The magnificent Opernhaus am Ring, famous first and foremost for its annual high society ball, hosts productions of the very highest quality by the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Ballet Company and a host of world famous opera singers and directors. However, the opera house started its days on a less auspicious note, with architect Eduard van der Nüll committing suicide in 1868 because of intense public criticism of his design. The Opera House opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in 1869, and has been going strong ever since.
The new town hall was built from 1872-1883 to replace the old town hall in Wipplingerstraße and is neo-Gothic in style. A huge central tower, topped by the three-meter-high statue of a knight in armor, dominates the front. Known affectionately as the Rathausmann, it was designed by Friedrich Schmidt. The facade's most attractive feature is its lofty gallery, with its curved balconies. The building has seven courtyards where concerts, markets and ice skating events are often held. At the top of the first of the two grand staircases is the Festsaal, a hall that stretches the length of the building.
Built between 1874 and 1878 by Karl Hasenauer and Gottfried Semper, Burgtheater is one of the most famous theaters in the German-speaking world. "The Burg," as the Viennese have dubbed it, was never just a theater but also a sacred place where heated debates took place about the function of art and culture. Older people still remember the golden years of actors and actresses like Paula Wessely, Alexander Moissi and Helene Thimig, but modern times sees a diverse program of theater, concerts and special events, including the annual Vienna Literature Festival.
Jazzland is al jaren een geliefde plek onder de jazzliefhebbers van Wenen. De nadruk ligt op boogie, Dixieland en blues. Er is een groot aantal muzikanten dat steeds maar terugkomt, maar dat doen de klanten ook. Het is er altijd propvol, dus kom een half uur voordat het concert begint anders kun je het podium niet zien. Je kunt hier ook eten. Op het menu staan populaire, traditioneel Oostenrijkse gerechten. Gaat om 19 uur open.
A visit to the Konzerthaus is a must for all classical music fans. Opened in 1913, it has outstanding acoustics and attracts some of the world's best orchestras. The Vienna Philharmonic traditionally starts the season on New Year's Day with a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Over the following 12 months, more than 700 different concerts take place in the four concert halls; the majority are classical, but there is also a handful of jazz and world music events such as the Internationale Musikfest. A highlight of the classical music season is the annual Frühlingsfestival (spring festival).
Take a break from your hectic work life and enjoy some quality time with your little ones as you visit the Figurentheater Lilarum. Established in 1980, this theater had an humble start and could accommodate only 30 spectators at a time. However, in 1997, this theater was moved to a new property and can now accommodate around 120 spectators. The theater is strategically designed for puppet performances and is a popular entertainment venue for children of all ages. Besides the puppet shows, the theater is a venue for several art workshops regularly. Check their website to know about the on-going programs before planning your visit here.
True to its name, Theater im Bunker is tucked beneath a historical air raid shaft used during the war. The bunker housed nearly 8000 people who took refuge during heavy bombings by the Allied forces. Considered to be one of Austria's biggest cave theaters, it is run by director Bruno Max, and offers an exciting program of some well-curated performances and concerts. In the past, Theater im Bunker has played host to some highly appreciated acts like Inferno. Nachrichten aus der Hölle, Angels All Over and Seven Sins.
Schloss Rothmühle is a historic Baroque castle with a unique curved floor plan. Although most of the castle was built in the 17th Century, evidence of an earlier castle which dates back to the Medieval Ages can also be found. The castle is now used as an event venue where conferences, parties and weddings take place. Six rooms of this castle have been transformed into a cozy bed and breakfast. The charmed romantic bridal suite is perfect for newlyweds. Some architectural gems worth noting in this castle are the ballroom with is beautiful ceiling decor and the chapel with its frescoes.
Displaying stylish decor and beautiful architecture, the Grosser Musikvereinssaal in the Musikverein building hosts a number of concerts. The color tones add a festive vibe to the atmosphere. Being 48.80 meters (160.105 foot) in length, 19.10 meters (62.66 foot) in breadth and 17.75 meters (58.23 foot) in height, the concert hall can accommodate around 2,000 people. The hall is influenced by a golden tone along with paintings on the ceilings by August Eisenmenger creating a dynamic feel. A luxurious place to enjoy and experience the art of music.