Famous Homes of Vienna (Self Guided), Vienna

Vienna was once the home or temporary residence for a number of celebrated people and noble families. Talented musicians, composers, architects and even famous psychologist Sigmund Freud once resided in this beautiful city. Most of their former homes are now museums which acquaint us with the lives and works of these famous persons.
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Guide Name: Famous Homes of Vienna
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: leticia
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Johann Strauss Wohnung

1) Johann Strauss Wohnung (must see)

The Johann Strauss Wohnung or apartment was the home of the composer and his first wife Jetty. They lived here from 1863 to 1870, and it was here that he composed “The Blue Danube” the unofficial national anthem of Austria. Jetty was a singer when they were married and they remained together until her death in 1878.

Strauss was actually Johann Strauss II and his father Johann Strauss I was also a composer and musician. Johann the elder did not want his son to be in the music business and did his best to hinder Johann the II in his musical pursuits. After Johann elder’s death, his son was free to pursue his musical career with his mother’s blessing.

The museum is a wonderful tribute to this most talented waltz master. The apartment has his original furnishings and instruments and visitors can also see glimpses into the person that was the man, the composer, the conductor, the caricaturist, and the card player. It is a fascinating place to visit especially since so many of his personal affects have been so well preserved and are on site. The museum also gives a good look into the life of his father as well as his two musical brothers.

Hours: Tue - Sun: 10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 18:00
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Hundertwasserhaus

2) Hundertwasserhaus (must see)

The Hundertwasserhaus is one of the most interesting, yet odd, architectural building complexes in Vienna. It sits as an antithetical statement about what architecture can be, as it is compared to the surrounding buildings of its neighborhood. It can almost look like a rainbow, with all the colorful walls. The walls and crooked, yet seem to flow in and out of one another. There is simply nothing else like it in the city.

The construction was the brain child of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. He was born in 1928, and sadly passed away in 2001. The designer did not finish the place until 1984, because of some legal issues. He was a painter by trade, who over time became increasingly interested in architectural design that could live in harmony with nature. He was also a political activist, who constantly pushed the Viennese government to move away from a totally conservative look for the city.

The Hundertwasserhaus is not very far away from the center of the city. In fact, it is a comfortable walk from most of the major sites of Vienna. It is well worth the walk to see this most fascinating place.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mozarthaus

3) Mozarthaus (must see)

The Mozarthaus is the only known home of Mozart to still be in existence. Mozart and his family lived here for three years in the late 1780s. It was the largest home that the family occupied and it consisted of 6 rooms plus a kitchen. Unfortunately, the original entrance is gone, but there has been extensive work on making the entire building a fabulous museum.

Unlike some of the other famous homes in Vienna, this one has none of the original furnishings to see, nor even any idea how the home looked during the time that Mozart lived here. Instead, the museum focuses on the genius of the composer and lets the public imagine how the house might have looked.

Mozart only stayed on the first floor of the building. The other floors of the museum house information on who Vienna looked and functioned during the period and the incredible world of the arts during the period of time that Mozart was composing. The Marriage of Figaro was composed at this house as well as other compositions.

The Mozarthaus is located at Domgasse 5. There is an elevator and the building is handicapped accessible. The facility is beautiful and well worth visiting, allow at least a couple of hours when visiting.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Loos Haus

4) Loos Haus

The Loos Haus was designed by the famous architect of the same last name, i.e. Adolf Loos. It represents one of the most important contributions to Viennese architecture, because of its classic Wiener Moderne style. It has a simple, yet sticking facade, which was the source of much controversy in the day. One will notice that there are no window bays done with the usual “stucco and lintels.”

Emperor Franz Josef, at first sight of the project, considered it to be an eye sore, and tried to work to have the project stopped. He considered the building to really be a silent form of protest against the luxury of the Hofburg. The citizens of Vienna were also shocked by its simple design. In fact, they ended up naming the place “the home without eyebrows.” The local community actually resorted to attacks against Mr. Loos. To help the problem, he agreed to decorate some of the window ledges with flower pots.

There is a simple beauty in the sleek lines of the structure though. Many buildings designed after it also started making use of the simpler design, and also moved away from the classic facade that was so much the hallmark of Wienner Secession style architecture. The total project was not completed until 1912, because of the issues with the change in style.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais Harrach

5) Palais Harrach

Palais Harrach has had a long and interesting history. Although it is no longer used as a palace it is easy to imagine the grandeur the building once had. The building is now home to high end shops and offices. The whole area in fact has some of the best shopping in Vienna.

The first palace to be built on this site was erected in 1435 by Jörg of Puchheim. Then in the early 17th century to home was bought by Karl of Harrach. Unfortunately, most of the original palace was destroyed by fire in 1683. The current building was then constructed with the architecture being design by Domenico Martinelli. Mozart and his sister performed at the palace in 1762 when they were children.

Count Harrach was a huge collector of fine art, and that was a tradition that was carried by the family throughout the centuries. The art collection finally outgrew the Palais and gradually the collection was moved to other family holdings. By the beginning of WWII, all of the art was no longer housed here.

It is fortunate that the art collection was not here during the war. The building suffered severe bomb damage that was repaired. But the damage to the gardens around the palace was not repaired. There is a patch of cobblestone that remains from the original Vienna street but otherwise, the building does not look or feel like it is centuries old.
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Pasqualatihaus

6) Pasqualatihaus

The Pasquiltihaus is named after Josef Benedikt Baron Pasqualatihaus the home’s owner. What makes the home famous is Ludwig van Beethoven lived here and composed his only opera here. Beethoven actually lived in the house twice from 1804-1815. Beethoven moved frequently and lived in over twenty different residences while in Vienna.

This particular home was built in late 1700s and has been turned into a museum to hold some Beethoven memorabilia. One of the interesting features is drawings of the view from the fourth floor apartment during Beethoven’s time at the house. He did some of his best work here including his 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies. Having lived in so many places, this one must have been special as he came back and did some of his greatest work here.

Some of Beethoven’s personal possessions are on display as well as a portrait that was made in 1805. There are also several features discussing the composer’s life here and it just an amazing spot to visit. Just thinking about the music that was composed in these little rooms, Beethoven climbing the small narrow staircase to his apartment, the view before the city was built up to the size it is today. It is a step back in history.

The home is located at Molker Bastei 8 and there is a small entrance fee.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sigmund Freud Museum

7) Sigmund Freud Museum (must see)

Located at Berggasse 19 is Sigmund Freud’s house and office where the practice of psychoanalysis began. Freud lived and worked here from 1892 to 1938. The home and office are now a museum that also has a lecture hall, shop, and library.

Sigmund Freud and his family had to flee to England in 1938 to escape anti-Semitic feelings (he died in London in 1939). During the hasty departure, what possessions that could not be moved with the family were sold. Sigmund Freud’s youngest daughter Anna worked with the museum to redecorate the home and office to match the original decor. Some of the original furnishings and antiques were used. Also on display are some of the personal library selections of Sigmund Freud. There is also a film of the Freud family in the 1930s with commentary by Anna which makes the film very special.

The museum has been carefully added to over the years: always remaining faithful to the original home and office. So while the building is now a museum, it is still easy to see the original home with the original furnishings and be transported back to a time when Dr. Freud had his practice here.

Tip:
Don't wait until they open the door for you, they will not. Approach the door and buzz to get in.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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