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Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) Tours

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Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)
A masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) is a hallowed venue for opera fans. Each year, the auditorium hosts 350 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Ballet (Wiener Staatsballett) performances, as well as the Vienna Opera Ball.

The Basics
Attending a concert at the Vienna State Opera is an unforgettable experience, but tickets sell out quickly so it's imperative to book in advance. Concerts by the Vienna Mozart Orchestra are a popular choice; the performers dress in traditional costumes and most tour packages include a gourmet dinner or Vienna walking tour in addition to the show. Alternatively, you can marvel at the magnificent facade on a sightseeing or hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city, or peek behind the scenes on a guided opera house tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The dress code for concerts is smart evening attire; individuals wearing informal clothing such as short pants or leisurewear may be refused admission. Coats, jackets, and larger bags must be checked into the cloakroom.
  • The use of cameras and smartphones is prohibited during performances.
  • Children under 5 are not permitted at evening performances, but special matinée concerts for kids are held.
  • The Vienna State Opera is wheelchair accessible, but wheelchair seating must be booked in advance.

How to Get There
The Vienna State Opera House is located on the Ring Road (Ringstrasse) in the historic center of Vienna, close to Hapsburg Palace and the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene. The opera house can be reached by public transport—the nearest subway (U-Bahn) station is Karlsplatz and the nearest tram station is Opernring.

When to Get There
Concerts are held year-round, but the main opera season starts in April. Most concerts are held in the evening, but there are also a number of matinées featuring choral groups, children's opera, and chamber music.

The History of the Vienna State Opera
Since opening its doors in 1869 with a gala performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, the Vienna State Opera has become one of the most famous concert venues in the world, boasting a rich history and extensive repertoire. Past directors have included musical legends such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, and Lorin Maazel. Director Dominique Meyer broke new ground by introducing live outdoor events and live streaming performances.
Address: Opernring 2, Vienna, Vienna Region 1010, Austria
Admission: Varies
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49 Tours and Activities to Experience Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

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Big Bus Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Soak up 360-degree views of Vienna’s top attractions with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day hop-on hop-off ticket on a double-decker Big Bus. Pass Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Belvedere, and more. Enjoy your choice between a classic, premium, or deluxe ticket option, along with access to two sightseeing routes, audio commentary on board, free Wi-Fi, and one walking tour. See this vibrant city at your own pace, hopping on and off at any of the stops.
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  • 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes
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$35.68
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Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour

Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour

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Explore the magnificent city of Vienna on this city tour by coach, including admission into the Schönbrunn Palace without waiting time. Pass major attractions like the Hofburg Palace, City Hall, and the Vienna State Opera as you drive along the famed Ringstrasse. Afterward, explore the lavish summer home of the Habsburg monarchs, the Schönbrunn Palace. Skip the line at the entrance and learn the rich stories of its residents as you stroll from room to room.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$68.62
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Vienna City Bike Tour

Vienna City Bike Tour

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Cycle through the streets of Vienna on this bike and city tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past top attraction such as the Albertina, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Stadtpark, and Heldenplatz. As you travel along bike paths and quieter streets, your guide will discuss the fascinating stories behind each landmark. Enjoy your choice of a morning, afternoon or evening departure.
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  • 3 hours
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$47.02
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$47.02
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Introducing Vienna Walking Tour: The Capital of the Habsburgs

Introducing Vienna Walking Tour: The Capital of the Habsburgs

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Get an insider’s look at Vienna’s thriving neighborhoods, historic landmarks and culture on a small-group tour with an experienced guide. Hear stories about life in the city as you follow your guide to hidden alleyways, elegant boulevards and the city’s most iconic monuments. Learn about the royal Habsburg dynasty and the legends of Hero Square then visit the sites of fierce battles in the Second World War. Enjoy the personal experience of a small-group tour, and discover the best places to eat, drink and live like a local.
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  • 2 hours
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$31.78
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Vienna Hop On Hop Off City Tour

Vienna Hop On Hop Off City Tour

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Explore the vibrant city of Vienna on a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. See top attractions including the Vienna State Opera, Hofburg Palace, Danube Tower, and Schonbrunn Palace. Climb aboard the open-air, double-decker bus and soak up 360-degree views of Vienna, hopping off to explore whenever you like. This ticket also includes a walking tour led by a local guide.
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  • 1 hour
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Small Group Vienna Highlights Bike Tour

Small Group Vienna Highlights Bike Tour

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Cycle the streets of Vienna on this 3-hour biking tour of the city. Led by an expert guide, saddle up and see the bright hues of the Hundertwasserhaus and the iconic Ferris wheel at the Prater. You’ll also pass top sites like Hofburg Palace, City Hall and the Opera House, learning about the city’s history from your guide as you go. After three hours of sightseeing and fresh air, your tour will conclude at its original departure point. 
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  • 3 hours
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$55.75
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$55.75
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Private Tour: Vienna Inner City Highlights

