For over 40 years Haydn worked as court composer to four different Esterhazy princes. And though not royal himself, he held such power there that he was able to see significant requests carried out. One of which...he insisted that the red marble flooring was absolutely terrible for acoustics in the room that has since come to be called Haydn Hall. Wood flooring was installed under his direction. It is now one of the top five concert halls in the world when it comes to acoustics. I'd say in beauty too...it is rather stunning.
We then took a tour of the rest of the palace....or well, the few rooms they had available for visitor tours. The palace has not been a place of residence since WWII but it is still privately owned.
...and then a short walk to the small house Haydn lived in while employed by the Esterhazy family.
Notice the reversed white and black keys on Hadyn's piano?
The church itself, along with being the place where Haydn debuted many of his works and is now buried, is also a pilgrimage church with twenty Stations of the Cross. We followed them all, beautifully carved and painted scenes depicting the last week of Christ's life. The final stations required a climb up some stone steps on the outside of the church leading to the roof. It was an amazing view. And incredible symbolism.
After our visit to Eisenstadt, we again boarded our bus and headed towards Vienna.
(Mom was my bus buddy on the drive from Budapest to Eisenstadt and Vienna.)
And yes, we were indeed suitably excited to see the final resting place of these geniuses...
Franz Shubert and Johann Strauss
Also Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven
See Budapest here.