Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin © LH Wong Classical Venues / Music Destinations

In the three decades following the WWII destruction of all of its main musical venues, the city of Berlin focused on the reconstruction and restoration of these important cultural centers. In some cases, you see faithful reproductions of past architecture, while in others you see striking modernist departures.

Golden Hall of the Musikverein, Vienna © Photographer: Stefou (Flickr) Classical World / Fun Facts

The New Year’s Concert in Vienna’s Musikverein is Europe’s answer to Times Square. Tickets to the New Year’s Day performance by the Vienna Philharmonic are almost as coveted and hard to secure as a place in heaven, but millions follow the festivities through television broadcasts in over 90 countries.

Santa Maria del Mar - Barcelona © Faris Algosaibi Music Destinations

We would like to plead for a kinder, gentler way to experience the remarkable array of buildings produced throughout history in the name of religion. A concert in a church is an ideal way to relieve your tourist angst, and steer clear of the “been there, done that, took a selfie” mentality.

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