Neidhart Saal

Medieval relicts in the heart of the inner city – Vienna’s Neidhart Saal

Dating back to 1407 the frescos found in the Neidhart Saal tell stories inspired by songs of a troubadour. Neidhart von Reuental. The man lived in the 13th century.

In 1979 the frescos were found over the course of construction work in the house Tuchlauben 19 in the first district and are the oldest non ecclesial mural paintings from the medieval times. The frescos were painted as the draper Michel Menschein embellished his dance hall.

The paintings focus on love and celebrations as well as the relationship between social classes. About hundred years after Neidhart von Reuental died, the jester Neidhart Fuchs relieved the song tradition of the troubadour and expanded the body of songs. Neidhart games were very popular till the 15th century and could have acted as an inspiration for the frescos.

Today the frescos can be visited as part of a permanent exhibition from Tuesday till Sunday, 10am-1pm and 2pm till 6pm. More information can be found here.

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