12 Vienna Classical Concerts You Should Not Miss

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The best concerts in Vienna – a guide to the top Mozart and Wien Philharmonic Orchestra concerts.

best concerts in vienna

Vienna (Wien) is known as the capital of classical music and there is a good reason why. The city is world-famous for its Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras. You can enjoy numerous performances in palaces, opera houses or even churches.

A visit to Wien is not complete without attending a classical music concert. And you better buy your tickets online in advance, especially if you want them for a certain date. Vienna concerts are pretty popular and tickets sell out months in advance.

The 4 best concerts in Vienna

It’s hard to choose from the numerous classical concerts as most of them are unique and worth visiting. However, there are several that are outstanding and not to be missed even if you’re only for a weekend in Vienna.

Continue reading to find out the best concerts in Vienna.

Mozart concert at the Golden Hall

Wiener Musikverein is the home of the Wien Philharmonic Orchestra. Its Golden Hall is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world. The performance of the Wien Mozart Orchestra here is one of the most popular concerts in Vienna. This magical experience takes you back through time to the 18th century.

The Wien Mozart Orchestra was founded in 1986 by some of the best musicians of the Viennese orchestras. This orchestra performs mostly works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dressed up in historical costumes and wigs. So, you can enjoy some of the Mozart best symphonies, arias and operas.

Mozart concert at the Golden Hall

It’s the most popular performance. Enjoy the magical works by Mozart and Strauss performed by Vienna Mozart Orchestra.
4.5/5 Rating – See details and 500+ reviews

Mozart concert with dinner

Experience the perfect Viennese evening. Combine a Mozart concert with a delightful 3-course dinner.
4.5/5 Rating – See details and 55+ reviews

Mozart and Strauss concert at Kursalon


Kursalon is one of the most famous concert halls in the city. This is the place where the waltz became popular in the 19th century. Johann Strauss and his orchestra used to perform here regularly.

Attending a Mozart and Strauss concert at Kursalon is a unique experience. Enjoy the excellent performance by the opera singers and ballet dancers of the Orchestra of Old Vienna.

Mozart and Strauss concert at Kursalon

Hear the most famous waltzes, polkas and arias performed by the brilliant Salonorchester Alt Wien.
4.6/5 Rating – See details and 660+ reviews

Vienna music concerts at St. Charles Church

St. Charles Church

St. Charles Church (Karlskirche) is the most beautiful Baroque church in this imperial city. Its lavishing interior is the perfect background for a classical music performance.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Karlskirche

Embark on a wonderful journey into the musical past while listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This fantastic concert is performed by Orchestra 1756, a classical period instrument ensemble.
4.6/5 Rating – See details and 440+ reviews

Mozart’s Requiem at Karlskirche

Listen to the Requiem Mass in D minor, one of the most impressive works of art of Mozart.
4.5/5 Rating – See details and 80+ reviews

Schönbrunn Palace evening concert

Schönbrunn Palace

The Orangery at Schönbrunn Palace is a unique setting for classical concerts. It’s one of the two largest Baroque orangeries in the world (the other one is in Versailles). Mozart himself played here in a competition between him and the Imperial Kapellmeister Antonio Salieri.

Schonbrunn Palace Concert

Listen to the works of Mozart and Strauss performed by the renowned Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra.
4.5/5 Rating – See details and 310+ reviews

Schönbrunn Palace Concert, Tour and Dinner

Spend an unforgettable evening at the Schönbrunn Palace. Combine the enchanting performance at the Orangery with a tour of the palace and a delicious dinner.
4.4/5 Rating – See details and 120+ reviews

More popular Vienna classical music concerts

Wien Hofburg Orchestra concerts


Vienna Hofburg Orchestra is a chamber orchestra with a long tradition. It was founded by conductor Gert Hofbauer in 1971. Since then the orchestra performs regular concerts from May to October. There is no better place to immerse yourself in the world of imperial Wien.

Hofburg Orchestra Concert

Enjoy the splendid sounds of Mozart and Strauss musical compositions.
4.6/5 Rating – See details and 90+ reviews

Mozart Orchestra concerts at Wien State Opera House

Vienna State Opera House

Besides Musikverein, the Wien Mozart Orchestra performs also at the State Opera House. The opulent interior of the opera house is the ideal setting for the classics of Mozart and Strauss.

Mozart & Strauss at the State Opera

Enjoy the works of Mozart and Strauss performed by the talented musicians of Mozart Orchestra.
4.4/5 Rating – See details and 80+ reviews

In April, May, June and September selected opera performances are broadcast live on a video screen outside the opera house.

