COMPOSITION in harmony with the water

"It is like a swimmer who has to cover a huge distance to the other shore: at first no end is in sight, only water, water that seems endless. And in the middle, the destination feels so far off and unreachable. But eventually it moves closer and closer, finally the waters rapidly pass, and with the last few strokes you have finished" Gustav Mahler told his longstanding confidante violist Natalie Bauer-
Lechner, on completing his third symphony.

Gustav Mahler spent the Summer months of 1893 to 1896 as a guest in Steinbach am Attersee and composed parts of the the second and third symphony here. The building in which he composed is open to visitors all year on advance request.