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Leopold Mozart- Wolfgang’s creator and tormentor

Leopold Mozart

Few days ago, on the 14th of November, we celebrated Mozart’s birthday!   No, it wasn’t the birthday Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that we celebrated, but his father- Leopold Mozart. If you are a hardcore Mozart fan, we would understand if you are having some mixed feelings about this. After all, Leopold Mozart was not only…

Moving Mozart


One of the most famous statues in the Burggarten is the Mozart Monument, located right by the entrance of the park and invariably surrounded by tourists with cameras. It seems such a natural part of the Burggarten these days that it is difficult to imagine it elsewhere – but indeed, this was not its original…

The story of the Palais Rasumofsky


The Palais Rasumofsky was built in 1806 as a garden palace for the Russian ambassador Andrei Kirillowitsch Rasumofski who was known as a generous supporter of the fine arts: The ambassador had an enormous art collection, which has been described as one of the most important ones in Vienna. Even Beethoven dedicated various sonatas to him. Unfortunately, in New…

Vienna’s Freihaus and the ghost of Papageno

Zauberflöte flier

Secret Vienna Tour: „Papageno, Gold und Sauerkraut- Unbekanntes rund um den Naschmarkt“ on April 27, 2019.    Next time you find yourself in the Freihaus neighborhood (Freihausviertel) at night, pause for a moment. Over the modern murmur of the Wieden (the 4th district) you might just catch a faint, familiar melody on the wind. It was…