10 Best Cities for Classical Music Lovers

Imagine visiting places where some of the iconic figures of classical music have lived and produced their greatest works. Or imagine watching operas or live musical performances at world-renowned theatres and concert halls. From art and culture hub Berlin to music-rich Vienna, here are ten of the best cities in the world for classical music lovers.

Berlin, Germany
berliner philharmoniker
Top reasons to visit: Renowned classical music concert halls and venues, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the impressive list of illustrious conductors that have graced its halls, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Haus des Rundfunks, Nikolaisaal Potsdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Radialsystem V, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, roc Berlin – Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre Berlin; opera houses like the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Staatsoper, and Komische Oper

Bologna, Italy
Teatro Communale
Top reasons to visit: A UNESCO Creative City of Music, vibrant classical music, opera, and ballet scene; the opera house Teatro Communale, the International Museum and Library of Music, the Philharmonic Academy, the Music and Show Department of Bologna University

London, UK
Royal Albert Hall
Top reasons to visit: Classical concerts and world-renowned events like the BBC Proms, classical music performance venues like the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall, and more, classical music media

Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Top reasons to visit: A classical music hub, once home to some of the greatest musicians and composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, the International Bach Competition Festival, musical attractions like the Bach Museum, the Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, MDR Studios – radio ensembles, the Mendelssohn House, the Schumann House, the St. Thomas Boys Choir, and the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church)

Milan, Italy
La Scala
Top reasons to visit: Mecca for opera lovers, the world-famous La Scala, Milan Auditorium, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, the Museo Teatrale alla Scale, the Museum of Musical Instruments, and the Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Choir

New York, USA
New York Philharmonic
Top reasons to visit: Avery Fisher Hall and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bargemusic, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, and Park Avenue Armory among many others

Paris, France
 Palais Garnier
Top reasons to visit: A wide array of concerts and operas, historic and contemporary classical music concert venues, the Chopin Museum, Cimetière du Père Lachaise to see the tombs of some of the world’s greatest musicians and composers, concerts at the Sainte Chapelle, the Opera Bastille, the Palais Garnier, and the Paris Philharmonic

Prague, Czech Republic
The Rudolfinum
Top reasons to visit: Home to renowned composers, a city that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had lived, strong music culture, the Česká komorní filharmonie (Czech Chamber Philharmonic), Divadlo Kolowrat (Kolowrat Theatre), the Filharmonici města Prahy (City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra), Hudební divadlo Karlín (Karlín Musical Theatre), Národní divadlo (National Theatre), Pražský filharmonický orchestr (Prague Philharmonic Orchestra), Státní opera (State Opera), Stavovské divadlo (Estates Theatre), and more

Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House
Top reasons to visit: The world-famous Sydney Opera House that serves as home to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the outdoor opera at Sydney Harbor, a music hub not just for classical and opera enthusiasts

Vienna, Austria
Top reasons to visit: Home to several of the world’s most famous composers like Mozart and Beethoven among many others, a place where thousands of classical music live performances and events every year, a city that classical music is deeply-rooted, numerous concert halls and performance venues, music-centric attractions and must sees that include the the House of Music, the RSO ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsoper, the Theater an der Wien, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Symphoniker, and more