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GREAT AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS

DAY 1 VIENNA

Arrival in Vienna and meeting with the accompanying guide.  Panoramic tour of the city, whose historic center is, since 2001, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will be able to contemplate Parliament, with its neoclassical façade and Hellenistic pilars, the impressive Cathedral of Satin Steven, the most embelmatic monument in Vienna and where both Mozar and Straus got married, the Hoffburg, Winter residence of the emperors, the Burgtheater or National Theater, the Opera House, one of the most important opera theaters of the greatest prestige and tradition in the world, etc. Lunch.  Departure to visit the birth home of Schubert, situated in Nussdorferstrasse, a little house with a story-like interior patio. In the different rooms we can see objects, scores, a piano with five pedals and listen to music of the composer. We will also visit the house where he died, in Kettenbrückengasse. Shubert, already sick from Typhoid Fever, lived in this house, that belonged to his brother, in order to “take advantage of the pure air of the suburbs”, just as he had been advised by his doctor. He thought that he would only stay for a short time, but it was here where he die at 31, the 19th of December in 1828. A small museum presents exciting memories from this periodo of his life.  Tour of the Strauss House, in Praterstrasse. Johann Strauss wrote here, in 1867, his famous waltz of the “Blue Danube”. He lived in these rooms with his first wife Jetty from 1863 until 1870. In addition to furniture and original instruments, they exhibit objects belongings to the great musician, as well as portraits, photographs and documents about his life and work. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 VIENNA

Breakfast and departure to visit the Haydn House, in Haydngasse, one of the maximum representatives of the classical period, in addition to being known as the «Father of the Symphony» and the «Father of the String Quartet » thanks to his important contributions to both genres. He also contributed to the instrumental development of the piano trio and to the evolution of the sonata form. In this house, which would be his domicile for twelve years, the artist composed the largest part of his later years, including the grand oratorios “The Creation” and “The Seasons”. The composer Johannes Brahms felt a great admiration for Haydn and tried to honor the memory of the composer, which was an example for him. For this reason we can also find a place in commemoration of Brahms inside the Haydn House. They exhibit there, among other things, a clavichord that belonged to Brahms and that, supposedly, had been Joseph Haydn’s. Napoleon, who was beseiging Vienna at the time, declared himself to be a great fan of Haydn and in May of 1809 he place an honor guard at the door of the dying composer. Then we will leave for Rohrau and tour the birth house of the composer. The house is a building of modest construction, a farmhouse, constructed before 1728, and inside we can imagine how life was in those years. There is a living room with the table set in the dining room, an old stove and the bedroom of Haydn. Lunch. Departure to visit the Mozart House in Domgasse, the only house of the twelve that he had in Vienna that is still preserved and the one that he kept the longest, from 1784 to 1787. It has four rooms, two small rooms and a kitchen. Probably it is here where Wolfgang Amadeus spent his happiest years. The house presents the life and work of the musical genius in an exhibit that, in addition to the house, shows the visitors the period in which he lived, as well as his most importatn works. Then we will visit the “House of Music”, in Seilerstätte 30. In its thematic real and vitural rooms distributed on six levels, the music is both audible and visible. Information, education and entertainment are the three pinrciples of the House of Music. So, adventure and cultural experience are joined to make a combination that is both impressive and fun.  The final objective of the House of Music is to experience music with all the senses, to participate actively, discover and play. The rest of afternoon free to continue strolling through the city, visit the Cathedral, the Church of Saint Charles or the Votive Church. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 VIENNA – EXC. GRINZING, HEILIGENSTADT AND MAYERLING –VIENNA

Breakfast and departure to visit Schönbrunn Palace. Former summer residence of the family of the emperor, it is one of the most impressive baroque constructions in Europe. It has private salons and numerous rooms, and the Habsburgs lived in the greater part of the year. The rooms, decorated in Rococo style, call attention to themselves due to their sumptousness, in the case of the official salons, or due to their simpleness, as in the rooms that belonged to Franz Joseph and the Empress Elizabeth (Sissi), which contain a number of objects that remind us of them. Some of the most striking rooms in the palace are the Grand Gallery, the circular Chinese Salon, the Breakfast Salon, or the Blue Chinese Salon.  A few steps from the palace we can admire the magnificant coronation carriage in the Carriage Museum. The palace park invites the visitor to stroll through it just like in the time of the Emperor.  Tour of the Hofburg, the largest palace in the city, with more than 2,600 rooms in 18 wings. Until 191 the Imperial Palace was the center of the vast empire of the Habsburgs. Today, the Imperial Palace of Vienna serves as the residence of the President of Austria. Lunch. Departure to take an excursion to the surroundings of Vienna. Grinzing is one of the towns. It is an enchanting town, small, harmonious and tranquil. Continuation to Heilingenstadt, another enchanting town with a very nice environment and a good cultural overview, as Beethoven (born in Germany) spent long periods of his life here, since he liked to stroll through the woods which surround the town. He wrote in his own handwriting an exciting document known as the “Heiligenstadt Will,” which helps us to share the anguiseh and the desperation that caused the increase in his deafness. Continuation to Mayerling, sadly famous  for the death of the archiduque Rodolfo of Habsburgo, son of the emperor Franz Joseph and the Empress Elizabeth and heir of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Return to Vienna. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 VIENNA – RAIDING – SALZBURG

