Vienna is the home of classical music and world-renowned composers such as Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Brahams and Haydn all lived here during their illustrious careers. In winter when the city’s famous social season gets underway, there are nightly concerts in a variety of splendid venues across town. Here are five of the best classical concerts in Vienna.
Autumn hits Vienna in October, when the temperatures begin to drop, the summer visitors are long gone but there are still sunny days without the bitter cold experienced over Christmas. It’s also the time when the famous Vienna social season starts, with theatres, opera houses and concert halls introducing their new offerings and museums and galleries opening new shows. Here are the best ten things to do in Vienna in fall.
The lovely Renaissance Weikersdorf Castle is 16.25 miles (26 kilometers) south of Vienna in Baden, an elegant town famous for its spas and manicured public gardens. Visiting Weikersdorf Castle from Vienna gives a luxurious taste of imperial Austria.
Vienna’s Baroque Schönbrunn Palace was built as the summer residence of the Habsburg Imperial Family and its sprawling, ornate gardens were opened to the public in 1779, making them the first public park in the world. Touring Schönbrunner Gardens in Vienna easily makes for a day’s sightseeing.
Mauthausen-Gusen was a cluster of concentration camps located throughout Upper Austria but with the main camp two hours west of Vienna near Linz. Visiting Mauthausen from Vienna is possible as a day trip and essential to understanding Nazi inhumanity during World War II’s Holocaust.
The Vienna Boys Choir is one of the oldest — and most famous — youth choirs in existence. But what are the roots of this world-renowned group, clad in fetching sailor suits, and how come it’s still in existence?