08 Aug 5 European travel destinations every music lover should visit
Europe is certainly a continent with a huge amount of varied history- something that can be clearly seen within the incredible amount of European art that has been created for centuries. Attracting millions of visitors every year music lovers are drawn to destinations across Europe seeking a unique musical experience in the countries where many of the great operas were born. Here are my top five European destinations that should be on every music lover’s travel bucket list.
Verona is of course known across the globe as the setting to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays- the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet. But it is also home to one of the world’s best opera venues- an ancient Roman amphitheatre with acoustics to die for and a view that is completely breath-taking. Travellers looking for a once in a lifetime musical experience should attend one of the many year-round Verona concerts and experience their favourite music in the setting it was created for. Under the setting sun guests can enjoy the best operas ever written, from Carmen to Aida to Madame Butterfly!
Vienna is widely known as the capital of classical music- and for good reason! Fans are spoilt for choice when visiting Vienna as there is a nod to classical music on every street corner. This is no surprise considering the classical music movement began in this city, and composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms (to name just a few) called Vienna their home. With concert halls where the world-famous Vienna philharmonic play concerts, museums dedicated to the city’s most famous former residents, and even a cemetery where fans can go to pay their respects at the final resting place of Beethoven, Johan Strauss, Schubert and Brahms, Vienna simply must be top of any music lover’s list of places to visit.
Berlin is of course a city with a mixed and fascinating history, allowing it to become a creative paradise for artists and musicians alike. Fans of modern music can find a huge range of concerts throughout the year in Berlin, but would be missing out if they don’t take advantage of some of the great historical venues offering a true classical experience. There are five great venues for opera and classical music fans to choose from- The Berlin State Opera, Tempodrom, Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonic and Komische Oper Berlin are all worth checking out to enjoy both music, and history combined.
Fans of opera will know that Seville is the setting of two of the greatest operas ever written. The Barber of Seville and Figaro are both set in Spain’s incredible city. Fans of more eclectic music can also enjoy this destination and witness one of the incredible Flamenco performances, or perhaps classic Spanish folk music all the while surrounded by Seville’s stunning architecture. Of course it is also on this list because of the presence of the great Sinfonica de Sevilla a wonderful orchestra putting on live performances throughout the year.
Prague has been described as “heaven for the classical music lover” by the Guardian, and it’s easy to see why. The gothic architecture of the city creates the perfect environment to attend some of the incredible concerts that are put on in locations all over the city. Indeed, Mozart himself used to visit the city regularly. Visitors to Prague will be treated not only to classical music concerts, but also Jazz and local bands playing in pubs and smaller venues too. There are even musical river cruises available where you can enjoy a dinner and live music while sailing down the river taking in the spectacular views.