Private Tour: Vienna Inner City Highlights

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Explore Vienna’s essential sites on a private, 3.5-hour walking tour with a great orientation to the city’s public transport. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor the experience to your interests as you walk or take the underground and/or tramway from your hotel to the Belvedere Palace. Board a tram (be sure to bring the proper fare!) past the Soviet Monument, Karlsplatz, and the magnificent Viennese State Opera. Learn about the city’s most beloved historic figures while visiting historic cafés, neighborhoods, and landmarks; see the iconic spires of St Stephen’s Cathedral as you get an insider’s perspective on life in Austria’s capital city.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Guided Tour of Musical Vienna

Private Guided Tour of Musical Vienna

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Explore sites related to Vienna’s long musical history on this private sightseeing tour. Known for its many composers and other musicians, from Beethoven to Brahms, Vienna is home to landmarks like the Vienna State Opera and Mozarthaus, where Mozart once lived. See these attractions and more with a private guide, who shares commentary about the city’s rich cultural history.
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  • 5 hours
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$570.55
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$570.55
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Private Tour: One Perfect Day in Vienna

Private Tour: One Perfect Day in Vienna

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Maximize your time in Vienna with a private tour that covers multiple top attractions. Your chauffeur takes you from your hotel to the city center, where you’ll explore top sights on foot. Your private guide will orient you with the city and provide you with food suggestions. Highlights include Heldenplatz, Hofburg Palace, State Opera House, and Karlskirche.
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  • 7 hours
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$780.52
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Explore the cultural heart of Vienna on an audio walking tour

Explore the cultural heart of Vienna on an audio walking tour

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Explore the capital of Austria at your own pace with this self-guided audio tour. Venture across the city and see key landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera House, Albertina Art Museum, Capuchin Church, and more while listening to commentary through your headphones. Pause the tour at any time if you’d like to take a break, have a snack, or simply stop to take photos.
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  • 1 hour
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Vienna at night! Photo tour of the most beautiful buildings in the city

Vienna at night! Photo tour of the most beautiful buildings in the city

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This photo tour leads to the most beautiful buildings in the city. Especially at night, these stand out due to their unique lighting. We will capture this special mood and beauty together with our cameras. Of course there are also short facts and anecdotes about the buildings. The focus of the tour is on photography. The "Vienna at Night Photo Tour" takes you to buildings and squares that play an important role in everyday life for me and many other locals and that appear in particular splendor at night.  
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vienna Family: Vienna Card, Schonbrunn Zoo, Prater Ferris Wheel, Madame Tussauds

Vienna Family: Vienna Card, Schonbrunn Zoo, Prater Ferris Wheel, Madame Tussauds

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Enjoy a fun and family-friendly trip to Vienna with this comprehensive sightseeing package. Your combo ticket includes admission to the Schonbrunn Zoo and Madame Tussauds, as well as a ride on the iconic Ferris wheel at the Prater amusement park. You’ll also enjoy discounts to numerous attractions and restaurants with a 72-hour Vienna Card, and unlimited public transportation.
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  • 3 days
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Private Vienna City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit

Private Vienna City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit

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Explore Austria’s beautiful capital city on this private 7-hour Vienna city tour with Schonbrunn Palace visit. Hop in your car and take the Ringstrasse past famous landmarks including the Opera House, Hofburg, Votive Church, Vienna's Rathaus (town hall) and Vienna University. Explore Vienna’s historic heart on foot and gain insight into centuries of heritage. Discover top attractions such as St Stephen’s Cathedral tucked away down winding alleys and ancient streets. Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and wander round the attractive gardens. Upgrade your tour to include lunch in a traditional Viennese restaurant.
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  • 6 hours
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$557.51
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Classic Private City Tour Vienna

Classic Private City Tour Vienna

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Experience the art, architecture, and atmosphere of Vienna stress-free on a private 4-hour tour by car. The efficient and comfortable excursion is perfect if you’re short on time, tired of crowds, or simply want to give your feet a break. See the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, and more all from the comfort of your window seat. Feel free to pause the tour at anytime to get out for a closer look.
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  • 4 hours
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$675.06
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Vienna: City of Music - 3 hour private tour

Vienna: City of Music - 3 hour private tour

Listen to highlights of Vienna’s musical masterpieces on headphones along with expert commentary from your music historian guide on a walking tour that helps you discover the world’s most famous composers: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven among others. This 3-hour Vienna music tour takes you by the major sites where these legends lived and performed. You’ll explore monuments built to honor them in the “City of Music.” As a counterpart, we examine the impact of the Habsburg family’s patronage on Vienna’s development into the world capital of classical music. Visit Stephansdom, performance venue for Haydn and Mozart, Salieri and Vivaldi. Stroll by Mozarthaus where Mozart wrote many of his famous operas and instrumentals. Pass by Beethoven’s monument and explore his erratic life, living in sixty apartments in Vienna. Pass by the palace where Archduke Rudolph took piano lessons with Beethoven. Consider the musical dominance of Vienna at the legendary State Opera House and Musikverein.
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  • 3 hours
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70 Minutes Trip--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

