In the footsteps of famous musicians
Joseph Haydn and his brother Michael received a comprehensive musical education at St. Stephen's Cathedral as choristers. Joseph Haydn got married in this cathedral, as did Mozart and Johann Strauss. Antonio Vivaldi, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Antonio Salieri, Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are entered in the cathedral's book of the deceased. In the House of the Teutonic Order, a memorial plaque bears witness to the fact that Mozart lived here in May 1781. Having been dismissed by his employer, he decided to live as a freelance artist from then on. The Mozarthaus Vienna and the House of Music are Vienna's leading musical worlds of experience.
Music lovers experience lively musical variety and exciting guided tours at the Wiener Konzerthaus and at the Musikverein. The Theatre Museum presents stage history from the 17th century through to the present day. Mozart's Requiem was originally performed in St. Michael's Church; Haydn played the organ and lived next door on the top floor of the Grosses Michaelerhaus.
The Doblinger Music House is a treasure trove for sheet music seekers. The Vienna Boys' Choir can regularly be heard performing Mass in the Hofburg Chapel. The Collection of Historic Musical Instruments shows instruments played by Chopin, Beethoven, Johann Strauss, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and members of the imperial family. The Vienna State Opera is both an architectural jewel and one of the world's most important opera stages.
For those who fancy a detour: Beethoven lived in the Pasqualati House for eight years. Schubert's birth house is also preserved. And the Central Cemetery is home to the biggest complex of honorary graves in the world.