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.

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Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

2. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

Red Route On this route, you will learn more about the history of the famous Ring Street and the Hofburg Palace getting to know the life of the Habsburgs in Vienna. You will also have the possibility to explore the Prater with its Giant Ferris Wheel as well as the Danube Island. 1. Opera/Oper 2. House of Music/Haus der Musik3. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere4. Museums Quartier/ Mariahilferstrasse 5. Museums/Hofbug 6. City Hall/Rathaus7. Votive Church/Votivkirche 8. Schwedenplatz/DDSG River Cruise C9. Prater 10. UNO City/DC Tower 11. Danube Island/Donauinsel12. City Park/Stadtpark  Schönbrunn Blue Route This route guides you from the city center out to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere. You will learn more about Vienna’s imperial heritage and the life of Sisi. 1. Opera/Albertina2. Museums Quartier/Mariahilfer Straße 3. Museums/Hofburg4. Aqua Terra Zoo/Haus des Meeres 5. Mariahilfer Straße/Ibis Hotel 6. Schönbrunn Palace&Zoo/Schloss Schönbrunn7. Main train station/Hauptbahnhof 8. Upper Belvedere/Oberes Belvedere 9. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere Guided City Walk (only included in Premium and Deluxe tickets) Departure from Stop 1, Opera. The tour runs daily at 11:30 AM in English and at 1:30 PM in German. Discover the life of the Habsburgs by visiting Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Heldenplatz, and the Capuchin’s Crypt – the main place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburgs. The tour also covers the music in the city, from Mozart to Haydn and Beethoven, plus the many composers Vienna is famous for. The tour starts from Stop 1: Opera and lasts approximately 90 minutes and ends at St. Stephens Cathedral, the most important Gothic church in Austria. Explore the beautiful buildings and gardens of Vienna at your own pace from onboard the city’s open-top double-decker hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus, and learn how the Austrian capital developed from its early Celtic and Roman settlements to become the largest city in Austria. Regarded as a 'City of Music' for its extraordinary musical legacy, Vienna is also known as the 'City of Dreams' due to its association with the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and you can follow his story in the Sigmund Freud Museum. Stops along the way include the Haus der Musik, which presents the history of music through interactive exhibitions. Choose from multiple options including a deluxe tour that includes a 1-hour guided evening tour starting at 6:30 PM designed to give you a different view of the most iconic sights in Vienna. The onboard recorded commentary is available in 13 languages, providing valuable information to help you plan your day. Soak up the sights of the impressive buildings, then jump off at any of the stops listed above.

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Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

3. Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

Begin your tour by meeting your private guide right outside where you're staying. Start exploring Vienna's old town and collect local tips as you go. Dive into Vienna's history and get acquainted with the must-see sights. Stroll down Ringstrasse and admire the opulence of the State Opera and the Hofburg Palace. Gaze up at the impressive spire and dazzling rooftop of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Learn more about the Austrian's capital's culture and its global influence. Pass by its famous coffee houses. See where famous historical figures lived, from the Habsburgs to Mozart.

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Vienna: Bus Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

4. Vienna: Bus Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

Explore the best of Vienna in 1 hour while enjoying a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience. Hop on the Future Bus to be driven through the city's main highlights and make 4 stops to dive into another reality with VR glasses. Begin your tour at the welcome stop at Albertinaplatz, right behind the Opera building. Receive a welcome from your driver and take a seat in the comfortable and well-equipped minibus. Get your earphones and be greeted by a professional audio guide. After a quick briefing, begin your exciting tour. Start by seeing Vienna's magnificent buildings including the State Opera, the Neuburg, Heroes Square and Maria Theresia square. Hop off the minibus for the first out of 4 virtual reality stops. Follow the audio guide's instructions to wear your virtual reality glasses. Meet some of Vienna's greatest individuals including Eugene of Savoy, Archduke Charles and Maria Theresia. After the virtual reality tour, remove the glasses and continue the tour. Pass by the Volksgarten, the Austrian Parliament, and then stop right in front of Vienna's city hall. There, near the Burg theatre, enjoy the second virtual reality stop. Afterward, be driven further towards Schottentor and turn to the next virtual reality stop at the Neo-gothic Votive Church. Learn about the assassination attempt of Emperor Franz Joseph, and his brother Maximilian. Continue the journey as you hear interesting stories through the audio guide. Pass by Volkstheatre, Museumsquartier, the Secession building, Naschmarkt, Karlskirche, and many other interesting sights which you can admire through the large window next to you. Finally, be taken back to the famous Ringstraße. From there, return to the starting point of the tour, right behind the Opera building, for the final virtual reality stop.

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Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

5. Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

Experience Vienna both past and present on this easy-going walk with a professionally qualified guide. Learn everything worth knowing about the old Capital of the Habsburg monarchs and of the Holy Roman Empire; wander through languorous alleyways and over stately boulevards, and marvel at the famous buildings and monuments. See the Michaelerplatz, a star-shaped Baroque plaza in the middle of the town, or the Hofburg Palace, which has been constantly added to, extended, and rebuilt over time. Stroll across the Josefplatz, and amble past the Albertina Art Museum, home to one of the most important print collections in the world. Take in the magnificent Vienna State Opera, see where 'Sisi's' diamond stars were produced, and admire the impressive St. Stephan's Cathedral.

