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Arnold Schoenberg – His Life And Musical Style

Schoenberg Fundamentals of Musical Composition 1937-1948, Schoenberg Center Vienna

In 2024 Vienna celebrates the 150th anniversary of Arnold Schönberg. The Austrian Jewish composer and artist Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg (how his name spells in German language) was born in Vienna in 1874. Most famously, Schoenberg invented the revolutionary 12 tone music, t urning him into a symbol of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna. Despite facing controversy and resistance during his lifetime, Schoenberg’s …

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Vienna Museumsquartier – Top 8 Things To Do

What to do at Vienna Museumsquartier? Far from being just about museums, the Vienna museum quarter blends art spaces with performance venues, a spectacular roof terrace, great cafés and restaurants, and beautiful outdoor space. On top, the Vienna museum quarter is one of the largest cultural complexes in the world. Not least because of this vibrant mix, Viennese residents have …

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Vienna Museum – What To Expect From The New Wien Museum

Vienna Museum exterior

[todaysdate format=”F Y”]  Since the Wien Museum (Vienna Museum) spectacularly transformed and almost doubled in size in 2023 it’s bound to become a new cultural magnet in town. Across three floors and 3,300 square meters, the permanent exhibition shows approximately 1,700 objects – each of which has been restored. Above the freely accessible terrace and the Trude & Daughters restaurant …

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A Magic Night At A Vienna Summer Opera: Klosterneuburg

Vienna summer opera Klosterneuburg

Vienna Summer Opera. When Viennese opera houses close for the season an open air opera close by lets in an unexpected breeze of charm. At Klosterneuburg, a few July and August evenings transform the 900-year old abbey’s Imperial Courtyard into a musical theatre stage. In the past 25 years, its precious baroque façades have echoed tunes of Donizetti, Mozart, R. …

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Karlskirche Vienna: How To Turn It Into Your Best Church Visit

Karlskirche Vienna

With no shortage of churches, Karlskirche Vienna – aka Church St. Charles Borromeo – ranks top in Austria’s capital. Not just because of its lavish baroque interiors, but for two other reasons: First, Mozart’s requiem and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons regularly enchant local angels, saints and visitors with live sounds. And second, because Karlskirche is Vienna’s only church with a stunning …

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Christkindlmarkt Rathausplatz

Christkindlmarkt Rathausplatz in Vienna

Over the last few years, the largest Vienna Christmas market, the Christkindlmarkt Rathausplatz, has upgraded to Wiener Weihnachtstraum (Vienna Christmas Dream). Explore where to find Christkindl now between punch, artisan decoration, a red-heart tree and an ice skating path. Traditional Christkindlmarkt Vienna Each year, a different Austrian federal state donates a giant spruce to tower above the 150+ market stalls. …

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Rathaus Vienna: Inside The City’s Inner Circle

Rathaus Vienna: City Hall

What is the Rathaus Vienna and Rathausplatz? And what is there to see? In brief, the Rathaus is Vienna’s City Hall where the local municipality and mayor legislate and administer everything from urban planning and transport to education and leisure. The grand neogothic building boasts an impressive Council chamber and festival hall, as well as the Coat of Arms halls, …

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Resources You Need To Plan Your Vienna Vacation

Vienna trip resources: best apps

To fast track your planning for a Vienna vacation I have packed a ton of resources for your trip that I recommend throughout Vienna Unwrapped’s 400+ pages. On top, you will find many more links to useful apps and more transport and insider tips.  A few of these links connect you with my affiliate partners, with whom I have been …

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Trip Resources: Vienna Accommodation and Transport

Since this part of your Vienna trip tool box focuses on flight, accommodation and local transport make it your first port of call. Hotels And Vacation Rentals (affiliate): For several years in a row Hotels Combined has won travel awards. The meta search engine, owned by Booking, helps you compare hotel deals from various hotel search sites like, …

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Trip Resources: Vienna Guided Tours And Boat Rides

How to further expand your horizon in Wien? For extra insight and human interaction on the ground consider hiring a private guide or joining a guided tour. And since horizons tend to expand on a boat explore a good variety of boat rides on the Danube. Guided Tours GetYourGuide (affiliate): Powered by more than 100 local tour operators and event …

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