Salzburg Marionette Theater
The Salzburg Marionette Theater operates as an opera house in miniature, hosting regular performances of operas such as Mozart’s Magic Flute in its 350-seat baroque-style auditorium. Other shows include children’s stories, such asAlice in Wonderland andHansel and Gretel, andThe Sound of Music, the musical that featured the theater’s wooden puppets in its “The Lonely Goatherd” sequence.
Visitors can prebook ticket for shows such asThe Sound of Music andThe Magic Flute, saving valuable time while in the Austrian city. Some SalzburgSound of Music tours offer a panoramic drive past the historical venue, while others come with a money-saving Salzburg Card, a sightseeing pass that entitles holders to a discount on tickets.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Salzburg Marionette Theater is a must-visit for families, puppetry fans, and classical music and movie buffs, and especially lovers ofThe Sound of Music.
The theater is wheelchair-accessible. For stroller accessibility, check with the theater itself.
Most performances are in German, with subtitles in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish displayed near the stage.
Wine, soda, and snacks can be purchased during intermissions.
How to Get There
The Salzburg Marionette Theater is located on Schwarzstrasse, near the Mirabell Garden in Salzburg. The best way to arrive is on foot: From the Old Town, cross the State Bridge, turn left onto Giselakai, and continue onto Schwarzstrasse, where you’ll spot the theater on your right. The nearest bus stop is at Makartplatz.
When to Get There
Shows run six days a week during July and August, when tickets are snapped up fast, and less frequently during April, May, June, October, November, December, and January. Matinee performances of shows suitable for children are also available during January, April, May, June, July, August, and December. If you have a ticket, aim to arrive 30 minutes or more before the performance.
Exploring the Salzburg Marionette Theater
Arrive in advance of your chosen show’s start time to explore the exhibitions in the beautiful lobby. Chart the history of the theater and its creators, and view the glass cases of historical memorabilia from famous performances and examples of assorted wooden marionettes—each one carefully hand-crafted.
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- Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)
- Mozart Residence (Mozart-Wohnhaus)
- Salzburg Museum of Natural History (Haus der Natur)
- Mönchsberg Lift (Mönchsbergaufzug)
- Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)
- Museum of Modern Art Salzburg Mönchsberg (Museum der Moderne am Mönchsberg)
- Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum)
- Large Festival Hall (Grosses Festspielhaus)
- Museum of Modern Art Salzburg Rupertinum (Museum der Moderne Rupertinum)
- Georg Trakl Memorial (Traklhouse)
- Residenz Gallery (Residenzgalerie)
- Mozart Square (Mozartplatz)
- Salzburg Old Market (Alter Markt)