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  • Vienna: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus & Free WiFi

    1. Vienna: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus & Free WiFi

    Red Route

    1. Opera/Oper 

    2. House of Music/Haus der Musik 

    3. Museums Quartier/ Mariahilferstrasse 

    4. Museums / Hofburg

    5. Rathaus / City Hall 

    6. Votivkirche 

    7. Augarten 

    8. Prater 

    9. Pier 3 

    10. Blue Danube/Pier 8- DDSG River Cruise 

    11. Danube Tower/Donauturm 

    12. Old Danube/Alte Donau 

    13. UNO CITY / DC Tower 

    14. Danube Island/Donauinsel 

    15. Schwedenplatz/Danube Canal (River Cruise) 

    16. Stadtpark

    On this route, you will learn more about the history of the famous Ring Street and the Hofburg Palace getting to know the life of the Habsburgs in Vienna. You will also have the possibility to explore the Prater with its Giant Ferris Wheel as well as the Danube Island.

    Schönbrunn Blue Route

    1. Museums/Hofb...

    We enjoyed our Big Bus experience overall, but primarily due to the guided walking tour we added. Our guide Charles was absolutely amazing. His tour was so informative and fun and one of the highlights of our stay. The buses overall were not as helpful, as the routes covered a relatively small space, ran infrequently and at unpredictable times, meaning we missed several scheduled buses and had to walk to our destinations, and because the portion of the day they ran was fairly limited (arrived at the stop near our hotel at 11, stopped running by 17) it wasn’t as useful as we had hoped. Commentary was interesting when we were able to ride.

  • Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

    2. Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

    Begin your tour by meeting your private guide right outside where you're staying. Start exploring Vienna's old town and collect local tips as you go. Dive into Vienna's history and get acquainted with the must-see sights. Stroll down Ringstrasse and admire the opulence of the State Opera and the Hofburg Palace. Gaze up at the impressive spire and dazzling rooftop of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Learn more about the Austrian's capital's culture and its global influence. Pass by its famous coffee houses. See where famous historical figures lived, from the Habsburgs to Mozart.

  • Vienna: Old Town Highlights E-Bus Tour

    3. Vienna: Old Town Highlights E-Bus Tour

    Start the e-bus tour outside the Vienna State Opera and see some of the most famous sights of the Old Town area of Vienna. See notable locations such as the Hofburg, Freyung, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Spanish Riding School. Discover some of the highlights of the capital city of Austria with a convenient 45-minute tour. Hear of the stories behind the sites and landmarks with your expert guide, who will provide onboard commentary throughout the tour.

  • Vienna: Panoramic Night Tour by Bus

    4. Vienna: Panoramic Night Tour by Bus

    Experience the most beautiful sights of Vienna at night on this unique tour. Drive around the magnificent Ringstrasse which has a special flair in the evening. During the bus ride, see all major sights in the city including the Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater, Vienna State Opera, Belvedere Palace, Kunsthistorisches and Natural Museum of History.  Continue the tour to the famous amusement park, where you can see the illuminated Giant Ferris Wheel. Finally, end at the Vienna State Opera where the tour finishes.

    Online guide translation could be a little better But in general enjoyed the tour

  • Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy Game

    5. Vienna: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Tour and Spy 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 ea...

    Great experience quite different from regular sightseeing. This was our second tour of the day so we did it using rental electric scooters, which was a very good idea. Places are fairly close to each other but if you’re doing it during summery hot day, renting scooter is a good idea. I will definitely do similar activity in the future in some other city.

  • Vienna: Bus Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

    6. Vienna: Bus Tour with Virtual Reality Experience

    Explore the best of Vienna in 1 hour while enjoying a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience. Hop on the Future Bus to be driven through the city's main highlights and make 4 stops to dive into another reality with VR glasses. Begin your tour at the welcome stop at Albertinaplatz, right behind the Opera building. Receive a welcome from your driver and take a seat in the comfortable and well-equipped minibus. Get your earphones and be greeted by a professional audio guide. After a quick briefing, begin your exciting tour. Start by seeing Vienna's magnificent buildings including the State Opera, the Neuburg, Heroes Square and Maria Theresia square. Hop off the minibus for the first out of 4 virtual reality stops. Follow the audio guide's instructions to wear your virtual reality glasses. Meet some of Vienna's greatest individuals including Eugene of Savoy, Archduke Charles and Maria T...

  • 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.

    Herbert was a great guide. Loads of valueable and exciting information - even for a historian.

  • Vienna: Christmas Markets 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

    8. Vienna: Christmas Markets 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

    Discover the most beautiful Christmas markets in Vienna with a professional tour guide. Start your tour at Karlsplatz, walking through the festively decorated city at the Art Nouveau pavilion designed by Otto Wagner and take in the famous sights in the city. Passing by the State Opera and the Hotel Sacher, you will head towards the Kärntnerstraße. Here there are still some traditional companies such as the purveyors to the court Lobmeyr and Gerstner as well as Swarovski. You will then continue to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its small architectural secrets, and to the Pestsäule on the Graben. See the Demel pastry shop, which has been located in the center of Vienna’s exquisite shopping street Kohlmarkt for 240 years. Stroll past the Café Central and along the Ferstl Passage to the picturesque Christmas market at the Freyung – an ideal spot for sweets and mulled wine. From here it is o...

  • City Walk: Highlights of The Historic Center of Vienna

    9. City Walk: Highlights of The Historic Center of Vienna

    The walk begins in front of the Vienna State Opera, one of the most important opera houses in the world. Here you are given an overview of the development of the city to the present day. You continue from the Hotel Sacher to the Albertina with a stop at the "Monument to War and Fascism". Your walk then continues to the Hofburg, the former main residence of the Habsburg family. After being given a historical overview, you will go to the Ballhausplatz to see the Presidential Chancellery and the Federal Chancellery. Afterwards you will see the most important shopping streets of the historic center such as Kohlmarkt and Graben where you will hear stories about local coffee houses, pastries and Viennese cuisine. The walk ends in the heart of Vienna where the largest church in the country, the St. Stephen's Cathedral, is located. Here you will learn more about the Cathedral and its destructi...

  • Vienna: Private Music Tour

    10. Vienna: Private Music Tour

    This three-hour musical odyssey will begin with a tour of the State Opera House, where you will get behind-the-scenes access to the most famous opera house in the world. Learn about its most important conductors like Gustav Mahler, and the history of this temple of music. Afterwards, embark on a leisurely musical stroll through the inner city of Vienna. Stops will include, but are not limited to, Palais Lobkowitz, where Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" and the home of his main patron, and Hofburg Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys Choir perform every Sunday. Discover the Mozart Memorial, the former dance salon where the master, Johann Strauss, made the ladies swoon, and the former residence of Ludwig von Beethoven, Pasqualati House. Check out the beautiful St. Stephen's Cathedral, see Mozart's former home, and much more, all with a state-certified guide.

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

4.7 / 5

based on 409 reviews

Great experience quite different from regular sightseeing. This was our second tour of the day so we did it using rental electric scooters, which was a very good idea. Places are fairly close to each other but if you’re doing it during summery hot day, renting scooter is a good idea. I will definitely do similar activity in the future in some other city.

A nice tour of the most famous sights of Vienna. Interesting are the lesser known details that you come across on this tour. Very educational and exciting. The directions were easy to understand and well planned for me.

Magnificent tour where you can stop where you want and stay there one day and take the bus on the 2nd day

It s a good day to visita Wien for the first time for two days

Very easy to find, comfortable ride, clean and safe.