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Die Burgkapelle (Home of the Vienna Boys' Choir)

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Address: Hofburg 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
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Go for the Overall Experience, Not the Vienna Boys Choir

We attended the Nelson-Messe by Joseph Hayden at the Hofburgkapelle (Vienna Hofburg Palace Chapel) in June 2016. As commented by other reviewers this is a Mass foremost and not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 June 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

The chapel is very interesting. It's a rather narrow church approximately 3 to 4 storeys high. The chapel is located in a small square just after the tunnel "In der Burg" (where the Sissi museum is located) as you walk south from Michaelerplatz on the east (left hand) side of the road. It’s not difficult to find if you are... More 

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Nieuw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We got the better tickets but think anywhere in the place would be good. The service was a typical Catholic service but spoken in Germany. The music was especially uplifting and if you are not religious you will not appreciate it.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Not very good for the average non-Catholic. You're just pre-paying and getting a reservation for a mass with a bit of singing at the top/bottom of the program. Plus it's in a different language - which will be boring to kids/some adults. I also mistakenly chose some Gregorian chant mass instead of the Vienna Boys' Choir! It gets warm upstairs... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

You do not have to be Catholic to appreciate this. The setting is amazing. The sound overwhelming. Yes, it is a Catholic mass but there are no expectations that you participate. However, if you are Catholic it is very moving to a part of this mass. Is it free? Nope. But it is inexpensive.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

As stated by most revierwes this is NOT a concert but a religious service ie The Holy Mass. Buy your tickets online way in advance , choose your vendor carefully as the ticket price is €36 top end , some ticket outlets can charge over €50 plus handling charges for same. Arrive early and listen to the choir practise. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

We attended the Nelson-Messe by Joseph Hayden at the Hofburgkapelle (Vienna Hofburg Palace Chapel) in June 2016. As commented by other reviewers this is a Mass foremost and not a concert. In fact unless you watch a television you will not even see the orchestra or Vienna Boys Choir (with the exception, as mentioned by other reviewers, the choir comes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Let's get this out of the way first-- THIS IS NOT A CONCERT. This is a religious service, so don't come expecting to snap pictures of the Vienna Boy's Choir the entire time. However, if you want to experience mass the way that it's been done for hundreds of years, this is an astounding opportunity. Yes, it's a little weird... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

It is well worth a visit to the Sunday Morning Mass at the chapel, tickets are bookable on line as well as at the chapel. It was packed but reverent. A beautifully sung Mozart Mass, and then at the end the boys choir come down from their ethereal singing point to perform a motet separate from the Mass for the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

It's NOT the home of the Vienna Boys Choir!!! I really wanted to see the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) for a long time and we paid 52 euros for two tickets. As it turned out it was a regular catholic mass that we paid for!!!!! The Choir was on a gallery which you couldn't see and they only sang... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

I attended the Palm Sunday Mass , the Imperial Chapel remains one of the oldest parts of the Hofburg palace ; it was a very atmospheric place where once Mozart gave musical performances. If you want to sit downstairs where I would recommend , my advice would be to book your tickets as early as possible ; If you have... More 

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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