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Vienna State Opera

One of the world’s leading opera houses and one of Vienna’s most celebrated landmarks.

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Vienna State Opera: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

1. Vienna State Opera: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Explore the Vienna State Opera on this guided tour with skip-the-line entry privileges. Immerse yourself in the Renaissance Revival architecture and intricate designs of the opera house and discover many things that remain hidden from the typical evening audience. Arrive at the opera house and enjoy a streamlined entry process by simply showing your confirmation voucher. Meet your guide and start your journey through the building.  From the foyer, take the grand staircase to the state rooms (the tea salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall) before reaching the auditorium.  Stop and take a look at the stage where many famous musicians, dancers, and artists have stood. As you explore, hear facts about the building’s history and its architecture, and learn how an opera house is run.

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

2. Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

Travel back in time and witness the events that made Vienna the cosmopolitan city it is today. Enjoy six scenes with breathtaking virtual reality technology that let you relive the past on a unique two-hour tour with an audioguide. Take part in a procession on White Sunday in 1483, one of the few occasions when the ornaments were brought out and shown to the public. Take cover as the Ottoman Empire carries out another siege during the second siege in 1683. Experience the darkness during the plague that killed half of Europe and learn about Augustin, a singer who showed that Vienna could survive such terrible times with humor and music. On a sunny day, walk around the Hofburg and see Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph II on a hunting trip. Luckily, you're standing very close to the road, so don't forget to wink. At the Opera you will experience Vienna in the golden 20s and see how people prepare for an opera performance. In the last scene at St. Stephens square see the cathedral burn in the last month of the terrible Second World War and witness the Soviet army driving the last German soldiers out.

Tickets to Mozart & Strauss at the Vienna State Opera

3. Tickets to Mozart & Strauss at the Vienna State Opera

Enjoy a festive evening with tickets to the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. Hear the best works of Mozart and Johann Strauss performed by 30 outstanding musicians, among them members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony. Hear the best of the classics with a renowned Austrian orchestra. See international star soloists and opera singers of the State and Folk Opera led by star conductors. All this in the fantastic atmosphere of the breathtaking Staatsoper, with musicians in splendid Baroque costumes and opulent wigs. Relish overtures, arias, and duets from Mozart’s most beautiful operas as well as selections from symphonies, instrumental concertos, serenades, and divertimentos from the 18th century. Top it all off with Strauss’ Radetsky March and Blue Danube waltzes.

Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

4. Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

Experience the capital of Austria on two wheels, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the most famous sights and ride in between them on a well-maintained bike path. Meet your local guide at the meeting point, strap on your bike and start your adventure with an informative introduction about Vienna. Cycle through the Prater, marvel at the Ferris wheel, and listen to entertaining stories about the former royals. Ride along the Danube Cycle Path to the extraordinary architectural creations of Hundertwasser. Discover the Ringboulvard to get a glimpse of the city's imperial history. Enjoy a stop in front of several fascinating historical sites to learn the entertaining stories behind them. Take photos to capture your unforgettable memories of Vienna's landmarks such as the Opera House, City Hall, Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Cycle back through the multicultural, gastronomically and artistically outstanding Leopoldstadt and get more local hits, tips, and ideas from the staff for the rest of your stay

Vienna: Panoramic Open-Top Bus Night Tour

5. Vienna: Panoramic Open-Top Bus Night Tour

Lose yourself in the bright city lights with a guided night tour on an open-top bus in Vienna. See some of the most iconic attractions from a different perspective, learning about each site with live commentary as you pass by the Vienna State Opera, Wurstelprater, and the Stadtpark. Make your way down to the Vienna State Opera and meet your friendly guide at the open-top bus stand just outside. Jump on board and settle down in your seat with a perfect opportunity for photos with the opera house. Start rolling through the city as your host provides commentary about each new location you pass by. Watch the shimmering reflection of lights as you travel alongside the Danube river and canal. Learn about the fascinating history and architecture of Vienna and drive past the Wursteprater amusement park, Stadtpark, the Farmer's Market, and many more city attractions.

Vienna: Wine Tasting E-Bike Tour

6. Vienna: Wine Tasting E-Bike Tour

Spend your day discovering the Danube Canal on an e-bike ride to Klosterneuburg Abbey. Explore the abbey, enjoy a wine tasting, and discover Danube Island. Meet your guide in the center of Vienna and grab your e-bike. Cycle on the Ringstrasse, past monumental buildings and famous landmarks, such as the State Opera and Heldenplatz. Follow the Danube Canal to Nussdorf, nestled at the base of Kahlenberg. Continue along the Danube to Klosterneuburg. At Klosterneuburg Abbey, enjoy a 30-minute guided tour. Afterwards, taste local wines with explanations about the wines you'll be tasting. Take a ride on Danube Island to complete your experience.

