One of the most famous buildings in Vienna is the opera house (Wiener Staatsoper). Located on the Ring Road, it is one of the leading opera houses in the entire world! Tickets for the opera house in Vienna vary significantly in price starting from 13 euros for standing tickets up to 500 euros a seat! The affordable standing tickets are only released the day of, and typically require you to wait in a long line. So if you aren’t lucky enough to score some of the more affordable opera tickets you can still visit the opera house by booking a guided tour.
Throughout the day there are tons of guided tours taking place which are conducted in a variety of languages. The tours are about 40 minutes long and will cover interesting facts about how the opera house runs and architecture. You’ll also get the chance to visit the Tea Salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall, and main auditorium!
I really enjoyed the tour as I learned so much! The opera house has a mindblowing 350 performances, with 60 different operas and ballets! What I found most incredible, is because the opera house doesn’t have enough storage they have to use several large trucks each day to bring all the sets. Each night the opera has a different performance, alternating between several shows to give the opera singers a break between performances. As such, they need to take down and set up a new set daily, which is returned to the off-site storage!
At the end of the tour, you’ll also get the chance to take a seat in Vienna’s opera house and see the beautiful main auditorium. As the tours take place in the afternoon, often you can see the performers rehearsing on stage!
If you want to go on a tour of Vienna’s opera house, it is rather affordable at 9 euros per adult.