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Vienna: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour on Your Phone

6. Vienna: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour on Your Phone

Discover the vibrant capital and one of the most exciting cities of Austria on this self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an expert. Take a journey on foot through the city’s iconic landmarks while listening to the fascinating stories and history of the city. After downloading your tour on your phone (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), the route begins at the Palais Schwarzenberg. Admire this Baroque palace before moving on to the Karlskirche, the Vienna State Opera, and the marvelous Maria-Theresien-Platz. Continue walking to see more sights, including Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Throughout the tour, enjoy online content including text, audio narration, and maps to enrich your tour experience while avoiding roaming charges. 

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Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

7. Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

Discover the city's fascinating history and attractions as you solve clues around Vienna. Explore this beautiful Austrian city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Vienna for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual ticket.

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One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

8. One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of Vienna that gives the perfect introduction to first time visitors and combines an inner city walking tour and suburban discovery tour by sedan or van. An expert local guide will be with you throughout the day (including for the driving section) to answer any questions you may have and give tips on how to explore the city on your own. First, as the Innere Stadt’s pedestrian zone is crowded with delivery cars until about 11:00, start with a driving tour of the city’s suburbs. Enjoy panoramic views from Belvedere Hill, and admire the city’s most impressive Baroque palace. An interior visit to see Klimt’s “Kiss” is optional. Then, go to the oldest still-in-existence Ferris Wheel in Prater park. Cross the mighty Danube to discover one of the city's more modern sides at the UN-complex and DC-City. See a fantastic example of 1980s eco-friendly architecture at the Hundertwasserhaus. To do the 2nd imperial residence of the Schönbrunn justice would take at least half a day. Content yourself with a view of the façade and gardens, and make a note to return later. Along the way, pass the Naschmarkt, Karlsplatz, and State Opera. For lunch, your guide will provide you with some local suggestions, such as sausage tasting at a typical würstel stand,” or a sit down lunch at a hidden Inner City eatery. There are even a couple of rooftop gems you can enjoy. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the Innere Stadt on foot. Depending on your level of fitness, the precise itinerary can include the historic monuments of the Ring, the courtyards of the imperial Hofburg Palace, the Baroque staircases of some of the city’s opulent pastry shops, and the sacred treasures of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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City Walk: Highlights of The Historic Center of Vienna

9. City Walk: Highlights of The Historic Center of Vienna

The walk begins in front of the Vienna State Opera, one of the most important opera houses in the world. Here you are given an overview of the development of the city to the present day. You continue from the Hotel Sacher to the Albertina with a stop at the "Monument to War and Fascism". Your walk then continues to the Hofburg, the former main residence of the Habsburg family. After being given a historical overview, you will go to the Ballhausplatz to see the Presidential Chancellery and the Federal Chancellery. Afterwards you will see the most important shopping streets of the historic center such as Kohlmarkt and Graben where you will hear stories about local coffee houses, pastries and Viennese cuisine. The walk ends in the heart of Vienna where the largest church in the country, the St. Stephen's Cathedral, is located. Here you will learn more about the Cathedral and its destruction during the Second World War.    

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Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

10. Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

Get your bearings at the famous Anker Clock, the first stop on this guided bike tour. Admire historical buildings on the way to jaw-dropping St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further, thrill to the sight of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Column of Trinity. Don't fall off! The next stops on this architectural scavenger hunt are the University of Vienna and the stunning Rathaus, chockablock with historial facts. Continue your mobile adventure at the Hofburg Imperial Palace and its amazing complex of highly recognizable structures. Feel like a diva as you rock the Vienna State Opera on this fab 2-hour tour with live commentary. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, and labyrinthine Belvedere Palace. Return to drop-off via the canal, where you'll be confronted with the ghost of Johann Strauss - don't worry, it's only a monument. Or steel yourself for the 6-hour option with the perenially popular Schoenbrunn Palace. This magnificent residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn a unique combination of Baroque style and joyful nature.

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    When a concert you're interested in seeing is on, obviously! But if you just fancy a tour then your best bet is to go on Sundays, when you'll stand a better chance of being able to access the stage area.

  • How to get there?

    The Vienna State Opera is just a short walk from the Karlsplatz U-Bahn station (U1, U2 and U4 lines). You can also get there by tram (1, 2, D, J, 62, and 65 lines) or take the 59A bus.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary by performance.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Performance tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You can find some great tours around Vienna and also get tickets to the operahouse!
  • How to get there
    Take the U-Bahn (U1, U2 or U4) to the Karlsplatz station, the 1, 2, D, J, 62 or 65 tram, or the 59A bus.
  • Additional information
    Check performances online in advance to help plan your visit! | Customizable vouchers are available online for gifts.

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What people are saying about Vienna State Opera

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,536 reviews

This is something amazing, i think every tourist in Vienna must take this virtual tour, because you can see city in other side, you become part of history, higly recomended. The guide and drivel, they are very warm and friendly.

Booked online at a great price. The meeting point to redeem tickets was well described and everything went smoothly. The tours on both routes are also perfect. Everything was fine and there was nothing to criticize. Great

Driver and tour guide were very friendly and made the trip fun. The VR experience really made the history come alive. Would love to more VR spots. Totally recommend if you like to learn while seeing the city.

The tour guide was very communicative and kind. The building was amazing. I totally recommend if you want to see the opera but you don’t have time for a concert.

A cheap but fun way to see the sights of Vienna. Would recommend as long as you don’t mind a bit of walking!