70 Minutes Trip--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

GRAND TOUR THRU THE CENTER OF VIENNA, THE IMPERIAL "HOFBURG" PALACE AND ALONG THE RINGSTREET BY HORSE CARRIAGE
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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30 Minutes Trip--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

30 Minutes Trip--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

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SMALL TOUR THRU THE CENTER OF VIENNA, THE IMPERIAL "HOFBURG" PALACE AND ALONG THE RINGSTREET BY HORSE CARRIAGE
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  • 30 minutes
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Coffee Shops--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

Coffee Shops--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

Since October 2011 the "Viennese Coffee House Culture" is listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage. So it is indicated to show you some of them. A lot of very known and important writers and poets were guest for example Arthur Schnitzler, Alfred Polgar, Friedrich Torberg and Egon Erwin Kisch and used the institution coffee shop as personal office. And we will bring you to the place were you can find the oldest one, founded by the the Armenian Spy Johann Diodato who received the privilege to open the first "Kaffeezimmer" (Coffee-Room) called Daniel Moser, which is continuously being one of the most popular meeting spots in the old Vienna city center, and you will get a quick view as well to the very new and well-attended Cafe Central.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Monuments and Memorials--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

Monuments and Memorials--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

n Vienna are nearly 500 monuments, memorials and statues. We want to show you some of the hundred situated in the city center of Vienna. The driver will point out during a ride of about one hour a lot of very beautiful pieces. Our tour will start next to the monument against war and fascism, following the Ring Road we will have a look to Goethe and Schiller Monument, we will see Mozart, Liebenberg, Renner and passing by the famous Anker Clock, a typical sight of Art Nouveau style.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Jewish Vienna--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

Jewish Vienna--Carriage Ride by Fiaker Wien

We will take you to the most important Jewish places in the first and second district. Our round trip starts in the center of the city next to the opera. The driver will show you the Jewish Museum, the Jewish District, some palaces on the so called Ringstreet, Taborstrasse and Praterstrasse and the new synagogue Or Chadash אוֹר חָדָשׁ
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  • 2 hours
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$283.53
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Vienna Full Day Shore Excursion

Vienna Full Day Shore Excursion

We meet you at 09:00 am at the pier at “Handelskai” or “Nussdorf”. We provide a chauffeur-driven airconditioned van or sedan for the driving portion plus a licensed local Austria Guide for the whole tour. The flexibility of a small vehicle allows multiple stops at the historic sights and vistas. Within the given time-frame we accommodate our guests personal preferences. By combining a driving- with a walking-segment we offer the most comprehensive One-Day-Tour. Knowing the programs offered by the cruise-operators we avoid overlap in program and overcrowding. Our walking-tour ends at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the heart of the city around 4:30 pm. Do some window-shopping at Kaertnerstrasse or have a rooftop-drink at hotel Lameé Our Taxi-Voucher gives you full flexibility in planning your return to the ship.
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  • 7 hours
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$953.97
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Backstage Classical Music Tour

Backstage Classical Music Tour

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Discover and explore the major sights of Vienna, it's history, it's architecture as well as religion through the stories of the most famous Classical Musicians.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$667.12
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Classical music behind the scenes - 2020 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven

Classical music behind the scenes - 2020 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven

Vienna is the capital of classical music. At the same time, the city is also telling the history of the European continent. It was once a splendid capital of the empire. The monarchs of the former imperial powers decided to admire the subjects of Adria to the Erzgebirge Mountains and Galicia to the vast areas of Lake Constance. Discover and explore the city of Vienna through its stories of the most famous classical musicians, its history, architecture and religion.
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  • 4 hours
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$425.68
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Private 3 hour Vienna Music Tour

Private 3 hour Vienna Music Tour

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More composers have lived in Vienna than in any other city in the world-find out why on our private Vienna music tour! From the Vienna Boys Choir to the famous State Opera to the "Waltz King" Johann Strauss to the Austropop legend Falco, Vienna has it all! Our 3h musical odyssey will begin with a tour at the State Opera house (entrance fee included) where you will get behind-the-scenes access to the most famous opera house in the world. Afterwards, we'll embark on a leisurely musical stroll through the inner city of Vienna. Stops will include (but are not limited to): - Palais Lobkowitz (where Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” and the home of his main patron) - Hofburg Imperial Chapel (where the Vienna Boys Choir perform every Sunday) - The Mozart Memorial - Former dance salon where the Waltz King Johann Strauss made the ladies swoon - Pasqualati House (former residence of Ludwig van Beethoven) - St. Stephen's Cathedral - Mozart's home and many more!
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  • 3 hours
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$457.46
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