From classical concerts in churches to cosy bars for pre-opera libations, our local insider knows the score on winter in the Austrian capital.
Unsurprisingly, the city whose most famous inhabitants include Beethoven and Mozart is alive with classical music, especially around Christmas time. Who do we have to thank for the festive hum in the air? German-born Bärbel Bellinghausen is one of 45 instrument makers in Vienna, handcrafting coveted violins from scratch in a former dairy turned city workshop. She also sews beautiful, sustainable covers for the fragile instruments, using heritage or precious fabrics via her Violin Cocoon brand. We sat down with the maestro to get her note-perfect tips for Vienna.