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Rathaus Film Festival

One of the highlights of our past two summers in Vienna has been the music film festival. A large screen is placed in front of the Rathaus, and hundreds of chairs and bleachers are put out so people can enjoy the music films that are projected onto the screen. The music films are shown nightly at sundown, and range from classic operas and ballet performances to modern jazz and rock & roll.

Get your free musical performances here!

Get your free musical performances here!

About 20 food stands are set up along the path leading from the ring road to the front of the Rathaus, representing culinary delights from both Austria and as far afield as Australia. Each booth also offers a couple signature cocktails, and the Ottakringer Brewery has a stand offering an amazing variety of brews. There are also a couple ice cream and coffee trucks interspersed with the food stands. The “culinary strasse” is open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.

Food stands and seating

Food stands and seating


  • Visit the event’s website (German)
  • Visit the Vienna tourism board’s website (English)



Opera House Tour

The English website (and German for that matter!) of the State Opera can be a bit overwhelming so here’s a link for guided tours that are offered of the beautiful building.

Tours last 40 minutes and are not offered every day so check the schedule! Reservations for small groups of people (up to 4) are not necessary, simply show up at the Opera Box office 20 minutes before the tour begins. Prices are reasonable (5.00 Euros per adult) and you can buy packages if you are planning on visiting the (tiny) Opera House Museum as well.

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How to find theater, opera, and show tickets…

So you’re in Vienna, or as some call it, the cultural capital of Europe. The home of many great composers, a beautiful Opera house, and countless outlets for the arts.  Of course you’re going to want to see something … a play, the ballet, the opera, a concert – you name it. Chances are high that you will find exactly what you’re looking for.

The only tiny little problem is how to obtain those pesty little tickets. You see, it’s not necessarily a simple process. Sure, there are search engines that allow you to search the whole of Vienna by what you’re looking for (some even in English!) but we all know that booking charges can be outrageously high! So, I usually just search to see what’s out there with the handy search engines and then book directly from the venue (e.g., Spanish Riding School, Museum Quartier, Opera etc) to save Euros on booking fees. Sounds so simple, right?!

For most venues, it’s as simple as showing up at the box office with information in hand (what you want to see and when) and most staff will happily help you find the best tickets for your price range (the majority of staff speak near-to perfect English too!).

Note – that is definitely NOT the case for Opera tickets (State Opera and Volksoper). Nope, to secure those desired tickets you need to log on to their respective websites (State Opera; Volksoper), select the “buy tickets” option under your selected performance and then log on to yet another booking service called “Culturall.” Once on that site, you can choose tickets in your price range and the system will email you a confirmation of your request (which is not a confirmation but simply a copy of what you requested and it does not contain seat assignments); a few days might go by before you receive another email from them with your assigned seats and ticketing information (some shows only release their tickets a month or two before the actual performance so you might wait a while). You then have the option of picking up the tickets at the appropriate box office with your email confirmation or having it mailed for you (extra fee, you choose this option as you are filling out the initial request). Yes, not the easiest system to navigate and no, you simply cannot show up at the Opera House with tons of Euros on you and an idea of what you would like to see and when (trust me, I tried) – you will need to do everything online if you are booking in advance.

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