Schubert’s last home – seine letzte Bleibe

Das Sterbehaus von F.Schubert in der Kettenbrückengasse in Wien. Ein altes Haus mit einem hübschen Innenhof. Die Wohnung seines Bruders, wo Schubert seine letzten Wochen verbracht hat liegt im 2.Stock. Das Stiegenhaus ist nicht renoviert , was einen unglaublich authentischen Eindruck hinterlässt. Die Stufen – ebenso alt und ausgetreten. Mein weiss, diese Stufen, die hat auch Schubert benützt und man meint fast, ihm jederzeit begegnen zu können.
In der Wohnung selber finden sich sehr persönliche Gegenstände wie Briefe, Rechnungen etc. Und natürlich das Klavier.
Das Sterbezimmer strahlt unglaubliche Ruhe aus. Ein paar Bilder an den Wänden und ein Brief in einer Vitrine aus den letzten Wochen. Sonst nichts. Ein einfaches, unglaublich packendes Museum, das einen die Grösse dieses Genies erahnen lässt.


Schubert’s last home in Vienna at Kettenbrueckengasse

The house is small; one could easily miss it if the flags on the outside didn’t catch your attention.

Franz Schubert spent the last weeks of his life at his brother’s apartment. The house, with a very nice renovated courtyard, was newly built when Schubert moved in and still was rather damp, which made his health deteriorate very fast. The staircase and hallways have not been renovated which creates a very authentic and intense atmosphere. You almost expect Franz Schubert to turn around the corner.

Entering the apartment and knowing that Schubert had lived and died right here is a very strong experience. The little museum presents some very personal items like letters and a list of expenses for Schubert’s funeral. The room where he died is small. A few pictures on the walls and a letter from Schubert, in which he asks for some books and tells how hard it is for him to even get out of bed, is all you will find in it.

Having so much of his music in mind while standing there triggered some strong feelings. Somehow the situation reminded me of the moment when I first entered the Forum Romanum in Rome. History all of a sudden had come down to the here and now.


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