On the Ringstraße, near the "Grand Ferdinand".
No matter where you look in Vienna,
culture is always right before your eyes.
The Konzertsaal, for example, which is said to have the world's
best acoustics. An opera house with an emperor's box. The
Spanish Riding School, led by white stallions. A widely fought-over
yet much-loved stage, which says all there is to say about Vienna's
glorious theatremania. And that's not even close to being all.
The mission of Vienna's Konzerthaus since 1913 has been "to be a place for cultivating fine music, a staging area for artistic endeavours, and to be a house for music and a house for Vienna".
It has been said that the magnificence and acoustics of the Great Hall of the Musikverein are unmatched. The Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert is broadcast every year to 92 countries from this place.
Classical riding in the Renaissance tradition. On horseback – white Lipizzaner stallions, to be exact – in a ballet performance as graceful as any. And in a setting no less splendid: the Michaelertrakt of the Hofburg palace.
A global empire was governed from this very spot. Today the collection of magnificent buildings is home to Austria's president. And to three must-sees for every visitor: the emperor's apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Spanish Riding School.
World-renowned for its annual opera ball, the most important happening in Viennese society. And of course as a top-tier opera stage, which has had the honour of welcoming the world's most important singers and conductors.
Emperor Franz Joseph was not amused. Offended, he refused to acknowledge what the architect Adolf Loos planted right in front of the Hofburg in 1911. A new building free of all embellishment. Known today as the Haus am Michaelerplatz.