Empress Elisabeth "Sisi" and Emperor Franz Joseph as marionettes.
© Roman Gerhardt

Marionette Theater in Schönbrunn Palace

The hand-made figures of the marionette theater measure a full 80 centimeters in height and are briefly given life, charm and soul by the performers. In the Hofratstrakt of Schönbrunn Palace, the puppets dance daily across the stage, casting young and old under their spell. The marionettes, costumes, stage set and stage technology are produced in the marionette theater’s own workshops in cooperation with prominent directors, stage and costumer designers in painstaking detail.

The repertoire varies: Not only is W. A. Mozart brought back to life as a marionette figure to lead audiences through his "Zauberflöte" and "Entführung aus dem Serail", but Johann Strauss also appears in his "Fledermaus". Engelbert Humperdinck narrates his opera "Hansel and Gretel" and children as well as adults experience exciting adventures with "Aladdin".

“Sisi’s Secret"

A legend returns to Schönbrunn Palace with the first marionette musical about Empress Elisabeth (Sisi). Her unique love for Emperor Franz Josef and his tolerance are what made this relationship so incomparable and timeless. With lots of music, the audience here experiences the most important phases of Sisi's life: Where the relationship with and love for Franz Josef are ignited, clouded, put to the test and finally confirmed. Over 30 marionettes in historical costumes were made by hand for this musical. Imaginative stage sets take audiences back to the time around 1850.

250 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 at Schönbrunn.

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
  • Vienna City Card

  • 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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