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Heretics, Crusaders, Artists

Through narrow streets and courtyards in the shadow of St. Stephan’s Cathedral

Heretics, Crusaders, Artists

Through narrow streets and courtyards in the shadow of St. Stephan’s Cathedral

Highlights

  • Jesuit Church and Old University
  • Area around Blutgasse: hidden courtyards and alleyways
  • Following in Mozart’s footsteps

The picturesque streets, hidden alleyways and enchanting courtyards of the peaceful area between the old university and Blutgasse (Blood Street) belie the sometimes turbulent history that played out here. This warren of narrow streets provided a retreat for crusaders on their way to or from the Holy Land. It was the scene of vehement, at times even violent, disputes during the Counter-Reformation:

Heretics and those with different beliefs were brutally persecuted, even burned alive. Religious artworks were attacked – still today, a statue of the Madonna has an axe embedded in her left shoulder. Baroque buildings being erected at the time heralded the eternal glory of the Catholic God.

This charming quarter also was the site of dramatic events in the life of Austria’s greatest composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart resorted to rough measures in ending his relationship with an employer. Mozart lived, and also died here.

Meeting point: Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Platz at the corner of Wollzeile, 1010 Vienna
Tour ends: Stephansplatz, 1010 Vienna

About 1.5 hours

Group size: up to 20 people

Starts at € 150.-

End

Meeting point

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