Appropriate attire for a concert in Vienna

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1. Posted by Roserosada (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

We will be travelling through Vienna soon and will attend a concert along with our tour group. It would not be practical for my husband to carry a Jacket or a suit; can you tell me what would be appropriate? Some people say that some of these concerts are for tourists and dressing up is no expected. Advice, please, thanks!

2. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 613 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I knew someone who went to the Vienna concert. Apparently it depends which tickets you purchase. Certain seats are considered fancier and you're suppose to dress up while other (I'm guessing cheaper seats?) you can dress more relaxed.

3. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 365 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It certainly depends on the character and venue of the concert in question.
If it was a concert with, say, the Vienna Philharmonics at Musikverein then I'd absolutely pack a dress for myself and a suit, shirt and tie for my male company.
During church concerts one keeps the coat on anyway, so dress does not matter.
However, if it's part of a tour group's schedule it will most likely be one of those "tourist" concerts.

Could you tell us which concert it is, and at what venue? This information should be in your tour programme.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1131 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Apparently the Japanese metal band Boris are playing the Szene Wien (in Vienna) on 5th August - I'm not sure a suit would be appropriate for that concert (although a leather jacket might!).

From a couple of reviews:

"Boris’ live performances are highly intense with the loud, pounding sounds of drums and face-melting guitar shredding that their guitarist, Wata, so keenly produces. The bass player, Takeshi, often plays a double-neck bass, which he fiercely strums to create low resonances that really add a depth and structure to the cacophonic sounds produced on the guitar. Boris’ music can often be slow, droning, and ambient, and at other times it can be loud, fast, and heavy. Wata uses an E-bow on her guitar, which is used to vibrate the guitar’s strings to create an orchestral, sustained sound of ambient drones."

'...everyone should see Boris live once in their lives" :):):):):):)

5. Posted by Roserosada (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I do not know which concert; Trafalgar offers it as an Additional Experience, a dinner and concert, but they do not say where. It is not easy to ask them because they refer me to the local Tour Director to whom I do not have access.

6. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 365 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Dinner plus concert sounds like one of those smaller, so-called "tourist" events, usually with Mozart and Strauss, which do not require any formal dress. I don't think you'll have to worry or pack anything extra.

If it was something big, they'd advertise it as such.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 834 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My husband flies in slacks, a dress shirt, tie and jacket. He can take the jacket off and they will hang it up or he folds it up in the overhead. He doesn't think that dressing in a track suit (if he even had one which he doesn't) is appropriate wear for an airplane, and since he is 81 years old, it's too late for me to change his mind. You could pack a nice shirt and a tie and that wouldn't take up too much space and you will probably need a sweater or windbreaker too. Or at least slacks and a collared shirt.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jul-2017, at 10:35 by greatgrandmaR ]

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 840 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My husband uses a sport coat instead of a windbreaker when we travel. With a pair of matching khaki slacks, it doubles as a suit. He always wears a suit and tie for church so he has to take them anyway. He wears it on the plane so he doesn't have to pack it. We each take one carry-on bag that we check through and one small backpack that we carry on board. If you are taking anything larger than that (and most people do), you can easily pack a suit and tie. Our trips are for a month or more.

That said, from what I've seen most Trafalgar Tours feature tourist-type concerts and you will be with others like yourselves who probably won't want to pack suits so don't worry about it. If you feel out of place dressed inappropriately, then take the suit . . . even if you are the only one wearing one.

In other words, do what makes you comfortable. My husband likes his suit and for that matter, so does our son. Some guys just enjoy dressing up for special occasions. Others don't . . . ;)

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1069 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I've been to concerts around the world, including numerous times in Vienna, and I've worn what I usually wear (long-sleeve shirt, pants). That also was the case at the Wiener Staatsoper. There's no need for coat and tie, unless you want to dress up for the occasion.

10. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 365 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Yes indeed, many people have lost the sense for style and occasion, and the world has learned to consider that lack of style normal standard.