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Burgtheater

Admire the ornate Renaissance facade, marvel at frescoes by the two Klimts or catch an actual performance at Vienna’s premier theater.

Take a seat in the grand auditorium of the Burgtheater to see a show in the most important theater in the German-speaking world. Many of the best theater companies in the business have performed here, so you are in for a treat. The ornate staircase, the large ceiling paintings and the intricate plasterwork throughout the building all add to the beauty of the occasion.

The Burgtheater started in 1741 at the request of Empress Maria Theresa. It was originally in one of the Queen's banquet halls. The current theater was built in 1888. It was damaged in World War II, but has been restored and is widely regarded as one of the most important theaters in Europe.

Burgtheater hosts numerous performances throughout the year. Be sure to get there early to spend a bit of time admiring the architecture and design of the building. Its facade is an impressive sight along Vienna’s famous Ringstraße. Admire its many statues and delicate plasterwork typical of the Italian Renaissance style. Look for the central statue of Apollo, flanked by the two muses of comedy and tragedy. See if you can identify the busts of great writers such as Shakespeare and Goethe. 

You’ll find more of these statues of famous playwrights lining the magnificent staircase inside. Be sure to look up in the foyer because the ceiling frescoes by the world-famous Viennese artist Gustav Klimt and his brother Ernst are a sight to behold.

Tours are available daily if you don’t have theater tickets but still want to explore the history and architecture of the building. Note that from September to June there are limited English-speaking tours each week, held Friday to Sunday. 

The Burgtheater is located near the Ringstraße in central Vienna, directly opposite Rathauspark and the City Hall. There is a small charge for the daily tours. Ticket prices for shows vary. Note that there is generally some standing room, which is much cheaper. Unsold tickets for seats often go on sale at a discount price an hour before a performance.


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