Stop 4: Lichtentaler Pfarrkirche / Schubertkirche
(Marktgasse 40, Vienna)
Schubert was baptised in this charming neighbourhood church, also known as the Schubertkirche. The composer went on to sing in the choir, play the organ (which you can still see) and compose several works for the church. They offer concerts throughout the year and a Schubert Festival.
Stop 5: Stadtpark
Vienna’s central city park displays a Schubert statue, erected in 1872. The figure shows Schubert sitting thoughtfully, musing, just waiting for the right inspiration. This is a noteworthy contrary to the large, gilded statue of the nearby Johann Strauss Jr. memorial.
Stop 6: Dr.-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz
Since Schubert had a very beautiful voice as a child, he became a court choirboy early on. At the age of eleven he entered the kaiserlich-königliches Stadtkonvikt (The Imperial-Royal City College), which lies on this beautiful old square. The court conductor Antonio Salieri, a famous peer of Mozart and teacher-to-be of Schubert, quickly recognized Schubert’s talent. The square also features Schubert’s school, the Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit church) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Stop 7: Wienbibliothek in Vienna's City Hall
The Vienna City Library in Vienna’s City Hall is home to the Schubert Collection, the largest of its kind in the world. It currently comprises around 340 autographs of music, first editions of almost all compositions, numerous later editions, and personal documents, as well as extensive international literature on Schubert. It is a paradise for anyone interested in historic documents.