In times of coronavirus, 280,000 people per year with an interest in art have already visited the Vienna State Opera to look at architecture and art. The building and its halls are an important monument to almost a century of Austrian architecture history, with numerous art treasures waiting to be admired.
Historicism and the 1950s
Two epochs are immortalized here – on the one hand, Ringstrasse Historicism and on the other, in large parts of the building's interior, the architecture of the 1950s created during the reconstruction of the opera house. A lavish restoration was recently completed in 2019, to mark the 150th anniversary. The restorer Manuela Fritz spoke in an interview about the rather uncomfortable working positions that she and her team had to assume, like when working in the vestibule: "Only Michelangelo lay down when painting. We stand."
The art and architecture exhibition through the Haus am Ring is laid out in the form of a tour with 17 stations, with information panels including a QR code for even more information and multimedia content on the Vienna State Opera website.
You can visit the Vestibule, the ceremonial staircase, the State Rooms, the Tea Salon, the Gustav Mahler Hall, the Marble Hall, the Schwindfoyer and the loggia, as well as the imperial central loge with a view into the auditorium and onto the stage. The tour ends in the newly opened opera foyer, where a store and the ticket counters are located.
Fri-Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please note the FFP2 mask requirement.
Opera tip: during the performance break due to coronavirus, the Vienna State Opera is offering free performances for television viewers in Austria and the worldwide streaming audience.