After an awesome time in Budapest, it was time to head to Vienna! I'd already been to Vienna, but when Michelle said she was coming to visit, I knew we had to include it in our trip. Michelle comes from a family of music teachers, is an amazing cellist herself, and now teaches the next generation of musicians as an Orchestra teacher. Knowing her love of classical music, we couldn't skip the city of Mozart, Beethoven, and all these other classical music greats!!
The best part was that a fellow cellist from her college days was living and studying music in Vienna and offered to meet up with us. He very kindly showed us around some of the musical highlights of the city, and even took us out for some echte Wiener Schnitzel afterward! :)
The thing I love about Vienna is that music history is everywhere. I mean, you could close your eyes and throw a rock anywhere in the city and hit something that has a musical history. Mozart lived there, Beethoven composed something famous there, Chopin worked there, Hayden once drank a coffee there. There are statues and plaques and opportunities to touch history around every corner. It's a very romantic place.
Since we were short on time we didn't get to see everything we wanted to see, but I was really excited we got to see some of the houses of famous composers. Walking through the building Beethoven lived in while listening to his music? Pretty cool Sunday, in my opinion.
real Beethoven scribbles!
Next up was Mozart's house. Since we were in Vienna on the first Sunday of the month, most of the museums were free...except this one. Rude, Mozart. Very rude.
I consoled myself with a Mozart rubber ducky
"I would like to have everything that is good and beautiful!" -W.A. Mozart
One of the treats of Vienna is the Mozartkugel, or Mozart ball. The candy was first created in 1890 and is still made with the same recipe. It's pistascio marzipan, covered in nougat, covered in chocolate. So naturally I had to try one!
Once I'd devoured my treat, we continued past St. Stephan's Church and headed to Hayden's house.
That wrapped up our Vienna trip! Soon we were back on the train, bound for Bavaria.
I had such a fun time with Michelle! Fionn is not very musical, so it was nice to have a friend to do music things with. It was so much fun seeing her and catching up after so long. It's so great that our childhood friendship has stood the test of time. You're the rosin to my bow, Michelle! :)
Hope you enjoyed our Vienna trip. Now go listen to some Mozart!