Treat your ears to classical sounds in the city’s most beautiful concert halls.
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Your apple strudel and ring cake will taste even better when accompanied by music - mostly on the piano, sometimes with soloists as well. Here, we present you with a selection of concert cafés that offer a regular program of music
(see café address for precise times):
Café Schwarzenberg is the oldest café on the Ringstraße, having been founded in around 1860. Piano concerts are played here in the vicinity of the Musikverien, Konzerthaus and Ronacher. Almost opposite, the Hotel Imperial opened its doors for the first time in 1873 - also for regular coffee house guests, such as Sigmund Freud and Anton Bruckner. For example, the Imperial Cake, a popular souvenir, can be enjoyed here to the music played on the Bösendorfer grand. Café Landtmann was also established in 1873 - guests such as Gustav Mahler, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Burt Lancaster and Sir Paul McCartney listened to the piano here. Also on the Ringstraße, opposite the Museum for Applied Art, is Café Prückel. Its interior from the 1950s inspires coffee house and design fans. Piano concerts are as much a part of the Prückel as newspapers and coffee.
The concert café Weimar near the Volksoper has existed since 1900 and remains a popular meeting place for audiences and artists alike. There is live piano in the historic ambience, with operettas, swing and jazz evergreens. At Café Sperl, which opened in 1880, Thonet chairs, marble tables and crystal chandeliers create a timelessly elegant ambience that opera lovers appreciate as a way to get in the mood for a performance at the nearby Theater an der Wien.
Schönbrunn Palace is the imperial setting of the Café-Restaurant Residenz. The music plays in the coffee house room upstairs, while the imperial bakery in the basement offers the opportunity to dive into the secrets of Viennese baking art during the Apfel Strudel show. The café-restaurant Meierei Schönbrunn in Schönbrunn Palace Park was originally built as a games pavilion for Emperor Franz Joseph and his siblings - today, you can feast on delicious pastries here, accompanied by music.
The former regular café of Thomas Bernhard, Café Bräunerhof, lies in the heart of the Old City antiques district between the Imperial Palace and Graben. The Bräunerhof Trio (violin, cello, piano) plays a pot pourris of Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán, Robert Stolz and the "Strausses". Around 1900, the poet, Peter Altenberg, frequented the legendary literati meeting place Café Central - music was offered here daily. The imperial shine of old Austria - with musical entertainment on Sundays - is brought to life in Café Hofburg, with its neighbors, the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, Spanish Riding School, Treasuries and Imperial Silver Collection.
The concert café Schmid Hansl is home to Wienerlied (Viennese Songs), Jazz, blues, musicals and operetta, folk and brass music, whether national or international, classical or modern - everything finds its stage here.
Café Cobenzl on a hill in the Vienna Woods, high above the wine town of Grinzing, affords great views: not only of the city - which makes a visit here worthwhile on its own - but also in culinary and musical terms.
Kärntner Ring 16
Piano music Sa, Su 3:30 pm -7:30 pm
Piano music Mo, We, Fr 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gumpendorfer Straße 11
Piano music Su 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
(closed in July, August)
Music by the Bräunerhof Trio Sa, Su, holidays 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corner of Strauchgasse/Herrengasse
Piano music daily from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Am Cobenzl 94
Piano music Th 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm