National Theatre (Nationaltheater)

NATIONAL THEATRE: Munich’s imposing high altar to opera dominates Max-Joseph-Platz like Pavarotti dominated a tuxedo. It’s grand, Greek, has Corinthian columns out front and can seat more than 2000 culture vultures.

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IMPOSING: The theatre and Max Joseph I statue covered by snow in winter. Photo by dustpuppy.

On the Platz itself there’s a statue of theatre founder King Max Joseph I.

The Nationaltheater was built 1811 to 1818 and hosted premier performances of many of Richard Wagner’s operas including the mythological "Tristan und Isolde" in 1865 and "The Valkyrie" in 1870.
This was during the reign of Wagner mega-fan and financier King Ludwig II.

The theatre is the epicentre of Munich’s annual Opera Festival in July.
Call ahead or see the website for tickets to performances or theatre tours.

The details

Location: Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Take U-Bahn No. 3, 4, 5 or 6 to Odeonsplatz and walk south past the Residenz, or make your way to Marienplatz and walk north for 5min.

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