Christmas in Salzburg, New Year’s in Vienna. Seasonal music in Salzburg, with Bristol Hotel; opera, Musikverein and Konzerthaus (Beethoven 9) in Vienna, with Sacher Hotel. Mozart touring, Hellbrunn & Mirabell Palaces Salzburg; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Albertina & Upper Belvedere Palace Vienna.
It has been seven years since we’ve spent Christmas and New Year’s in Austria, and in 2019 we return to this Winter Wonderland, filled with postcard-perfect vistas, superb music, stellar cuisine (and wine, beer and coffee!), mesmerizing history and some of the finest visual art experiences to be had anywhere. Why did we wait so long?!
Salzburg is lovely in summer, but during the yuletide it is absolutely magical. The markets, the glorious winter scenery at every turn and, of course, the music, make Salzburg the quintessential Christmas Village. We stay at the elegant Hotel Bristol, a small family-run property across from the house in which Mozart lived as a boy. We will attend a performance (TBA) at the Landestheater, a concert at the Mozaerteum, and we will hear Gruber’s Silent Night as well as the music of Mozart, Handel and Vivaldi. We will also explore the idyllic Salzkammergut lake district on a day trip outside of the city.
Vienna has long been a major centre for art and thought, exerting its great influence not only in Europe but throughout the world. Its centuries-long role as the seat of the Habsburg Empire can be seen in the wealth of its architecture, and in its artistic and musical heritage. Its museums and galleries provide some of the best visual art experiences to be had anywhere, and countless cafés each have their own charm, history and loyal patrons.
We will stay at the renowned Hotel Sacher, steps from the Vienna State Opera and close to the Stephansdom. In addition to Die Fledermaus at the Staatsoper and one opera at the Volksoper (TBA), we will attend a dress rehearsal of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Day Concert at the Musikverein and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Konzerthaus, and we will enjoy Holiday Festivities at the numerous Markets and a special New Year’s Dinner at the Sacher.
This is truly an unforgettable trip.
To register, click here.