People dancing at the Opera Ball

Music for all the senses

Hearing is the first to be reached by music, primarily at the capital’s music theatres and concert halls. The sheer range is incredible – it is no accident that Vienna is fêted as the world’s music capital. In 2018 opera fans will be treated to performances by some of the genre’s biggest names at the Vienna State Opera including Elīna Garanča (in May, in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila) and Jonas Kaufmann (in April/May, in Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier). Although the only venue in the city dedicated to the light-hearted, colorful and enthralling world of operetta, the Volksoper also hosts its fair share of operas, musicals and ballets. The Theater an der Wien, the city’s newest opera house, focuses on high-end Baroque and contemporary opera with modern sets. Mozart’s works are a regular fixture. It follows a stagione (Italian for season) system with premieres almost every month, as well as concerts and dance performances.

Fans of classical music can listen to some of the best musicians in the world perform live, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna. And there are a variety of festivals which focus on specific musical genres, right the way through to the present day. The city’s two main stages for musicals, the Raimund Theater and Ronacher, are another pair of entertainment hotspots.

Talking of opera houses...

Enjoying music in Vienna is about much more than pleasure for the ears – there is also plenty for the eyes to feast on: it’s well worth taking a closer look at the capital’s music venues. The Vienna State Opera is a gem of Neo-renaissance architecture, even though it was initially dubbed a “sunken crate” and “supine elephant” by some when it opened in 1869, in response to its low positioning relative to the Ringstrasse. A guided tour gives a fascinating glimpse into life behind the scenes at the world’s largest repertory opera house: starting at the foyer, it takes in the grand staircase, the state rooms (the Tea Salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, and the Gustav Mahler Hall), and the auditorium with views of the stage.

A tour of the Musikverein is equally recommended. Opened in 1870, the crowning glory of this historicist temple to the muses is the Golden Hall, which has superb acoustics as well as the honor of being one of the world’s most attractive concert venues. It is here that the Vienna Philharmonic gives its annual New Year’s Concert.

Aficionados can also pay house calls to see the charming original apartments owned by some of the great geniuses of the ages. Well and truly out in the suburbs in his day, Haydn’s modest house has long since been subsumed by the growing city, with busy shopping street Mariahilfer Strasse now just around the corner. Johann Strauss’s apartment still exudes cosmopolitan style, and the Mozarthaus Vienna in the heart of the old town has been expanded and transformed into a Mozart experience. The Beethoven Museum, which opened in 2017, is dedicated to the great composer’s 35 years in Vienna. Accredited Vienna tour guides offer a wide variety of guided tours on various musical themes, with no end of anecdotes thrown in for good measure. But anyone that prefers to go it alone can follow the descriptions that accompany the city’s musician walks. 

Beautifully crafted instruments once played at the imperial court by musicians such as Beet-hoven and Chopin are preserved for posterity in the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments in the Hofburg – a veritable treasure trove for music lovers. The zither on which Anton Karas played the score for silver screen classic The Third Man is another of the attractions.

At Madame Tussauds at the Prater visitors can rub shoulders with musicians past and present. Stars of the 3D waxwork show include Mozart, Elvis, Falco, Freddie Mercury, Udo Jürgens, Michael Jackson, Conchita Wurst, Christina Stürmer, panda-mask-wearing rapper Cro and Katy Perry. 

Feel the music

Rhythm, beat, sound, melody – the ingredients that make up music trigger make themselves felt in every sense of the word. Such as when clubbers feel the deep bass sounds run through their bodies on a night out. Dancing like there is no tomorrow is all the rage at the capital’s discos, clubs and festivals. But dance partners can also tune in to the music on a different level at Viennese balls where the waltz, foxtrot, jive and samba set the scene. An experience for all the senses!

The only thing missing is a music-related taste sensation: but even that angle is covered thanks to the mighty Mozartkugel confectionery which has taken the world by storm with a taste of Mozart, in name at the very least. It is easy to see why the Mozart brand is valued at around EUR 5 billion – everyone knows Mozart. And a lot of people love chocolate, nougat and marzipan. Not to be outdone, the King of the Viennese Waltz lends his name to the Johann Strauss Taler chocolate coins. Many other musical geniuses live on in chocolates or have lent their names to a wealth of cakes, pastries, liqueurs and schnapps. And why not?  

Text: Susanna Burger

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)

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Volksoper Wien (Volksoper Wien)

Währinger Straße 78, 1090 Wien
  • Prices

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 10% off (discount at all Bundestheater advanced booking offices and at all box offices - excluding premieres and special events)
  • 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.

