Vienna: City of Music

2.5 to 3 Hours

Experience Mozart & Beethoven’s Vienna

Discover how the Habsburgs Shaped Classical Music History

This 3-hour Vienna classical music tour takes you to the major sites where luminaries including Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn lived, worked, and performed. Learn the secrets of top city attractions including St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace, explore the connections between the Habsburg dynasty and the elevated status of classical music, and hear highlights of Vienna’s musical masterpieces on speakers or headphones along the way. With expert commentary from your historian guide, step into the world of classical music, and examine the powerful impact of the Habsburg family’s patronage on Vienna’s status as the world capital of classical music.

Visit St. Stephan's Cathedral (Stephansdom), where Haydn, Mozart, Salieri, and Vivaldi performed to rapturous applause in centuries gone by.

Stroll by important places Mozart and Beethoven called home in Vienna, such as 'Figaro' House - where Mozart resided from 1784 to 1787 - and Beethoven's Pasqualati House.

Pass by Beethoven's monument and explore his erratic life, living in sixty different apartments throughout Vienna.

Finish at the residence where Archduke Rudolph took piano lessons with Beethoven, and to whom Beethoven dedicated his Missa Solemnis for his support. Here, we explore the connections between the Habsburg dynasty and the elevated status of classical music.

Consider Vienna's continued musical dominance outside the Vienna Opera House, one of the great contemporary opera stages, and the Musikverein, home to the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic. For added color and context, we pause throughout our tour to enjoy selections of Vienna's musical masterpieces on headphones.

Tour Details


Private tour – $450 USD (1-10 persons)
*your guide all to yourself

Small groups – $140 USD per person
*still intimate with 8 persons or less

Departure time

Private tours daily at 9:30 AM and 2 PM


Small groups

  • Tuesday 9:30 AM
  • Friday 9:30 AM
  • Sunday 9:30 AM

Meeting point

Private tours include a pick-up at your central hotel or flat


Small groups: Café Mozart, Albertinaplatz 2 (Coffee house popular with musicians from the opera house)




Private tours: 3 hours

Small group tours: 2.5 hours

Group size

Private tours: 1-10 persons
Groups of over 10 should contact us at in order to get a special rate for their party.


Small groups: 2-8 persons

Participation requirements

As this is a walking tour, please contact us if you have any mobility issues or concerns

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes

About your guide

Read about our Vienna guides

Cancellation policy

For cancellations 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour, Insight Cities offers a full refund. We cannot refund cancellations within 48 hours of a scheduled tour as we need to pay our guide.

Overview of Your Tour

An Introduction to Classical Music in Vienna

As home to world-famous composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Joseph Haydn, Vienna is rightly nicknamed ‘the City of Music‘. The question is, what made Vienna so attractive for young musicians seeking their fortune? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer to that lies within the ranks of the ruling Habsburg family itself.

Throughout this guided 3-hour classical music walking tour, we explore key sites linked to Vienna’s musical history and heritage. For added color and context, we pause to enjoy selections of Vienna’s musical masterpieces on headphones along the way.

A tour group in Vienna

St. Stephan’s Cathedral and the “Figaro” House

Our guided walk leads us first through the ancient inner city, close to St. Stephan’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) and the so-called ‘Figaro house – where Mozart lived from 1784 to 1787, and wrote many of his most important operas and instrumental works.

Throughout our tour, we delve deeply into the era of classical music, exploring the lives and differing career paths of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and their contemporaries. For instance, Haydn spent a long period of his life in the service of the prosperous Hungarian Esterházy family at their palace in Eisenstadt. Mozart, in contrast, arrived in Vienna in 1781 after quitting his service at the court of the Archbishop of Salzburg. He went on to become one of the first freelancers to try and make his own living, by teaching the daughters of high aristocrats, performing at public concertos, and, of course, composing.

In the days when the Habsburg dynasty dominated Europe’s political, social, and cultural landscape, music was an essential part of high aristocracy education functioning as a crucial mode of courtly status and socialization. The most renowned musicians of their time were invited to perform at the Schönbrunn Palace, and it’s here that a young Amadeus Mozart famously played the piano blindfolded. Over the centuries, the Habsburgs served not only as patrons of music but also as performers and even creators of it.

Building on a street cornor in Vienna

Vienna Opera House and the Musikverein


We conclude our discussion of the Habsburg‘s musical legacy outside the legendary Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) one of the world’s greatest contemporary opera stages and the Musikverein concert hall, home to world-famous Vienna Philharmonic. Admired far and wide for their immaculate acoustics, these elegant buildings have played host to many of classical music’s most significant recitals and concertos.

Statue in Vienna in front of a tree

The Pasqualati House on Mölker Bastei

Next, we head to one of the apartments Beethoven took over the years the Pasqualati House on the corner of Mölker Bastei directly opposite the University of Vienna. Beethoven had a restless life in Vienna, changing residence almost sixty times. Despite these obvious disruptions, his music came to symbolize the apex of the Classic era, and heralded the many important developments of the Romantic era.

Though Beethoven’s relationship with the high aristocracy was often strained, he counted Archduke Rudolph the youngest son of Emperor Leopold II among his closest friends. The circuit of our walk is completed at the very residence where Rudolph took piano lessons with Beethoven, one of his most ardent supporters and patrons. Among other compositions, Beethoven dedicated his Missa Solemnis to Archduke Rudolph, a piece that represents the profound relationship between the Habsburg family and the most important musicians in Vienna during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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