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Vienna State Opera
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This “people's opera house” spends 300 nights a year wowing audiences with its world-class opera company.

The Vienna State Opera is a must-see. For the Viennese, opera is in the blood. In the 17th century, the imperial court was one of the most enthusiastic embracers of this new Italian art form. Later, the musical genius of Mozart was played out here in Vienna, breathing new life into German opera. So it's no surprise that the capital city has four major opera houses – foremost among them is the Vienna State Opera.

A grand and impressive Neo-Renaissance building, it was raised up here on the Ringstraße in 1869. While it took a while for the Viennese to fall in love with the building (comparing it to a “sunken treasure chest”), they warmed to the performances straight away. The Second World War bought its long golden age to a shuddering halt, though, with most of the building destroyed in 1945.

But the Vienna State Opera literally rose from the ashes, famously raising restoration funds thanks to public generosity, which makes the people of this city feel that this opera house is truly theirs. The commitment to keeping opera popular is reflected in the standing room only tickets which are sold for a few euros just before each performance.

To explore the history and beauty of this building, join one of the hour-long guided tours that happen every day, giving you access to parts of the building not open during performances. The lobby is famed for its splendid ceilings, with the central staircase sweeping up to the first-floor veranda. From here you can enter the Tea Salon, a room once reserved only for the emperor and his guests. The room literally shines – its walls and ceilings heavy with 22-carat gold-leaf.

And if you want to learn more about Vienna's intimate relationship with the art of opera, it's worth visiting the State Opera Museum. It's just across the road, and delves deep into the world of opera, its history, costumes, music and influence. Though of course the ultimate opera experience has to be sensing the hush, as the lights go down, here in Vienna, the City of Music.

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Hotel Beethoven Wien
Hotel Beethoven Wien
4 out of 5
Papagenogasse 6, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$171 per night from 17 Mar. to 18 Mar.

Located in Innere Stadt, this hotel is steps away from Theater an der Wien and Naschmarkt. Vienna State Opera and Albertina are also within 10 minutes. Resselgasse ...

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"The themed rooms are really interesting and the beautiful lobby with its art books. The staff were really friendly."…"

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Hotel Sacher Wien
Hotel Sacher Wien
5 out of 5
Philharmonikerstrasse 4, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$528 per night from 13 Mar. to 14 Mar.

This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Kaerntner Strasse, Albertina and Vienna State Opera. Spanish Riding ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (675 reviews)

"The Sacher is just a wonderful place, with tradition, style and all the same modern. It geld always like coming home. The stuft is so nice!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2020

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Le Méridien Wien
Le Méridien Wien
5 out of 5
Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$239 per night from 4 Apr. to 5 Apr.

Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is steps away from Vienna State Opera and Albertina. Spanish Riding School and Naschmarkt are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (496 reviews)

"Excellent service and wonderful location. Near the Opera, and museums."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2020

Le Méridien Wien
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Hotel Beethoven Wien
Hotel Beethoven Wien
4 out of 5
Papagenogasse 6, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$171 per night from 17 Mar. to 18 Mar.
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Hotel Sacher Wien
Hotel Sacher Wien
5 out of 5
Philharmonikerstrasse 4, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$528 per night from 13 Mar. to 14 Mar.
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Le Méridien Wien
Le Méridien Wien
5 out of 5
Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$239 per night from 4 Apr. to 5 Apr.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
5 out of 5
Schubertring 5-7, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$456 per night from 18 Mar. to 19 Mar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
The Ring Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel
The Ring Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel
5 out of 5
Kaerntner Ring 8, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$280 per night from 6 Mar. to 7 Mar.
The Ring Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel
Das Opernring Hotel
Das Opernring Hotel
4 out of 5
Opernring 11, Vienna, Vienna
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Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
5 out of 5
Kaerntner Ring 16, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$663 per night from 10 Mar. to 11 Mar.
Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
5 out of 5
Schottenring 24, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$472 per night from 10 Mar. to 11 Mar.
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
5 out of 5
Kaerntner Ring 1, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$373 per night from 12 Mar. to 13 Mar.
Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
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