Q: We will be visiting Vienna in August for three days and are wondering if there is a travel or visitors pass for the city. Also, where we can get discount tickets to the Vienna State Opera?
A: The Vienna Card costs approximately $20 and offers unlimited free travel by underground, bus (excluding night buses) and tram for 72 hours, and discounts or special promotions to 150 museums, theaters, concerts, shops, restaurants, cafes and wine taverns. In addition, you can use the card to get a discount on the shuttle bus between the airport and city. Among the attractions listed in the Vienna Card are the Dali-Exhibition, Sigmund Freud Museum, National Theater, Otto Wagner's Court Pavilion, Stadtbahn Pavilion and Residence and more. A 72-page coupon book lists the attractions and benefits. The Vienna Card is available from your hotel, at Tourist Information Offices, at the Vienna Transport sales counters and information offices or visiting europeancitycards.com, where you'll see that dozens of European cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Zurich offer similar cards. If you're hoping to catch an opera, you're out of luck since there are generally no opera performances in July and August. There are, however, concerts featuring the work of Mozart this August. For more information about Vienna, visit www.wien.gv.at/english.