffin was brought here to be blessed before being brought to St. Marx Cemetery
- Michaelerkirche – It was here that the Requiem was played just a few days after Mozart’s death
- Mozart Memorial
- Theater an der Wien – This theatre was only opened after Mozart’s death, in 1801.
The walk ends at St. Marx Cemetery where Mozart was buried in a common grave.
What you Need for your Mozart Walk
- You should equip yourself with a city map which can be obtained from the Vienna Tourist Office.
- The Vienna Card will also be a useful companion on your Mozart walk as it includes 72 hrs. of free travel on public transport, as well as 210 special offers for museums and sights, theatres and concerts, shops, cafés, restaurants and wine cellars.
- For more information about the sights and the events in Mozart’s life in connection with these locations, print a copy of the Mozart Walk in Vienna HERE.
Mozart Concerts in Vienna
For Mozart fans, one of the most enjoyable things to do in Vienna is to experience a Mozart concert in the city where he lived. See the range of Mozart concerts HERE.
Hotels in Vienna
Visitors to Vienna have over 400 hotels to choose from, ranging from the palatial and luxurious to family-run pensions. For the complete list of Vienna hotels, see HERE.
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