Vienna established itself as the undisputed centre of Europe’s musical life from the middle of the 18th-century. A hundred years later, the city’s reputation as an artistic melting pot was consolidated and strengthened by the works of artists such as Klimt and Schiele and the architect Otto Wagner. This creative genius was added to what was already there – an Imperial capital city adorned with grand and beautiful architecture including Emperor Franz Josef’s famous Ring, lined with the great buildings of state.
For all its pomp and magnificence, Vienna has somehow kept the atmosphere of a small city, simultaneously imposing and intimate. It is the perfect destination for everyone with in interest in art, music and history. Join ROSL members for a fascinating holiday which combines guided visits to Vienna’s great galleries and museums with a series of world class opera and music performances. Take a look at the itinerary below, expertly curated by our friends at Kirker.
Day One: We fly to Vienna from London Heathrow with British Airways and transfer to our hotel, the 5* Grand Hotel Wien. Dinner will be included at a local restaurant this evening. Depart London Heathrow 11.35am, arrive Vienna 2.55pm.
Day Two: We begin our stay in Vienna with a visit to the Belvedere Palace. Today, this houses an important collection of works by Austrian artists, including Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting, The Kiss. This afternoon we will visit the Hofburg, the palace from which the enormous empire was managed. We’ll also see the tombs of every Hapsburg monarch nearby.
Day Three: This morning we visit the magnificent collections at the Kunsthistoriches Museum. Here we find one of the most important collections of Old Masters in the world alongside dazzling decorative arts, including Benvenuto Cellini’s famous Salt Cellar. The afternoon will be free.
Day Four: We drive out to Schönbrunn this morning. This was the summer palace of the Imperial family. Here we will see the State Rooms and have time to enjoy the park that surrounds the palace. Back in Vienna, we’ll go to the magnificent Museum of Applied Arts where the full glory of Vienna’s creative genius can be enjoyed.
Day Five: We begin the day with a visit to the Mozart House, where ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ was composed. Next we go to Stefandom, the city’s cathedral and afterwards there will be free time to explore on your own. The Jewish Museum and the Albertina, one of the world’s greatest collection of drawing, are both highly recommended.
Day Six: We will depart from the hotel in the late morning for the airport and the flight back to London. Depart Vienna 2.15pm, arrive London Heathrow 3.45pm.
12 May: Concentus Musicus Wien. Brahms Hall at the Musikverein. Works by Purcell, Vivaldi and others.
13 May: Vienna State Opera. Simon Boccanegra by Verdi. Conductor: Evelin Pido. Thomas Hampson sings the title role, Marina Rebeka is his long-lost daughter, Amelia. The cast also includes Dmitry Belosselskiy and Francesco Meli.
14 May*: OPTION 1: Vienna State Opera. Don Pasquale by Donizetti. Conductor: Frederic Chaslin. Danielle de Nise sings the role of the naughtiest minx in all opera, Norina. Nicola Alaimo is the duped Don and Adam Plachetka is his friend, Malatesta.
OPTION 2: Konzerthaus. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Daniele Gatti. Danil Trifonov is the soloist in the Piano. Concerto No. 3 by Prokofiev. The programme also included Symphony No. 1 by Mahler.
15 May: Musikverein. The Great Hall English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Singers. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner . Four Cantatas by JS Bach: BWV Nos 19, 78, 101 and 140
*Please choose which performance on 14th May you would like to attend and advise at time of booking.
If you would like to stay at the London clubhouse the night before the trip, you can also receive £25 off the room rate by quoting 'Vienna' at the time of booking.