Burgtheater (Universitätsring 2, Vienna) – built in 1714 by Maria Theresa’s palace, this theater (a.k.a. National Theater, and simply “die Burg”), held a variety of theater productions & operas, such as those composed by famed Austrian musical legend Mozart. It suffered substantial damage by Allied plane bombings during the close of World War II in 1945, and went through restoration in the mid-1950s. Nowadays, it hosts a variety of theatrical productions and opera performances. See its website for a schedule of upcoming events: www.burgtheater.at
Tours of the Burgtheater are offered, which includes the grand staircases with famous paintings by Franz Matsch and the brothers Gustav and Ernst Klimt, the sculpture collection with busts of renowned playwrights, including Hauptmann, Schnitzler, Raimund, and Nestroy, the new portrait gallery featuring portraits of eminent contemporary Austrian actors and the technical facilities of Europe’s largest theatre.
Tour prices: €5.50 (adult), €4.50 (seniors), €2 (students & children). Schedule: Daily at 3 pm in German and English.