Last week, we were in Vienna and climbed the south tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
My husband loves climbing these high towers. I do not — being both a little afraid of heights and a little claustrophobic. However, lured by the promise of a great view, I almost always follow him up. And I always think, after about 30 steps, how this is absolutely the last tower I will ever climb. . . at least this year (I’ve climbed two this year). . . at least in this city.
The view from the watch room (343 steps up) was tremendous. A night watchman actually occupied the room until 1955. If he saw a fire in the city, he would ring the tower bells.
After the climb down, we went around the corner, looking for the Mozart House (Mozarthaus).
We went through a passageway off Singerstraße and found ourselves in the same courtyard seen from above.
It was not the Mozart House, but the seat of the Grand Master of the Order of the Teutonic Knights of St. Mary’s Hospital in Jerusalem (or Deutscher Orden).
The Order has been associated with this site since 1204. The present building dates from the second half of the 18th century.
Mozart did briefly live on the premises from March to May 1781 — and Johannes Brahms from 1863 to 1865.
Mozart played there, and it now hosts the Mozart Ensemble Wien several days a week.
(Streifzug means ‘foray,’ ‘ brief survey,’ or ‘ramble.’)