An actress in a colorful costume in the middle of an auditorium full of children

Music for all the family

No other city on earth offers such a rich variety of music-related attractions for younger generations. Music education is part of the capital’s DNA and transforms the youngest fans into lifelong music lovers. Projects at the Musikverein and Wiener Konzerthaus aimed at children, teenagers and families reach out to around 60,000 visitors each season. And it’s not just a question of listening in silence: Audience members are actively encouraged to join in, sing along, try out the instruments, feel the music, ask questions, experiment with sounds of their own and give their own creativity free rein.

Opera for kids

The Vienna State Opera likes to take younger audience under its wing at various venues, including its studio in nearby Walfischgasse. Kids’ operas Patchwork (premiere on January 27) and Pünktchen und Anton are the program highlights for 2017. Each year the Vienna State Opera hosts a very special event: on the day after the Opera Ball, the giant parquet dance floor is opened up to 7,000 children for two child-friendly adaptations of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Soloists from the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic – the opera house’s genuine stars – perform for the youngsters.

The Magic Flute is also one of the program highlights at the prize-winning Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace – a shorter version for very small children is performed, as well as an extended production for opera buffs aged six to 99.

Opera, operettas, ballets and musicals all feature in the Volksoper’s program – including My Fair Lady. A series of hands-on workshops gives children the chance to immerse themselves in the world of musical theater, while artists shed light on life backstage and in the orchestra pit.

World’s oldest boy band

At the grand old age of 500, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is the oldest boy band in the world. MuTh, their concert hall in the Augarten, is firmly established on the capital’s cultural scene, and is the place to go to hear their latest performances, which cover everything from world music to children’s opera. The talented young singers have their own school, and sometimes travel to other schools to perform in front of their peers. After a concert at MuTh, families with small children should head outside for a walk through the Augarten park. The hour-long pushchair-friendly route is always a popular option. Playgrounds and a family swimming pool provide ample opportunity for the little ones to let off steam, and fine food is the order of the day in the laid back garden of the Bunkerei restaurant.

Immersed in music

A trip to the House of Music is an experience for all the family. Giant instruments, computers and state-of-the-art technology are just some of the ways that visitors can experience music. Visitors can also try their hand at conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, find out more about the great composers, have a go at banging the timpani or discover what a baby can hear from the safety of its mother’s womb.

The Mozarthaus Vienna is another hot tip for visitors of all ages. Exhibits are centered around the historic Mozart apartment on the first floor, which with four main and two smaller rooms and a kitchen provided a slice of luxury for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his family between 1784 and 1787. A social animal, he threw some wild parties in the apartment – the walls of the games room witnessed countless games of cards, billiard matches and sometimes frivolous musical performances.

Text: Susanna Burger

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Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2, 1010 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps (Swinging doors 87 cm wide )
        Side entrance on right under the arcades on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz. From side entrance, access to elevator via inclined elevator (stairlift) in lobby.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Operngasse, Opernring intersection
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 22 Wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.

    • Comments

      Portable ramps available for steps inside building.
      To reserve wheelchair and companion seats for performances, tel. +43 1 514 44-2653 (Mo-Fri, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm)

Volksoper Wien

Währinger Straße 78, 1090 Wien
  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        Please ring the bell, the porter or the cashier will assist
    • Elevator available
      • 89 cm wide and 142 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (in stalls, 13 additional wheelchair seats possible, prior notification via phone required 10 days before performance)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Elevator not suitable for wheelchairs.

Marionette Theater (Marionettentheater Schloss Schönbrunn)

Schloss Schönbrunn, Hofratstrakt, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 5/10% off (10 % off cash payments, 5 % off credit card payments.)
  • Opening times

    • daily, 11:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 4 Steps (Double swinging doors   125  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 200  cm  long , 50  cm  high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 9 Wheelchair spaces available (in the first row)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      No elevator available. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (prior arrangement).

       

MuTh – Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys' Choir

Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   180  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 600  cm  long ,   150  cm  wide ,  30  cm  high
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 155 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 4 Wheelchair spaces available (in orchestra on right, row 12)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.

Bunkerei

Obere Augartenstraße 1a, 1020 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Sa, 12:00 - 23:00
    • Su, 09:00 - 23:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 23:00
    • Only open in case of good weather.

House of Music (Haus der Musik) The Sound Museum

Seilerstätte 30 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €13
    • Children (0 to 3 years)  €0
    • Children (4 to 11 years)  €5,50
    • Family   €28
    • "Night Ticket" (8 - 10 p.m.): 6 €. Combination ticket House of Music & Mozarthaus Vienna: 17 €. Ticket "Museumsmelange": pick 2 out of 4 museums (Mozarthaus Vienna, KunstHausWien, Vienna Jewish Museum, House of Music) for 18 €
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 4€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and café: no steps (via elevator).

Mozarthaus Vienna

Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €11
    • Combination ticket with the House of Music: 18 euros.
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 18/17% off (Für Familien 17%)
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   250  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 150 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and the events hall: no steps.

 

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