Viennese things — Johann Strauss
The History of Kursalon Vienna and its Magnificent ConcertsKursalon Vienna is an outstanding music hall in Austria’s capital. When it was designed and constructed, it was never intended to be such a grand place where visitors would flock to listen to excellent orchestras. It was originally intended to be a spot, where visitors were served healing mineral water. But after Johann Strauss performed shortly after its completion, Kursalon Vienna became the incredible music venue we know it as today.
Why is Vienna the Capital of Classical Music?Centuries after master composers such as Mozart and Strauss played in the city, Vienna still lives up to its reputation as the capital of classical music, with opera houses and concert halls inspiring aficionados with glorious performances all-year-round. But where did Vienna’s music-soaked culture that’s so ubiquitous today originate from?
How to Spend a Weekend in ViennaWith so many incredible buildings to admire, cafes to visit and concerts to experience, you could easily spend months in Vienna and never do the same thing twice. But since months-long holidays are a luxury most of us can only dream of, sometimes we have to squeeze as much as possible into a single weekend. If you’re planning on spending a couple of days in Vienna and want to make the most of your fleeting visit, here’s how we recommend you use your 48 hours.
The History of Opera in Vienna
Although both opera and ballet were born out of royal entertainments in France and Italy in the 17th century, Austria has become just as well-known for the spectacular art forms. The incredible performances were most commonly used by nobles and kings to celebrate political visits, celebrate marriages and to display their immense wealth and control.
Today, operatic performances aren’t restricted to the rich and powerful. Shows are performed all around the world, attracting thousands of people who settle down in front of a stage and prepare themselves to be awe-struck.