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Munich Residenz Concert

1. Munich Residenz Concert

The Residenz in the heart of Munich was the city palace, once the seat of the Dukes, Princes, and Kings of Bavaria. The extensive complex is the largest city palace in Germany and contains some of the most lavish interiors in Europe. With its art collections and treasury, it is without a doubt the most important cultural site in all of Bavaria. A particular highlight awaits you every Saturday and Thursday in the Munich Residenz. The Residenz Soloists, together with members of the Munich Philharmonic, give a concert in the Hofkapelle where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself once played. The concert program is changed weekly and offers masterpieces of the Baroque and Classical periods by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, and works produced by Mozart as a guest composer at the Bavarian court.

From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

2. From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

Visit the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a full-day tour from Munich. Travel by train and in the imperial city, visit his place of birth (optional), his residence, the streets he walked, and the cafés he drank in. Salzburg is also one of the most popular set-jetting destinations in the world for one simple reason, “The Sound of Music.” Visit sites you will remember from the silver screen such as the beautiful Mirabelle Gardens where Julie Andrews and the children were filmed singing “Do-Re-Mi.” An expert guide will take you on a 2-hour train ride from Munich to Austria. You will be provided with a map and get a 1.5-hour orientation tour through the major sites.  Explore one of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, crisscrossed with romantic winding shopping streets and venerable market places adorned with outstanding architectural monuments of the later baroque era. See piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, pleasure gardens, palaces, and churches, monasteries and catacombs, and confectionaries and patisseries. You will also go to the oldest restaurant on the continent. You will then have 3 hours to explore the city for yourself, before meeting up for the return journey. During your free time, you can visit the breathtaking 900-year-old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city's skyline, itself framed by the spectacular encirclement of mountains stretching into the horizon. 

Munich: Royal Water Music on the Starnberg Lake

3. Munich: Royal Water Music on the Starnberg Lake

The high point of the evening is the Royal Water Music in the salon on the main deck of MS Starnberg, a luxurious concert hall with exceptional acoustics. The Residence Soloists and members of the Munich Philharmonic will play masterpieces by Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart and others. Traditionally, on such royal occasions, a hunt would take place: the quarry would be driven out of the woods into the lake for the courtly company to shoot at. Such entertainment cannot, unfortunately, be provided; but you are sure to enjoy the exciting tales of the Bavarian Kingdom, told by cultural historians on board. After this a 3 course dinner including drinks and a champagne reception awaits you. The first course includes canapés, shrimps in potato jackets, a selection of bruschette, Parma ham and antipasti satays, and smoked salmon tartlets. The main course is of pork medallions and turkey steak in Calvados sauce with potato gratin and seasonal vegetables. For pudding you will be served dark and white chocolate mousses with forest berries. The festive music, the thrilling courtly tales, and the delicious 3 course dinner afterwards make this voyage on the Starnberg Lake a glorious and unforgettable event. The team of Bavaria Klassik welcome you onboard Bavaria's biggest luxury ship, the MS STARNBERG, on the Starnberg Lake. Let them treat you like royalty on an incredible cruise and take a trip through time to the days of bavarian royalty with a cultural historian. The ship is well-suited to all weather; in good weather, the concert portion of the evening even takes place on the sun deck. Enjoy a greeting with prosecco before a delicious 3-course meal with drinks, and the night really goes out with a bang as a Baroque firework show awaits you in Starnberg at the end of the tour.

Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvilliés Theatre

4. Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvilliés Theatre

Experience a concert by the Residenz soloists in one of the most beautiful and important Rococo theaters in Europe where Mozart’s Idomeneo was premiered and where Napoleon was a guest for a performance of Don Giovanni in 1806. The ensemble, consisting of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performs selected masterpieces of classical music, leaving long-lasting impressions and wonderful memories for the audience.

