If you visit Austria with the intention of waltzing in Vienna, you are in for a treat. Vienna is the home of classical music. The country it belongs to, Austria, is the native land of famous composers and musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr., Ludwig Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms as well as the internationally renowned Vienna Boys Choir. And since music is a big part of Vienna’s culture, it has several concert halls and venues housed in majestic buildings to be proud of.
Musicverein – This venue hosts up to 500 concerts each year accommodating music lovers from all parts of the globe. Moved to the Karlsplatz in 1912, the building is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and houses a conservatory, a library and a collection of musical instruments. Update: after being closed for the coronavirus, the Musikverein will host some events from June 2020.
Viennese Conservatory – This is a traditional school of music well known worldwide. In fact, it is considered one of the best institutions for musical education in the world. It offers various courses such as classical music education that includes composition, theory, lessons for different musical instruments, pop jazz music class, instrumental music education and voice training.
Vienna State Opera – The Vienna Opera is one of the pioneer buildings in the Ringstrasse, having one of the largest stages in Europe. Built between 1861 and 1869, it can accommodate more than 2,000 people.
Volksoper – This is a major opera house, next in line to the Vienna State Opera. Different types of opera from the 18th, 19th to the 20th century are staged in this venue. Other performances include musicals, dance events and operettas. Originally meant as a conventional theater, Volksoper eventually evolved and accommodated other art forms such as the dramatic theater, opera and operetta. The Preciosa opera was the first to be staged there in 1903. Today, Volksoper is also the home of a contemporary dance ensemble and attracts a younger set of spectators.
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See also: The House of Strauss (no dancing but a good place to visit)