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Klimt at the "Burgtheater"

Gustav Klimt was born on July 14, 1862, in a house which does not exist today. It is therefore not worth one’s while to go all the way to 247 Linzer Strasse in Vienna’s 14th district to see the site where his birthplace once stood.

Burgtheater, foyer

Let us begin our Klimt Walk with a guided tour through the Burgtheater. Here, between 1886 and 1888, the master created impressive ceiling paintings in both stairwells. Nearby are works by his brother Ernst Klimt and the artist Franz Matsch.

In the gala stairwell on the "Landtmann" side of the Burgtheater - the side nearest the renowned Café Landtmann - Gustav Klimt recreated the theater of antiquity in Taormina, Sicily. The stairwell on the "Volksgarten" side is adorned with a depiction of the London Globe Theatre and the final scene from Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." In the background, the painter immortalized himself and his two colleagues.

Emperor Franz Joseph was so delighted with the paintings in the gala stairwells that he bestowed the Golden Cross of Merit on the members of the artists’ group.

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Universitätsring 2
1010   Wien
  • Contacts

    • Tickets & information at service center :  +43 1 51444 4140
    • Evening box office :  +43 1 51444 4440
    • Tickets (credit card) :  +43 1 513 1 513
  • Opening hours

    • Guided tours: in German (with English summaries), time: about one hour Mo - Th, 15:00
    • Guided tours: in German and English; other languages upon request, time: about one hour Fr - Su, 15:00
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps (Double swing door 170 cm wide )
        ramp will be mobilized, please ring the porter
      • Ramp 300 cm wide
    • Parking spaces Main entrance
      • 3 disabled parking spaces available
        in the Burgtheater parking lot – Volksgarten side
    • Elevator available
      • 180 cm wide and 200 cm deep , Doors 160 cm wide
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted
      • 12 wheelchair spaces available (in the auditorium, access with the elevator)
      • Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
    • Special offers for disabled persons

      At each performance, the Burgtheater provides places in the stalls with acoustic amplification by means of induction for visitors who wear a hearing aid. The acoustic signal is also amplified for all visitors. This can be received in the theater during the performance on radio frequency 99.2 MHz using a radio receiver, mobile telephone or MP3 player with radio reception. Please bring your own headset.

    • Comments

      Special tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on prior notification.
      Prior notification is necessary for visitors with wheelchairs for admission tickets and tours. Tel. +43 1 514 44-4140,

Guided tours: in German and English, duration about one hour, daily 3:00 pm;
Mon - Thu in German with English summary;
Fri - Sun in German and English; other languages upon request

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