Die Burgkapelle (Home of the Vienna Boys' Choir)

Die Burgkapelle (Home of the Vienna Boys' Choir)

Die Burgkapelle (Home of the Vienna Boys' Choir)

Die Burgkapelle (Home of the Vienna Boys' Choir)
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john B
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My wife and I booked seats for the 9.15am mass in the Burgkappele for two reasons, first, go to Sunday mass, 2nd, to hear the Vienna Boys Choir accompanied by the Wiener Philharmonic. The experience was just mesmerising and tearful. These voices singing the entire mass was beautiful. Even if your not of the catholic faith it will move you. Note the choir are seated way above the audience and you can't see them but you can hear them clearly. They do come down and sing a farewell song in front of the alter at the end of mass, not to be missed.
Written January 29, 2020
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faithdaisy
Baton Rouge, LA174 contributions
Couples
We attended Mass at Burgkapelle at Hofburg Palace (find it through the black and red Swiss Gates in the main courtyard past the Sisi Museum). The boys sang with a small orchestra from the balcony above us. It was like angelic music coming down from heaven! It left me in tears because it was so beautiful. And the boys came down to the front after Mass to perform an encore so we could see them. My favorite experience from my trip to Vienna!
Written May 30, 2012
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emilysmom2003
Gambrills, MD4,449 contributions
Solo
As others have said, this is not a concert but a religious service, where the Boys' Choir participates. I decided at the last minute to go, and opted for free standing room tickets. I got there at eight and was the fourth person in line. They admitted about 50 to the standing room section - you don't need a reservation for these tickets. The standing room section is at the very back of the main floor. I had a good view of the altar, priests and men's choir. The acoustics are superb. I couldn't see the Boys' Choir during the service but then neither could anyone else. After the service the Boys' Choir comes down to the altar and sings -- that is the photo opportunity.

If you do this, go early enough to hear the choir and brass practice before the service.
Written March 5, 2017
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Urielf
Jerusalem District, Israel74 contributions
Couples
In short - huge disappointment:
Bad seating arrangements.
The choir is located in the top-most gallery, where it cannot be seen.
The concert actually is a Sunday mass, with the boys choir singing small parts, here and there.
The essense is a long mass ritual, not a choir concert.
Even when they finally got down to the altar, they gave one piece and left.
Not worth the money and the time spent.

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We made reservations long time ahead, and booked what seemed to look like good gallery zeats.
Once seated we found a very thick wall standing between us and the altar, no way we would have seen anything.
So minutes before the concert started, we switched seats to the main hall where one could have a good view at the alter.
Alas, the choir is placed in the top most gallery, where no one can see it.
Was I interested in attending a Sunday mass, I could walk into any church or cathedral. Instead I participated in a standard mass cetemony that cost me €80 for 2 tickets...

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I warmly recommend switching plans and spending the time at Cafe Hofburg (1 minute walk). Much better spent time.
Written June 6, 2020
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CaliforniaElizabeth
California4,760 contributions
Couples
We just went to see the Vienna Boys Choir at the Sunday mass last week. It was a very poor experience for us since we had not bought tickets before the day of the show. For various reasons, we couldn't do that, but I read that they sold tickets the day of the performance starting at 8:15 A.M. Before we left on our trip, I e-mailed the company that sells tickets and was told that many tickets were still left for the performance. We got there at 8:17 and were about 20th in line. We were told by an altarboy (?) at the bottom of the chapel stairs that we should stand in the righthand line. I overheard that some people could get standing room only tickets, but we decided that would be too uncomfortable. They only had a limited supply of them, and they were gone by about 8:30 or so. These people were told to stand in the lefthand line. Meanwhile, all of the people who had bought tickets beforehand were allowed to bypass our lines and go up the stairs to the box office to collect their tickets. At about 9 A.M., they allowed the people with standing room only tickets to go to the box office. One lady told the man in front of me that they were unable to find her reservations, and she said she held up the line for 15 minutes while they tried to find her reservation; they never did, so she left. There was only one person handling ticket sales in the box office. Finally, at 9:30 (fifteen minutes after the mass began), we were allowed to go the box office. Many people behind us rushed ahead of us. When we got to the box office window, we bought tickets for 15 euros. I was so disappointed to see that our seats were in a small room with no view (only people in the very front row had any view at all). We could only look at the mass and choir on a small tv screen. The sound quality was good, though. My husband went near the front of the room once and couldn't see anything. Then, to add insult to injury, they asked us for a donation. After about 30 minutes, we just left. We had reserved seats for the Spanish Riding School at 11 A.M., and we were afraid that we would have the same bad experience getting tickets there. We had no problem picking up our tickets there and had a very nice time seeing the famous horses and their riders. I hope this post helps people in the future not have the bad experience that we had.
Written September 27, 2014
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Francesca P
Adelaide, Australia182 contributions
Solo
The MuTh (combination of Music and Theatre) is the name of the recently opened concert hall at the Vienna Boys Choir School at Aufgarten.
The acoustics are superb and the seats very comfortable. My only niggle was that I nearly died of heat inside.
Written December 29, 2012
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TwoKatz
Metchosin, Canada1,631 contributions
Friends
My aunt who lives in Vienna ordered tickets for us online for the Holy Mass with the Vienna Boys' Choir at the Hofburgkapelle on Sunday 14 Oct 2012. We picked up the tickets at the Hofburg the day before at one of the times outlined in the email confirmation she received. Our tickets cost 29 Euros each. There are many different seating areas – the chapel floor, the chapel mezzanine and then these wings off the side of the mezzanine where only the people sitting right at the windows could actually see out to the alter area. I don’t know if prices were different for each area. We were escorted to our seats in the front row of the mezzanine so had a good view over the alter area and the Mass. The choir was directly above us on the third level and could not be seen. I thought the mostly singing mass was done very well and the priest gave his sermon in both German and English which was very nice. He was very welcoming and his message could be appreciated by members of any faith, or no faith. A collection basket was passed around as is typical for all Catholic services – just have a few coins ready or not– it’s not a big deal. Not many people took communion so I assume the bulk of the audience were non-Catholic tourists like us. The boys’ choir from above was excellent and the 12 person men’s choir on the floor was also very good. At the end of Mass the 21 choir boys came down to the chapel floor and sang one last song – it was all really beautiful.
Written November 21, 2012
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Polly_B_11
Oxford, UK95 contributions
Family
The whole experience was flat; including their voices. We are fortunate to have a rich choral tradition and we have enjoyed hugely superior choirs in England at no cost. We felt that they were relying upon their 'reputation'.
Written December 22, 2012
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2ChildrenOfTheWorld
Westlake, OH291 contributions
Friends
The reviewer FaithDaisy below stated EXACTLY what I would have stated in my review, word for word.

Amazing and well worth the 29euros to get a seat in the chapel. Limited Standing room was free. I went back the next day to take the pictures I have attached...I thought it was very rude to take pictures during service, which many people were doing. To each their own.
Written November 9, 2012
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R G
Dublin, Ireland941 contributions
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 choir sing high over the congregation in the organ loft; after Mass, the choir descend to the altar, to sing a short coral number in front of the altar. This is your photographic oppertunity.
Written June 14, 2016
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