VIENNA — East of Stephansplatz

This is a very charming area found near to Stephansplatz. It is full of cobblestone alleys such as Blutgasse, Domgasse and Grünangergasse and the peaceful inner courtyards found between Singerstrasse and the Danube Canal.

The sights found here are:
Mozarthaus Vienna
Franziskanerkirche
Haus der Musik
Dominikanerkirche
Greek Orthodox Church

Mozarthaus Vienna

Mozarthaus Vienna
Mozart lived in Mozarthaus Vienna from 1784 to 1787 which contained four large rooms, two small ones and a kitchen. The house exhibits over four floors the life and works of the composer during his years in Vienna.
For information about Mozarthaus visit the website at: http://www.mozarthausvienna.at/en/

Franziskanerkirche

Franziskanerkirche
This church is found in a somewhat hidden corner with not too many tourists and a small square at the front of the church contains several cafes, restaurants and antiques stores. The church was built in 1603 and is dedicated to St Hieronymus. The church has a plain Renaissance facade but the interior is rich in gold and marble. A notable feature of this church is the high altar which is quite impressive.

Haus der Musik
This is a fantastic museum which children will love. It has lots of interactive exhibits where you learn all about sound in a fun way. There are four floors of exhibits each with a different display. The first floor contains the archives of the Vienna Philharmonic and here you can hear a shortened version of the New Year’s concert. This floor also contains an interactive tool that lets you compose a waltz on the roll of a dice. On the second floor there is the ‘prenatal listening room’ complete with noises that are heard by a baby in the womb which is fascinating. There is also the chance to make your own CD for a small cost on this floor. On the third floor you will find displays showing the life and work of Vienna’s classical composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Strauss and Schubert. The fourth and final floor allows you to create your own experimental music using lots of hands-on and unusual instruments including singing trees, sound sticks and beeping buttons.
For information about this museum visit the website at: http://www.hausdermusik.com/en/2.htm

Traveller's Tip

The highlight of this museum would have to be the display on the third floor called the ‘virtual conductor‘ where there is a large screen that plays a video of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. You then get the chance to actually conduct the orchestra by picking up the ‘virtual baton’. Just beware that if you don’t conduct with good rhythm and at an appropriate speed, the musicians will start to grumble and complain and eventually stand up and walk out on you. It is a lot of fun and well worth trying.
  • This museum is a great place to visit when everything else is closed because it is open until 10pm.
    Dominikanerkirche

    Dominikanerkirche
    This church is also known as the Church of St Maria Rotunda. The first church to be built on this site was in 1237 by the newly arrived Dominicans at the invitation of Leopold V1 but after a number of fires and destruction the church you see today was rebuilt and finished in 1634. The master builders of this church were the Italian builders Jacopo Spacio, Cipriano Biasino and Antonio Canevale and they introduced to Vienna the Baroque style of Italy. This church has an impressive facade built in the Roman-Lombardic style reminiscent of the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. The interior of the church is splendid with its white stucco, frescoes, lots of gold and there is even a double-headed eagle on the ceiling to admire.

    Greek Orthodox Church

    Greek Orthodox Church
    This church was built in 1861 by Vienna’s Greek community. Inside it is sumptuously decorated with lots of gold and frescoes. The high altar is particularly magnificent. The colourful brickwork of its facade makes it easy to find right next to the Griechenbeisl which arguably claims to be the oldest inn of Austria and traces its history back to 1447.