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

5. Vienna: Panoramic Night Tour

Enjoy a 1-hour Panoramic Tour of Vienna lit up in the evening. Along the way, listen to fascinating commentary from live, English-speaking guides. Begin at the beautiful Vienna State Opera and travel along the Danube River and Canal with plenty of photo opportunities to capture the picturesque city by night. The tour is brought to life with expert commentary from our entertaining English-speaking guides, who share the sights and stories of Vienna's remarkable history, distinct architecture, and culture. Don't miss this unique look at one of Europe's most storied cities: •Vienna State Opera •Prater Amusement Park •Danube River and Canal •City Park •Farmers Market •And more! Tour departs nightly at 18:30 from Big Bus Stop #1 (Opera - Walfischgasse 2, 1010, Vienna)

Tickets to Mozart & Strauss at the Vienna State Opera

6. 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.

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: Spy Mission City Exploration Game

8. Vienna: Spy Mission City Exploration 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.

Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

9. 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: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

10. Vienna: Guided Walking Tour with St. Stephen's Cathedral

Walk around the finest areas in Vienna on this walking tour with your art historian guide. Visit the Ringstrasse, explore the Hofburg and hear about classical dressage outside the infamous Spanish Riding School. Visit the most famous attractions of the city, including the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School, the famous Graben shopping street, Hero's Square and the Austrian National Library. Meet your guide at the geographical center of Vienna, the splendid 13th-century St Stephen's Cathedral, at Stephansplatz. Walk through Vienna's historical downtown and learn about the stories hidden behind its monuments, magnificent boulevards, and epic architecture. Hear stories of imperial rulers, grand architecture, and epoch-changing historical events. Learn insider tips from your guide like where the best bars and restaurants in the city are and how to make the most of the famous coffee house culture.

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

Lisa was incredibly knowledgeable about Vienna’s history, was an captivating story teller, and introduced us to parts of Vienna we hadn’t known! We go on ghost tours every where we go and between New Orleans, Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, and Dublin this was the best! Thank you Lisa and we’ll recommend you to all of our friends!

We arrived at 1.30pm only had to wait a few minutes for guide.Excellent guide. value for money. Well worth a visit. Easy to Book online.

A very exciting and interesting kind of city tour. Especially motivating for children, but also an experience for adults! Any time!

Mesmerizing. The guide was very knowledgeable and the place is amazing. This is a must in Vienna

it was one of the best city tours i have ever had.