In Search of Mozart
It was October in 2006 when Sue, Betty, and I went to Europe in search of Mozart. We looked in many places for him and learned some interesting things along the way. For example, Mozart was born in 1756 and died in 1791 and his death was a mystery. Some thought he was poisoned! Who would poison a pianist? We did learn that he liked to party and he was a game player, especially pool. He had a dog and a famous red coat. His bedroom walls were done in a fancy plaster.
Anyway, this is where we looked for him …
Prague is an interesting city and Mozart loved to perform there because he was well appreciated by the people. We found a Black Russian Church on the University of Prague property but no Wolfgang there. We even looked in this arts theatre but no Wolfgang. The borsch soup was tasty in the Cave restaurant downtown but no Wolfgang.
Hitler’s Eagles Nest, Germany, still sits on a mountain peak high above Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps. Hitler received this place as a tea house retreat on his 50th birthday. We had to drive half way up a mountain and then enter a giant elevator in the side of the mountain to get to the top. The elevator was all mirrors because Hitler was claustrophobic and the elevator ‘s capacity was 25 people. Betty and I looked everywhere on that mountain for Mozart but no luck.
We were told that at the bottom of the mountain, there was a hidden city under the farm land that Hitler had the people of the area create for him just in case he needed to hide somewhere during WWII.
We even made our way to Ludwig II’s mountain top castle called Schloss Neuschwanstein. This Ludwig was a king at age 18. He died at age 40, in a lake in the valley below mysteriously as well. The castle was beautiful with lots of secret rooms and there was no sign of Mozart anywhere.
Mozart’s birthplace was at No. 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg, Austria. The Mozart family resided on the third floor from 1747 to 1773. Mozart himself was born here on 27 January 1756. So we went to his house. It was a museum and quite interesting but the concert in the basement of St. Peter’s church was more exciting. A young Swedish pianist entertained us with Mozart music for an hour. He was spectacular at the piano! We also took the funicular to the top of the mountain in Salzburg to check out the fortress and on the way down, we noticed a very interesting cemetery right where people load and unload the funicular train. If you’re ever in Salzburg, check out the cemetary.