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.
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So you’re in Vienna, or as some call it, the cultural capital of Europe. The home of many great composers, a beautiful Opera house, and countless outlets for the arts. Of course you’re going to want to see something … a play, the ballet, the opera, a concert – you name it. Chances are high that you will find exactly what you’re looking for.
The only tiny little problem is how to obtain those pesty little tickets. You see, it’s not necessarily a simple process. Sure, there are search engines that allow you to search the whole of Vienna by what you’re looking for (some even in English!) but we all know that booking charges can be outrageously high! So, I usually just search to see what’s out there with the handy search engines and then book directly from the venue (e.g., Spanish Riding School, Museum Quartier, Opera etc) to save Euros on booking fees. Sounds so simple, right?!
For most venues, it’s as simple as showing up at the box office with information in hand (what you want to see and when) and most staff will happily help you find the best tickets for your price range (the majority of staff speak near-to perfect English too!).
Note – that is definitely NOT the case for Opera tickets (State Opera and Volksoper). Nope, to secure those desired tickets you need to log on to their respective websites (State Opera; Volksoper), select the “buy tickets” option under your selected performance and then log on to yet another booking service called “Culturall.” Once on that site, you can choose tickets in your price range and the system will email you a confirmation of your request (which is not a confirmation but simply a copy of what you requested and it does not contain seat assignments); a few days might go by before you receive another email from them with your assigned seats and ticketing information (some shows only release their tickets a month or two before the actual performance so you might wait a while). You then have the option of picking up the tickets at the appropriate box office with your email confirmation or having it mailed for you (extra fee, you choose this option as you are filling out the initial request). Yes, not the easiest system to navigate and no, you simply cannot show up at the Opera House with tons of Euros on you and an idea of what you would like to see and when (trust me, I tried) – you will need to do everything online if you are booking in advance.
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