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The opulent Musikverein holds the proud title of the best acoustics of any concert hall in Austria, which the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra embraces. The lavish interior can be visited by 45-minute guided tour (in English and German; adult/child €6.50/4) at 10am, 11am and noon Monday to Saturday. Smaller-scale performances are held in the Brahms Saal. There are no student tickets.

Tickets for the famous New Year's Eve concert cost anything from €25 (standing room) to €800; due to high demand, a ballot takes place in January or February – register at www.wienerphilharmoniker.at. Standing-room tickets are available up to seven weeks in advance.