Munich: Evening Concert at Schleissheim Palace

5. Munich: Evening Concert at Schleissheim Palace

Experience a special evening of classical music at Schleissheim Palace. The palace attracts visitors with its picturesque Baroque gardens built by the elector Max Emanuel based on the model of the popular Versailles, in the hope of attaining imperial honor. In the magnificent setting, you can enjoy a classical concert with outstanding Residenz soloists and members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Sit back and listen to the sounds of great master in the beautiful park of the palace. June 10 - 7:30 PM Mozart: Symphony No. 38 "Prager" in D major KV 504 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite Schubert: "Unfinished" – Symphony No. 8 in B minor Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Residence Soloists June 17 - 7:30 PM Mozart: Symphony No. 35 "Haffner" in D major KV 385 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite Mendelssohn: "Italian" – Symphony No. 4 in A major Gershwin: "Summertime" Residence Soloists June 29 - 7:30 PM Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 "Jeune home" Bizet: Carmen-Suite Andreas Skouras: Piano Residence Soloists July 15 - 7:30 PM Mozart: "Musical Fun" Mozart: Oboe Concerto Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite Brahms: Hungarian Dances Gershwin: "Summertime" Residence Soloists July 20 - 7:30 PM Mussorgski/Ravel: "Pictures at an Exhibition" Haydn: Symphony No. 104 "Londoner" Verdi: Rigoletto Paraphrase Gershwin: "Summertime" Andreas Skouras: Piano Residence Soloists August 4 - 7:30 PM Vivaldi: "Four Seasons" Pachelbel: Kanon Albinoni: Adagio Mozart: Serenade in G major KV 525 "A Little Night Music" Rossini: Serenade for Strings "Aria of Figaro" Residence Soloists September 9 - 7:30 PM Mozart: "Musical Fun" KV 522 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Brahms: Hungarian Dances Gershwin: "Summertime" Andreas Skouras: Piano Residence Soloists

Munich: Classical Concert Recital in Max-Joseph-Hall

6. Munich: Classical Concert Recital in Max-Joseph-Hall

The best things come in small packages! With wonderful stucco works and crystal chandeliers inside, Max's Joseph Hall is for many a small pearl in the residence and forms the perfect frame for classical concerts. Live chamber music also helps animate the intimate character of the space. The Munich Residence served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918. What began in 1385 as a castle in the north-eastern corner of the city (the Neuveste, or new citadel), was transformed by rulers over the centuries into a magnificent palace, its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town. The rooms and art collections span a period that begins with the Renaissance, and continues via the early Baroque and Rococo epochs to Neoclassicism. Here you can bear witness to the discriminating taste and the political ambition of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

Munich: Residenz Gala Concert

7. Munich: Residenz Gala Concert

27 April - 7:30PM Mussorgski: "Pictures at an Exhibition" Mendelssohn: Pianoconzert Nr.2 d-moll u.a. Andreas Skouras - Piano, Residenz-Solisten Residenz Gala 13. May - 7:30PM Mussorgski/Ravel: „Bilder einer Ausstellung“ Mozart: „Ein musikalischer Spass“ F-Dur KV 522 Joh.Strauß: Schnellpolkas Brahms: Ungarische Tänze Andreas Skouras - Piano, Residenz-Solisten 26. October – 7:30PM Mussorgski: "Pictures at an Exhibition" Mozart: Pianoconzert G-Dur KV 543 Andreas Skouras – Piano, Residenz-Solisten 09. November Mussorgski: "Pictures at an Exhibition" G. Gershwin: Rhapsody im Blue 10. December PProgram follows 21. December Program follows 30. December Program follows

Munich: Evening Composers Group Walking Tour

8. Munich: Evening Composers Group Walking Tour

Find out more about the musicians and composers that lived, worked, travelled through, or died in Munich while you visit places where they spent their time to learn about the artists and their music. Starts on the grand Promenadenplatz in Munich and stroll to the Odeonstheater at Odeonsplatz. Stop in front of the National Opera where all these musicians used to work. Listen to the music of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Continue to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's former home in Munich before crossing the beautifully illuminated Marienplatz while listening to the music of Carl Orff. Finish in front of the hotel Deutsche Eiche where you can head up to the rooftop terrace to have dinner, if you reserve a place in advance.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 333 reviews

The "sea voyage" was super relaxing and very nice. The tables were beautifully set with white tablecloths and serviettes, very elegant. The program was varied with baroque music and good food. The staff is super friendly and very accommodating. I was pleasantly surprised that the drinks (I only drank water) were free and you were always asked if you wanted to have more. All in all: great value for money with a wonderful final fireworks display. I would highly recommend this ride. Thanks again to the organizers and the crew. And thanks to the passengers who gave the event a special touch with a chic style of clothing.

One hour concert goes quickly. The musicians were excellent and it was wonderful to listen to the program in such glorious surrounds of the Residenz Chapel. Note that there is no guide to meet you, just walk through the Lions Gate to the ticket office at tue entrance to the chapel where your tickets are waiting. Afterwards we went 20m to the Pfalzer Residenz Weistube, a wine bar in the courtyard of the Residenz, and had the famous pflammekuvhen. Recommend! Perfect evening.

I was the only one joining the tour alone and the tour guide was very helpful - she always offered to take pictures of me. She was very knowledgeable, giving interesting anecdotes and information about the city. I like the free time given to us as I could explore the city alone. I wish I could've stayed longer because the weather was amazing and Salzburg is such a lovely city.

Loved this tour. Susanna our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. It was great to have time to explore Salzburg. So beautiful and lots to see. Highly recommend a visit to this beautiful city.

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