Austria: Vienna

After a very positive start to the European Tour on Saturday in Wrocław, tonight sees the first of two concerts in Vienna’s majestic – and I really do mean majestic – Schloss Schönbrunn.

Austria’s capital city is indeed synonymous with music; Vienna was, of course, at one time home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, and they weren’t bad at music-making.

The imperial palace, all Baroque splendour and summer residence to various Habsburg monarchs, and its stunning grounds have, not surprisingly, been listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

Covering an area of some 500 acres, the spectacular park boasts manicured gardens, grand fountains, marble sculptures, a maze, labyrinth, aviary, the longest Baroque orangery in the world, what was the largest greenhouse in Europe when it was built, a chapel, museum, even a zoo. (Yes, the oldest zoo in the world.)

Of all the incredible and historic places that David has taken his Rattle That Lock show on the road, this might well be the most incredible and historic of them all. What do you think? (Please rattle gently, David.)

Vienna’s most popular tourist destination, welcoming some three million visitors each year, Schloss Schönbrunn has served as the location for many a film and television production, and perhaps, like me, you enjoyed the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing this year’s traditional summer concert recently, which is still available on the BBC iPlayer, should you wish to marvel at the sheer beauty of the place.

Let us know if you’re in Vienna and can find time to squeeze in a concert or two with so much to see.

Have a wonderful time, everybody.