Salzburg State Theatre

About the venue

Salzburg State Theatre

The Salzburg State Theatre can look back on a very varied history which directly reflects the political and socio-cultural changes in the life of Salzburg: at the end of the 18th century the former Lodron Ball Room became the “Court Theatre”; in 1880 it was known as the Imperial and Royal National Theatre. After a new theatre was built in 1893 it was known as the City Theatre and following further conversions and renovation work (financed by the regional authorities) it has been known as the Landestheater since 1939/40. In 1856 a secular Mozart Festival was held in Salzburg when Don Giovanni was performed. Towards the end of the 19th century, music festivals were held when several Mozart operas were performed in the Landestheater. These festivities can be regarded as the immediate precursors of the Salzburg Festival.

It is probably more than mere chance that Max Reinhardt entered his first engagement at the age of twenty in Salzburg. He appeared in the opening performance celebrating the new theatre building in 1893 (according to plans by the architects Fellner & Helmer, who as early as 1890 presented an outline plan for a Mozart Festival Hall on the Mönchsberg, which, however, was never realised). From 1922 until the relevant adaptation of the Festival House (1927) all opera performances at the festival were given in the Stadttheater. These were mainly guest productions from the Vienna State Opera which were intended to ensure a scenic alternative programme to Max Reinhardt’s drama productions. Since the time when the festival halls were completed in the old town centre of Salzburg the Landestheater has be-come an important venue for productions of plays, including many world premieres.

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How to get there

Adress & contact

Salzburg State Theatre
Schwarzstraße 22, 5020 Salzburg

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The foyers are opened to Festival visitors one hour before the beginning of each performance.

Tel.: +43 662 8045 0

Public transport

Trolley bus stops Theatergasse and Makartplatz
Lines 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 21, 22, 23, 25, 160, 170, 180, 840, A

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Further bus lines operate from the foot-accessible trolley bus stop Ferdinand-Hanusch-Platz.

Festival ticket = bus ticket
Comfortably and relaxed to the Salzburg Festival – three hours before the beginning of the performance until end of operation, your festival ticket is valid as city bus ticket in the so-called ‘core-zone’!


Raiffeisen Garage
Schwarzstraße 13-15, 5020 Salzburg

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Opening hours: daily 7 am-1 am


Photos and Videos

Salzburg State Theatre Night
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Salzburg State Theater Auditorium
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Seating plan

Further information

When do the doors open before a performance?
The foyers of the respective venues open one hour before the start of the performance. Doors to the performance venues themselves generally open 30 minutes before the start of the performance.    
What happens if I am late?
We recommend that you arrive at the respective venue approx. 30 minutes before the start of the performances. Despite this, should you arrive after the performance has started, please contact the staff service immediately, who will be able to assist you. We strive for the possibility of a late admittance, but there may be productions in which there is no late admittance because of excessive disturbances caused to the rest of the visitors.
Will I get a refund if there is a change in the cast of a performance?
Changes in the cast and programme as well as changes in the beginning times do not entitle the holder to return the tickets. If there are any changes, Salzburg Festival will do its utmost to inform ticket purchasers as far as is reasonably possible. However, it is your responsibility to inform your-self about any changes. You will find the most up-to-date information on our website
Are there “house rules”?
The respective house rules of Salzburg Festival apply in all venues. By entering a performance ven-ue, visitors and customers expressly accept the house rules.
Are there standing room tickets?
Notice: Due to the coronavirus situation there are no standing room tickets allowed in 2020. Thank you for your understanding!

Besides these special circumstances we would be able to provide: standing room tickets in the Felsenreitschule and in the Haus für Mozart. There are also standing room places at the Jedermann performances on the Domplatz. These are available starting one hour before the performance at the box office int the Franziskanergasse, but only if the performance takes place on the Domplatz (Cathedral Square). If the performance takes place in the Große Festspielhaus, no standing room tickets are available.

Venues of the Salzburg Festival