12 Vienna Classical Concerts You Should Not Miss

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

best concerts in vienna

Vienna 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 concerts in palaces, opera houses or even churches.

A visit to Vienna 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. Find a complete list of most popular concerts here.

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 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Its Golden Hall is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world. The performance of the Vienna 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 Vienna 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
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It’s the most popular concert. Enjoy the magical works by Mozart and Strauss performed by Vienna Mozart Orchestra.

Mozart concert with dinner
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Experience the perfect Viennese evening. Combine a Mozart concert with a delightful 3-course dinner.

Mozart and Strauss concert at Kursalon

Kursalon

Kursalon is one of the most famous concert halls in Vienna. 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
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Hear the most famous waltzes, polkas and arias performed by the brilliant Salonorchester Alt Wien.

Vienna music concerts at St. Charles Church

St. Charles Church

St. Charles Church (Karlskirche) is the most beautiful Baroque church in Vienna. Its lavishing interior is the perfect background for a classical music concert.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Karlskirche
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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.

Mozart’s Requiem at Karlskirche
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Listen to the Requiem Mass in D minor, one of the most impressive works of art of Mozart.

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 (now 10% off)
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Listen to the works of Mozart and Strauss performed by the renowned Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra.

Schönbrunn Palace Concert, Tour and Dinner
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Spend an unforgettable evening at Schönbrunn Palace. Combine the enchanting concert at the Orangery with a tour of the palace and a delicious dinner.

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Vienna Hofburg Orchestra concerts

Hofburg

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 Vienna.

Vienna Hofburg Orchestra Concert
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Enjoy the splendid sounds of Mozart and Strauss musical compositions.

Mozart Orchestra concerts at Vienna State Opera House

Vienna State Opera House

Besides Musikverein, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra performs also at Vienna 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 Vienna State Opera
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Enjoy the works of Mozart and Strauss performed by the talented musicians of Mozart Orchestra.

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 Vienna 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 Vienna at St. Peter’s Church
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Enjoy interpretations of timeless classics performed by Classic Ensemble Vienna.

Vienna music concerts at St. Anne’s Church

St. Anne’s Church

For some beautiful chamber music played in 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
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Hear favourite classical pieces from Mozart, Bach and Beethoven performed by a talented string ensemble.

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 Vienna Residence Orchestra, one of the finest chamber orchestras.

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Experience a classical concert with renowned opera singers and ballet dancers.

Seasonal Vienna classical concerts

The regular classical concerts 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 Vienna Philharmonic concert at Schönbrunn Palace is held every year since 2004. And it’s outstanding and unforgettable experience. The concert 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 concert if you want to find a place near the stage.

According to the official website, the concert 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 concert can be postponed for 1-2 days. So if this is the reason for your trip to Vienna, make sure you have a few days ahead before your flight back home.

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn

Christmas and New Year’s Eve concerts

For a truly magical Christmas or New Year’s Eve, attend any of the special classical concerts that take place at this time of the year. What a better way to celebrate Christmas than an evening full of beautiful waltzes and atmospheric operettas!

24 and 25 December
Strauss & Mozart Christmas Concert at Kursalon
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Experience a festive evening in a classic Viennese style and hear incredible waltzes by Johann Strauss and Mozart.

31 December
Strauss & Mozart New Year’s Concert
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Ring in the New Year with the enchanting performance of the Salon Orchestra Old Vienna.

1 January
New Year’s Concert at Kursalon Vienna
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Welcome the New Year with a classical experience in the historic heart of Vienna.

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.

And why not finish your classical music experience with a Viennese waltz dance lesson. Immerse yourself in this graceful dance under the lilting sound of waltzes.

Most popular activities in Vienna

Take a guided tour of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Attend the morning exercise of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.

Take a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel for panoramic views of the city.

Most popular Vienna tours

Further reading for your trip

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

If you look for a convenient accommodation, check out the best hotels in Vienna city centre.

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


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