Moving, evocative, romantic, emotional – a visit to the Bayerische Staatsoper can be so many things. But whether it’s the “first time” or a long-standing and cherished tradition, a visit to the opera is always something special and rarely leaves us untouched.
We’d like to present our diverse service offering for your opera, ballet or concert visit here. Because we also want you to enjoy your visit regardless of the performance, simply feel good and want to come back every time.
Do you have any questions or feedback? We look forward to hearing from you:
+49 89 21 85 10 25
Our availability: Mon – Fri, 10 am to 6 pm
Most of our performances are staged in the Nationaltheater. The theatre is in the heart of Munich’s old town at Max-Joseph-Platz 2 and about five minutes’ walk from Marienplatz.
ARRIVING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
19, 21 tram, “Nationaltheater” stop
S-Bahn S 1–8, U-Bahn U3/U6 subway lines, “Marienplatz” stop
52, 62 bus, “Rindermarkt” stop
132 bus, “Tal” stop
U-Bahn U3–U6, 100/153 bus, “Odeonsplatz” stop
Simply plan coming with the public transport via the MVG website.
WITH YOUR BICYCLE
Bicycle stands are located right behind the Nationaltheater on Marstallplatz.
WITH YOUR CAR
Approach via the Altstadtring into Maximilianstraße.
MüHoGa parking garage on Max-Joseph-Platz:
Mon – Sat, 6 am to 2 am
+49 89 29 41 87
Costs: € 11 (night rate from 6 pm to 8 pm)
- Cuvilliés Theatre
Entrances via the Residenz courtyard
Approach as to the Nationaltheater
Approach as to the Nationaltheater
Public transport: U-Bahn U4, 54, 100 bus, “Prinzregentenplatz” stop
The Nationaltheater is reached via a ground level side entrance on Maximilianstraße. A lift here leads into the stalls and all tiers.
A barrier-free toilet is provided in the 1st tier (from the front, accessible from right and left).
Our box office on Marstallplatz is also barrier-free accessible. Please also note our information on discounts for disabled people.
If your tickets are left at the box office before the performance, due to the steps only disabled people’s companions will be able to pick up the tickets. Please feel free to contact our concierge service in the stalls if you need any help!
PLACES FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS
The places for wheelchair users are in row 19 in the stalls. There are two places on the right and two on the left. Companions sit in the stalls, row 19 (763 and 762) and row 20 (791 and 792).
PARKING SPACES FOR MOBILITY REDUCED VISITORS
You will find parking spaces on Maximilianstraße (in front of the Nationaltheater’s side entrance) and on Max-Joseph-Platz (in front of the Residenz).
The entire Nationaltheater is equipped with an induction system. You can use it by setting your hearing aid to “T” (telephone).
No opera visit without evening dress or tie? Nonsense! We want you to feel good. For many visitors this means turning oneself out particularly chic for the special evening. However, there is no official dress code here – we also look forward to exceptional outfits, just as we do jeans and comfy jumpsuits.
See and be seen, an info to all Instagram users: Please feel free to tag outfit selfies on our Instagram feed. We’re excited to see your pictures!
Our main entrance is right on Max-Joseph-Platz at number 2, up from the steps of the Nationaltheater. You can also use our ground level side entrance on Maximilianstraße. The entrance to our Freunde-Foyer is at the rear side of the Nationaltheater on Alfons-Goppel-Straße, right by Marstallplatz.
FOOD AND DRINK
The catering in the Nationaltheater is provided by Dallmayr, with various bars throughout the entire building, as well as the LUDWIG ZWEI restaurant on the ground floor. Both the bars and the restaurant open for our guests one hour before the performance, invite a visit during the intermissions and also stay open for you after the performances until midnight.
The RHEINGOLDBAR directly on the ground floor invites visitors in for drinks and snacks. You’ll find further bars and buffets on the stalls, 1st tier and 3rd tier levels, as well as in the Freunde-Foyer. For this please feel free to have a look at our Nationaltheater map.
The LUDWIG ZWEI restaurant is on the ground floor and along with drinks and snacks also offers seating and full meals. You will find the Dallmayr menu here.
You can simply visit the restaurant spontaneously or reserve a table in advance for the intermissions.
MOBILE PHONES, WLAN AND TAKING PHOTOS
Taking photographs, posting pictures and making phone calls are of course allowed before and after the performance and during the intermissions. We offer you the free-to-use BayernWLAN network for this and look forward to our channels being linked on social media.
We would however ask you to turn your mobile phone off completely before the performance begins.
Only then can we ensure phone noises do not disturb the performance and other visitors. We also want to make absolutely sure that photo, video and audio recordings are not made during the performances, as we are obliged to protect our performers’ copyright and personal rights.
FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON TAKING PHOTOS
Please only use the recordings of your visit for private purposes and observe and respect the rights of third parties. For fire prevention reasons, bringing extensive camera equipment is not permitted (camera case or bag with reflex cameras, tripods, etc.). Should you want to take photographs for commercial purposes, please contact our press office. As audio and video recordings during the performance are expressly forbidden, offences will be prosecuted. Please note that applause is essentially part of the performance. The performers in question may also invoke rights against you in this respect. Back stage areas such as stage, costume or make-up are covered by ancillary copyright.
