Am Pfarrplatz 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
lived here during the summer of 1817.
Am Pfarrplatz 2
Statue of St. Florian and
memorial plaque recalling Beethoven's sojourn
in this house.
The house on Pfarrplatz 2, to the left,
is home to a well-known Heurigen,
the „Mayer am Pfarrplatz“.
Their website (click here to get there)
is well worth a visit
(yes, they do offer an english version
and the music may sound familiar!).
This photo was taken on Pfarrplatz,
with my back to Probusgasse.
While it may seem a bit confusing,
with all those locality names,
the Kahlenberger Strasse residence in Nussdorf
is only a short walk along Eroica-Gasse away
from the Heiligenstadt Pfarrplatz.
Grinzing, Nussdorf and Heiligenstadt were small villages
at the outskirts of Vienna
at Beethoven's time.
They have since become incorporated
into the city of Vienna.
Infact, they aren only a short streetcar ride
away from the Inner City's Ringstrasse.
(Herrengasse in Beethoven's time)
Courtyard with staircase
leading up to Beethoven's apartment.
Another view of the courtyard
Looking out the gardenside windows,
Beethoven had a view of the bell tower of the nearby church.
On the morning of the 6th of October, 1802,
looking out one of these windows,
he saw the bells moving in the belfry,
yet couldn't hear them.
In his despair, he wrote a letter, addressed to his brothers.
This moving testimony to his suffering
has become known as
The "Heiligenstädter Testament":
"It reflects his despair over his increasing deafness and his desire to overcome his physical and emotional ailments in order to complete his artistic destiny. Beethoven kept the document hidden among his private papers for the rest of his life, and probably never showed it to anyone." *
*) Quoted from Wikipedia.