Empress Sisi was Austria’s most famous empress and, while it’s impossible to know for sure, we’re pretty confident she would have been a big fan of Instagram. During her lifetime, she posed for many portraits, took great care of her appearance and always kept up with the latest fashions. Today, these three aspects would almost certainly bag her 1 million Instagram followers in a matter of days.
While Mozart and Strauss are two of the first names that come to mind when you think of incredible composers in Vienna, the city attracted a plethora of remarkable talent from all over the world, including Ludwig van Beethoven. The musical master resided in Austria’s capital for over 35 years and his influence on the city can still be seen today.
Although Mozart lived at many addresses during his time in Vienna, only one of the places he called home is still around today — Mozarthaus. Located in the historic quarter at Domgasse number 5, the famous composer spent some of the happiest years of his life at this address between 1784 and 1787. As well as containing the real apartment in which Mozart lived, today Mozarthaus is also home to a spectacular museum which showcases many highlights from the composers public and private life.
The Churches in Vienna You’ve Got to See for Yourself 2
You’ll struggle to find any other city in the world that has such a vast variety of architecturally diverse churches as Vienna. Not just places of worship, Vienna’s churches are monuments to history, art, architecture and music. While many of them throughout the city allow visitors to explore inside, one of the best ways to fully appreciate these magnificent structures is to attend a classical concert performed there.
From CDs and the radio to downloads and online streaming, today we’ve got loads of ways to listen to music anytime and anywhere we want. But how did people listen to music back when none of this technology was available? The phonograph (the oldest method of listening to recorded music at home) wasn’t invented until 1877. So even highly-esteemed emperors and empresses had to find other means of listening to the popular music of the era.
Nestled on the banks of the Danube in the shadows of the Alps, Vienna is perfectly positioned to enjoy a weekend getaway. If you don’t want to travel far, you can stay within Austria and visit some beautiful nearby towns and villages in just a couple of hours by train. Or if you’re up for a bit of a journey, you can venture further and visit some incredible cities in neighbouring countries, such as Budapest in Hungary or Prague in Czechia.