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Day 2 : Hofburg area

This imposing building was built between 1861 and 1869 by August von Siccardsburg and Edward von der Null. The interior was reconstructed by Moritz von Schwind.

At the opening (Mai 25th 1868) they performed don Giovanni from Mozart.

And this Opera House is still the heart of the cultural life in Vienna.

The front is decorated with five bronze statues made by Ernst Julius Hahnel, and they symbolise Heroism, Drama, Humour, Fantasy and Love.

On both sides of this big building, there are two elegant fountains (not working when I passed there). These fountains, made by Hans Gasse, show the legendary Siren Lorelei, the statues around it symbolise Sadness, Love and Revenge.

One of the highlights at the inside is surely, the marble staircase at the entry hall; this staircase is decorated with statues which represent the seven free arts, like dance and music.

Address: Opernring 2
Directions: U-Bahn : Karlsplatz
Phone: +43 1 514442250
Website: http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at

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  • Updated Jan 24, 2006
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