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: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

2. 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: Time Traveller Walking Tour

3. 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.

Vienna: Wine Tasting E-Bike Tour

4. 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: Panoramic Night Tour by Bus

5. 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.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

6. 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.

Introducing Vienna Part 1: The Capital of the Habsburgs

7. 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.

Vienna: Private Haunted Walking Tour

8. 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: Imperial History & Architecture Guided Walking Tour

9. Vienna: Imperial History & Architecture Guided Walking Tour

Welcome to your guided walking tour, which allows you to see the Best of Vienna at a glance. Experience imperial façades, horse-drawn carriages, the Hofburg Imperial Palace 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 and get a first impression of Vienna. 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 castle 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. Let`s walk through the Hofburg Palace Garden, formerly known as the Emperor’s Garden. It was constructed on top of the foundations of a former fortified compound, the Augustinerschanze. See one of the most famous and fascinating Opera houses in the world and pass by the Spanisch Riding School and head to the Graben. End of the Tour will be at St. Stephans Cathedral, symbol of Vienna and the country of Austria.

Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Vienna State Opera

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How can I visit Vienna State Opera?

Possible ways to visit the Vienna State Opera:

To enter Vienna State Opera, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

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 1,588 reviews

The tour is highly recommended and was an interesting experience. The leader of the historical tour reported a lot of interesting and amusing things and was very helpful. After a brief introduction to handling the glasses, they were easy to use and the addition of a look back into the past made this city tour a special experience.

Very well, you can see everything there is to see in the city. On the practical side, you can get off wherever you want, take the bus to continue the visit. Comments are great too. We learn a lot of interesting things about the city

Great! Used this bus to see all the best places around Vienna and then used it to get to them! Commentary on board was really interesting too.

Buses ran pretty much to time, commentary was very informative, would certainly use this service again.

Very nice, never waiting for the next bus, top Well protected also on the bus in case of rain!