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Vienna: a place of pilgrimage for classical music lovers

Recently updated on August 14th, 2023 at 02:26 pm

As the former home to musical greats like Mozart, Strauss, Haydn and Schubert, it’s little wonder that the elegant streets of Austria‘s charming capital are quite literally filled with the sound of the music. Vienna classical concerts offer the finest homage to the world’s great masters and their musical legacy, so how better to follow in the footsteps of celebrated composers, than by attending a concert in Vienna.  

Vienna’s classical concerts are a must addition to any trip to the Austrian capital. The ultimate Viennese night out, they offer you a chance to dress up to the nines and treat your ears to some of the finest music ever created. Plus, with Trafalgar’s ‘A-Class’ ticket, you’re also guaranteed a prime view and a glass of sparkling wine during the interval. For classical music lovers, is there any better combination? Here are our pics of the best venues…

Wiener Musikverein

Wiener Musikverein

The Wiener Musikverein is Vienna’s iconic concert hall, which first opened in 1870. Home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, almost every surface of the building is covered with gold, with elaborate frescoes adorning the ceiling. Take your seat and gaze in awe at the appropriately named Große Musikvereinssaal or Golden Hall, which seats 2000 guests.

Wiener Konzerthaus

Wiener Konzerthaus Vienna

To mark the opening of the Wiener Konzerthaus in 1913, Strauss wrote the Festliches Präludium op 61. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was performed immediately afterwards. These compositions, one a classic masterpiece, the other a contemporary work of art, still inform the concert house’s vision; one of fusing tradition and innovation. 

The concert hall is home to the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Singakademie and the Klangforum Wien. Visit here and you’ll get to enjoy exquisite classical pieces as well as other musical genres such as modern, jazz and pop. Time your visit to attend Vienna Spring Festival in April and May.

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Wiener Staatsoper

State Opera House Vienna

The Wiener Staatsoper, or Vienna State Opera House, is one of the world’s leading opera houses. The building, built in the Renaissance Revival style, was the first significant building on the Vienna Ring Road. Today, this very grand circular boulevard circles the old district and some of the city’s most notable historic attractions. 

Connect with the drama of an opera performance, whilst watching classical heavyweights belt out the best of Mozart, Strauss and Verdi. 


The Karlskirche is one of the most magnificent examples of architecture in a city that is famous for its Baroque brilliance. For classical music lovers, it’s also a must on the Vienna classical music agenda. Poignantly, Mozart’s Requiem, his mournful last piece, is performed annually here on the 4th December. The sombre piece is played at the hour of his death, recognising the fact that he died not far from Karlskirche, at the tender age of 35.

Not only is Vienna a soul-stirring experience for any classical music lover, it’s also memorable for an admirer of the arts, offering the chance to connect with the world’s renowned classical composers in the city in which they lived. And even if you’re not a classical music aficionado, there are many reasons to fall head over heels in love with Vienna’s perfect tempo.

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Have you experienced a Vienna classical music concert? What else did you enjoy in the city of music? Let us know in the comments.

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