State Opera House (Staatsoper)
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Since, 1869, this State Opera House has been the city's premier venue for the performing arts and a major focal point of Viennese life. Its directorship is one of the most prestigious positions in Austria. The Staatsoper still hosts performances, but you can also tour this magnificent building on a guided tour. You'll find tours run every day starting around 10 a.m. (times vary depending on the performance schedule), and allow you a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved landmark.
If you're interested in learning more about the Staatsoper, head over to the Staatsopermuseum, which displays photographs and articles spanning the house's history.
The Staatsoper sits just south of Hofburg Palace along the Ringstrasse. Admission is about $7 USD (€5) for adults and $5 USD (€4) for children. For an extra euro or so, you can purchase a combination ticket for both the guided tour and the Staatsopermuseum. Visit the Staatsoper website for more information on tours and performance schedules.