Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera performs a repertoire of nearly one hundred operas, operettas and ballets every day from September to June. The opera house was founded in the early 18th century (it was rebuilt in 1955 after being all but destroyed in 1945) and makes for a romantic and regal setting in which to enjoy the performances. As seating tickets are not easily available, an alternative is to buy standing-room tickets, which are well priced and can be purchased on the same day (but expect long queues). The State Opera collaborates closely with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and their famous New Year concert requires advance bookings of up to one year. The building is beautiful and of interest in itself, even if visitors are unable to catch a show.

Address: Opernring 2

Website: www.wiener-staatsoper.at

Telephone: (0)1 51444 2250

Transport: Take the U-Bahn lines U1, U2, U4 or the 59A bus to Karlsplatz or Oper stations

Opening times: Guided tours are offered Tuesday to Sunday; check dates and times online or via telephone

Admission: Guided tour: €6.50 (adults), €3.50 (children). Combination tickets for tour and museum available. Concessions available.