The Venues

Learn more about the Burgtheater and its three affiliated venus Akademietheater, Kasino and Vestibül

Burgtheater

The stage of the Burgtheater is one of the biggest theatre stages in the world. The stage portal is 12m wide, the main stage is 28.5m wide, 23m deep and 28m high. At the opening in 1888 the stage technology was already innovatory and has been modernized on many occasions. During the reconstruction after World War II, which was accomplished in 1955, a stage equipment was installed that is still revolutionary today. The revolving stage consists of a rotating cylinder (15m high, 21m diameter) and four hydraulic lifts (12 x 4 m each). With the help of these technical features the scenery can be changed within 40 seconds. It is the biggest automatic and computer controlled stagesystem in Europe.
The Burgtheater auditorium holds 1111 seats, it has standing room for 85 visitors and 12 places for disabled visitors.


Apart from the stage-art the Burgtheater plays an important part in architecture and interior design of the 19th century in Vienna. The magnificent decoration, especially the two grand staircases painted by Gustav Klimt, his brother Ernst Klimt and their companion Franz Matsch as well as the main foyer and the many statues, busts and paintings of famous writers and actors can be visited during our daily guided tour.

The Burgtheater was founded in 1776 as a classical repertory theatre. The rich diversity of the programme requires an enormous logistical effort. In the morning, the stage workers dismantle the set of the previous night’s performance and prepare the stage for the rehearsals for the next premiere. In the afternoon, the stage is set for the evening’s performance. Not all the sets can be kept in the limited storage space of the theatre itself, which is why many sets are delivered by truck and picked up again daily.

Visitor information: Burgtheater

    • Address: Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna
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    • Burgtheater Ticket Office: Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm | Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 9am – noon

    • The Evening Box Office opens one hour before the start of the performance

    • Visitor Information at the Main Foyer:
      Tel: 43 +(0)1 51444 4140

      Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm

    • Daily Guided Tours at 3pm

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    Akademietheater

    Designed by the architects Fellner & Hellmer and Ludwig Baumann and built between 1911 and 1913, the Akademietheater has been the Burgtheater’s second venue since 1922. After many years of requests from ensemble members of the Burgtheater who wanted a second stage of more intimate dimensions, Max Paulsen succeeded in affiliating the “Theatre of the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts”, for brevity 's sake called Akademietheater, to the Burgtheater as a smaller, second venue, with approx. 500 seats. It was inaugurated on September 8, 1922, with a performance of Goethe’s Iphigenia in Tauris. After the Second World War, which the building survived intact, the theatre was re-opened on May 19, 1945, under the direction of Raoul Aslan with Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. The Akademietheater was refurbished and technically upgraded in 1974 and in 1999.

    Visitor information: Akademietheater

    • Address: Lisztstraße 3, 1010 Vienna
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    • The Evening Box Office opens one hour before the start of the performance

    • Getting there by public transport:
      Tram Lines: 2, 71, D - Schwarzenbergplatz
      Underground Line: U4 - Stadtpark station
      Bus Line: 4A - Akademietheater

    Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz

    The Kasino at Schwarzenbergplatz became affiliated as a venue to the Burgtheater in the early 1980s. It was built in 1869 to serve as a residence for the Archduke Ludwig Viktor, youngest brother of the Emperor Franz Joseph. In 1910, Ludwig Viktor offered the building to the “Military Studies and Casino Association”. Today, the Burgtheater makes use of the Kasino’s unorthodox stage layout for special productions and projects, it holds about 250 spectators.

    Visitor information: Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz

    • Adresse: Am Schwarzenbergplatz 1, 1010 Wien
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    • The Evening Box Office opens one hour before the start of the performance

    • Getting there by public transport:
      Tram Lines: 2, 71, D - Schwarzenbergplatz
      Underground Line: U4 - Stadtpark station
      Bus Line: 4A - Lothringerstraße

    Vestibül

    The Burgtheater’s smallest venue, the Vestibül, originally designed as an access point for the carriages of the nobility, is situated under the left-hand grand staircase of the Burgtheater. Considered as the Burgtheater’s studio stage, the Vestibül holds 60 seats and offers a unique and compact setting for unusual theatrical projects.

    Visitor information: Vestibül

    • Adresse: Im Burgtheater, Universitätsring 2, 1010 Wien
      Entrance at the Ringstraße Landtmannseite
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    • The Evening Box Office can be found in the lobby of the Burgtheater; it opens half an hour before the start of the performance.


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    Contact

    • Telefonnummer +43 (0)1 51444-4140
    • E-Mail info@burgtheater.at
    • Öffnungszeiten Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
    • Adresse Universitätsring 2, 1010 Wien