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Classical Vienna

Vienna is the most breathtaking cities to which I have traveled.  Cobblestone streets, cafes, boutiques, Romanesque, Baroque and Classical architecture are abound. While many have said that Vienna rivals Paris in classical architecture, there is no comparison to the rich history of this city’s classical music. The best known composers of Vienna’s Classical Period are Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert.

Experiencing Vienna’s Classical period is not hard to do when you travel there.  Walking tours take you to the humble apartments of these great composers.  Music venues are plentiful and ornate.  The Musikverin, Viennese Music Association) a concert hall that opened in 1870, was built by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Music Lovers) on a piece of land given by Emperor Franz Joseph.  Mozart’s classics performed here in period costume are a sight to see.

The Staatsopper, (Vienna’s State Opera) is one of the most reputable Opera Houses in the world.  Tickets to performances are available at many price points.  I paid for standing room only and saw Beethoven’s Fidelo. Not one of my favourite operas, but I like the subtitles that illuminated on the standing bars where I stood.

Complete the experience by heading to the historic Hotel Sacher across just street to taste Vienna’s infamous Sacher-torte dessert. And also check Schönbrunn Palace, the summer of Empress Elizabeth, who is affectionately known as Sisi.

Links

Vienna Tourism
http://www.wien.info/en

The Musikverin
www.musikverein.at/startseite.asp

The Staatsopper
www.staatsoper-berlin.org/en_EN/content/opera_history

Empress Elisabeth “Sisi”
http://www.wien-vienna.com/sisi.php

Recommended Reading
The Reluctant Empress by Brigitte Hamman
www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Empress-Brigitte-Hamann/dp/0394537173

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