Jazz Runs Through Viennese Veins
Jazz is a big deal in the Austrian capital. The love for the style was ignited by Hans Koller and Fatty George, who became internationally-known artists in post-war Europe and the United States. Porgy & Bess is arguably the most famous jazz club in the city. Both local and international artists can often be seen at its stage. The Zwe is a lesser-known establishment with an electrical atmosphere that allows its guests to stand elbow-to-elbow with the performers.
Jazz clubs, however, aren’t the only music establishments worth visiting in Vienna. The city is home to some of Europe’s finest nightclubs. Hip-hop, techno, and house aficionados should definitely go to Grelle Forelle — a two-floored club with an impressive sound installation and hypnotic neon lights. Flex is another nightclub that locals frequent. It is located in the southern parts of the capital and hosts memorable house and electro parties.
The Highbrow Vienna State Opera Is a Must Visit
One cannot speak about Vienna’s music scene without mentioning the Wiener Staatsoper (The Vienna State Opera). One of the city’s most iconic buildings, the opera was opened in 1869 and has a capacity of 1,709 spectators. Seats tend to sell out rapidly, which is why advanced booking is advisable. Even if you cannot attend a spectacle, you should definitely check out the edifice and its five bronze statues, which represent tragedy, heroism, love, comedy, and fantasy.
The Musikverein, just off the Ringstrasse, is the ideal spot for classical music lovers. The consent hall was designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen and is renowned for its excellent acoustics and ambiance.
Music flows through Vienna, which is why it has one of the most eclectic music scenes not in Europe but the world as a whole.