Bad habbits at the Musikverein

As you take your bad habbits wherever you go, today i arrived ten minutes too late at a concert at the famous Musikverein. Luckily, me and two other people could listen to Brahms in the ‘waiting room’ until the first applause.

By that time, half an hour later, we could sneak in and see the rest of the concert. I had a great seating spot at the balcony and was surprised to see several people standing next to an empty chair the whole concert. I figured they had bought tickets for standing places (‘Stehplätze’), but a few of them seemed to be with people who were sitting in a chair. Maybe they wanted a better view at the performance on stage, cause they were sitting (and standing) in one of the last rows at the balcony. Or they had paid for Stehplätze after all and their company just thought wurst.





Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1 (1st district, Innere Stadt)

Best ‘Stehplatz’ at Mozart’s Requiem

Because the Viennese feel that everybody should listen to Mozart, they invented ‘Stehplätze‘. But if you’re lucky, you can still sit and enjoy a breathtaking Requiem from one of the first rows.

In the capital of classical music, everybody – either rich or poor – is able to experience classical concerts, opera’s and operettes (light opera’s). Thanks to the Stehplätze, if you don’t mind getting tired feet, you can see the opera for only € 4 euro.

Tonight I bought a Stehplatz  for Mozart’s Requiem in the beautiful Karlskirche. The cheapest seats costed € 28 euro, but the concert would only last an hour and a standing room ticket was just € 12 euro. I was happy to discover that, from there, I still had a great view at the stage. But just before the concert startet, the man who sold me the ticket ‘smuggled’ me and the other ‘Stehplätzers‘ to one of the first rows in front of the choir! Since it was my first actual concert in Vienna, I don’t know yet whether this is common, but it makes sense if a concert is not sold out. It was an unexpected gift.

More classical concerts in Vienna:









Karlskirche (Karlsplatz, 1st district)