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Have you been to Vienna? #2850419
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Hi, I hope this is the right place to rave and perhaps ask for recommendation on classical music related things to do in Vienna. If not, hopefully you can direct me to a right forum.

Relevant info:
* I'm going to be in Vienna for only 5 days with my bf who doesn't really share my enthusiasm for classical music... yet smile
* I'm pretty new to classical myself - currently interested in chamber music, solo piano works, liturgical organ or choral works, okay with symphonies and not really into opera.
* We hail from USA and don't speak much Austrian wink


I'm currently checking out Musikverein and Konzerthaus. Any other classical music venues I should check out for concerts? Turns out that there are a lot of "classical shows" with dinner with performers in costumes - I like the costumes bit but music comes first! So whatever venues that doesn't actually list the program, it's ruled out.

Also, any recommendation for churches with organs? I don't know too much about organs except that I love the sound and would love to hear it in person. I hope to read about it more so that I can appreciate it better by the time I'm in Vienna. It seems there are quite a few churches that have "concerts" scheduled (Peterskirche, Annakirche, Votivkirche, to name a few) Have you checked out any of them - musically or architecturally? I'd love to check them out as a visitor since I'm not religious and would hate to disturb others' spiritual time.

Bosendorfer! I'll be checking out but as a beginner I'm afraid I can't play much yet. There's NY Steinway store not too far from my work but I have yet to check it out because I keep chickening out. (Any tips..?) Hopefully I can still appreciate the quality of tone and action.

Finally, any museums or birthplaces you can recommend? I thought about visiting Schubert's Birthplace but I read everything was in German. There's also Arnold Schoenberg center except I don't really get Schoenberg's music.. though I did quite like Schoenberg's orchestral work of Brahms' Piano Quartet No 1. But as a newbie to classical music, the whole 12 tone thing and contemporary music in general are waay over my head.


Of course, there are other non-music places that I'm planning to check out like Belvedere and Schonbrunn palaces. Suggestions of all kinds are welcome! Hoping to do more legwork on what else to check out this week but I figured I'd ask you long time music experts and lovers anyway.

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Re: Have you been to Vienna? [Re: Roadkill] #2850429
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I have been to Vienna several times and consider it my very favorite city in Europe. The Bösendorfer city center showroom is part of the Musikverein. The Mozarthaus near St. Stephen's Cathedral has one of Bösendorfer's music halls. I have attended master piano classes at Bösendorfer and they have used this hall for our recitals. It used to be the wine cellar. Here is a link, including upcoming concerts. https://www.mozarthausvienna.at/en/VISIT/Events

The Musikverein is very interesting and worth touring. They have guided tours in different languages.

If you are flying into Vienna and staying in the city center I would highly recommend using the express CAT train (CAT=City Airport Train) into the city center. The subway in Vienna is among the best I have ever experienced. It is such an easy way to get around.

Have a great trip! Steve

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The other thing you can consider is to make a trip to Salzbourg. It is only 2,5 hours away and it is a beautiful city to visit and you might also have a concert there. I like Vienna but Salzbourg is really well preserved. It is worth the trip.

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Definitely go to the cemetery where Strauss, Schubert, Brahms, and Beethoven are all buried next to each other. It's a pretty incredible feeling. Also, consider going to the (supposed) grave of Mozart.

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While not a musical adventure, I'd highly recommend visiting the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It's a little out of town (but on a streetcar line) but worth it. Schönbrunn was the Habsburg ruler Maria-Theresa's summer palace, but it puts Versaille to shame. Unlike Versaille which was sacked after the French Revolution, Schönbrunn contains most all its original furnishings, and the "gardens" (both formal and English) are beyond description. It is spectacular. One can easily spend a day there, especially if it's a sunny day. By tickets in advance to avoid a long wait to get in.