Vienna: Private Haunted Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Private Haunted Walking Tour

Hear the spine chilling tales surrounding the city of Vienna on this private walking tour. Discover the strange legends surrounding famous landmarks, buildings, and Vienna's citizens. Be greeted by your local guide in Helmut-Zilk square and start your walking tour. Explore the dark history behind top sights like the Hofburg imperial palace and the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral while they are lit up for the night.  Find out how Bloody Alley earned its name. Navigate through the stories and cobblestoned alleys of Vienna easily with a local guide. Uncover the secrets behind some top citizens of this city like the Blood Countess and the death of Mozart. Listen as your guide casts this city in a new light. Bring everyone in your family, drag your friends, or have an unforgettable date night. Finish your tour at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

8. Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

Experience the centre of Vienna with a small group and participate in a tour with me, a certified Austrian Guide and enjoy your private guided walking tour, where you can see the most important places at the centre of Vienna. It doesn`t matter if you have little time to visit Vienna or you want to get interesting details from a local expert to explore the city on your own. We are walking together to see different historical sites and you will take a deep dive into the city`s past in an entertaining fashion. Experience imperial façades, horse-drawn carriages, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the imperial garden, the Vienna Opera House, the Spanish Riding School and St. Stephen’s Cathedral at the heart of the city and much more. Find out more about the lives of prominent personalities and Vienna’s rich history. Learn to recognise the influence of the Habsburgs in the form of splendid edifices and residences. You’ll take a deep dive into the city’s past in an entertaining fashion. Starting off at Maria Theresien Square. Maria Theresia was a strong female ruler in the 18th century and her monument is the most imposing of the Ringstraße. Discover the imperial palace (Hofburg), which was originally a fortress built in the thirteenth century and was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm. See one of the most famous and fascinating Opera houses in the world and pass by the Spanisch Riding School. End of the Tour will be at St. Stephans Cathedral, symbol of Vienna and the country of Austria.

Vienna: Panoramic Night Tour by Bus

9. Vienna: Panoramic Night Tour by Bus

Experience the most beautiful sights of Vienna at night on this unique tour. Drive around the magnificent Ringstrasse which has a special flair in the evening. During the bus ride, see all major sights in the city including the Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater, Vienna State Opera, Belvedere Palace, Kunsthistorisches and Natural Museum of History.  Continue the tour to the famous amusement park, where you can see the illuminated Giant Ferris Wheel. Finally, end at the Vienna State Opera where the tour finishes.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, River Cruise, & Audio Tour

10. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, River Cruise, & Audio Tour

See Vienna at your own pace with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. From the open-air top deck, hear the stories of highlights like Hofburg Palace and Prater Amusement Park with audio commentary. Top it off with a relaxing cruise along the charming Danube River and a self-guided audio walking tour. Journey along the Red Route to experience historic sites like the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. Explore past the city center and towards Prater Amusement Park and find breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island. On the Blue Route, start your tour in the city center and go discover Vienna's famous palaces. Gaze upon the regal Hofburg Palace before leaving the city to see Schönbrunn Palace, once a residence of the Habsburgs, and Belvedere Palace which houses an immense collection of Austrian artwork. Climb aboard the sightseeing cruise included with your ticket and admire the "most livable city in the world" from the Danube River. Take in the picture-perfect scenes of modern life in a historic city that make Vienna unique. After or in-between your bus tour, enjoy one of 3 self-guided audio walking tours. Marvel at the architectural history of the Opera House, St Stephan's Cathedral, and more. Walk around outer Vienna to view the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus and the “New Modern” train station Hauptbahnhof.

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What people are saying about Vienna State Opera

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4.4 / 5

based on 2,736 reviews

Very detailed and exciting tour of Vienna. The tour guide takes you 2 hours on foot through the city. With the virtual glasses you are in the middle of what happened in the past. We really liked it and we definitely recommend it! Very detailed tour of Vienna. With the tour guide you walk 2 hours through the city, with the virtual glasses you feel right there, in the events of the past. We really liked it and would recommend it anytime!

The guide Carmen was great. He was able to convey all his love and passion for this building and for his work! She is very good and the work is beautiful!

Wonderful start to our trip in Vienna, I wish this experience was everywhere!

What an excellent experience! Infotainment at its finest.

Quick and easy, with great instructions on where to go!