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Orchester 1756 gives a concert at St. Charles Church
© Orchester 1756, Karlskirche. (c) SKG

Church concerts

The concerts in Vienna's churches include spiritual works such as Mozart's Requiem, 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 Saturdays from July to October in one of Vienna's leading attractions: St. Stephen's Cathedral. Before Christmas, there follows a series of Advent concerts. And at the hour of Mozart's death, at midnight on 4 December, the Requiem he composed is played in full in his honor.

June – October: Summer cathedral concerts: Vivaldi. December: Advent concerts. 4 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 (large image on top). Antonio Vivaldi was buried a few meters from the Church of St. Charles in 1741. The second program consists of Mozart’s “Requiem” with 40 musicians – its sound and interpretation are styled in the spirit of Mozart’s age.

All year round, several times a week (break in spring). 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. The Classic Ensemble Vienna is a guest here several times a week with a program ranging from Mozart to Beethoven and Bach to Vivaldi. "Opera in the Crypt" is regularly held in the old vaults deep under the nave - with opera program for children as well as for adults. Piano sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are performed here on Saturdays and Sundays.

All year round. Opera in the Crypt Mozart piano sonatas Music program at the Church of St. Peter Classic Ensemble Vienna

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

Minoriten Church

The Minoriten Church is one of the oldest buildings in Vienna: the Roman Catholic hall church was completed in 1350. Members of the renowned Wiener KammerOrchester regularly perform here: a string quartet accompanied by a solo violin. The changing program includes works by Mozart, Haydn, Massenet, Vivaldi and others.

Regular dates, see www.austria-concerts.com

St. Anna

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

St. Rupert

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

Schubertkirche

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. Concerts are held on Saturday evenings during “Orgelherbst” (Organ Autumn).

July, August: Summer concerts. Schubert Festival Vienna: every year in May. October: Orgelherbst www.schubertkirche.at

Maltese Church

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: December. New Year's Trumpet. www.wienkonzert.at

Franciscan Church

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 early summer each year.

April - October (Fr) www.woeckherl-orgel.wien

St. Michael's Church

Performed at St. Michael's Church in Vienna city center is Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" a parable of life and death. Those parts of the quartet version of Mozart's Requiem that were first performed in St. Michael's Church on December 10, 1791, at Mozart's own requiem mass, will also be played.

June – October (Fr): Antonio Vivaldi “The Four Seasons”, www.kunstkultur.com

Capuchin Church

Unusual sounds in a church: a lively mix of popular organ music, works of pop music, and duets with a trumpeter are performed at the organ and trumpet concert in the Capuchin Church. This church is known for the Capuchin Crypt, which served as the burial site of the Habsburgs for centuries. Its simple interior is also its trump card – visitors are fascinated by the wooden fittings.

July – October (Fr, Sa): Organ & trumpet. November/December: Klingender Advent (Fr, Sa, Su); kunstkultur.com

Tip: Concerts for newcomers to classical music

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Stephansplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Tu, 06:00 - 22:00
    • We, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Th, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Fr, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Sa, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 07:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 07:00 - 22:00
  • Guided tours

    • Guided tour of the Cathedral, daily

      • 3 pm, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the Cathedral english, Monday - Saturday

      • 10.30 am, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour

      • Monday - Saturday, 10 - 11.30 am
      • Monday - Saturday, 1.30 - 4.30 pm
      • Sunday and holidays, 1.30 - 4.30 pm

      Elevator to the Pummerin

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Evening tour including tour of the roof (July - September)

      • Saturday, 7 pm
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Doppelschwingtüre 120 cm wide)
    • Side entrance
      • 3 Steps (Doppelschwingtüre 90 cm wide)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      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).

      Evening guided tours with roof tour and guided tours of the catacombs are are not wheelchair-accessible.

St. Charles' Church

Karlsplatz
1040 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -38%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 8€

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 18:00
    • We, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 12:00 - 19:00
    • on holidays, 12:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 14 Steps (300 cm wide)
        Heavy wooden door
    • Side entrance
      • (Automatische Schiebetüre 0 cm wide)
        Heavy wooden door
    • Further information
      • 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.

    • Comments

      Interior: 11 steps. Ask staff for assistance.

      Last elevator showing of the cupola: 17:30 and Sun & public holidays 18:30.

St. Peter's Church

Petersplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 07:00 - 20:00
    • Sa - Su, 09:00 - 21:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 21:00

Hofburg Chapel in the Imperial Palace

Hofburg, Schweizerhof
1010 Vienna
  • Comments

    • Jeden Sonntag gestalten die Musiker der Wiener Hofmusikkapelle die Messe in der Hofburg. Immer mit von der Gesangspartie? Die Wiener Sängerknaben!

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 14:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 14:00
    • Fr, 11:00 - 13:00
    • closed on holidays

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 20 Steps (Doppelschwingtüre )
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair places (with access by elevator) can be booked via the office of the Chapel of the Imperial Palace: office@hofmusikkapelle.gv.at or Fax: +43 1 533 99 27-75.

    • Comments

      2 x 3 steps inside the building, no ramps.

Anna Church

Annagasse 3b
1010 Vienna

Rupertskirche

Ruprechtsplatz
1010 Vienna

Maltese Church

Kärntner Strasse 37
1010 Vienna

Franciscan Church

Franziskanerplatz 4
1010 Vienna

St. Michael's Church

Michaelerplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 07:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 08:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 08:00 - 22:00

Capuchin Church St. Mary of the Angels Church

Tegetthoffstraße 2
1010 Vienna