Vienna – Rathaus and Staatsoper

Vienna is magical, it has the best of Paris and Brussels and the only wee smell is the one of horses, not humans. Its architecture, streets, food, everything is great. We went for a long weekend and had a fantastic time. Below are some pics from my ig feed and a bit of wiki.

Rathaus was built between 1872 and 1883. On the top of the tower is the Rathausmann, one of the symbols of Vienna. 

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In front of the Rathaus is a fair with music, beer and food stalls. We went for a 7.90EUR mix box :p

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The Rathaus also accommodates the historic ‘Wiener Rathauskeller’ restaurant. The traditional restaurant consists of several baroque halls, offering small traditional Viennese delicacies to grand gala buffets.


Vienna State Opera. Work commenced on the building in 1861 and was completed in 1869. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style. The building was, however, not very popular with the public. On the one hand, it did not seem as grand as the Heinrichshof, a private residence which was destroyed in World War II (and replaced in 1955 by the Opernringhof). 


The auditorium and stage were, however, destroyed by flames as well as almost the entire décor and props for more than 120 operas with around 150,000 costumes. The State Opera was temporarily housed at the Theater an der Wien and at theVienna Volksoper. Lengthy discussions took place about whether the opera house should be restored to its original state on its original site, or whether it should be completely demolished and rebuilt, either on the same location or on a different site. Eventually the decision was made to rebuild the opera house as it had been.

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The opening premiere was Don Giovanni, by Mozart, on May 25, 1869. Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) were present. (quite a few people make an effort for opera today).


In 1955 The television station ORF used the occasion to make its first live broadcast, at a time when there were only c. 800 televiewers in the whole of Austria. 2009 marked the 140th anniversary of the Vienna Opera House. To celebrate this milestone a revolutionary idea designed to reach out and embrace a new audience was conceived. A giant 50 sqm screen was placed on the side of the opera house facing Kärntnerstraße. In four months live broadcasts of over 60 of the most famous operas were transmitted in this way, including stellar performances of Madama ButterflyThe Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. This hugely successful venture brought a new wave of operatic excitement and fervor to the many tourists and locals who experienced this cultural first. During daytime the screen displays a replica of the Opera House’s facade, as it obstructs a considerable part of the building, along with information about upcoming performances.

For many decades, the opera house has been the venue of theVienna Opera Ball. It is an internationally renowned event, which takes place annually on the last Thursday in Fasching. Those in attendance often include visitors from around the world, especially prominent names in business and politics. The opera ball receives media coverage from a range of outlets.

More to follow.