Guided tours at the State opera (individuals) English
Guided tours in English for individuals and groups of up to 10 people
The State OperaApproximate running time
50 minutes, no intermissionLanguage
Intended for: Individuals and groups up to 10 people
Meeting of participants: The tour meets 10 minutes before the official start in front of the main entrance to the State Opera, which is located in Wilsonova Street, close to the main road, National Museum, and Central (train) Station. Please, be punctual, once the tour starts, it is no longer possible to enter the building.
Tours in another language:
Tours in Czech language
The Neo-Renaissance building of the State Opera was built as the New German Theatre by the Prague German community in 1888. With its stage parameters and auditorium capacity, it is the most generous theatre space in Prague. After a four-year demanding reconstruction, its operation was renewed by a gala concert at the beginning of 2020.
The State Opera’s Neo-Renaissance building was built as the New German Theatre by the Prague Germans in 1888. Its stage parameters and auditorium capacity make it the most spectacular theatre house in Prague. After four years of rigorous renovation works, the State Opera was reopened with a gala concert in early 2020.
The State Opera is tightly linked with some of the greatest names in music history, such as composers Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Alois Hába, Italian tenor Enrico Caruso and others.
The tour starts in the foyer where you will see the terrazzo, the historic box office, and the rich stucco ceiling. We will then proceed to the auditorium with its brand-new seats equipped with LED panels, exquisite ceiling decorations, and a replica of the “lost” Veith curtain by Martin Černý. You will walk through the lobby, adorned with busts of R. Wagner, B. Smetana, and L. Janáček, to the Angelo Neumann Lounge which bears the name of the first director of this theatre.
This tour is in English language.
Schedule of tours in Czech
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 June at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of November 2022.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Parking at the State opera
While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Buffets at the State Opera
No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!
Menu (PDF, 70 kB)