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Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        in front of the theatre (from 6 pm)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (stalls)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Raimund Theater

Wallgasse 18-20, 1060 Wien
  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps ( Door 185 cm wide )
        Wallgasse 18-20 on left next to main entrance, double swinging door
    • Car parks Side entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Wallgasse 18-20 on left next to main entrance
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 12 Wheelchair spaces available (stalls and orchestra, 2 seats in general circulation)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair seat can be booked at the daytime box office of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and by telephone from WIEN-TICKET on Tel. +43 1 58885 until not later than 1 week before the performance for EUR 10 (for musical productions of Vereinigte Bühnen Wien) for the wheelchair seat, the escort gets a 50% discount on the respective ticket price. Visitors with disabilities receive a 50% discount upon presentation of a valid disability ID.

    • Comments

      The Raimund Theater does not have an elevator. People with restricted walking ability should therefore choose tickets in the orchestra or stalls.

      Seeing-eye dogs with muzzle and leash permitted. 

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Ronacher

Seilerstätte 9, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors 185 cm wide )
        Seilerstätte 9 on left next to main entrance
    • Car parks Side entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Seilerstätte 9 left of main entrance, signed accordingly
    • Elevator available
      • 115 cm wide and 135 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 10 Wheelchair spaces available (ground floor, 2 places in regular sales)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair seat can be booked at the daytime box office of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and by telephone from WIEN-TICKET on Tel. +43 1 588 85 until not later than 1 week before the performance for EUR 10 (for musical productions of Vereinigte Bühnen Wien) for the wheelchair seat, the companion gets a 50% discount on the respective ticket price. Visitors with disabilities receive a 50% discount upon presentation of a valid disability ID.

    • Comments

      Seeing-eye dogs with muzzle and leash permitted.

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Musikverein

Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 13:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        via ramp, automatic sliding door (opens with button from the outside)
      • Ramp   164  cm  wide
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Ring the bell by the entrance to the concert box office (Bösendorferstr. 12); the box office staff will come to assist with ticket purchases at the door.
      Wheelchair-accessible elevator: to all floors. Brahms Hall: 6 wheelchair seats. Grand Hall: 2 wheelchair seats in orchestra, about 16 in balcony. Glass Hall/Magna Auditorium: 4 wheelchair seats.

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Haydnhaus

Haydngasse 19, 1060 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €4
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
    • except 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Patio and exhibition areas on the ground floor: no steps, exhibition areas on the 2nd floor accessible via steps.

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Johann Strauss' Residence

Praterstraße 54, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €4
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
    • Closed: 1/1, 5/1, 12/25 and Easter Monday, Whitmonday and other holidays that fall on a Monday.
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Exhibition areas on 1st floor accessible via steps.

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Mozarthaus Vienna

Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €11
    • Young people under 19   €4,50
    • Family   €24
    • Combination ticket with the House of Music: 18 €. Ticket "Museumsmelange": pick 2 out of 4 museums (Mozarthaus Vienna, KunstHausWien, Vienna Jewish Museum, House of Music) for 18 €
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2/4€ off
  • 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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Beethoven Museum

Probusgasse 6, 1190 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €7
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Free admission on first Sunday of the month
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
    • CLOSED UNTIL NOVEMBER 24, 2017 due to renovation! Re-opening on Nov. 25, 2017, as the new Beethoven Museum. Exceptions/opening hours: 24/12 & 31/12: 10 am - 1 pm. Closed: 1/1, 1/5, 25/12 and pub. hols., if they fall on Mon.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Patio and exhibition areas: no steps and accessible with the wheelchair.

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Collection of Ancient Instruments (Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente)

Hofburg, Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
  • Opening times

    • We - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • CLOSED from Oct. 2, 2017, to summer 2018!
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        on left next to main entrance via wheelchair ramp
      • Ramp   300  cm  wide
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 65 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).

    • Comments

      Notification by telephone approx. 15 minutes before arrival at the front desk suggested (Tel. +43 1 52 524-7010), automatic gate and stairlift, operation with "Euro Key", then 5 steps to the ticket counter. Elevator available at ticket counter level (door width: 65 cm, cabin depth: 120 cm, cabin width: 140 cm). The collection of ancient instruments is only accessible via this elevator.

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Madame Tussauds

Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Last entry: 5 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Reduced admission price for people with special needs.

    • Comments

      Elevator to each floor. Specially trained staff available.

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