Vienna State Opera – guided tours
A peek behind the scenes of the Vienna State Opera, the world’s biggest repertory theater, reveals lots of things that are otherwise hidden from evening opera-goers. A tour provides lots of interesting information about the history, architecture and running of the Opera House.
From the foyer, the tour ascends the Grand Staircase and then through the ceremonial rooms (Teesalon, Marmorsaal, Schwindfoyer, Gustav-Mahler-Saal) to the auditorium with a view of the stage. Images that the whole world knows: The stalls transform once a year into a ballroom for the Vienna Opera Ball. Normally, the Viennese audience listens in from the tiers of seating.
Guided tour dates, languages
On the website of the Vienna State Opera, you'll find the times at which the tours are offered (held at least in German and English). For dates of tours in other languages, please inquire directly at the contact details shown.
Tip: Interview with a restorer
Manuela Fritz was there when the Vienna State Opera was renovated for its 150th anniversary. In an interview, the restorer and artist talks about her work backstage, about Viennese gold, and that only Michelangelo lay down while painting.
Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)Opernring 2
- +43 1 514 44 2250 (Information)
- +43 1 513 1 513 (Tickets (credit card))
- 2 Steps (Swinging doors 87 cm wide)
- Door 80 cm wide
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- 22 Wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed)
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Special offers for people with disabilities
Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.
Portable ramps available for steps inside building.
To reserve wheelchair and companion seats for performances, tel. +43 1 514 44-2653 (Mo-Fri, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm)
- Side entrance