Cloakrooms are provided free of charge for you on all floors. On your ticket, you will see the door that leads to your seat. Pleases use the nearest cloakroom to it.
For fire prevention policy reasons, please hand in jackets, coats, umbrellas, large bags etc. to the cloakroom. We would also ask you to please understand that we must charge a EUR 10 contribution to expenses should you lose your cloakroom ticket.
INFOS FOR THE PERFORMANCE
Would you like to prepare yourself for the performance, the music and the staging?
We offer you various options to familiarize yourself with our productions’ background information.
● INTRODUCTION RIGHT HERE
Free of charge brief introductions to the piece and the staging are given immediately before the performance, with our dramaturgists in the Nationaltheater’s Capriccio Room. You’ll find the dates in our programme.
For the greater part of our productions we provide you videos and audio features on the staging’s themes, the performers, the music and dance history, the composers etc. on our website. You’ll find these on the respective pages for the piece, which you’ll reach via our programme.
For this please also feel free to visit our Mediathek, our social media channels or our podcast page www.staatsoper.de/podcast
● PROGRAMME BOOKLET
Our dramaturgists generally compile programme booklets for our opera and ballet productions, as well as for our concerts. The programme booklets provide background texts on the production, the operas’ libretti and pictures of the staging. Programme booklets can be purchased with the staff on duty right here or online in our Operashop.
● CAST LIST
Who sings, dances, plays the music? We compile a cast list for every performance for you, including performer biographies. You can view and download these online in our programme or purchase them in print form right here with the service staff on duty for EUR 2 (opera) and EUR 1 (ballet).
SURTITLES TO READ ALONG WITH
Don’t have time to prepare or want to enjoy a surprise or two?
That’s no problem either. Our performances can of course also be visited without preparation or background knowledge. The practical part: With all productions the libretto, so the sung text, is also shown in real-time for our audiences. And in German and English on the big surtitle system for visitors in the stalls or via small screens in the tiers.
You will find all information on ticket sales at www.staatsoper.de/kartenkauf
Interested in souvenirs, posters, postcards, CDs and opera fan items? Our Operashop offers all this and more. Visit us before the performance or during the intermission in the Nationaltheater, stalls on the left, or in the rooms below our box office at Marstallplatz 5 (Mon – Sat, 10 am to 7 pm).
You can of course also purchase our items in our online shop.
INTERMISSIONS AND PERFORMANCE TIME
The length of an opera differs all the time, and a lot. We offer everything, from short one-act performances to multi-hour Wagner epics.
Simply see the respective piece’s page to see how long a performance lasts – you’ll reach it via our programme.
Of one thing you can be sure – longer productions are never performed without intermissions. These are generally planned in after an hour and a half at the latest, as the singers, musicians and dancers also have to rest after a certain point. Intermissions are also necessary for stage set changes.
Kindly leave the auditorium during the intermissions. At this time, you may visit our theatre catering, marvel at the magnificent halls and rooms of the Nationaltheater or even leave the building to enjoy Munich’s wonderful nightlife atmosphere. A bell rings three times in good time so you do not miss the end of the intermission. You’ll also find the number and length of the intermissions for a production on the respective piece’s page.
Numerous Bayerische Staatsoper staff members ensure every evening that you have a wonderful visit with us and that everything runs smoothly. The following service offering is provided for you for your performance visit:
● CONCIERGE IN THE ENTRANCE AREA
Do you have any questions or requests, would like to purchase a programme booklet or need any other help? After entering the building through the main entrance you will find our concierge stand behind the entrance hall. Before, during and after the performance you’ll be helped here with advice and action for practically every request you may have.
● ADMISSION SERVICE
Our admission service not only checks your admission ticket, it also helps you find your seats, offers cast lists to purchase and can help you further with all matters related to your visit.
● OPERA GLASSES
To also follow the action on stage up close you may borrow opera glasses at our cloakrooms for a EUR 50 deposit.
To make the view better for children and smaller people you may borrow cushions at our cloakrooms for a EUR 20 deposit.
Did you lose or forget something? No problem – our house admin staff keep everything left in the Nationaltheater nice and safe.
You’ll reach our house admin staff at the following number:
+49 89 21 85 25 40 / 41 or 42
Availability: Mon – Fri, 9 am to 12 noon
HOW DO I FIND MY SEAT/PLACE?
The Nationaltheater offers 2,101 seats and standing places on six floors. To make finding the right seat easier for you the corresponding door to the auditorium is shown on your ticket. The entrances are signposted right here in the Nationaltheater. With questions, please feel free to contact our concierge service or our staff on duty.
You will also find an overview of all seats and standing places online at www.staatsoper.de/saalplaene.
RESTRICTED VIEWING AT SOME PLACES
The view of the stage can be partially restricted with some places in the top and side tiers. These places are mostly in the more affordable VII and VIII price categories.
With our aptly-named listening-only seats and seats with lamps for reading the score the view of the stage is completely restricted. These places are marked separately in the seating plans and referred to when purchasing the places.
Our box office staff will be very happy to help you with questions on the view from the respective places:
The Bayerische Staatsoper Box Office
+49 89 21 85 19 20
Hours: Mon – Sat, 10 am to 7 pm