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The Salzburg Marionette Theatre

A tradition in Salzburg for over 100 years

Salzburg's unique Marionette Theatre thrills more than only the children: in addition to plays for the young audience, the separate theatre house near the Mirabell Gardens shows numerous operas – with wooden figures created by professional artists with a great passion for craftsmanship and attention to detail .

Programme of the Marionette Theatre

With its more than 100-year history, the Marionette Theatre is a Salzburg institution steeped in tradition. The programme features an unbelievable variety of operas, from Mozart through Strauss to Tchaikovsky. One audience highlight since 2007 has also been the marionette theatre version of The Sound of Music. This is joined by children's plays such as fairytales, which are performed in the afternoon. In addition to 160 presentations, which are performed in the theatre in Salzburg alone, the Marionette Theatre also tours around the entire world.

The Marionette Theatre – Facts and figures

Two puppets in the theatre
The Marionette Theatre in Salzburg - a must-see!
  • Founded in 1913
  • 10 puppet masters
  • Around 500 wooden marionettes
  • Around 250 performances per year, including 160 in Salzburg
  • Between 20 and 90 marionettes appear per play
  • In 2016, the Marionette Theatre Salzburg was added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list.

From hobby to cultural highlight

How did Salzburg get its marionette theatre? Its story began in 1913 with the academic sculptor Prof. Aicher, who put all his passion for this medieval tradition into developing a theatre with marionettes. The first performance was Mozart's musical comedy Bastien und Bastienne. Later, the repertoire was expanded to include numerous operas, with the marionette theatre moving into its own 350-seater theatre in 1971. The building between the Mozarteum and State Theatre is in the magnificent baroque style.

Sightseeing in Salzburg – 4-star Hotel Scherer

You can easily reach the Salzburg Marionette Theatre by foot from the Hotel Scherer or by bus. We will be happy to provide you with further information and organise tickets for the desired performance for you.

Get to know all the sights of the city of Mozart during your holiday in Salzburg, from the Mirabell Gardens through Salzburg Cathedral, the Mozart houses and the fortress to the many exciting museums. At Hotel Scherer, you will live in a top, central location near the main train station – simply send us a non-binding request or book online for your holiday!