Enjoy one or more of the optional tours offered during the festival.
Friday, August 11 - Evening of Operetta on Lake Neusiedl
Experience a memorable evening of operetta (Countess Maritza), in the picturesque venue of Mörbisch am Neusiedler See, just 60 km south east of Vienna. Classical operetta masterpieces are performed in front of a unique natural setting, on one of Europe’s biggest and loveliest open-air stages, covering 3,600 m². Bus departs hotels at 6:15 pm for the 8:00 pm performance. You should be back in Eisenstadt by 11:30 pm. Cost: $95 (includes transportation and ticket). In the unlikely event of adverse weather, the Seefestspiele management reserves the right to shift the start of a performance, or to interrupt a performance and then continue it. If a performance is cancelled or interrupted before 60 minutes have elapsed, the ticket price will be refunded.
Tuesday, August 14
Three optional tour destinations are offered on this day, so choose the one that appeals to you.
Trip #1: Daytrip to Hungary -- Palace Esterhazá, Liszt's birthplace, boat ride across Lake Neusiedl, Rust
Enjoy the day with visits to historical landmarks in Hungary and Austria. On your way to the Hungarian border, you will travel south to Raiding, to visit the birthplace of composer Franz Liszt before heading to the Esterházy’s palace in Fertöd, Hungary, for a guided tour. You will then head to Fertörakos, Hungary on the Neusiedler Lake to board a boat for your 2-1/2 hour trip across the lake to Mörbisch am See while you enjoy a typical Hungarian “Mulatság” grilled lunch on board. You will then travel a short distance by bus to the charming town of Rust, city of the storks, with some time to explore this quaint town before returning to Eisenstadt. Buses depart Eisenstadt hotels at 8:00 am and you are back in Eisenstadt by 5:30 pm. Cost: $125
Trip #2: Heiligenkreuze Monastery in the Vienna Woods and Baden
Spend the day in Lower Austria to visit Heiligenkreuz in the picturesque Vienna Woods and tour the beautiful medieval monastery. You will arrive in time to hear the famous monks sing their Chorgebet, mid-day chant. We will then head to Baden for lunch followed by a city walking tour of beautiful Baden. You will then have some free time to explore Baden on your own or spend time in the City Park, Spa Park or Casino! Buses depart Eisenstadt hotels at 10:00 am and return to Eisenstadt by 6:15 pm. Cost: $108
Trip #3: Tour of Melk Abbey with a river cruise on the Danube and stop in Dürnstein
Enjoy a wonderful day exploring the Wachau Valley with a boat ride on the Danube River and stops in Melk to tour Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) and the medieval town of Dürnstein.
Melk is best known for its staggeringly massive Benedictine monastery, which was founded in 1089 in a medieval fortress belonging to the House of Babenberg. After 1,000 years it’s still functioning as an abbey and school today.
This picture-perfect medieval town of Dürnstein is fairly small, but delightful, with a charming walking lane through the old town, linked to the water front through a few old-style stairways. Up in the hills are the remains of a former fortification where King Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned in 1192. Tour bus will depart from Eisenstadt hotels at 7:00 am and return by 8:00 pm. Cost: $155