Have you always wanted to stroll through Vienna following Falco’s tracks and immersing yourself into his personal history? Then you’ve come to the right place. Because we at MyCityHighlight offer you a unique journey back in time to get to know the the Austrian musician and his life.
Where it all began
We start at the very beginning of his story: his childhood. Did you know that Falco was the sole survivor of triplets? Falco, his real name was Johann Hölzel, grew up in the Ziegelofengasse 26 in the 5th district. His grandmother’s house was opposite of it, he took it over from 1974 to 1982. There he composed his world-famous hit “Der Kommissar”. A small memorial plaque on site commemorates this. In today’s Piaristenvolksschule Sankt Thekla, directly around the corner, Falco was educated. Already at the age of 5 years Hans Hölzl was told to have an absolute pitch. This is the ability to determine the pitch of any sound heard. How cool is that!
We continue with Falco’s youth: Hans Hölzl did not only quit school but also his apprenticeship to found the rock band “Umspannwerk”. He was by far the youngest band member, but he enjoyed being with older boys and accepted their daring sayings too gladly. The band rehearsed in Kaltenleutgeben, a former spa town in the Vienna Woods. Falco loved partying, he was also very famous for this. He was a regular guest in the discotheque U4, where he partied many nights. His saying “I won’t stay long” often turned into 4.00 or 5.00 o’clock in the morning. Some of us know that feeling too, don’t we?
Where Falco left his mark
Where in Vienna can you still feel Falco’s presence? We have the answer to that: At the Palais Schwarzenberg. Because there the video of “Rock me Amadeus” was shot, the song which even hit the US-American charts. Another part of the video was shot in the Café-Bar Blue Box in the 7th district, as of minute 1:30 you can see the bar. Allegedly Falco had 60 extras wearing rococo costumes and wigs waiting seven hours in front of Palais Schwarzenberg. The shooting was scheduled to start at 7 o’clock in the morning, but Falco himself did not show up until about 1 o’clock. We now enter the first district, the hidden Griechengasse near Schwedenplatz. There you can find the hair salon “Salon Er-Ich”, which also treated and did Falco’s hair. In the 8th district of Vienna the Palais Auersperg is located, where Falco shot the music video for the hit “Junge Römer”. Falco also left his traces in Neubau, in the 7th district: At Schottenfeldgasse 7 Falco’s last apartment was. After his death Falcos mother lived in the apartment in the middle of the 7th district.
Falco’s last station is located at the Central Cemetery in Vienna. The musician died tragically in a car accident in the Dominican Republic in 1998His grave immediately catches your eye because it is not a normal grave, but something very extraordinary, as you can see in the photo.
Other memorials of Falco
If you want to experience and see more of Falco, there are several memorials in Vienna: The stairway called “Falcosteige” in front of the U4 station Kettenbrückengasse and the street called “Falcogasse” in the 22nd district. In the themed restaurant “Falco’s” on Schwarzenbergplatz you can also immerse yourself into the world of the musician, under the motto “Vienna calling”. To quote Falco once again: “In Vienna you first have to die, before they celebrate you. But then you live long.” And he really does.
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And also, never forget: “Don’t turn around, the Kommissar’s in town!”