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Optional social programme

Schönbrunn

 

Optional programme

On the trail of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

on 20 March 2006 - 09:00 to 11:00

This tour is free of charge and sponsored by the Vienna Convention Bureau.
Meeting point: 09:00
Main Entrance Conference Centre Hofburg, Josefsplatz

The 2 hour tour tracing the footsteps of the unique music genius will begin at the Hofburg Conference Centre. From here the group will be taken to the Michaeler-Kuppel, the entrance to the former castle theatre in which famous pieces such as Cosi Fan Tutte, Figaro, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Don Giovanni were first performed in Vienna. Close to the Michaelerkirche, which was the scene of many of his performances and also the church in which some of his children were baptised, we will cross the Josefsplatz with the monument to Kaiser Joseph II whose court composer Mozart was. Along the Graben we will walk to Vienna's famous landmark: St. Stephen's Cathedral, where Mozart and Konstanze Weber were married.

Other highlights on this tour are the Figaro House, the Deutschordenshaus as well as the house in which Mozart died in the Rauhensteingasse. His last performance most probably took place in the Café Frauenhuber in the Himmelpfortgasse.

The tour will then continue across the Neuer Markt, to the Albertina and from there to the Burggarten and to its Mozart memorial on which you will be able to see 2 scenes from Mozart's famous opera Don Giovanni and listen to interesting stories along the way.

After this fascinating tour about Austria's most well-known composer, you will be guided back to the Hofburg Conference Centre.

 

Programme for partners

Museums Quarter Vienna - Leopold Museum

on 20 March 2006 - 14:00 - 17:00

Price per person: Euro 19.- / Minimum 20 participants
Meeting point: 14:00
Main Entrance Conference Centre Hofburg, Josefsplatz

The Museums Quarter Vienna (which opened in June 2001) is only a short walk away from the Hofburg and is one of the ten largest cultural complexes in the world. It is above all a forward-looking, inner-city cultural district that will have an enormous impact on future trends. The Museums Quarter unites baroque buildings, new architecture, cultural institutions of all sizes, various disciplines of art, and recreational facilities in a single spectacular location. The spectrum ranges from large art museums such as the Leopold Museum and the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna) to contemporary exhibition spaces.

After a short walk through the Museums Quarter, which will provide the group with an insight into the spectacular architecture and unique location of the complex, the tour will continue to the Leopold Museum. The Leopold collection, which encompasses well over 5,000 pieces of art, was compiled by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold in the course of five decades and was transferred to the Leopold Museum private foundation in 1994. This museum houses the most extensive Egon Schiele collection as well as work by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl. These famous Austrian artists contributed significantly to the international art scene and share the museum with many other Austrian artists and important objects from the Austrian arts & crafts movement designers, such as Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann, who were part of the Vienna Secession group and the Wiener Werkstätte, working around 1900.

You will of course have the opportunity to discover the many works of art on your own as part of the tour. The tour will end at the entrance of the Hofburg Conference Centre.

 

Palace of Schönbrunn

on 21 March 2006 – 10:00 to 12:45

Price per person: Euro 44.- / Minimum 20 participants
Meeting point: 10:00
Main Entrance Conference Centre Hofburg, Josefsplatz

A bus will collect you from the Conference Centre Hofburg and will drive directly to one of the most important palaces in Europe.

The Palace of Schönbrunn is the former summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty. With more than 1,400 rooms and the splendid park, the palace is an artistic work of baroque culture. During the reign of Maria Theresia in the 18th century, a brilliant period began in which the castle became the centre of court, political and social life. Under the influence of Maria Theresia and guided by her architect Nikolaus Pacassi, the palace was renovated and extended. During a “Highlight-Tour” you will see the most beautiful halls in the palace as well as the baroque park with its fountains, pavil-ions and Roman ruins.

Following the palace tour you will be taken to the Café Residenz, where you will find out more about making a traditional “Apfelstrudel”. While watching the fantastic show you will have the opportunity to try a piece of this delicious Viennese pastry along with a cup of coffee before getting on the bus and returning to the Conference Centre.

 

Further information

Österreich Werbung: http://www.austria.info

Wien Tourismus: http://info.wien.at/

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Date: 15.03.2006