on July 20, 2006
The Vienna State Opera House gives guided tours in several languages most days. The tour is 5 euros (or you can combine it with a visit to the Opera Museum for 6.50 euros).We'd never been in an opera house before, so it was quite a treat to see the stage, backstage, and boxes, just like we've seen in various movies. The guides do a nice job of explaining how the opera is run and a little bit of history. We also learned that you can get standing room only tickets for opera performances very cheaply if you really want to see an opera but are on a tight budget.When we visited, we bought our tour ticket, then waited in a hallway with many others. Several tours in different languages start off at the same to visit the different parts of the opera house. Then each tour group rotates around to all the different stations. They are able to put a lot of people through the tours with the way they have it organized. Next time we'll have to actually see a performance.See their website at http://www.staatsoper.at.
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