Backstage in Vienna

Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 06:49 am

All year round the Vienna State Opera and the Burgtheater invite groups of visitors to explore what goes on behind the scenes.

The Ringstrasse in Vienna took on its current appearance from the middle of the 19th century, when the boulevard lined with trees and magnificent buildings, as we know it today, was created where city walls once stood.

The Vienna State Opera building on the Ringstrasse.
The Vienna State Opera building
© Wien Tourismus | Christian Stemper

One of the first buildings on the Ring was the Vienna State Opera, which is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The 40-minute guided tours, which take place several times a week, tell visitors all about what takes place behind the scenes of this great opera house. All tours are offered in German, English and Spanish and cost 9 Euros for adults.
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Another important theatre is located on the Ring: the Burgtheater, which opened in 1888. Fifty-minute guided tours with a look behind the scenes take place daily at 15.00 from 01 September to 30 June. From Monday to Thursday in German with English summary, Fridays, Sundays and public holidays in German and English. Participation costs 7 Euros for adults.

Guided tour in Vienna's Burgtheater
A guided tour in the Burgtheater
© Burgtheater Wien | Reinhard Werner

“Vorhangverbot!” is the title of a special guided tour in German that takes place several times a month. Burgtheater actor Robert Reinagl accompanies the journey through 240 years of theatre history. During the 75-minute tour, he tells whimsical and serious stories about the stars and scandals and about the Burgtheater and its significance for Austria. The guided tour fee for adults is 12 Euros.
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