Europe is the home of some of classical music’s most famous maestros. Today, travelers can experience the sweeping, exhilarating and emotional sounds of the world’s well-known classical music pieces in museums, concert halls and at classical music festivals. Listen and enjoy the suites, cantatas and concertos from the masters of sound and learn about the life and times of Europe’s amazing composers.
Most of Europe’s cities and villages are populated with decorative concert halls, often echoing with brilliant performances. Buy a ticket to a world-class musical event in Lithuania at the Esch-Alzette Theater or the Kaunas Algiris Arena. Explore the historic charm of Europe’s neo-renaissance buildings such as the Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Konzerthaus Berlin in Germany. These architectural wonders house some of Europe’s most amazing orchestras and chamber ensembles. For a more architecturally modern experience, immerse yourself in Spain’s Auditorio de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary Islands or the Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland. These modern marvels feature some of Europe’s best operas, performances, and symphonies to feed your classical music appetite.
From Salzburg to Vienna, Austria is a haven for classical music. As Mozart’s birthplace and residence, Salzburg offers classical attractions not to be missed by music lovers. Salzburg is for foodies too—don’t forget to savour the area’s famous Mozart chocolate balls while taking Rail Europe to Vienna. At your final destination, explore the physics of sound and conduct your own virtual symphony at the House of Music. Seven hours northwest of Vienna is Eisenach, the home of the legendary Johann Sebastian Bach. Visit the Bach House to listen to hourly concerts on a baroque keyboard. For a true Bach experience, view manuscripts of his great works just two hours from Eisenach in the city of Leipzig.
If music is the sole reason for your visit, schedule your trip around Europe’s famous classical music festivals such as the Puccini Festival in Lucca, Italy, or the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. At these festivals, Europe invites you to experience the wonders of classical music underneath the stars.