Vienna proudly preserves its musical heritage. Apartments and houses where Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Schubert, Brahms, Schoenberg and others lived and worked are carefully maintained and protected for present and future generations to enjoy.
Also, the grand palaces where many of these musicians worked are also preserved for the visitor. The mighty Hofburg Palace of the Austrian Emperors in downtown Vienna contains not only the rooms of the royalty, but also specialty museums devoted to such topics as historical armaments and Greek archeology. However, for the musician, the Hofburg houses perhaps the finest historical instrument collection in the world. This museum is especially known for the quality and quantity of its Renaissance instruments.
There is also the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, summer home of the Austrian Emperors. This is the palace where six-year-old Mozart played for Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter Marie Antoinette.
Students in the UTB Study Abroad in Vienna program will take tours through all of these establishments, and in the process, see music history come alive.