In a city as ripe with tradition as Vienna, it’s hard to find one more significant than opera. The Staatsoper, or Vienna State Opera House, was built in the mid-19th century in neo-Renaissance style, but was often criticized for not being “grand enough” to house such a rich tradition. Fortunately for the naysayers, it was bombed during WWII, allowing for a more beautiful building to be constructed in its place. During the day you can tour the opera house and learn more about the history of Viennese opera as you view the exquisite interior, an activity that for opera lovers is a must-do but for everyone else is also a worthwhile experience. The only opera-related sight that could top this would be to actually attend a show, which thankfully is accessible to even the most budget-conscious travelers.
First opened in 1876, Café Central sits at the heart of Vienna. It has become a center for literary ... Read more