Vienna Classical Music Tours. While you will love visiting a concert or opera in Vienna, it won’t tell you the full story. Since the Habsburg Emperors, Wien has been running a classical music industry second to none. Top composers from Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart, to Schubert, Strauss and Vivaldi nurtured their talents here. Actually I’m not the best person to feed you with those intriguing stories, but there are a few excellent tour guides who can. To facilitate your search, here are my top favourites:
Classical Music in the Habsburgs’ Vienna
Vienna Classical Music Tours. How did music and its composers rise to fame and power in Vienna? Which classical celebrities were friends with the Habsburgs and how did this influence their creations? On one side, this private walk connects you with the world of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn. On the other side, you will get insight into the musical ambitions of various Habsburg Emperors and dynasties. In the photo you see a house where Schubert famously gave piano lessons to three sisters of a middle class family.
Although three hours long, the tour includes regular pauses for you to listen to classical music examples on your headphones. Prepare for a wonderful walk in the city center, Burggarten and romantic Mölker Bastion. The private tour is USD 390. Get in touch to find out more.
Vienna Music Tour
Vienna Classical Music Tours. Provided you can devote six hours to Vienna’s musical heritage, this tour widens and deepens your knowledge in the best possible way. I had earlier joined a shortened private tour which covered the essentials of our music history and Vienna-based composers, along with top sites such as the Vienna State Opera.
During this in-depth tour, you will also visit the elegant graves of Beethoven, Johann Strauss, Brahms and Schubert at Vienna Central Cemetery. While many shorter tours skip indoor visits, this one includes Mozarthaus. Read on.
Mozart in Vienna – Inside View
Vienna Classical Music Tours. Although a born Salzburgian, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart shaped his talents and career in the capital of music. Not only will you trace Mozart’s official career and works but you will also get the inside scoop on his turbulent life.
What I like about this 2.5 hour walk is that participants get live tasters of famous Mozart compositions by two musicians and a singer. Additionally, you will roam lovely little alleys and elegant boulevards right in the historic center.
The group tour is reasonably priced, and is done in both German and English. Find out more.
Beethoven in Vienna
Vienna Classical Music Tours. Like with the Mozart walk, you will explore Beethoven’s whereabouts in Wien in the company of a tour guide plus two musicians and a singer. When the German Beethoven arrived in Vienna for the first time as a young man, he fell in love with it and made Wien his residence of choice. This was where he established his career and composed his most famous piano sonatas, string quartets and symphonies.
During the city center tour you will really see Vienna through Beethoven’s perspective while getting to know his favourite places and performance venues – the photos shows a details of the Eroica Hall. The group tour is also held in both German and English. Learn more.
Schubert Music Tour
Vienna Classical Music Tours. Unless you are a classical music scholar don’t worry if Schubert hasn’t crossed your path yet. While Franz Schubert stands for world-class romantic classics his reputation remained firmly within Austria for a long time. Born just six years after Mozart died, Schubert was a contemporary of Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt.
As rich and varied as his compositions will be your tour across his hometown’s favourite places, from elegant Hofburg and Tuchlauben to buzzing Freyung and residential Schreyvogelgasse. Find out about available tours.