September 4 to 14 2014 the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt Austria


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Hayden festivalA quaint rural town 45 minutes southeast of Vienna, Eisenstadt is the capital of Burgenland province, known for its outstanding red wines, sunny climate and sweeping landscapes. But as the hometown of Joseph Haydn, classical music giant and court composer for the local Esterházy princes, the town also draws top musical talent from all over the world. The highlight of the year is the world renowned Haydn Festival every September.

 The Haydn Festival is at the center of an international renaissance of Haydn and his works. If you are a fan of classical music, the Haydn Festival may well be the highlight of your trip to Austria. Not only will you be able to listen to outstanding concert performances, but you’ll also gain insights into the composers life and his time. Haydn, one of the most famous and prolific composers of classical music, spent the greater part of his life in Eisenstadt, where he was employed as the court composer by the immensely wealthy and influential Esterházy family in 1761. He composed many of his works specifically for the excellent acoustics of the concert hall at the Esterházy palace.
The beautiful “Haydn Saal”  is used for recordings by ensembles from all over the world. All this makes the Esterházy Palace the ideal setting for the Festival (often also called the Haydn Days) which takes place annually in September (September 4 to 14, 2014). This year’s program focuses on the relationship of Haydn and his contemporary Mozart. “Haydn & Mozart” explores the musical development of the two composers who were friends during their lifetime. As a bonus, the audience will have the rare opportunity to compare the sounds of period instrument ensembles with those of modern orchestras. Beyond the festival, concert series take place at the Haydn hall throughout the year. Other performance venues include nearby Eisenstadt Cathedral and the Mount Cavalry Church, which is an important Haydn memorial, and for which Haydn composed several masses.

If you are a Music Lover and a Haydn fan you may take advantage of one of our tours to Austria and Central Europe to offer you a special day in Eisenstad and to enjoy a performance. Tourcrafters suggests :

8 Days & 7 Nights  Highlights of Austria visiting Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck 

8 Days/ 7 nights Imperial Capital Package Visiting Vienna, Prague & Budapest

Or a 4 days Vienna Welcome package  

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Just one hour from Venice .. Palladio and “La Marca” countryside



Endless expanses of vineyards , ancient villages and frescoed villas . And then Chioggia , with its colorful houses and small harbor. All at a few miles from the Serenissima.
Dedicated to Countryside Lovers and Wine Experts .. coneglianovillages and towns, mansions and taverns, hills covered by rows of vineyards , the vine that produces the famous Venetian bubbles wine the Prosecco . . Just an hour by car to reach Conegliano, North of Venice,  and its wineries and extraordinary abbeys inthe Treviso “Marca” once the “Garden” the opulence farmland countryside of the Venetian Republic where the Venetian nobles swarmed in their Villas for endless parties. Since 200 years ago the hills between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene Prosecco are home of the Wine festival in Villa of San Salvatore di Susegana ( third weekend in May). Villa Sandi , a Palladian -style mansion in Montello is the right place for wine tastings of great wines and Prosecco.  If you are able to drive another 80 miles you will find the “ Cerletti Wine Institute of Conegliano” the first wine school in Italy , founded in 1876 .

Suggestions forArt lovers villa Barbaro al Maser An outing worthy of note the visit of Villa Barbaro at Maser one of the masterpieces of Andrea Palladio, with frescoes by Paolo Veronese and a historic wine cellar and close to Conegliano Ca ‘ del Poggio San Pietro di Feletto , a parish church of the thirteenth century , of Lombard origin and in Romanesque style, is perfect for a dining with a view. Close by the Abbey of Follina : impressive , severe with a magnificent thirteenth-century cloister .

Back in Time .. a landscape of water through the Venetian lagoon , between shoals and huts appears to those who venture south of Venice to reach Chioggia.


The “little Venice ” reflected everywhere the origin of a fishing village , even in its form: a fish bone centered on the Vena Canal with narrow streets and houses with bright colors . In the harbor, between the cheerful bustle of bragozzi and bragagne ( local boats ) , the sailors show off the catch of the day : clams, eels, and squid. As in Venice, wine and good food never fail (we suggest the Ristorante Mano Amica, phone 041.401721 ) . To reach Chioggia from Venice by sea take the vaporetto#1 from Piazza San Marco to the Lido, then Lido Pellestrina with the bus line 11. By land from Piazzale Roma take bus 80 .

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