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Re: Have you been to Vienna? [Re: Roadkill] #2850523
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I visit Vienna almost every year and my wife and I will be there for a few days in early June. Besides the things that have been mentioned (you already know the two main concert halls, I agree with visiting the central cemetery and the cemetery with Mozart's grave), the University for Music and Performing Arts has student concerts (mostly free): Piano evenings, some chamber music, vocal recitals, even organ concerts. Of course, the quality of the students varies somewhat, but it can be enjoyable. Schedule (in German, although the rest of the website is also in English) can be found here: https://www.mdw.ac.at/6/.

St. Michael's Church has organ concerts (again, the calendar appears to only be in German): https://www.michaelerkirche.at/kalender/.

The Art History Museum: https://www.khm.at/en/visit/ There are rooms full of massive paintings by Rubens where I can sit for "hours."

There are several parks in the center of Vienna that are worth a stroll.

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Forum member Sibylle used to live in Vienna. You might want to pm her, but she hasn’t been on in a few weeks. I know how to reach her if need be.


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Re: Have you been to Vienna? [Re: Roadkill] #2850558
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Hugh Sung is going to Vienna as well . . .



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Re: Have you been to Vienna? [Re: Roadkill] #2850561
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Love Hugh. I hope he has a great time in Vienna. So much to do. Thanks for sharing that interview.


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Originally Posted by Roadkill
Turns out that there are a lot of "classical shows" with dinner with performers in costumes - I like the costumes bit but music comes first! So whatever venues that doesn't actually list the program, it's ruled out.



These things are trite affairs for tourists. Harmless, but not worth your time.

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My wife and I visited Vienna last year as part of a larger tour of Europe. Unfortunately, we only had one and a half days there. We went to St. Marx cemetery to visit Mozart's grave (or at least the monument in the general area), and then Wiener Zentralfriedhof to visit the graves of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Strauss. We then went over to the Haydn Haus, and then the Beethoven Pasqualatihaus. After most of the day visiting musical sites, we finished the day at the beautiful Schloß Schönbrunn.

I would love to go back and spend several days there. I'm not interested in attending concerts (I want to play myself, not sit and listen to other people play), but I'd love to visit the other Beethoven houses and Mozart's house, not to mention the non-musical museums. (Some artifacts from Rogers family history are in one of the museums in Vienna, and I'd love to see paintings by Klimt.)


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Re: Have you been to Vienna? [Re: Roadkill] #2850812
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Hiiii! Sorry I've been so absent. Yes, PM me with any questions, I get email notifications and will get back to you asap.

You're on the right track with the Musikverein and Konzerthaus. If you're into opera - and honestly, even if you're not - both the Staatsoper (www.staatsoper.at) and the Volksoper (www.volksoper.at) are worth looking at. Bösendorfer have a show room at a side entrance of the Musikverein, and they let you try them out grin

As for music-related sights, you can visit Schubert's birthplace ("Schubert Geburtshaus"), one of the apartments where Mozart used to live ("Mozart-Wohnung") and the house where Beethoven used to live ("Beethoven Haus"), all three very much worth seeing. There's also the Schönberg Centre (www.schoenberg.at) and oh gods, so much more. It's hard to know where to begin! But these are some of the most important ones.

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Re: Have you been to Vienna? [Re: Roadkill] #2850815
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I recommend to visit Haus der Musik, which is a museum about music, instruments, music history and the theory of vocalisation. It's address is: Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Wien, the web-site: https://www.hausdermusik.com/
I found it very interesting, it's very interactive, the labels and comments are in English as well.

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Apart from the music-related places my favourite places in Vienna are:
- the Naschmarkt market, where you can buy food and groceries from Turkey to Russia, from French cheeses to seafood.
- the Karlskirche, where you can go up by an elevator (and some stairs) to the top of the church to see and explore the fresco within arm's reach (it's next to the Naschmarkt by the way) (address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Wien)
- the main hall of the national library, so called Prunksaal, fulled with old books, sculptures and fresco (address: Josefsplatz 1 , 1010 Wien)
- Schmetterlinghaus, the butterfly house, which is quite small greenhouse full with tropical plants and butterflies. It's not a huge spectacle, but nice to drop by to a green, planty place like this in the middle of a big city. (http://www.schmetterlinghaus.at/)

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I'll have to save these. I have never been to Vienna, but I go abroad to one concert a year, and next year is Vienna's turn. Now I just have to decide who I want to see the most.

