Mozart in Vienna – 6 most important places

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Mozart in Vienna – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent ten final years of his life in Vienna. He composed his most important works in Vienna.
In his short life Mozart composed over 600 works and was, among Haydn and Beethoven, one of the most important composers of the Viennese Classical Period.

1. Schönbrunn Palace

In year 1762 Mozart is already being called the prodigy from Salzburg.

In the Mirror Room of the imperial summer residence, then only six-year-old, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the Empress Maria Theresa for the first time.
The Empress was greatly impressed.

Schoenbrunn Palace
Address: Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
Public transport:Underground: U4 Schönbrunn

2. Schönbrunn Palace Theater and Schönbrunn Orangery

The Palace Theater, where Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once performed, is located in one of the side wings of the Schönbrunn palace.
In the Palace Orangery Mozart lost a contest for composers to his perpetual rival Antonio Salieri.

On February 7, 1786 was held a musical competition between W.A. Mozart and the court chapel master Antonio Salieri.

Mozart performed The Impresario or “Der Schauspieldirektor” and Salieri Prima la musica e poi le parole. The emperor Joseph II opted for the Italian opera and the Salieri won the contest.


Schönbrunn Park
Address: Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
Public transport: Underground: U4 Hietzing-Zoo

3. Mozart House

The Mozarthaus Vienna was Mozart’s residence from 1784 to 1787.
It is Mozart’s only surviving residence in Vienna. Today it is a museum.
At the age of 17 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) arrived from Bonn to take private lessons from Mozart. Beethoven was requested to improvise for the Mozart at this residence.

Mozart House / Mozarthaus
Address: Domgasse 5, A-1010 Vienna
Public transport: Underground: U1, U3 Stephansplatz

4. St. Stephen’s Cathedral

The wedding of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Constanze and the baptism of two of their six children took place here.
In May 1791 Mozart applied for the well-paid position of Domkapellmeister (cathedral chapel master) at St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
But on December 5, 1791 before he was able to officially take office, he died at the age of 35.
On December 6 he was laid out in the Chapel of the Crucifix in the cathedral.

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna (Photo: Gabriele Hablecker)

St. Stephen’s Cathedral / Stephansdom

Address: Stephansplatz 1010 Wien
Public transport: Underground: U1, U3 Stephansplatz

5. Mozart’s grave site

Mozart's memorial, Zentralfriedhof, Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)

Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was buried on the St. Marx Cemetery together with many other deceased in an anonymous grave.

In 1891, the Mozart is dedicated a grave of honor in the Central Cemetery.


Central Cemetery / Zentralfriedhof
Address: Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, 1110 Vienna
Public transport: Underground: U3 Simmering > Tram 6 or 71 Zentralfriedhof Tor 2

Mozart’s grave (a memorial only): Group 32 A, No. 55

6. Mozart memorial

On the front side of the Mozart monument in the Burggarten, you can see a relief with a scene from Opera Don Giovanni.
The rear side shows Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the piano with his sister Maria Anna and father Leopold by his side.

Burggarten
Address: Josephsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Public transport: Underground U2 MuseumsQuartier

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