My colleagues call this this pretty rotunda by the river the Rundgemälde, although that word actually refers to the large, round panorama painting that it until recently housed, a late-19th-century depiction of the Battle of Bergisel (the third one, in August 1809, the one where they really stuck it to the Bavarians.) The painting was moved out the rotunda last year and transported to its new home, a new museum right on the mountain it depicts (opening in March.) I have not heard anything lately about what might now occupy this historically protected building.
At the same time, there is continuing talk in the news about tearing down the Stadtsäle, a dark-yellow block of
metal concrete (in which the orchestra rehearses, unhappily) which had been built to replace the Baroque Schönheit that had been done in by Allied bombs. (Think of the Berliner Schloß and the Palast der Republik, on a smaller scale. Although I kind of miss the Palast der Republik. It had its own history.) What the city wants to build is a Haus der Musik, with superior rehearsal spaces and room for the Music School as well. They have a a few existing tenants to take care of first, one being a restaurant (which knows it’s on borrowed time, according to the newspapers) and a ballroom dance school, which looks to be the main obstacle to closing the building.
I don’t suppose they (meaning the dance school) would want to move down the street into that very pretty rotunda, would they? Think of all that natural light!
*Which in German, by the way, is called Reise nach Jerusalem, or “journey to Jerusalem”. I have been told it probably refers back to the Crusades.