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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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Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
$65.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Nice half day outing!
Our guide Guillermo was great, and the bus ride was easy, learned a good deal about Zurich and Switzerland in general. Cable car ride to the top was lovely, stunning views of Zurich, and ferry boat ride was nice. Worth the half day trip!
Ally_F, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Zurich

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Great Zurich Overview and Sites
Lisa_S, Jun 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Fernando helped give us an excellent overview of Zurich history. We hit some of the top sites and the beautiful WX made it a relaxing day
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Zürich sightseeing
ChristineHelle_V, Jun 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
This tour really gives you value for money! By bus, up in the air by cable car and a boatride :) The sights, the view, the guide etc. was perfect!!
star-5
Great tour.
Kuldip_K, Jun 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Exploring Zurich City with guide. It's lot of fun. Going with groups is another experience. We appreciate coach driver and guide. Specially
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Zürich before heading home
EuropeTravel_T, Apr 2022
Zürich City Center Private Tour
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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Zurich city
Marc_B, Apr 2022
Zürich City Center Private Tour
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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Great trip to see highlights of Zurich
Denise_V, Jun 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
We were not in Zurich long so the bus ride around town gave us the opportunity to see various buildings and neighborhoods that we would not have had time to see. We knew going in that we were not stopping at all these locations, so it met our needs completely. The ferry ride to the other side of the lake was uneventful, but the drive to the cable cars was up the side of the mountain and we saw lovely homes and scenery. The cable car ride was beautiful and the vistas we saw were amazing.
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Zurich highlights
James_J, Jun 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Elizabeth was a great tour guide! Tour was well planned and executed. Saw a lot of Zurich. Would highly recommend
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Magnificent View of a Magnificent City
GustavoAlberto_C, May 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Trudy was a lovely guide, so informative and entertaining. Dispite the problem with the air conditioned of the bus, the tour was perfect.
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Good to shop
Suresh_J, May 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
You're tour guide was very nice, eleborat everything very good. We will recommend other people in our country
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Fantastic experience, exceeded our expectations
Nader_V, May 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
The tour guide was very patient, courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. We highly recommend choosing him as your guide.
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Great tour - well...
Mark_G, May 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Great tour - well organised, informative commentary. Would recommend to anyone wanting to see the key sites of Zurich and the surrounding area.
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Fun easy informative
EricH_S, May 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Guide Daniel was cheerful, clear and smart. Easy and fun outing, good for introduction to Zurich. Great view from lookout.
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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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