The Wiener Musikverein is a concert hall in the Innere Stadt borough of Vienna. It is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. The 'Great Hall' (Großer Saal), due to its highly regarded acoustics, is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, along with Berlin's Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Boston's Symphony Hall. With the exception of Boston Symphony Hall, none of these halls were built in the modern era with the application of architectural acoustics, and all share a long, tall, and narrow shoebox shape.

The plans were designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen in the Neoclassical style of an ancient Greek temple, including a concert hall and a smaller chamber music hall. The building was inaugurated on 6 January 1870. A major donor was Nikolaus Dumba, industrialist and liberal politician of Greek descent, whose name the Austrian government gave to one of the streets surrounding the Musikverein.

The Great Hall's lively acoustics are primarily based on Hansen's intuition, as he could not rely on any studies on architectural acoustics. The room's rectangular shape and proportions, its boxes and sculptures allow early and numerous sound reflections.

Today Musikverein is the most used venue for the annual Vienna New Year's Concert.

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Khaldoun Nd (5 months ago)
A place of beauty. The music hall i was in was great in every way (except the chairs that were rather uncomfortable). Great experience would do it again.
Michal Babis (6 months ago)
Great experience and event! Was enjoyable and fun at the same time with few surprises along the Way. One bar opened during intermission with one bartender taking orders, making drinks, taking payments so pretty hectic to get served, especially if you don't have the muscles to fight your way to the front ?.
Louis Bala (7 months ago)
I came to watch this from London: the icing on the cake for my trip to Vienna. Wonderful personal experience to be immersed with the sounds echoing across the hall perfectly in sync, so moving and captivating blissfully harmonised, one could almost imagine how it would have been before, felt so timeless. The hall is staggeringly enchanting.The opera was entertaining and to hear Strauss towards the end was just beautiful and memorable, something I will always cherish a reminder that music is for everyone universal and free truly sublime. The composer also invited the audience for little improvisation which was energetic. Unfortunately there were some disruptive elements. There was a large following of person(s) whom seemed only interested in getting a status pictures. They have employed one Asian lady whom appeared to be overwhelmed trying to control members was like a teacher with mischievous children at times. Also people turning up late, coughing and showing little regard for others. I guess a symptom of the age we live in. Didn't mind the relaxed dress code despite certain etiquette was expected, if only could somehow reduce interruptions it would simply be infallible experience. But it is the golden hall and will always be 5 stars no matter what!. Thank you for an unforgettable time.
Yinzú Nairouz (10 months ago)
We enjoyed a Christmas concert! Beautiful experience. Our ticket were 30€ and the seats were good (there were tickets from 10€). It is not usual to see new Concert Halls with squared architecture. Just go to a concert, enjoy the music and the place, and later read the history of the building online.
Keith Roberts (14 months ago)
The Vienna Mozart Orchestra concert on 4 September was absolutely first class. A fine orchestra with members kitted out in traditional costumes and wigs. Well worth the ticket price of around E100. At the time of writing, It is only indicated to be running for two further Saturday; don't miss it if you are in town.
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