Breakfast and departure to visit “Pasqualatihaus”, house from the ends of the 15th century, and where Beethoven lived in 1804 and between 1813 and 1815. Here he composed his opera “Fidelio”, the “Fifth Symphony” and the “Sixth Symphony” in two rooms on the fourth floor. In addition to the facsimiles of the scores and an autographed letter, we can see one of his pianos and His death mask.  Departure for Raiding. Lunch. It is a very small town, but famous  for being the birthplace of the genial composer Franz Liszt. He live here 11 years before moving to Vienna to study music. His birth house has been turned into a museum and it is the main tourist site of the small town. In the house we can see drawings, photos, some notess, documents and diverse personal objects. Continuation to Salzburg.  Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 SALZBURG

Breakfast and panoramic tour of the city of Mozart, nestled  in a lovely territory, with an urban structure riddled with beautiful monuments and typical corners. Salzburg has an distinct silhouette. Its towers and rooftops extend in the urban texture revealing vestiges from different styles, most notably the baroque, with the Cathedral as one of the most prominent elements. In addition to the baroque, there are also Gothic and Romanesque footprints, and a framework of stately houses that attest to a wealthy bougeoisie sensitive to beauty. Fountains, statues gardens and a riverthat runs vigorously through the middle of the city, complete an agreeable image, in the middle of green and mountainous surroundings. During the walk we will be able to admire the main monuments of the city, including the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Cathedral, the Franciscan Church, the neighborhood of Saint Peter with its famous monastery, the birth home of Mozart, Mirabell Gardens on the other bank of the Salzach River. Lunch. Tour of the Mozart House. For twenty-six years, in the period between 1747 and 1773, the Mozart family lived on the third floor of the “Hagenauer House”, located at 9 Getreidegasse. Here was born, the 27th of January in 1756, the famous son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The house owes its name to its owner, the merchant and friend of the Mozarts, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer. In the Mozart House, we will be able to visit the original rooms, in in which they exhibit historical instruments, valuable documents and original objects belongings to the composer and the majority of the Portraits that were made of him during his life. The unfinished oil painting “Mozart at the piano”, painted by his borther-in-law Joseph Lange in 1789, is worth noting. Also we will find the violin thate Mozart played in his youth, a concert violin, his clavichord, in addition to portraits and letters belongings to the Mozart family. We will see the house situated in the Makart Squre where the Mozar family lived beginning in 1773 and the monument in his honor in the square that bears his namve. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 SALZBURG – EXC. BAD ISCHL

Breakfast and departure for Bad Ischl, the cultural and geographic center of the Salzkammergut region, 55 km to the east of Salzburg. From 1848 until 1914 Bad Ischl was the summer city of the emperor Franz Joseph. In Bad Ischl we will visit the Franz Lehar Museum, at 8 Leharkai. Although the musician was born in Hungary, in Komarno, (currently Slovak Republic), this house in Bad Ischl was his home from 1910 until his death in 1948. Here he composed some of his most famous works, such as “The Happy Widow”. Taking a walk through the lovely town , we can see how the different rooms and salons have been maintained, as much as possible, with the same style, the same accesories and furniture as what Franz Lehar had. Return to Salzburg. Lunch. Tour of the Cathedral, where Mozart was baptized. Baroque building from the 15th century situated in the center of the Old City, and consecrated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg. The original church had three extensive construction and recontructions campaigns during the beginning of the Middle Ages, which led to a type of Romanesque basilica. In 1598, it was seriously damaged and after several failed attempts at restoration and reconstruction, the Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau finally ordered that it be demolished. Wolf Dietrich was the benefactor and defender of the modern Italian baroque architecture, having followed it from its beginnings in Italy, especially in Rome. Wolf Dietrich found the Italian architect Vincenzo Scamozzi to prepare the plans for the totally baroque new building. However, the construction was carried out by his sucesor, the Archbishop Markus Sittikus, who place the first stone of the new Cathedral  in 1614. The current cathedral, designed by Santino Solari, that essentially changed the original plans of Scamozzi, was finished in less than 15 years, in 1628. The Church was partially damaged during the Second World War, when a bomb fell on the dome of the of the transcept. The repairs took a long time to complete, but they were finalized around 1959. Among the jewels that are found in the Cathedral are the baptismal font in which Mozart was baptized, the beautiful organ surounded by the figures of angels with instruments and impressive porticos. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 SALZBURG

Breakfast and END OF TRIP