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Vienna State Opera

One of the world’s leading opera houses and one of Vienna’s most celebrated landmarks.

Vienna State Opera: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers 3 different bus routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/CityHall - University - Sigmund Freud Museum - Votiv Church - Vienna Airport Lines - DDSG City Cruises - MAK - City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Main Station - Belvedere Palace - Lower Belvedere - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - National Theatre/City Hall - Schwedenplatz - Hundertwasser - Prater/Giant Ferris Wheel - Danube Tower - Old Danube - Uno City - Train Station - Museum of Crime - DDSG City Cruises - - Museum of Applied Arts – City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour with an app to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour with Cruise Option

2. Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour with Cruise Option

See Vienna's historic and modern highlights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with audio commentary. Choose between a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour pass to suit your schedule. All tickets include a self-guided walking tour with an optional guided walking tour or Danube River Cruise available. See some of "Old Vienna's" landmarks including the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. Proceed outside the city center past Prater Amusement Park to "Modern Vienna", with breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island on the Red Route. Starting in the city center, discover Vienna's famous palaces on the Blue Route. Pass the Hofburg Palace, then out of the city to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace. See the suburban areas of Vienna, the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus, and the “New Modern” Hauptbahnhof. With the Classic Ticket, benefit from 24-hour access to the sightseeing bus tour to see the best of Vienna in one day. Use the self-guided audio walking tour to learn more about the city at your own pace. With the purchase of a 48-Hour Premium Ticket, join an Inner City Vienna Walking Tour with a licensed guide who will lead you through the pedestrian area of Vienna’s Old Town. Learn more about the fascinating imperial history with comprehensive insight into some of its most notable buildings. Select the 72-Hour Deluxe Ticket option to enjoy a scenic Danube River Cruise. In the evening, gain a different perspective on the city with access to a Panoramic Night Bus Tour with a live guide. Admire the shimmering lights of the city to finish off one of your days exploring the Austrian capital.

Vienna: Big Bus City Highlights Night Tour with Live Guide

3. Vienna: Big Bus City Highlights Night Tour with Live Guide

Lose yourself in the bright city lights with a guided night tour on an open-top bus in Vienna. See some of the most iconic attractions from a different perspective, learning about each site from your guide as you pass by the Vienna State Opera, Wurstelprater, and the Stadtpark. Make your way down to the Vienna State Opera and meet your friendly guide at the open-top bus stand just outside. Jump on board and settle down in your seat with a perfect opportunity for photos with the opera house. Start rolling through the city as your host provides commentary about each new location you pass by. Watch the shimmering reflection of lights as you travel alongside the Danube river and canal. Learn about the fascinating history and architecture of Vienna and drive past the Wursteprater amusement park, Stadtpark, the Farmer's Market, and many more city attractions.

Vienna: Mozart Concert at the Vienna State Opera

4. Vienna: Mozart Concert 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.

Vienna: Time Traveller Walking Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

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

Experience highlights of Vienna during a fantastic bike tour. Meet your local guide who will lead you safely around the city to show you the best parts of the city with plenty of chances to stop for fabulous souvenir photos. Explore the historic Old Town of Vienna and discover hidden gems. Forget about tourist crowds, tired feet, and traffic jams. Hop on the bike, follow the guide and explore the city ecologically. Start from the famous Anker Clock and admire historical buildings on the way to the gorgeous St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further see St. Peter's Catholic Church and Column of Trinity. Find the University of Vienna and impressive Rathaus! Marvel at this masterpiece as well as the Austrian Parliament Building. See the fantastic Hofburg Imperial Palace, known also as a Castle. Pass all Imperial complex and look at Albertina! This fantastic building has a recognizable statue with a horse on top of it. Don’t miss the Vienna State Opera and its amazing decorations outside. Enjoy all this route in 2-hours accompanied with a live commentary provided by a local expert guide and drive back. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, there is Karlskirche which for sure delights you in its architecture. Drive through alleys to see the magnificent Belvedere Palace! Besides fantastic buildings, fountains, and statues, it also has a picturesque park with joyful nature. On the way back move along the water canal and see the beautiful statue of legendary musician - Johann Strauss. Prepare yourself for 6-hours of city exploration with Top1 Attraction - Schonbrunn Palace! This magnificent residence with its complex of gardens is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn unique synthesis of Baroque art with joyful nature, so enjoy staying around.

Vienna City Centre Highlight Tour - Small Group Walking Tour

8. 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: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour

9. Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour

Learn all about one of the most beautiful cities in the world on this walking tour in Vienna. The tour starts with Roman Vienna and the question of why a castle was built here. Visit St. Michael's Church, Vienna's third oldest church with a combination of 3 different architectural styles. Learn all about the Hofburg Palace and the significance of the huge grounds covering 555,000 m². You will also discover details about the most important rulers in the city. Be impressed by the size of Heroes' Square and what lies behind the facades. Discover why any trip to Vienna should include a visit to the Imperial Treasury, what there is to see in the city, and things that you probably would have missed without your tour guide. As you walk past the Austrian National Library with its state room, you will find out what the symbol on the roof means and why the square is named after Emperor Joseph II. Visit the church where many Habsburg weddings took place (closed on Sundays and public holidays) and discover why the groom was not even present at some weddings. However, the city's history has also seen some dark times. As you walk past the Albertina and the Monument Against War and Fascism, you will be confronted with the horrors of the Second World War. You will also stop at the State Opera and find out why the Hotel Sacher now stands in place of the Carinthian Gate Theatre. You will be surprised about what anecdotes there are on the Providentia Fountain at Neuer Markt and on the Habsburg burial ritual in the Imperial Crypt. The walking tour ends at St. Stephen's Cathedral, the landmark of Vienna. Hear about its partial destruction during the Second World War and find out why not everything taught in school is correct.

Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

10. Vienna by Bike 3-Hour All-In-One City Bike Tour in English

Enjoy a fun, informative and healthy 3-hour tour of imperial Vienna, riding comfortable city bikes. An expert guide will lead you along safe, well-surfaced routes, making multiple stops to snap pictures of Vienna’s most important sights up close. Pedal along the famed Ringstrasse to get a sense of the glory of the imperial city. Once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire, the impressive architecture of Vienna’s noble boulevards include City Hall, Vienna University, the House of Parliament, Imperial Palace, and the Opera House. Go to Heroes’ Square, where Hitler made his infamous "Anschluss" speech in 1938, before cycling towards the Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna’s funkiest apartment building. Last, but not least, ride to the Prater to marvel at the giant Ferris wheel, before pedaling back along the banks of a sidearm of the River Danube.

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I highly recommend this App, saved us money and had had a great choice of attractions

Great way to see the city and get the history and to then go an explore on your own.

It is always a good way to discover a city for the 1st time (tour and explanations)

It was so lovely to be able to learn about the city at our own pace. GREAT idea!

An easy way to see Vienna if time is limited. Excellent commentary.