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Vienna: Classical Concert at Mozarthaus

1. Vienna: Classical Concert at Mozarthaus

The Mozart Ensemble Vienna invites you to a moving and unforgettable concert at Mozart's first house in Vienna. Enjoy music from the Viennese Classical Period by the likes of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, and more. The Sala Terrena at Mozarthaus Vienna is located in Vienna’s historic city center, near both St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg. It was built as part of the monastery of the German Knightly Order in the second half of the 12th century. In 1781, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in the monastery of the German Order of Knights. He played several concerts in Vienna’s oldest concert hall commissioned by Archbishop Colloredo, an important patron of the Mozart family.

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Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

2. Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

Enjoy a concert by a string quartet of musicians who perform in renowned Viennese orchestras. The programs include works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and other composers associated with the Viennese Classic. St. Anne's Church, the concert venue, is located in the heart of Vienna and is considered an architectural masterpiece with splendid acoustics and Baroque ambiance. • Schubert, Haydn, and Beethoven October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20 December 23, 26, 28, 30 January 4, 5, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12, 19, 26 • Haydn and Schubert October 12, 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 December 7, 14, 21 January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 15, 22 • Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18, 25 December 2, 9, 16, 22, 25, 27, 29 January 1, 2, 3, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 November 7, 14, 21 January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 6, 13, 20, 27

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Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

3. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

Visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and observe the horses during their training. In the magnificent setting of the baroque Winter Riding Academy, the training offers an insight into the years of training of the Lipizzaners and their riders. The morning exercise of the horses is accompanied by classical Viennese music. The Training includes relaxation exercises, refining and perfecting movement and strengthening certain muscles. The famous school jumps levade, courbette and capriole, which are shown as part of the performances by the Spanish Riding School, are not practiced on a daily basis and can only sometimes be seen during the morning exercise. The white Lipizzaner stallions are put through their paces by their riders almost every day. The primary objective of the morning exercise is to maintain the horses’ athleticism and health, as well as to build up various muscle groups that are necessary for performing the exercises of the haute école.

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Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

4. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy a culinary and musical delight; hear the classic piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" over the rooftops of the Mozart city of Salzburg. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner in the exclusive Panorama Restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg and its surroundings. Then, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous Classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress and enjoy a unique view of Salzburg and its vicinity. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. During Advent and Christmas Time, you will also be enchanted by traditional Salzburg Christmas Carols. Dinner: Mini bread rolls with two different spreads Creamy tomato soup with violin dumplings Corn-fed chicken breast filled with mountain herbs on local potatoes and seasonal vegetables Mozart Dessert VIP Dinner: Mini bread rolls with two different spreads Beef broth with dumplings Braised beef cheek from local cattle on truffle mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetablesorRoasted Salzburg Gold Trout in almond butter with rosemary potatoes (vegetarian menu available on request) "Original Salzburger Nockerl" Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries

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Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

5. Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

Enjoy the Ballet of the White Stallions at the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI. These performances are the result of years of training for the rider and their Lipizzans. The Spanish riding school is the only institution in the world which has practiced classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for more than 450 years. From the young, boisterous stallions to the fully trained School Stallions, they enchant the audience with their performance of breathtaking excercises such as caprioles, Levade and many more. The physique and grace of Lipizzans are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship. They are Europe's oldest horse breed. The exercise and preservation of the High School of Classical Horsemanship are some of the core tasks carried out by the Spanish Riding School which is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A particularly atmospheric lighting concept was developed by renowned multimedia artist André Heller for the performances in the most beautiful riding arena in the world. This atmosphere and the accompanying classical Viennese music make the wonderful presentation by the rider and their Lipizzans even more enjoyable. The 1.5-hour Gala Performance includes live moderation, the Standard Performance is 70 minutes long, and the Tribute to Vienna performance lasts for 2 hours.

