A day of fresh air in the mountains, an afternoon lost in modern art and architecture, a moment of wonder at opera in the most surprising of settings. And, with plenty of time for unexpected discoveries, Austria is one summer holiday destination that you'd return to in a second.Where's your happy place?
Who doesn't know them, Austria's 'great' sons and daughters? They have left their mark all across the centuries in politics, art, science and sport. Find out which famous personalities originated from the country at the heart of Europe, or chose it as the center of their life and creative work.Find out More
Hugo Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs. He brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity which was unique in late Romantic music, somewhat related to that of the Second Viennese School in concision but utterly unrelated in technique.
Anton Webern was an Austrian composer and conductor. As a student and follower of Arnold Schoenberg, he became one of the best-known exponents of the twelve-tone technique. In addition, his innovations regarding schematic organization of pitch, rhythm and dynamics were formative in the musical technique later known as total serialism.More
Johann Strauss II was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King.More
Johann Strauss I was born in Vienna, was an Austrian Romantic composer and was famous for his waltzes. His most famous piece is the Radetzky March (named after Joseph Radetzky von Radetz), while his most famous waltz is probably the Lorelei Rheinklänge, Op. 154.
Who is Joseph Haydn? His contemporaries would have found that an easy question to answer: At the time he was the greatest, most famous, and most eminent composer of his era. His outstanding lifetime achievement which consists of more than 1,200 compositions definitely makes him a “Master of the Vienna Classic".More on Joseph Haydn
Joseph Haydn’s birthplace is located in Rohrau, a town about ten kilometers to the south of Hainburg on the border between Lower Austria and Burgenland.Today this birthplace is one of Austria’s most significant memorials to a composer.Lower Austria: Haydn’s Birthplace in Rohrau
Joseph Haydn had strong connections with Eisenstadt. The famous master composer lived and worked in this city as Hofkapellmeister under Esterházy patronage. One of the most important Haydn memorial sites is the Bergkirche in Eisenstadt.Burgenland: The Stations of his Work
The Viennese singer and songwriter scene comes together every year with international guests to perform at a small but highly acclaimed festival. Every year at the end of November in Vienna for a very special event: the Vienna Song Writing Association’s Blue Bird Festival.
In 1790 Prince Nikolaus I. died. His successor showed no interest in music and within a few days disbanded the orchestra and choir and granted Haydn an annual pension. Mozart expressed reservations that Haydn did not even speak English, he said: “My music is understood in all the world!”
There are several exhibitions in Vienna spotlighting the life and works of one of the most prominent composers of the classical period. Some of these exhibitions are staged at original Haydn venues. The Haydn House is a "must-see" for all Joseph Haydn fans which contains Haydn’s original rooms.Vienna: Exhibitions
Haus der Musik - Vienna is a modern interactive experimental museum in the historic city center of Vienna, where the Vienna Philharmonic was founded. Infotainment, Edutainment and Entertainment – these are the three catchwords characterizing the Haus der Musik - Vienna, offering the visitor a lively introduction to the history of Austria’s great composers.The House of Sound
29.06.2013 - 27.07.2013 - Krems
This very unique festival takes place in different venues: Winzer Krems, Spitz Castle, Zoehrer Wineyard, Goettweig Abbey, as well as Krems. Since 1997 it has provided an environment for artists from around the world to deal with their musical roots in original, funny and surprising ways.Read More
09.08.2013 - 15.09.2013 - Lower Austria
International chamber music festival at various Lower Austria venues. 2013 focuses on the cultural diversity of the British Isles, highlighting how great composers of the European continent as well as native composers derived inspiration for their monumental works.Read More
The best things about Vienna seem to come from somewhere else. For instance, the ‘Wiener Schnitzel’ actually comes from Milan, and the same goes for such authentically Viennese forms of music as “Dudeln” (the local name for yodelling) and "Schrammelmusik”, which have also “migrated” here.Viennese Doodlers and Schrammellers
15.08.2013 - 17.08.2013 - St. Pölten
The Frequency Festival, organised by radio station FM4, is one of Austria’s largest music festivals. With previous locations in Vienna, Salzburg and now in St. Pölten, the 2013 line up includes top international bands The Killers, Placebo and The Cure.Read More
Over six weeks in July and August some 20,000 visitors descend upon Feldkirch for one of Europe's hottest music and culture festivals. Set within an old indoor swimming pool complex, come revel in a real party atmosphere where music, art, fashion and architecture colly intermix.Read More
Austria’s largest spring & folk festival, the Gauder Fest, is held every year at the end of April / beginning of May. Visitors can look forward to a weekend of Tirolean traditions and entertainment. Highlight is the traditional parade, displaying the great variety of national costumes from across Tirol, as well as brass bands and horse-drawn floats and carriages.Read More
Should you be in the Alpbachtal at the beginning of July then be sure to visit the annual Alpbach Village Festival. With fantastic bands and concerts, a great children's programme, delicious regional food and various fun contests such as cow milking and wood sawing, there is no better way to discover this wonderful region.Read More
The most celebrated series of events in the Bregenzerwald’s cultural calendar is the internationally renowned Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. In its unique way, the rural atmosphere harmonises with the music of Schubert and his contemporaries. Book a complete package for this year's event, including accommodation, concert tickets and shuttle bus.Read More
Franz Liszt’s musical career took him to various European countries that were to influence his work. His open-mindedness and cosmopolitan outlook made him a “true” European. It is thus no wonder that today he remains a prominent figure in numerous countries in different ways.On the trail of his travels
Of all classical composers, Franz Liszt was the most colourful: an eccentric and heartthrob, a virtuoso pianist, an intellectual, cosmopolitan and globetrotter. And above all, he composed incessantly. His musical oeuvre comprises 123 piano works, 77 lieder, 25 orchestral works, 65 sacred and 28 secular choral pieces, plus numerous arrangements and compositions for organ and other instruments.Liszt's great achievements
Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings. Many of them make use of Austria’s beautiful surroundings, and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.Austria's festivals
More than 200 years ago, Franz Liszt created an entirely new genre of piano music and a groundbreaking compositional style. Guided by his vision of transporting his ideas out into the world, Liszt soon became a cosmopolitan due to his extensive concert tours throughout all of Europe, dazzling audiences with his unique performance style and virtuosity.Learn more about the Composer
04.07.2013 - 14.07.2013 - Lockenhaus
This chamber music festival, which was named one of the world's two best festivals by the New York Times and classified as European cultural heritage, transforms the small town in central Burgenland into the hub of chamber music for two weeks every year.Read More
Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End London production of The Sound of Music has earned impressive reviews from both theater goers and critics right from its opening night on 15th November 2006 at London's Palladium. Now fans outside of London have their chance to see this beloved musical as the production continues its UK tour.Tour dates and cities