The concerts in Vienna's churches include spiritual works such as Mozart's Requiem or Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod, but there is also a purely secular program which includes Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and adapted operas. Church concerts are a delight, especially in summer, when a cool, airy atmosphere prevails in the architectural monuments. A small selection is presented here - all classical concerts (updated daily) can be found in our Event Search.
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" are performed at the Summer Cathedral Concerts on Fridays and Saturdays from July to October in one of Vienna's leading attractions: St. Stephen's Cathedral. The one-hour performances are interpreted by the ensemble "Soloists of the Wiener KammerOrchester". Before Christmas, there follows a series of Advent concerts. And at the hour of Mozart's death, at midnight on 5 December, the Requiem he composed is played in full in his honor.
June – October: Summer cathedral concerts: Vivaldi. November, December: Advent concerts. 5 December: Mozart's Requiem. www.kunstkultur.com
Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles)
In the magnificent Baroque Church of St. Charles, the ensemble 1756 plays Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" on the cembalo and other historical instruments every Friday (see photo above). On Saturdays, there's Mozart's "Requiem" with 40 musicians. And on Thursdays, performances include the famous versions of "Ave Maria" by Schubert and Bach/Gounod as well as sacred works for soprano and orchestra by Mozart, Vivaldi and the composing emperor Joseph I.
March - October/November, numerous special dates, also in December and January. www.konzert-wien.info
Peterskirche (Church of St. Peter)
The program of music in the Baroque Peterskirche (Church of St. Peter), which is located in the heart of Vienna, is exceptionally packed - from free, daily organ concerts to performances by international choirs. "Opera in the Crypt" is regularly held in the old vaults deep under the nave. Piano sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are performed here on Saturdays and Sundays. The Classic Ensemble Vienna is a guest here several times a week with a program ranging from Mozart to Beethoven and Bach to Vivaldi.
Vienna Boys' Choir in the Hofburg Chapel
On Sundays, the Vienna Imperial Court Music Ensemble performs at Holy Mass in the chapel of the Imperial Palace. The ensemble comprises the Vienna Boys' Choir, members of the Vienna Philharmonic as well as the men's choir of the Vienna State Opera and the schola cantorum of the Vienna Hofburg Chapel. Mass settings by the great masters ring out: Monteverdi, Salieri, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Bruckner.
Mid-September to end of June: every Su, 9.15 am. Reservation for seats required. www.hofmusikkapelle.gv.at
The Church of St. Anna is an example of the beauty and playfulness of the Baroque and thus a noble setting for the classical concerts that are held here several times a week. Works of chamber music by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven are on the program. On selected days, historical instruments are used - a special tip.
All year round. www.classicexclusive.com
Early Music is at home in Vienna's oldest church: The music that can be experienced in its original sound in the Church of St. Rupert from June to October (mostly Mondays and Tuesdays) ranges from the Middle Ages to the Romantic period. The 8th-century Roman jewel stands on the site of the ancient settlement of Vindobona, near Schwedenplatz.
June – October, evening and night concerts. www.alte-musik.co.at
Soloists and chamber music ensembles fill the cool, Baroque interior of the "Schubertkirche" in Lichtental in a series of summer concerts on Tuesdays, with sounds ranging from the Baroque to Modernism. The audiences here, where Franz Schubert was christened in 1797, sang and played music, are mainly Viennese. In the spring, the church is the showplace of the Schubert Festival, and on some dates there are performances on the Schubert organ, a modern organ in the original housing dating to 1774.
June – September: Summer concerts. Schubert Festival Vienna: annually in May. www.schubertkirche.at
Musical enjoyment is provided by the one-hour classical concerts with organ and trumpets in the Maltese Church, located right on Kärntner Strasse. The program is filled with works by Händel, Mozart and Bach, plus Viennese classics by Schubert and Haydn.
Sound of Trumpet: Easter, May, July, August, October. Christmas Trumpet: November/December. www.wienkonzert.at
Get to know the organ: At the Friday organ presentations, visitors can view the mighty Wöckherl organ - the oldest in Vienna, finished in 1642 - up close and listen to music from the time of its creation. Tip: The organ festival "Quintessenz" held in June of each year.
April - October (Fr) www.woeckherl-orgel.wien
St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)Stephansplatz, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Sa, 06:00 - 22:00
- Su, 07:00 - 22:00
- on holidays, 07:00 - 22:00
- Guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes daily
- English guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 10:30
- Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 10:00 - 10:30
- Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 13:30 - 16:30
- Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Su, 13:30 - 16:30
- Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes on holidays, 13:30 - 16:30
- Elevator to the Pummerin bell (January – June & September – December) daily, 08:15 - 16:25
- Elevator to the Pummerin bell (July & August) daily, 08:15 - 18:00
- Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral daily, 09:00 - 17:30
- July - September: Evening tour including tour of the roof Sa, 19:00
- no steps (Double swinging doors 120 cm wide )
- 3 Steps (Double swinging doors 90 cm wide )
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
Access to the Treasuries and museum by elevator (warning: steps!), not wheelchair-accessible, daily from 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Sun and public holidays.
North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible). South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).
- Main entrance
St. Charles' Church (Karlskirche)Karlsplatz , 1040 Wien
- Adults €8,00
- Erhaltungsbeitrag, inkl. Lift
- Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 50% off
- Mo - Sa, 09:00 - 12:30
- Mo - Sa, 13:00 - 18:00
- Su, 12:00 - 17:45
- on holidays, 12:00 - 17:45
- last cupola ride with the elevator at 5:30 p.m.
Heavy wooden door
- 14 Steps ( Door 300 cm wide )
2 tracks over the steps, wooden door
- 13 Steps
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
Special offers for people with disabilities
Visitors with ID for persons with special needs: free entry and elevator to the panorama.
Interior: 11 steps. Ask staff for assistance.
- Main entrance
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)Petersplatz, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 07:00 - 20:00
- Sa - Su, 09:00 - 21:00
- on holidays, 09:00 - 21:00
Hofburg Chapel (Hofburgkapelle) in the Imperial PalaceHofburg, Schweizerhof, 1010 Wien
Anna Church (Annakirche )Annagasse 3b, 1010 Wien
Rupertskirche (Ruprechtskirche)Ruprechtsplatz, 1010 Wien
Schubertkirche Lichtental (Schubertkirche Lichtental)Marktgasse 40, 1090 Wien
Maltese Church (Malteserkirche)Kärntner Strasse 37, 1010 Wien
Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche)Franziskanerplatz 4, 1010 Wien