The Palace Life For Me

We have come to the end of our final day here in Vienna and we have had a wonderful time on the tour thus far. There have been a lot of laughs and the students have played very well at their performances. The last two locations we visited today were the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt and the Habsburg family summer palace, Schönbrunn.

The Esterházy Palace was our first stop this morning. The palace is located outside of Vienna in the city of Eisenstadt. It is a picturesque town with many shops and restaurants along cobblestone streets. The significance of this palace for our group is that Haydn was hired by the Esterházy family as their court musician for many years. He is buried in a mausoleum in Haydnkirche located in Eisenstadt. We had the opportunity to visit the church and see his mausoleum.

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Later in the morning we visited the Esterházy Palace and the beautiful concert hall in the palace, Haydnsaal. In this hall Haydn performed and premiered many of his well known compositions. Below you will find a couple pictures of our group visiting the palace and the concert hall.

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The second portion of the day was spent at the Habsburg family summer palace, Schönbrunn. The palace is simply gorgeous inside and out. From the grand salons to the breathtaking gardens. It was here in the palace where a six year old Mozart played and impressed the royal family with his musical ability.

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It was a beautiful day here in Austria and the entire group enjoyed visiting both of the palaces. Now we will here from a couple of the students.

5 Things about my day on the piano tour with Erica Loh

1. What was your favorite part of the day.
Walking through the inside of the Schönbrunn Palace. The paintings of all the scenery were really impressive and detailed.

2. What was a surprise to you?
How crazily long Empress Elisabeth’s, “Sissy,” hair was.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The view of the Schönbrunn Palace from on the hill in the Gloriette

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
The interesting food I ate at Haydnbräu, a restaurant in Eisenstadt

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“Why don’t you just read the English version over there…. What? That’s not even English.”

5 Things about my day on the piano tour with Ellen Askey

1. What was your favorite part of the day.
I had a relaxing lunch with Erica, at the lovely restaurant Haydnbräu. It is tucked down a side street by the palace in Eisenstadt.

2. What was a surprise to you?
I was surprised by the extremely poor condition and dustiness of the un-restored chandelier in the Esterházy palace, compared to the gold lustrous restored chandeliers.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
Looking down on the Schönbrunn palace from the hill on the Gloriette

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
A lovely pork dish for lunch at Haydnbräu. The pork pieces were cooked on kabobs and wrapped in bacon with deliciously flavorful sauce with mushrooms and veggies. Yum!

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
(After five minutes of trying, unsuccessfully, to decipher the German lunch menu) our waitor said “You know there’s an English Menu…”

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