Friday, October 26, 2012

Home to Vienna Boys' Choir and Mozart

You have been enthralled by their voices. But have you ever wondered where the members of the Vienna Boys' Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben) are housed?

Palais Augarten, in Leopoldstadt, second district of Vienna, Austria is home to these talented boys. 

As early as the 1700s, Augarten also hosted morning concerts (Morgenkonzerte) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which took place in the Garden Hall of the Palais Augarten. In later years, works of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert have also been performed here.

This baroque garden is a 52 hectare public park, with intricate flower landscapes and vast, shady avenues of maple trees. I have spent several afternoons here just watching moms walk their babies in trolleys, athletic groups throw some frisbee, and families gather for picnic on a warm, sunny day. 

vast garden

toddlers' play time

They have sports facilities like a running track and swimming pool. One restaurant I frequent is Bunkerei, which serves up traditional Austrian dishes and light snacks. 

sports facilities

roasted meat with fresh cheese
and mashed potatoes

A noteworthy icon you will not miss when there are the two flak towers, used as defense against the Allied air raids during the second world war. These two towers are the only remnants of that period.

G-Tower and L-Tower
is what remained during WWII

Other than their towering presence, there's really nothing gloomy about the park anymore. You can spend an entire day there lazing or enjoying a cup of melange as you people watch. In some days, I wished Mozart was actually there performing.


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