Tuesday, March 25, 2008

How to order cheap ticekts for the Vienna Opera

The Vienna State Opera is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. To make sure that everyone has a fair chance to get a ticket, tickets are offered for sale only one month before the performance. A limited number of tickets are sold for €10-€30. These are tickets in the upper galleries, the cheapest have also restricted view. But for someone who is going for the first time to the opera or does not want to invest so much, they are really a good bargain.
There is also an option to buy standing tickets but they are sold only one hour before the show. If you feel you can stand for a few hours (with breaks :-) ), then this a great option too. They cost only €2(!) and offer great viewing position - specially the ones on the ground floor which are located ideally for great acoustics.

To get the tickets go to culturall.com. It is basically, in German, but you should
  1. click on "Tickets jetzt buchen" and
  2. choose "staats oper" or any other opera.
  3. You will then see a list of all the performances for the upcoming month with the number of tickets still available for each price category.
  4. Once you know what you want. click on "Karten" in the specific performance area and
  5. choose "jetzt kaufen" (on the right, pink background) on the next screen.
  6. You will get a map of the auditorium.
  7. You can choose to see available tickets either by area of the opera (left) or by price category (right).
  8. Free places are marked with their seat numbers and colored according to their price category.
  9. Choose the seats you want and go all the way down and look for "Weiter zur Bezahlung" ("next to payment"). This will lead you to the payment process.
  10. You will then see the tickets you selected and their prices ("warenkorb" = "shopping cart").
  11. Choose "weiter zur bezahlung".
  12. You then have to create a user name in the site to be able to order the tickets.
This is a little complex, and in German, but certainly worth it.

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