Vienna is never too shy to highlight its classical music heritage. And so it is with the composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), a son of the city whose name adorns several streets and parks.
The design by sculptor Carl Kundmann shows him sitting pensively, poised to put down notes on paper and just waiting for the right inspiration. Given he wrote hundreds of compositions, he didn’t have to wait long.
The base of the statue has three reliefs, dedicated to the themes musical imagination, instrumental music and vocal music.
Schubert keeps good company in the park: there are also memorials to Franz Lehar and Anton Bruckner. But they’re all overshadowed by the hugely popular golden Strauss (easily found by looking for the queues of photographers).
The park itself is an otherwise tranquil spot with ornamental trees, open meadows and even a river running through it. It’s right on the edge of the city center: one end adjoins the Schubertring (!) part of the giant boulevard that encircles the old town.
How to get to the Schubert statue
Address: Stadtpark, Parkring, 1010 Vienna