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Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)
Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)

Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)

Most Opera events are held in the evening
Falkenstrasse 1, Zurich, 8008

The basics

The Zurich Opera House is home to the Zurich Opera, the Bernhard-Theater Zurich, and the Zurich Ballet. It was designed by Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer and was built on the site of a theater that burned down in 1890. The auditorium seats up to 1,100 people, and the detailed paintings on the ceiling keep visitors entertained before the shows even start. Hundreds of operas, ballets, recitals, and other concerts are held here annually, and it’s one of the most internationally acclaimed venues of its kind. Whether or not you see a performance here, the Zurich Opera House is worth visiting. Visitors can get inside with a ticket to a show, or as part of a guided tour.

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Zürich City Center Private Walking Tour
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Zürich City Center Private Walking Tour
$153.30 per adult
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finalized our trip to Switzerland with the tour in Zurich. Was happy to be a little apart from the city-hassle and our tourguide did a great job. He understood what we wanted and didn't bore us with numbers. To get a overview of Zurich it's the perfect tour.
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Recent reviews from experiences in Zurich

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Gary_M, Aug 2022
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Seeing the different areas of Zurich was great. The ferry ride was fair and the cable car was a waste.
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Best chance to see Zurich in a half day!
Molly_F, Aug 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
I loved the whole trip! The bus tour is nonstop, quality commentary, the stops are great for photos, the ferry ride is gorgeous, and the cable car view is so nice! I love that they take you back to the bus station afterwards! Definitely get there early to get a seat with your travel companions, we were the last ones on and my random seat partner was a jerk that ruined the last hour of the tour.
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Shafak_A, Jul 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
went well and nice the guide was capable of his duty with rich information sharing with us .. i highly recommend the tour and the guide
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Liked it better than when I booked the tour
Georgia_D, Jul 2022
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I liked this tour more than when i booked it. The tour guide Rolf was very knowledgeable and you see how much he enjoys it. He had a good sense of humor and mentioned some very interesting local topics and points. He went around and talked to everyone as we walked towards an area and waited in line. He was very good.
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JuanJose_V, Jul 2022
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Good Tour to drive around City, cross lake in a Ferry, and climb a mountain in gondola to take scenic photos.
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Marc_B, Apr 2022
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Had a tourguide just for me. Louis adapted the plan to my wishes. Very flexible - many thanks. Have seen what I wanted to see.
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A memorable experience
Vladimir_K, Jul 2022
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Our guide, Antje, was simply excellent. She enjoys doing her work and it shows. Thank you once again for this memorable experience!
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Jigneshkumar_P, Jul 2022
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Excellent views. Enjoyed my time with family and friends. It was our first time in Switzerland…………..
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Aditya_A, Jul 2022
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Everything was perfect. Rudolf (our guide) was very nice, polite and knowledgeable Driver of the bus was also very polite and coordinating with each and everyone. Only the Air conditioning in bus could have been better.
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Faisal_M, Jul 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Fantastic day your of old part if the city of Zurich and then a lake cruise , cable car ride, all great coupled with a great guide.
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Sanjay_M, Jul 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Amazing tour. It came on time, and was a great way to explore the city. It was a nice trip especially for its length.
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Awesome.. Must do it..
Imran_N, Jul 2022
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SUPER AMAZING.. really enjoy a lot .. reasonable Price and you can enjoy almost all the highlights of the City..Tour Guide was Gentlemen.. he provide a lot of information ..
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Things to know before you go

  • Four wheelchair spaces are reserved for each performance, and adults accompanying wheelchair-users receive discounted tickets.
  • The Bernhard Bar Café serves refreshments.
  • The dress code is formal, even for matinee performances.
  • If buying tickets for a performance, check your allocated seats carefully before committing as it’s very difficult to see the stage from some seats.
  • Subtitles are usually provided to help non-German-speakers understand the performances.
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How to get there

The Zurich Opera House is located on Falkenstrasse, on the northeast shore of Lake Zurich. It’s within walking distance of the Old Town area as well the large Zurich Stadelhofen railway station, which connects to many other parts of the city.

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When to get there

Most performances are held in the evenings, with some matinee timings too. If you come in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you should try to arrive early to browse the Christmas Market that’s set up just outside the Opera House. Guided tours in German are held on Saturday afternoons and last 1.5 hours.

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Visit the Lausanne Opera

Classical music lovers should also check out the Lausanne Opera in the city of Lausanne, near Geneva. This well-reputed opera was opened in 1871 and produces and co-produces its own performances, which are held every month of the year.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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