Famous Homes of Vienna, Vienna (Self Guided)

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
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

Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.8 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
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Travel Distance: 2.4 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Vienna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vienna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Vienna's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Vienna PASS, Vienna City Card, or Vienna Card. A city pass combines all or multiple Vienna's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Vienna hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth, Hotel Royal, DO&CO Hotel Vienna.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vienna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Vienna typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to admire Vienna's best-known landmarks in comfort from the open top of the bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The tickets are valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours.

- Pedal your way around Vienna on a 3-hour bike tour to see the city's most spectacular highlights stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions along the way from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Follow an expert guide on a 2.5-hour walking tour of classic Vienna to see the city's greatest landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, Sacher cafe, and St Stephen's Cathedral, plus a number of hidden gems only the locals know about!

- Travel back in time for a glimpse of what the life of the Austrian monarchs was like on a 2-hour tour of their fabulous summer residence and the matching beauty baroque gardens. Feel yourself like a royal, if only for a few hours!

- Follow the trail of Graham Greene's “The Third Man” novel made into a movie in 1949 by Orson Welles, depicting post-WWII spy-ridden Vienna. Explore this fascinating city as it was more than 60 years ago.

- Give yourself away to the sounds of music on a memorable Mozart-filled evening in Vienna attending a combo of the world-renowned Vienna Mozart Orchestra concert and a lavish 3-course dinner at the elegant Bristol restaurant visited, back in the day, by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and other historic figures.

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Vienna, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Salzburg, Melk Abbey and Danube Valley, Wachau Valley, Mauthausen, or Vienna Woods and Mayerling. For as little as circa US$60+ to US$160+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites - harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty manifested in Austria's medieval towns and countryside, visit Mozart's birthplace and original filming locations of "The Sound of Music" movie, admire picturesque Danube valley with ancient castles, grand monasteries and cute little villages, explore historic locations bearing sometimes grim memories of the past (e.g. the horrors perpetuated by the Nazis) and pay tribute to the Holocaust victims at one of the largest Nazi labor camps during World War II, take a boat trip along the Danube or down to the largest subterranean lake in Europe, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Vienna and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.