Opened in 1818, the Nationaltheater is the main venue of the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Bavarian State Ballet and the Bavarian State Orchestra. The Neoclassicist theatre provides seats for a total of 2,101 visitors. With 2,500 m², the stage rebuilt after the Second World War is one of the world’s biggest opera stages. Works such as Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde or Die Walküre have celebrated their world premiere here.
Visitors have the opportunity to visit the Nationaltheater almost daily on one of our numerous tours. You can also visit us virtually – Google Arts & Culture offers a 3D tour and various online exhibitions of the house.
A Nationaltheater tour is of course also possible in combination with an opera, ballet or concert visit. Please note our programme for this. An hour before the performance begins, the house opens for performance guests and offers the option of strolling through the magnificent halls and rooms or viewing the curated portrait gallery, where important performers and leaders of the institution have been immortalized in paintings and works of art.
You can also find further information on the history of the Bayerische Staatsoper here.
Please note our instructions for your arrival at www.staatsoper.de/besuch.
+++ Unfortunately, tours through the Nationaltheater are not possible at the moment due to the pandemic. Thank you kindly for understanding. We will inform you here as soon as this service is available again. +++
A tour through the Nationaltheater gives you the opportunity to discover opera from a new perspective. It offers interesting information on the various processes in the house and about the work that is need to be done before we can say “curtain up”! You’ll learn wonderful facts about the architecture and the personalities that have shaped the house over its 350-year history. The tour includes a visit to the Königssaal, the Ionic Halls, the auditorium and the stage area where possible (i.e. if it’s not being used).
Please feel free to contact our Visitor Communication office any time you have questions:
+49 89 21 85 10 25
Our availability: Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Unfortunately, tours through the Nationaltheater are not offered at the moment due to the pandemic.
The tours generally take place several times a week at 2 p.m. and last 60 minutes. As soon as we can offer tours again you’ll find the precise times here.
ORGANISATIONAL MATTERS ABOUT OUR TOURS
• Meeting point
Nationaltheater’s Freunde-Foyer (North entrance, Alfons-Goppel-Straße)
at 10 euro (discounted for pupils/students 5 euro) are available at our opera shop in the box office hall at Marstallplatz 5 (hours: Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
• The number of participants for a tour is limited to 25.
Along with our regular guided tours through the Nationaltheater, we also have special programmes on offer.
The number of participants for special tours is currently limited to 14 due to the pandemic. Because of the current limited numbers, the price for an exclusive private tour is 100 euro and 50 euro for pupils/students.
Special tours can be booked individually at :
+49 89 21 85 10 25
• TOURS FOR CHILDREN
Kids can absorb the atmosphere of the opera on special tours through the Nationaltheater and experience their first contact with the world of music and ballet with a look behind the scenes. Along with giving them an opportunity to discover the theatre, we want to inspire a love of opera, dance and music in them.
You’ll find details on our tours for children at www.staatsoper.de/kind-und-co.
• EXCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS
For a family excursion or a company event, we offer exclusive private tours in German, English, Italian, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.
• TOURS THROUGH THE WORKSHOPS IN POING
To provide our visitors a fuller insight into the Bayerische Staatsoper’s work we also offer tours in our workshops in Poing, which include, for example, the paint shop, the interior decorators, the joinery shop and other exciting workshops. At individually arranged times we offer this tour for closed groups in the afternoon.
• NIGHT TOURS
After a visit to a performance we offer night tours through the Nationaltheater. These exclusive tours last about 45 minutes and provide you with a look behind the scenes to find out what happens once the curtain falls after a show. Times will be agreed on individually. This special offer can only be booked for closed groups and only in combination with a performance visit beforehand. The group price is 180 euro (max. 25 people).
Please note: Night tours are currently not possible due to the pandemic.
• MEET PEOPLE
We offer the following programme so visitors can learn more about the world of opera and in particular about the people that keep everything up and running: It starts with a tour through the Bayerische Staatsoper where access is provided to areas that would not normally be accessible to the public. You will hear some background information and anecdotes about the history of the house. The highlight of this programme is meeting a member of staff who tells you all about their work “behind the scenes”, e.g. in the artistic operations office or in the orchestra, and therefore enables a truly special insight into the world of opera.
Because of the currently limited numbers, the price for a Meet People tour is 250 euro and 150 euro for pupils/students.
VISIT THE NATIONALTHEATER VIRTUALLY
You can also visit our house virtually with your smartphone, tablet or PC via Google Arts & Culture. The 360° recordings not only provide new perspectives and surprises in the rooms and spaces of the Nationaltheater – they are also enriched with exciting historical background elements.
Online exhibitions also provide a multimedia insight into the history of the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Bavarian State Ballet, and are always well worth a visit!
The portrait gallery in the Nationaltheater’s corridors and admission areas is an authentic piece of and testament to (Munich’s) opera history. It is a wonderful archive of the performers connected with the Bayerische Staatsoper and ranges back to artists of the 18th century, who were posthumously portrayed one hundred years after their time in Munich when General Manager Ernst von Possart founded the collection in 1899 as the “Künstlerahnengalerie des Königlichen Hoftheaters zu München”.
As part of the “Wie man wird, was man ist” (how we become what we are) research project, in which the Bayerische Staatsoper critically comes to terms with its history between 1933 and 1963, 23 audio biographies on important Staatsoper personalities were produced, and can now also be found in the portrait gallery.
Nationaltheater visitors can borrow audio guides before performances and during the intermissions for a deposit (driver’s license or 50 euro) in the opera shop in the stalls and listen to the biographies with music examples as they view the respective paintings.