There are some experiences that money can’t buy. But having a bespoke orchestral piece written for you and recorded by members of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra is not one of them. All it takes is a quiet word in the ear of the concierge team at Hotel Imperial Vienna and this once-in-a-lifetime experience is yours for EUR 25,000 ($27,575). The musical arrangement, created following a consultation with the composer, can be tailored to reflect the character and tastes of one individual, a couple, or the entire family, making it a unique keepsake that will immortalise a special trip to Vienna. In addition to the composition, guests will enjoy two nights in the hotel’s Elizabeth or Imperial Suite including champagne breakfast for two, as well as limousine airport transfers, the services of the hotel’s Imperial Butler and a gala dinner at Restaurant OPUS.
And it’s not the only one-of-a-kind musical experience available in the Austrian capital this winter season: the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert is one of the most important events on the city’s musical calendar, and tickets are a hot commodity. To guarantee yours, book in for four nights at the opulent Palais Coburg Residence and receive a pair of top-tier tickets for the concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, complete with return limousine transfers and a bouquet of additional perks.
The EUR 15,895 ($17,530) package also includes champagne and gourmet treats on arrival and a table for two at the two Michelin-starred Silvio Nickol restaurant for the Grand Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve, where you’ll be treated to a nine-course dinner complete with wine pairings from the hotel’s 60,000 bottle collection. After the fireworks at midnight, you’ll join the Palais Coburg New Year’s Eve Party, where members of the Vienna State Opera will perform a special arrangement and a DJ will see the night through to the early hours. Make sure you’re up in time for New Year’s Brunch the next day, or just enjoy your luxurious suite before a private limousine takes you to their airport.
The exclusive packages are part of the preparations for Vienna 2020: Capital of Music; a whole year dedicated to celebrating the city’s vast musical heritage, during which Vienna’s legendary musical institutions will open their doors to exclusive behind-the-scenes access.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is inviting guests to take a guided tour of its archives and view compositions and photographs not usually accessible to the public; the Vienna State Opera is offering visitors the chance to meet with world famous opera singers, ballet dancers and conductors; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum is welcoming musical aficionados to visit its collection of historic musical instruments and enjoy a private concert.
If that’s not enough to capture your imagination, there are 450 balls scheduled to take place across the city throughout the year, and Vienna’s hotels offer plenty of opportunities to prepare. Nimble-footed visitors can practice their moves during private waltz lessons, arrange a private fitting for the perfect ball gown, or plan a fairy-tale arrival in a horse-drawn carriage.