Vienna is the birthplace of many great composers (Schubert and both Strauss to name a few) and a great many others who spent a significant amount of time here like Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. So it should come to no surprise that there are countless classical music performance options and venues around the city.
Even if classical music is not entirely your thing, I highly suggest checking out at least one of them while you spend some time in Vienna! It’s an amazing experience and a wonderful (date) night.
My favorite performance (yet) was the “dinner and concert” show my husband and I attended at Schloss Schönbrunn right before New Year’s last year. The dinner might not be to everyone’s liking (Tafelspitz – boiled beef – it is literally everywhere here!) but you cannot beat the atmosphere of eating in the palace and then strolling over to the ‘Orangerie’ to listen to compositions by Mozart and Strauss. This particular concert also features singers and two ballet dancers (there are other concert packages offered, check the website for details).
In January, I treated my husband for his birthday to a church concert at the beautiful St. Anna Church downtown (close to the Opera House). We heard Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and really enjoyed it despite the fact that it was utterly cold inside the church (apparently the church is heated now according to the website!).
Just last night, we visited Karlskirche to listen to Mozart’s Requiem. I hadn’t been inside the church before but it was a beautiful location with terrific acoustics (just remember when the temperature drops, dress warm!).
And, if you’re in the mood for a lighter and less classical night (and one that involves wine!), check out the Heuriger Show in the 19th district! This is a fun, very local experience with uplifting classical songs (and some folk/polka!), singers, and dancers …. and wine! You can choose to eat from a set menu while you listen to the show.
For more information:
- Performances at Schloss Schönbrunn
- Church concerts at St. Anna
- Church concerts at Karlskirche
- Heuriger Show