State Opera House (Staatsoper)

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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 40-minute tours run every day (times vary depending on the performance schedule) and allow you a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved landmark. Tours come highly recommended by previous visitors. 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.

While some visitors say viewing a performance here is worth the pricey admission fee (especially opera lovers who called the experience unforgettable), others note that you can enjoy the performance for free: In April, May, June and September, live opera and ballet performances are screened on the front of the opera building. 

The Staatsoper sits just south of Hofburg Palace along the Ringstrasse. Tours cost 7.50 euros (around $8.50) for adults and 3.50 euros (about $4) for children. For an extra euro or so, you can purchase a combination ticket for both the guided tour and the Staatsopermuseum. Tickets for performances vary in price. Visit the opera house'swebsite for more information on tours and performance schedules.

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