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

Marionette Theater in Schönbrunn Palace

Throughout the year, the marionettes captivate young and old with a wide variety of changing performances from opera, operetta and musical. As a full-length adult program or in adaptations for the whole family:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart comes to life as a marionette figure and leads children through his Magic Flute and The Abduction from the Seraglio. Johann Strauss also makes an appearance in his Fledermaus. Engelbert Humperdinck narrates his opera Hansel and Gretel. With Aladdin and Sisi's Secret, children and adults experience musicals with puppets as the main characters.

Marionettentheater Schloss Schönbrunn (Marionette Theater)

On delicate threads

The marionettes, costumes, stage sets and stage technology are painstakingly crafted in the Marionette Theater's own workshops in collaboration with prominent directors, stage and costume designers. On average, the puppet theater's handmade figures measure 60 centimeters, to which the players give life, grace and soul for a short time.

250-year playing tradition

The Schönbrunn Palace Marionette Theater has been continuing an old marionette play tradition since 1994: As early as 1777, Empress Maria Theresa hosted Prince Esterházy's puppet theater at Schönbrunn Palace Theater in honor of distinguished guests from Saxony.

The special puppetry technique was added to UNESCO's list of intangible world cultural heritage in 2016. On worldwide tours, there have been many high awards for the equally dedicated and professional team of the Schönbrunn Palace Marionette Theater.

Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace

Schloss Schönbrunn, Hofratstrakt
1130 Vienna
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  • Opening times

    • daily, 11:00 - 00:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 4 Steps (Doppelschwingtüre 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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