7 magical musical experiences in Vienna with kids

physics of sound at Haus der Musik Vienna

We immerse ourselves into the history of music at seven of the best musical experiences in Vienna with kids

A city with a rich cultural history and a vibrant music scene, Vienna is a wonderful destination for families looking to experience the best of classical and contemporary music. Here we drag Raff away from eating his way around the city to explore some of the best music experiences in Vienna for kids…

Vienna State Opera House

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Built in the late 19th century, the sumptuous 1709-seat neo-Renaissance Vienna State Opera House is one of the world’s great opera houses, hosting the world’s largest repertoire of opera and ballet performances. Sugarpuff and I were lucky enough to catch Richard Wagner’s ground-breaking opera Tristan und Isold, which proved a fascinating introduction to the Opera for my daughter. Kids under 14 years of age are offered concession prices on ticket for most performances and concerts, and the opera house offers a range of additional family-friendly performances to introduce little ones to classical music. Just remember to pack something a little bougie to walk the sumptuous Opera House’s red carpet, as the Viennese like to dress up for the Opera.

Mozarthaus Vienna

Dedicated to the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mozarthaus in located in historic quarter of the city centre, and offers interactive exhibits, live music performances, and guided tours suitable for children of all ages. The museum stretched across six floors and is a great way for families to learn more about the enigmatic composer’s life and work, with interactive exhibits and children’s audio guides making it an engaging and fun experience for kids. Follow in Mozart’s literal footsteps up the stairs to the grand third floor apartment he resided in from 1784 till 1787 and where practised chamber music with his musical mate, Joseph Haydn.

Haus der Musik – Das Klangmuseum

Hause der Musik's Mamadeus turns our names into a unique piece of Mozart music

Dedicated to the history and culture of music, Vienna’s Haus der Musik, is a five storey, interactive museum musical that is one of the ultimate musical experiences to enjoy in Vienna with kids. Taking visitors on a journey through the science of sound as well as the history of classical music in Vienna, the development of modern musical instruments, and the impact of music on society, this genius museum is one of the most fun and most fascinating we’ve visited.  There are a huge variety of hands-on, hi-tech experiences from becoming a virtual conductor to turning your name into music and tinkling the ivories on a gorgeous baby grand which made this hugely enjoyable for the kids.  You can read more about experiencing Haus der Musik with kids in Raff’s comprehensive review here.

Salonorchester Alt Wien at Kursalon

Kursalon Vienna, where Johann Strauss II performed with his orchestra in the late 19th century, is one of the most beautiful concert venues in Vienna. Here visitors can enjoy a stunning musical performance with Salonorchester Alt Wien, who pay homage to Strauss and Mozart with musicians, opera singers, and ballet dancers performing energetic waltzes and polkas as well as enchanting operettas and piano concerto melodies in a magical performance for music fans of all ages.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Karlskirche

Karlskirche Vienna with kids

Karlskirche is one of Vienna’s most popular attractions. The spectacular Baroque church, also known as the Church of St. Charles Borromeo, was constructed between 1716 and 1737 and is famed for its grand architectural style, with two towering domes and a classic Corinthian colonnade. A performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by Orchestra 1756, a classical period instrument ensemble, in the stunning frescoed church proved to be the ultimate in sensory overload and turned my rock’n’roll loving twosome into classical fans.

Vienna Boys’ Choir at Das MuTh

Renowned for their angelic voices, the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben) is made up of young boys aged 9 to 14. When not abroad on their extensive tours around the globe, the choir performs classical and contemporary music in some of Vienna’s most iconic venues including the Hofburg Chapel and Das MuTh, the concert hall of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and catching a performance is a must for families visiting Vienna.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Musikverein

Music experiences in Vienna with kids -Golden Hall in the Musikverein

The stunningly elaborate Golden Hall in the Musikverein is a world-famous concert hall that is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world’s most renowned orchestra. Known for its high level of musicianship and its rich sound, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs a wide range of classical music, including symphonies, operas, and chamber music including a range of special family-friendly concerts and guided tours, making a performance a must for any family interested in classical music.



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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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