The Vienna State Opera is the former Imperial Opera. Performances are very lavish. Swan Lake was fantastic! There were international ballet soloists. The opera orchestra consists of members of the Vienna Philharmonic, which was many times voted the best orchestra in the world. We had good seats and enjoyed a great evening!
Tickets for certain performances are bit of a problem. We found tickets for Swan Lake from www.concertvienna.com
These are two Irish pubs which offer everything expats could possibly want and have an important place in the English-speaking community here in Vienna. Obviously there are plenty of local options available but if you're feeling thirsty for Guinness, want to catch up on some sport other than skiing, or simply spend a few hours in "gemütlich" surroundings, then these pubs are two of the best options.
Flanagans, Schwarzenburgerstr. 1st district;
Charlie P's, Währingerstr. 9th district
The Viennese Opera House is justly world famous, but costs a bomb and you must book some time in advance. Instead, do the student thing and queue for a Stehplatz, but you need good legs. Standing for 3 hours is good fun, but tiring.
In the 1st district, on the Ringstrasse (Ring Road), with a metro station of the same name.
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