Vienna: Historic Sounds at the Haus Der Musik

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Photo by netmyller
Photo by netmyller

Centuries ago, when Vienna was the center of music and the best composers felt compelled to come to town, prodigies and wannabes set their eyes on the city and dreamed that one day, they, too, would be celebrated in the Austrian capital—and later, around the world.

Fast forwarded to today. Vienna’s days as the center of the music world are past. Happily, however, there’s the Haus der Musik on Seilerstätte Street 30 in the First District. The museum represents and documents Vienna’s musical traditions.

Aside from the regular exhibitions, concerts, press conferences, podium discussions, and special children’s programs, the Haus der Musik boasts a virtual Dirigentenpult (virtual conductor room) where visitors can pretend that they’re legendary Austrian Meisterdirigent Herbert von Karajan conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Starting this month, the Haus der Musik also offers a yearly membership card for a price of €27 per person. Card owners gets a 10 percent discount at the Mozart House in Vienna and free entry to the monthly Haus der Musik concerts and other musical and culinary museum events.

Though budget-seekers might find the €10 entrance fee a bit pricey, the museum provides a great way to enjoy the music of the early masters. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and children under the age of 12 and almost free for kids under three.

Haus der Musik opens from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info, call +43-1-516-48 or email

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She is an Asian female, in her 30s, trying to integrate herself in the city of Vienna. She is the wife and lover to R, a mother to a wonderful boy named Boo the Rascal, and friends to a few people. She loves dark red and dark blue, doesn't mind the trivialities of life, dabbles in calligraphy, collects throwpillows, likes to write and dreams that one day she will have her own castle fronting a beach somewhere in Southeast Asia.

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