Art & culture

Music, theater & museums

Vienna is a true paradise for lovers of music, theatre and art.


Millions of music lovers from around the world know the Musikverein as one of the most tradition-rich concert halls anywhere, where the very best artists frequently make guest appearances. From its Golden Hall, the annual New Year's Day Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic is broadcast internationally on television.

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Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is one of the world's most important opera houses. On 300 evenings a year, it impresses constantly with a selection of opera and ballets works  that changes from day to day.

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Theater an der Wien

An opera premiere virtually every month - courtesy of the Theater an der Wien, which was reopened as an opera house in 2006. Numerous concerts and concert performances of operas, especially from the baroque era, add the finishing touches to a diverse program.

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Vienna's biggest venue for operetta, opera, musicals and ballet: colorful, multi-layered and full of life, the Volksoper is the only Viennese venue dedicated to the operetta genre.

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Since 1922 , the Akademietheater has served as a second venue for the Burgtheater. Primarily contemporary plays are performed here. The theater has established itself as one of Vienna's best, regularly winning prizes at important theater festivals.


The Burgtheater is one of the oldest and most important theatrical venues in the German-speaking world. The program encompasses everything from classical pieces to those by contemporary playwrights.

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Theater in der Josefstadt

In recent years, the Theater in der Josefstadt has developed into a modern theater. It presents a successful blend of classics and first performances by contemporary writers.

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The repertoire of the Volkstheater encompasses Austrian, German and international classics. Its other focus is on comedies and musicals.

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Akademie der bildenden Künste (insider tip)

Outstanding works by Rubens, Titian and Cranach the Elder, as well as the Last Judgment altarpiece by Hieronymus Bosch and Venetian veduta by Francesco Guardi can all be enjoyed in the magnificent historic rooms which house the collections in the midst of this art university.

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The Albertina possesses not only one of the world's biggest and most valuable collections of graphic art, including works such as Dürer's "Hare" and Klimt's studies of women. Their new exhibited collection presents masterworks of modern art, spanning the spectrum from Monet to Picasso and Baselitz. The largest residential "palais" of the Habsburgs, the Albertina is enthroned at the south corner of Hofburg palace on one of the last remaining sections of Vienna's city walls.

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Bank Austria Kunstforum

The Bank Austria Kunstforum is the No.1 port of call for art fans interested in classical modernism and avant-garde painters of the post-war era. Prominent museums exhibit their works here, as do private collectors. Whether van Gogh or Miró, Cézanne or Picasso, Kandinsky or Chagall, Warhol or Lichtenstein - the big names in art are all brought together right here.

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Imperial Furniture Collection

In the former imperial furniture warehouse, dreams of an imperial lifestyle come true. Original furniture of the Habsburgs drawn from the Hofburg, Schönbrunn palace and many others, can be enjoyed. Also presented is the furniture used in the "Sissi" movies starring Romy Schneider.

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Haus der Musik

The Haus der Musik is a multi-media world of experience. The acoustic journey takes us from prenatal auditory sensations to the development of the human ear and first musical instruments, all the way to the sounds of the cosmos.

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Jewish Museum

The Vienna Jewish Museum awaits you with fascinating new insights into Jewish history and contemporary life, as well as a number of unique collections. An open establishment, a Jewish place of spiritual power in the heart of Vienna.

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Museum of Art History

The Museum of Art History was built close to the Hofburg in order to house the extensive collections of the imperial house. With its collection of important works and the world's biggest Bruegl collection, it is one of the most important art collections in the world.

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The Austrian Museum for Applied & Contemporary Art is one of the most significant museums of its kind world-wide. Originally designed as a sample collection, the unique collection of MAK, founded in 1963 as the "k. k. Österreichisches Museum für Kunst und Industrie", represents to this day an extraordinary combination of applied art, design, architecture and contemporary art.

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The Mozart House

On a total area of 1,000 m² , visitors are able to immerse themselves in the world of Mozart: with his immense genius and creativity, his family, his friends and his opponents, in the Vienna of the late Baroque.

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Vienna's attention-grabbing art quarter close to the Hofburg draws visitors with prominent museums such as the Leopold Museum featuring numerous works by Schiele, the Museum Moderner Kunst and the Kunsthalle. A lively pub and cafe scene makes this museum district even more attractive.

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Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum is a unique treasure trove of Viennese Jugendstil, the Vienna Workshops and Expressionism.

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This museum of modern art in the MuseumsQuartier focuses on the art of the 20th and 21 centuries. Works by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Yoko Ono, Günter Brus and Gerhard Richter invite visitors to grapple with themes of  contemporary art.

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Natural History Museum

Embark on a journey through the breathtaking diversity of nature: From insects. precious stones and minerals to pterosaurs, under this one roof - close to the Hofburg - you will gain fascinating insights into the history of our Earth. Numerous stuffed exhibits of already extinct or extremely endangered animal species give this collection immeasurable worth.

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Vienna Museum of Technology

The Vienna Museum of Technology is a world unto itself. Many interactive objects, built according to the principle "Cause - Effect", literally make science and technology tangible.

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Wien Museum Karlsplatz

This museum documents the history of Vienna from the first settlements alongside the Danube river to the Roman encampment of Vindobona on the northern border of the Imperium Romanum, the residence of the Babenberg dukes, the 640 years of Habsburg rule, and all the way to the present.

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