Vienna, the metropolis that does not resemble a metropolis at all, the city where you can still breathe the past of "capital of the empire". Vienna is the city of music, better the capital of classical music and opera. Here the enthusiast can surely satisfy his needs. Home to countless great musicians of the past, the streets of Vienna have for centuries welcomed composers who have made the history of classical music. Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Vivaldi, Haydn, Salieri, Schubert, Johann Strauss Jr. are just some of the great names who lived or were born in Vienna. In Domgasse 5 you can visit one of the apartments in which Mozart lived with his family, now converted into a museum. Or you can visit Mölkerbastei 8, the house of Johann Baptist Freiherr von Pasqualati where Beethoven lived. In Vienna you can also visit Schubert's birthplace in Nußdorfer Straße 54 and his last home in Kettenbrückengasse, 4.
In this beautiful city you can play everywhere: in churches, theaters, historic buildings in the center, almost everywhere there is an audience. Four city theatres where opera, classic music, musicals and ballets are at home: Staatsoper, Volksoper, Theater an der Wien and Wiener Kammeroper. In addition, the Konzerthaus, a fundamental reference point for European classical music, hosts the performances of the famous Vienna Symphony Orchestra. And how can we forget the famous New Year's concert (and that of San Silvestro), which ends every year with the waltz "On the beautiful blue Danube"?
In short, if you are a lover of classical music and opera, you can't miss a visit to this beautiful city.
Techno music is not originally from Berlin, but it is in this city that it has taken root more than any other city in the world, making it a universal symbol associated with it. Since the 1980s, from illegal locations in dark and crumbling basements or abandoned buildings, techno culture has spread throughout the city, and locales have sprung up that still represent the mecca of the world underground scene. We are talking about those clubs, such as the Tresor, where the most famous people of the world techno movement regularly perform.
In the endless Berlin, under the aegis of techno music, day and night mix continuously, and neighborhoods like Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are teeming with people from all over the world just to enter at least once in a lifetime in the Berghain/Panorama Bar, icon of techno music itself, famous for its line ups as well as its bouncer at the entrance, which, based on completely personal criteria and outside any scheme, decides who can enter and who can not. So don't think that it's enough to dress extravagant or who knows what to get into the techno mecca: only the charon at the door will decide according to his taste and his feeling.
If you can't get into the Berghain, you can switch to the Tresor, which is certainly not a second choice: one of the oldest clubs in Berlin, where you can still breathe the atmosphere of "decadence" typical of the first techno clubs at the time when the wall still resisted.
Or maybe always in the Friedrichshain area, you can let off steam at the Suicide Circus which, although it looks anonymous and almost sad from the outside, hosts, if not the most famous world dj's, surely the best representatives of experimental techno and, even more, those of the local underground.
But there are hundreds of clubs and places to dance all kinds of techno, and new ones are born and die every month.
Although it may seem hard to believe, Finland is definitely the country with the most metal bands in the world. Just take a look at the list of events to see what we're talking about. If you're going to Helsinki, head to the PRKL Club, where professional and non-professional metal bands perform non-stop. Or don't miss the Tuska Open Air festival (June), a 3-day metal festival.
It must also be said that Finland is home to some of the world's best musicians of this music as well as an underground movement that far surpasses that of all other countries in the world.
In Helsinki, you can find bars, nightclubs, festivals, record shops and more, all with a heavy metal theme.
Go to The Riff (Iso Roobertinkatu 3, 00120 Helsinki), where you can enjoy top quality drinks while listening to the best heavy music of the moment. Great for pre and afterparty. If you like live music, don´t miss the Nosturi (Telakkakatu 8, 00150 Helsinki): located near the city centre, it hosts more than 120 events a year, mainly heavy metal but also other genres.
If you´re in the mood to listen to the classic heavy metal repertoire, don´t miss the Base Bar and the Praha. In the evening, Helsinki offers an endless number of places to listen to live gigs of metal, among which we definitely recommend Tavastia, Semifinal, The Circus, Elmun Baari, Bar Loose, Kuudes Linja, Korjaamo, Ääniwalli and Lepakkomies.
In summertime, after the bars close you can usually find a party at the Sompasaari sauna continuing into the early hours of the morning.
Nashville, also known as the "City of Music of the USA", has long since proclaimed itself the "World Capital of Country Music" and not without reason. The most famous concert hall of country music, the Grand Ole Opry House is located right here, in the Music Valley. A true temple of country music, the Grand Ole Opry House has hosted and continues to host the best artists of this music.
This city is also linked to the name of Johnny Cash, "The man in black", certainly an icon of country music, but not only. In Nashville you will find a museum in his name, the Johnny Cash Museum. We also recommend a visit to the Exit/In at 2208 Elliston Place, a (relatively) small club where many famous and unknown artists perform live. Don't miss a walk on Broadway, it may seem like a typical tourist stuff, but it's not like that: here everything is about music, from the countless Honky-tonk bars (among them the Bluegrass Inn and the Legend's Corner) that flood the street with their jingles, to record and book shops that, at nightfall, invariably turn into arranged, but unique, concert halls or live stages. Country music lovers are sure to want to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Music Center at 5th Ave S: an endless collection of memorabilia, documents, photos, musical instruments and everything else related to country music. A paradise, in short.
Obviously the list of places of worship to visit also includes, but not limited to, the Ryman Auditorium (730 Royal Pkwy), the RCA Studio B (1611 Roy Acuff Pl), and the entire street of Printer's Alley.