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9. The State Opera House, The Hofburg (Imperial Palace), Vienna

The State Opera House (Staatsoper), venue of the annual ball. The Vienna State Opera performs a huge repertoire of operas, operettas and ballets every day from September to June. The opera house was founded in the early 18th century (it was rebuilt in 1955 after being all but destroyed in 1945) and makes for a romantic and regal setting in which to enjoy the performances.

The State Opera collaborates closely with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and their famous New Year concert requires advance bookings of up to one year.




View of the back of the Opera House from Albertinaplatz.


The statue of Goethe just along the ring road west of the State Opera House.


The Imperial Eagle and Crown on the top of the entrance to the Hofburg Palace viewed from in the Burggarten.



All the pigeons in the Burggarten were having an afternoon rest.


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The south-east facade entrance the Hofburg and Heldenplatz.


The Hofburg Palace (Imperial Palace), was home to the Austrian Hapsburgs for 600 years. The first fortifications were erected by King Ottakar Premyst in the 13th century and added to over the centuries to became the monumental complex it is today. As well as housing the president's offices, the palace incorporates 22 separate museums, the National Library, a 14th-century Augustinian church, the famous Spanish Riding School and the Royal Chapel, where every Sunday the Vienna Boy's Choir sing Mass (performed for the Royal Court since 1498!).

Some of the statues in Heroes Square.

Directly opposite the Hofburg are the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum, which houses many paintings by old masters, ancient and classical artefacts.

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