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This is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - until 2004 the only orchestra with no female musicians in it!
The building was designed by Theophil Hansen and built 1867-1869. It is a mixture of styles with terracotta statues, capitals and balustrades. It is perhaps most well known for its annual New Years Day Concert. We went there for an evening concert (the tickets are sold on the streets mostly by students dressed as Mozart!) - it was mainly tourist there but it is a great way to see the wonderful Golden Hall. The Musikverein is only open for concerts.
The Musikverein was inaugurated by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1870.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's Concert, broadcast worldwide every year, is performed in the famous Golden Hall of the Musikverein. It is also the permanent seat of the orchestra.
I could enjoy a concert of the Mozarteum Orchestra in the Golden Hall.
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The right place to attend a concert of classical music...or simply a beautiful building to admire ! You can also take a guided tour at certain times, when there are no rehearsal planned.
But I strongly recommend to buy a ticket for a concert...it would be a pity to be in the capital of classical music and miss that ! (See my Off the beaten path tip for information)
Guided Tour of the Musikverein
On certain days of the week, guided tours of the fabulous Musikverein concert hall are available. You need to check carefully because they are only offered if rehearsals and event preparations allow. But do persevere because it's well worth it.
Our tour was taken by a friendly and knowledgeable young girl who explained the history of the magnficent building and how it's been used for varied events through the years. The most famous of these is the New Year's Day Concert which is broadcast all over the world on January 1st each year.
We were allowed to take photographs freely and were given time to wander around the breathtaking Großer Saal (Large Hall) to fully appreciate all its wonders.
A ticket costs 5 euros and can be ordered online or bought at the ticket office at the Musikverein. The tour lasts around 45 minutes.
- Historical Travel
Home of the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the very best orchestras in the world. There's nothing more viennese than attending a classical music concert, and this is simply the perfect place for it. But depending on the program, it could be hard to get a ticket.
Musikverein & New Year Concert
Musikverein is the Music Society of Vienna, home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Its most famous performance is, no doubt, the New Year Concert, when they invite one of the world-famous orchestra directors and show the world how the works of the Strauss dynasty (4 of them) are to be played. While tickets are difficult to come by, you can order them - more in a special tip:)))
enjoy some classical music at night. There is a Vienna Mozart concerts in period costumes. It's an entertainment rather than a classical music performance.
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