sights / Architecture

Semperoper information

Dresden , Germany
Street Theaterplatz 2
+49 320 7360
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tour adult/concession €8/4
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Lonely Planet review

One of Germany's most famous opera houses, the original Semperoper burned down a mere three decades after its 1841 inauguration. After reopening in 1878, the neo-Renaissance jewel entered its most dazzling period, hosting premieres of works by Richard Strauss, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner. Alas, WWII put an end to the fun and it wasn’t until 1985 that music again filled the grand hall. Guided 45-minute tours operate almost daily (the 3pm tour is in English); exact times depend on the rehearsal and performance schedule. Buy advance tickets online to skip the queue.