St. Stephen's square on the way to the opera. You can see the restored mosaic on the roof.
Thank you Rick Steves, actually thank you Mama, for recommending cheap ways to see the opera in Vienna! I managed to do it both ways tonight. I sat with other Vienna natives and international tourists to watch live stream of the opera in the open air and then spent the second half of the performance in the standing only nosebleeds in the sumptuous interior. Both versions of culture on the cheap were fantastic!
The Barber of Seville en plein aire
The Vienna State Opera interior
I can imagine what it must have looked like when the emperor and haute ton were in attendance.