Classic Ensemble Vienna at St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter's Church

This 18th-century Baroque church is a fitting venue for every classical music concert. Let the musicians of Classic Ensemble Wien take you on a musical trip through time. Enjoy the lavish interior of the church while listening to the interpretations of Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven.

Classic Ensemble at St. Peter’s Church

Enjoy interpretations of timeless classics performed by Classic Ensemble Wien.
4.6/5 Rating – See details and 110+ reviews

Vienna music concerts at St. Anne’s Church

St. Anne’s Church

For some beautiful chamber music played in a warm, intimate atmosphere head to St. Anne’s Church. Thanks to its exceptional acoustics, this small Baroque church is a great place for concerts.

Classical Concert in St. Anne’s Church

Hear favourite classical pieces from Mozart, Bach and Beethoven performed by a talented string ensemble.
4.5/5 Rating – See details and 100+ reviews

Vienna Residence Orchestra at Palais Auersperg

Palais Auersperg is the place where Mozart used to perform some of his notable works. Today, this is the home of the Vienna Residence Orchestra, one of the finest chamber orchestras.

Wien Residence Orchestra

Experience a classical performance with renowned opera singers and ballet dancers.
4.1/5 Rating – See details and 75+ reviews

Seasonal Vienna classical concerts

The regular classical performances in Vienna are quite impressive. Yet, nothing can’t beat the seasonal concerts of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn

The Wien Philharmonic concert at Schönbrunn Palace is held every year since 2004. And it’s an outstanding and unforgettable experience. The performance takes place in the gardens of the palace (Summer Night Concert program). The best part – the admission is free! There is no dress code and no reservation is required. Show up about 3 hours before the show if you want to find a place near the stage.

According to the official website, the performance cannot be heard on the meadow behind the stage (in front of the Gloriette). However, during my visit, this area was full of people. So probably it can be heard, but maybe the quality of the sound is not that good. Yet, I would suggest you go early and find a place in front of the stage.

If the weather is bad, the show can be postponed for 1-2 days. So if this is the reason for your trip, make sure you have a few days ahead before your flight back home.

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn

Christmas and New Year’s Eve concerts

If you are in Vienna at Christmas time, don’t miss to attend any of the special classical concerts. What a better way to celebrate Christmas than an evening full of beautiful waltzes and atmospheric operettas!

Strauss & Mozart Christmas Concert at Kursalon

Experience a festive evening in a classic Viennese style and hear incredible waltzes by Johann Strauss and Mozart. The concert is available only on 24 and 25 December 2019.
4.6/5 Rating – See details and 25+ reviews

Christmas & New Year’s Concert in St. Peter’s Church

Enjoy an enchanting performance in the vaults of St. Peter’s Church. The concert is available from 21 December 2019 to 3 January 2020.
4.7/5 Rating – See details and 20+ reviews

Vienna classical music tours

Vienna classical music tours

For every true lover of classical music, Mozarthaus and the Haus der Musik are a must-see.

Mozarthaus is a museum that presents the life and work of the famous compositor. Mozart himself lived here from 1784 to 1787.

Haus der Musik is an interactive sound museum, where you can make your own music!

You can visit both museums with a combi ticket and save money.

Most popular activities

Take a Vienna historical walking tour and learn more about the city’s fascinating history.

Sample the traditional Austrian cuisine with a culinary experience at Restaurant Stefanie.

Take a Spanish Riding School Guided Tour and enjoy a look behind the scenes.

Where to stay in Vienna

Hotel König von Ungarn – Best for families
A 4-star elegant hotel 70m away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,020+ guest reviews

Hotel Am Stephansplatz – Best for couples
A boutique hotel located as close as possible to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 600+ guest reviews

Singerstrasse 21/25 Apartments
Beautiful modern apartments close to Stephansplatz.
9.2/10 Rating – See apartments images and 1,140+ guest reviews

Further reading for your trip

Find self-guided walking tours and historical insights in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Vienna.

Check out this excellent concert of Andre Rieu for some inspiration before your trip.

Don’t miss to explore the beautiful Vienna countryside.

Find out what are the most romantic things to do in Vienna.

If you’re planning to rent a car, compare the car rental prices in Europe.

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One Reply to “12 Vienna Classical Concerts You Should Not Miss”

  1. We booked the Mozart concert at the Golden Hall and it was brilliant! My only advice is to arrive early to get good seats. Also, keep in mind that the time on the ticket is the start time not arrival time.

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