Vienna State Opera in Vienna Tour Guide:
While in Vienna, one of the must-do for any visitor is a trip to the Vienna State Opera, one of the most important and prestigious opera houses in the world. Explore it with a guided tour that takes you behind-the-scenes and allows you to revel in its grandeur; buy a ticket and attend a opera concert to fully appreciate its magnificence – both by appearance and acoustics; or simply enjoy a drive on the Ringstrasse, past the Opera house. Either way, it will leave a lasting impression.
The Opera first opened to an audience of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth with Mozart’s Don Juan. Bombed during World War II, the Vienna Opera House suffered extensive damage and had to be reconstructed; only the main front, lobby, foyer and attached veranda, grand staircase and the tearoom, originally the Emperor’s Salon escaped unscathed and are preserved in their original grandeur to this day.
The 40-minute backstage tour of the Vienna State Opera leads you through the entrance foyer with its impressive marble staircase to the tearoom, which was originally the Emperor’s Salon; stops at the Marble Hall, the Schwind Foyer, the Gustav Mahler Hall before ending at the auditorium for a view of the stage. The guide regales you with fascinating facts about the opera house throughout the tour.