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Originally Posted by Lakeviewsteve
I have been to Vienna several times and consider it my very favorite city in Europe. The Bösendorfer city center showroom is part of the Musikverein. The Mozarthaus near St. Stephen's Cathedral has one of Bösendorfer's music halls. I have attended master piano classes at Bösendorfer and they have used this hall for our recitals. It used to be the wine cellar. Here is a link, including upcoming concerts. https://www.mozarthausvienna.at/en/VISIT/Events

The Musikverein is very interesting and worth touring. They have guided tours in different languages.

If you are flying into Vienna and staying in the city center I would highly recommend using the express CAT train (CAT=City Airport Train) into the city center. The subway in Vienna is among the best I have ever experienced. It is such an easy way to get around.

Have a great trip! Steve


I didn't realize that Bosendorfer showroom was part of Musikverein. If I cannot attend a concert in Musikverein, I'm going to schedule a tour for sure. And definitely for Staatsoper - it looks gorgeous.


Originally Posted by Sidokar
The other thing you can consider is to make a trip to Salzbourg. It is only 2,5 hours away and it is a beautiful city to visit and you might also have a concert there. I like Vienna but Salzbourg is really well preserved. It is worth the trip.


Sidokar, I did visit Salzburg a couple of years ago for two days. And that was too short. Hopefully I'll return again.

Originally Posted by vmishka
I visit Vienna almost every year and my wife and I will be there for a few days in early June. Besides the things that have been mentioned (you already know the two main concert halls, I agree with visiting the central cemetery and the cemetery with Mozart's grave), the University for Music and Performing Arts has student concerts (mostly free): Piano evenings, some chamber music, vocal recitals, even organ concerts. Of course, the quality of the students varies somewhat, but it can be enjoyable. Schedule (in German, although the rest of the website is also in English) can be found here: https://www.mdw.ac.at/6/.

St. Michael's Church has organ concerts (again, the calendar appears to only be in German): https://www.michaelerkirche.at/kalender/.

The Art History Museum: https://www.khm.at/en/visit/ There are rooms full of massive paintings by Rubens where I can sit for "hours."

There are several parks in the center of Vienna that are worth a stroll.


Thank you vmishka, for the links to MDW and St.Michael's Church! Found a few interesting events I could check out.

Originally Posted by jeffscot

Hugh Sung is going to Vienna as well . . .


If I run into Hugh, I'll be sure to thank him for his wonderful videos. Since he's there to record/perform.. where can I find his concert? Someone spill the beans please smile

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Five days and five nights in Vienna. If you are lucky enough to have one evening which is on a weekend,then do not miss the Spanish Riding School as a diversion from the music overload (although classical music is also played during the show). Otherwise you can also attend the rehearsal during the day. Bosendorfer has a factory in Wienerneustadt which is not very far from Vienna. As for Salzburg you need to leave it for another trip to Austria.So many things to see in Vienna, so little time, and since you are young, try to enjoy as much as you can without being exhausted. I have lived in Vienna for 2 months as a student of German language and was not even able to see everything during this time. So I still enjoy to come back regularly to see what I was not able to see and reminisce about these special 2 best months of my live.


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I think this is what my family and I went to in Vienna - it was an All-Mozart concert with the orchestra and soloists dressed in period costumes. It felt like stepping back in time. My kids enjoyed it.

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The collection of early pianos and other keyboard instruments in the Weltmuseum is simply astonishing. I spent two hours there and could have stayed longer. Also they have portraits of Beethoven, Schubert and piano makers such as Graf and Streicher. Splendidly housed in a building in the former Royal Palace. Highly recommended.

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