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Top sights in Vienna
Built in 1863, the "Wiener Staatsoper" was considered an architectural disaster in its time, yet it's since become one of Vienna's most celebrated landmarks. Oh, and the concerts aren't bad either! Here are some of the stars who've helped build its name.
Bridging opera and popular music, Pavarotti was perhaps the most wildly successful tenor of all time. On the news of his death, the opera house raised a black flag in mourning.
Stravinsky was a talented conductor as well as one of the most influential composers of his era. The Vienna State Opera saw the first staged performance of his Oedipus Rex in 1928.
The Berlin-born mezzo-soprano was one of the most distinguished singers of the 20th century. In 1994 Vienna hosted her last ever operatic performance when she starred in Elektra.
Domingo's debut here came in 1967 and he's still going strong. He even recorded four Christmas in Vienna albums with pop singers such as Diana Ross and Tony Bennett!
The Liverpudlian is currently the principle conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. He still finds time to lead performances in Vienna, however, so keep an eye on the schedule!
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.
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.
- 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.
What people are saying about Vienna State Opera
Wolfgang was a fabulous guide. He has a vast amount of fascinating stories, a sense of humor and led our group skillfully and safely through the streets of Vienna. I give him more than five stars and recommend him to anyone who is looking for an exceptional and seasoned guide. I lead walking tours in San Francisco for San Francisco City Guides and it was a pleasure to be with a real professional like Wolfgang.
This 2 hour tour is perfect. No better way to get fast acquainted with Vienna. If you plan it on your first day, you will benefit from it the rest of your visit. If you pass by the places Herbert told about in the days afterwards for the second time, what he told you comes to mind easily. In perfect English and with so much enthusiasm and knowledge: this is not a regular guide.
Our guide was excellent. He showed he was truly passionate about his beautiful home town of Vienna, and we loved his knowledge and experience. He was so kind to accommodate us after we were unable to locate the meeting point ( this was 100% our fault) and gave us a tour of Vienna to remember!
Recommended for a 2-hour intro. But do it in good weather. It was around 5C and v windy and overcast on our tour. Much standing and listening left us all chilled. Not the guide's fault of course! We used it for orientation and returned to some of the places for a closer look.
Herbert made the Hapsburgs come alive, as he walked us through their generations of rulers and sprinkled the political history with anecdotal stories . A perfect pace of walking, sitting, stopping and talking. Like the most interesting history of Europe of those 700 years.