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Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

6. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets. Follow a licensed guide through lavish interiors, learn about the Habsburgs Royal Family, and explore the ornate palace gardens. Meet your guide in front of the palace and start with an informative introduction to the history of the royal compound. Receive a modern audio device so that you can always hear the tour’s live narration along the way. Benefit from priority entrance tickets and gain quick access inside the palace. Marvel at the grand entrance and begin your guided walk through 22 staterooms of the famous Austrian palace. Admire the 40-meter long Great Gallery and the Hall of Ceremonies and see how the Habsburg Dynasty lived as you stroll through lavish halls and peek into private chambers. Listen to entertaining stories about the former royals, which are infused typical Viennese humor by your local and friendly guide. Learn not only about the fascinating history of the royal family of Habsburgs and the famous Empress Sissi but also about how the palace has evolved in modern times and where the royal descendants now live. Following the tour, enjoy the opportunity to walk around the gardens at your own pace and catch a glimpse of the Gloriette, an arch on top of a hill overlooking Vienna’s forests.

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Wattens: Swarovski Crystal Worlds Entrance Ticket

7. Wattens: Swarovski Crystal Worlds Entrance Ticket

Explore all facets of crystal at Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, and discover the magic of the crystal at exhibits and attractions such as the gardens of The Giant, and the “Crystal Cloud” of 800,000 hand-mounted crystals. Go to the “Chambers of Wonder” and experience the magic of crystal in a dimension that has never been seen before. Discover unique art installations in the museum's gardens, and take the kids to the play-tower, an innovative outdoor playground landscape for children of all ages, with plenty of space to play and climb. A café and restaurant by the gardens offer amazing views of the surrounding landscape, and provide an unforgettable culinary delight for those interested in exploring unique flavors.

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Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

8. Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The modern pavilion of the Belvedere 21, by architect Karl Schwanzer, is a stage for contemporary art. The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces. The Belvedere park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

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Vienna State Opera: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

9. Vienna State Opera: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Explore the Vienna State Opera on this guided tour with skip-the-line entry privileges. Immerse yourself in the Renaissance Revival architecture and intricate designs of the opera house and discover many things that remain hidden from the typical evening audience. Arrive at the opera house and enjoy a streamlined entry process by simply showing your confirmation voucher. Meet your guide and start your journey through the building.  From the foyer, take the grand staircase to the state rooms (the tea salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall) before reaching the auditorium.  Stop and take a look at the stage where many famous musicians, dancers, and artists have stood. As you explore, hear facts about the building’s history and its architecture, and learn how an opera house is run.

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Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

10. Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital city. Just validate your pass at the nearest ticket machine and head out on your way! Upon validation, you'll have 24, 48 or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including the metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). The Vienna City Card also lets you visit some of the city's most important sights. Get discounts at plenty of Vienna's museums, exhibitions, theatres, concerts, shops, cafés, restaurants, and wine taverns. Vienna is waiting for you! You can learn about all the details and discounts from the digital city guide for Vienna. The app is available for download on the Google Play and Apple App Store. If you're traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holder. Get discounts for countless museums, attractions, theaters, shops, and restaurants with the Vienna City Card. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. 

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The beautiful city of Vienna, the capital city of Austria with a rich musical history welcomes you. Enjoy a memorable Mozart concert at the Golden Hall of Musikverein or the Vienna State Opera. For a close-up of all that Vienna has to offer, start your day with a guided bicycle tour and follow that with a guided photographic expedition of the city. The Imperial Vienna tour takes you along the Ringstrasse to the City Park, Opera House, Parliament, Museumquarter, Hofsburg, and more plus you can do some shopping if you like.

Visit the magical city of Salzburg and take a tour of the Mozart family home. Attend a Mozart dinner concert at the Stiftskeller concert hall which transforms into a magnificent dining hall. The Salzburg city tour that encompasses both the old and new sections of the city including the Fortress Hohensalzburg is not to be missed. Exploring the art and architecture of Salzburg at your own pace is easy on a flexible on-and-off bus and walking tour. Mountains surround the beautiful scenery where the movie The Sound of Music was filmed, this is an unforgettable tour for everyone.

Not far from Salzburg is Innsbruck, gateway to hiking and skiing adventures in the Tyrol region. The Gundolf family entertains everyone daily with authentic folk music plus Tyrolean songs and dances.

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