The Home of the Vienna New Year's Concert – Musikverein

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As the New Year is approaching it is appropriate to write about probably the most famous concert of all the New Year´s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra held in the Wiener Musikverein (Viennese Music Association) every 1st January.

The concert is performed in the Great Hall (Großer Saal), which is regarded as one of the most beautiful and the most acoustic concert halls in the world. The hall has 1744 seats and standing room for 300 more and it is about 49 m (161 ft) long and 19 m (62 ft) wide.

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©commons.wikimedia/Helenenthal

Building itself is a neoclassical masterpiece built in the 1870 on the land provided by the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. It is located in Vienna 1st district between Karlsplatz and the Ring. Except the Great Hall that is also called Golden Hall, Musikverein has four more halls named after materials glass, metal, stone, and wood respectively and the second biggest hall named after composer Johannes Brahms.

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©iStock/pressdigital

The concert is held traditionally since 1939 and it includes the works from the Strauss family, with occasional additional pieces from other primarily Austrian composers. Watching this traditional concert of classical music in the morning of New Year's Day became the ritual for millions of families across the globe. It is broadcasted live in almost 100 countries. Because of the high demands for the tickets, it is necessary to register one year in advance to be able to take part in the lottery for the tickets for the following year.


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Ogi Savic

Ogi Savic

I am Ogi. A journalist and economist, I live in Vienna and I am passionate about skiing, traveling, good food and drinks. I write about all these aspects (and more) of beautiful Austria.

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