One of the most magical moments we had in Vienna was at the classical music concerts. The whole city is blessed with Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. You can feel their influence everywhere.
We went to three different concerts during our stay in Vienna. The first one was a Mozart concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which was established in 1942. Their concerts take place at the concert hall Musikverein. The one we joined was in the Golden Hall, which is an amazing hall, and also has some of the best acoustics in the world.
I learned something interesting during our visit to Musikverein. The Golden Hall is famous for the New Year concerts in Vienna. The tickets for next year go up for sale on 2nd of January and are sold out immediately. How amazing is that?
The second concert we went to the next day was performed by the Vienna Royal Orchestra at Imperial Hall. This hall was smaller compared to the Golden Hall, which is perhaps why I could concentrate on the music rather than examining the interior and decoration.
Our main intention in Vienna was to see a performance at the Opera house. We were a bit unlucky that we hadn’t booked the tickets long before, but lucky to get an opportunity to buy two last minute tickets from the ‘standing room only’ part by waiting in a queue for more than an hour.
It was definitely worth the wait though. We got to see La Syphilde, which is a romantic ballet that was first performed in 1832 in Paris.
I have learned that the decoration of the curtain of the scene is replaced every year, with an art piece from different artists. This year it was the lovely drawing of David Hockney, which was drawn on his iPad.
These three concerts were some of the most memorable moments from our days in Vienna. I would certainly recommend everyone who visits Vienna to watch at least a few performances in historical halls to be able to feel the atmosphere of this spectacular city. I strongly believe that concerts are as important as visiting museums and reading history books to understand the roots of a city.