Estates Theatre, Prague

Estates Theatre, Prague (must see)

The Estates Theatre was commissioned in 1780 by a German-born Czech aristocrat named Frantisek Antonin Count Nostitz Rieneck, who wanted to have a theatre in Prague that rivaled the theatres in Vienna. The inscription over the entrance reads “Patriae et Musis” (To the Homeland and the Muses). It is one of the only theatres in Europe that is preserved in its original state.

It only took two years to build and was opened in 1783. Mozart loved this theatre and conducted the première of Don Giovanni there in 1787. Most of the plays and operas were in German to distinguish it from the Provisional Theatre which was exclusively a Czech stage.

Today its performances include dramas, ballets and operas and mainly center on Mozart’s work. The theatre’s modern claim to fame is that the scenes of Mozart in Prague, from the Oscar-winning film 'Amadeus', were shot there.

When you take in a performance at the Estates Theatre, you should follow the dress code and wear something rather smart; a tie isn’t necessary, but you might be refused entry if you turn up in jeans. The theatre is located between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.

Why You Should Visit:
Stunning interior with some amazing acoustics; a must for lovers of opera, drama, and ballet.

Tip:
Find the Theatre's website to buy tickets online.

Opening Hours:
At the National Theatre box offices (Mon-Fri: 9 am-6 pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-6 pm). You can buy tickets for the performances of Opera, Ballet, Drama, Laterna magika at the National Theatre, the Estates Theatre (Mon–Sun 10 am-6 pm) and the Karlín Music Theatre.
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Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
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