The Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theatre) opened on 14 March 1741, the creation of the Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa of Austria who wanted a theatre next to her palace. Three Mozart operas premiered there. The theatre's first building adjoined the Hofburg at Michaelerplatz, opposite St. Michael's Church. The theatre was moved to a new building at the Ringstraße in 1888 designed by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.

On March 12, 1945 the Burgtheater was largely destroyed in a bombing raid, and, one month later, on April 12, 1945, it was further damaged by a fire of unknown origin. After the war, the theatre was restored between 1953 and 1955. The classic Burgtheater style and the Burgtheater-German language were trend-setting for German language theatres.

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Isabella Musil (2 years ago)
Because I work there come watch macbeth with kids choir! It was amazing!
Lucrezia Di Gregorio (3 years ago)
WAY BETTER THAN THE OPERA! Plus, you can admire some Klimt's frescos. The theatre is richer than the more famous Opera Theatre, with majestic marble stairs and painted roofs. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
Hanie Nayeb (3 years ago)
It depends on you to how much enjoy the traditional places mostly art traditional. Actually i love it. So here was amazing for me. From entrance it was eye catching till exit. I recommend you to visit here. There are some places near here which must see them. They are attractive too. Have nice day
D Nguyễn (3 years ago)
Architecturally interesting. Go for that. Guided tour pretty much unless if you don't speak German. You get a paper handout that is 30% of what is said. You think with all the tours each day they could also have an English translated for non Germans.
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