Aladdin, princess
© Marionettentheater Schloss Schönbrunn

Marionette Theater

The marionettes dance in the Hofratstrakt of Schönbrunn Palace. Small dreams shaped from wood, to which the operators briefly give charm and soul, bring a world of fantasy, drama and art to life.

The grand Mozart opera "The Magic Flute" is regularly performed as a full-length program for adults, accompanied by historic music recordings.

Fantastic stories for children

Children's eyes widen when the marionettes come to life. There are also pieces for the very youngest from 3 years of age. Grown-up companions are equally well entertained. The program selection is diverse:

  • The Children's Magic Flute: Mozart plays along as a marionette in his fantastic opera.
  • The Children's Fledermaus: Johann Strauss comes down from his monument in the Stadtpark to act as narrator.
  • Hansel and Gretel: A version of the Humperdinck opera for children, in which the composer appears as narrator.
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp: The story from 1001 Nights, with prince, magic lamp including genie, villain, flying carpet, parrot and sultan's daughter
  • Ritter Kamenbert: In the family musical, the peace-loving Kamenbert, who loves munching on cheese, is supposed to capture a magic sword.
  • Lena searches for the Christkind: Lena grabs her magic spinning top and goes on a magical journey in search of the Christkind.
  • Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart personally leads audiences through his opera with children in mind.


240 years of performance tradition

The Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace has continued an old puppet play tradition since 1994: In honor of the visit by the Prince-Archbishop of Trier, Clemens Wenzel of Saxony, the Marionette Theater gave Prince Esterházy an acclaimed performance of "Alceste" (based on the opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck) in July 1777. This was followed by the construction of a Marionette Theater in Schönbrunn.

The marionettes, costumes, stage scenery and stage technology are produced in cooperation with prominent directors, stage and costumer designers in the theater's own workshops. On worldwide tours, there were many top awards for the equally committed and professional Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace.


Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace

Schloss Schönbrunn, Hofratstrakt, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • daily, 11:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 4 Steps (Double swinging doors   125  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 200  cm  long , 50  cm  high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 9 Wheelchair spaces available (in the first row)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      No elevator available. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (prior arrangement).


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