Long considered the music capital of the world as well as the birthplace of the waltz, Vienna, Austria, located along the legendary Danube River, has inspired and influenced countless musicians and artists throughout the centuries.
Beethoven’s Second Home
Of course, Viennese music will always be synonymous with the classical period. From roughly 1750-1820, Vienna was the world’s glittering center of culture. The world’s most splendid composers were drawn to the allure of Vienna – including Ludwig van Beethoven from Germany (then known as the Holy Roman Empire), whose 250th birthday will be marked on December 16, 2020.
For 35 years, Beethoven made his home in Vienna. Strolling through the streets, you’ll find notes of his past through various landmarks, from memorial plaques to museums. Imagine visiting Theater an der Wien, a cherished, historic theatre venue that hosted Beethoven’s first opera performance of Fidelio. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the rich melodies of this classic opera piece.
A Haven for Composers
To this day, more famous composers have lived in Vienna than any other city. There are over 15,000 concert events of various sizes and genres each year, with roughly 10,000 music fans turning in for a live show of classical music each night and many more treated to wonderful concerts in classical Viennese concert cafés. The city is dotted with magnificent concert halls, showcasing an authentic history, with performers donning stunning costumes and performing operas from the 18th century as well as ballets and pop, rock and jazz music.