Millions of music lovers around the world know the Musikverein in Vienna as one of the most traditional concert houses there is, one that plays host to top-ranking artists. The building on Karlsplatz, not far from the magnificent Ringstrasse boulevard, is reminiscent of a temple, built according to a design by Theophil Hansen in 1807 in the historical style with columns, pediments and reliefs.
The Large Musikverein Hall, also called the "Golden Hall", is famous for its sumptuous decor. Apollo and the muses draw the eye to the ceiling, while the columns are designed as female figures of the ancient world. As incomparable as the look are the spatial acoustics - the sound experiences here are unique in the world. The New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic is broadcast to an international TV audience of millions from the Golden Hall each year. The Musikverein offers first-class concerts on the other 364 days of the year as well. However, it has long since ceased to be exclusively a temple of classical music.
Glass, metal, stone, wood
Since 2004, the Musikverein has had Four New Halls: the Glass Hall, the Metal Hall, the Stone Hall and the Wood Hall. The programs here focus on the presentation of next-generation artists. For example, the internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Prohaska had her debut in the Glass Hall.
Jazz is as much at home in the Four New Halls of the Musikverein as the spoken word - actors, authors and musicians read from the own works, tell stories or give talks on musical topics. Young audiences also like going to the new halls, where over 200 concerts for children and young people get the next generation enthusiastic about music.
The 45-minute guided tours in German and English, which are mostly held every day except Sunday, provide the opportunity to learn about aspects of the Musikverein other than concerts.
In addition to the Musikverein, Vienna has a good dozen more event halls that also offer the perfect sound. Above all the Wiener Konzerthaus.
MusikvereinMusikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
- Sa, 09:00 - 13:00
via ramp, automatic sliding door (opens with button from the outside)
- Ramp 164 cm wide
- no steps
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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.
- Main entrance