With a capacity of 2,854 between two concert halls, the Musikverein is home to the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. It was constructed on the Vienna Ringstrasse, in elegant Neo-Classical style, by Danish architect Theophil Hansen, and as well as having some of the best acoustics in the world, it is considered one of the loveliest concert halls in Europe. Inaugurated in 1870 by the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph, the Musikverein is famous for its elaborate Golden Hall, the ornate, gilt-clad auditorium with a frescoed ceiling, dripping chandeliers and luxurious balconied stalls. The Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year concert has been broadcast all around the world from here since 1959. A chamber-music hall is used for smaller events.
A night out at the Musikverein is a dressy affair, so don’t turn up in jeans and sneakers, even if you’ve bought a last-minute standing ticket. Concerts are held most evenings and the packed repertoire includes a mixed bag of works by the likes of Brahms, Mozart, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky played by guest orchestras from all over the musical world.
Musikverein is located at Musikvereinsplatz 1. Concerts usually start around 7:30 or 8 p.m., and the box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday until 1 p.m. Tickets range from €45 to €250, according to seating. The U-bahn lines U1, U2 and U4 can be taken to Karlsplatz.