Opernhaus Düsseldorf

The house

Düsseldorf’s opera house on Heinrich-Heine-Allee is located at the edge of the historic city centre, directly between the Hofgarten and Königsallee, and is within walking distance of the promenade on the bank of the Rhine.

The new City Theatre opened in 1875 in a design by the architect Ernst Giese. The building, which recreated the style of the Italian Renaissance with its round frontage and 1,260 seats, bore a resemblance to other representative theatre buildings such as the Semperoper in Dresden.
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Two air raids in 1943 left the theatre severely damaged. After the war, a period of temporary arrangements followed until the opera house was rebuilt in its present form in the mid-1950s. Extensive rebuilding work based on plans drawn up by the architects Julius Schulte Frohlinde, Paul Bonatz and Ernst Huhn were intended to correct the hasty repairs of the war years and redefine the opera house’s profile. The front of the building with its simple façade, the elegantly curved stairs of the foyer and numerous stylistic elements from the 1950s now enjoy protected monument status.

Between 2006 and 2007, the City of Düsseldorf commissioned extensive renovations to the opera house. The building was visibly extended by a rehearsal studio for the ballet and orchestra that is flooded with light. This opens onto the Hofgarten and Königsallee with a ten-metre wide and eight-metre high glass façade. The auditorium now has capacity for a maximum of 1,296 visitors. Downstairs in the basement lies the costume store, which holds some 50,000 different costumes – a major attraction on every guided tour of the opera house.

Things to know for your visit

How to get here
Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16a
40213 Düsseldorf

By bus and rail
Get off at “Heinrich-Heine-Allee” (Altstadt)
The opera house is just three stops away from Düsseldorf main station (Hauptbahnhof) on the U-Bahn.

Combination bus and rail ticket
Our tickets are also valid as permits for travel (this does not apply to Print@home tickets) to and from the theatre on the day of the performance using the entire VRR network – for more details: www.vrr.de
By car
Follow the signs for the city centre (Zentrum) and parking directions towards the historic centre (Altstadt).

The car park at K.20/ Grabbeplatz 5 is very close by and offers a flat-rate theatre tariff: 3,00 € (maximum stay until 01:00 h) – you will need to pay for your parking ticket at the machine in the opera house (in the cloakroom hall on the left, heading for the Hofgarten) during the course of the evening.

The opera tunnel from the car park at K.20/ Grabbeplatz 5 that provides direct, covered access to the opera house foyer is open from 60 minutes before the start of the performance and again after the curtain call. Please note that, sadly, this underground passageway is not accessible to the disabled – the route includes stairs. The entrance to the opera tunnel can be found on car park level 4 between parking places 4.106 and 4.108.
Disabled Access
Opernhaus Düsseldorf is an historic building with limited disabled access. Our service teams are here ready to help with any questions you may have about access to our buildings etc.

Wheelchair spaces, lifts & disabled parking spaces
Please inform us directly when booking your ticket whether you will require space for a wheelchair. In our current restricted seating plan, these are found in row 14.

The lift provides access to all floors.

There are disabled parking spaces in Ludwig-Zimmermann-Straße.

For those with hearing impairment
Opernhaus Düsseldorf has an audio induction loop in the stalls and the second circle. This system should provide wearers of T coil hearing aids or cochlea implants with a better sound experience. Please ask us about the appropriate seats.
At Opernhaus Düsseldorf you can purchase drinks and small snacks before the performance and during the interval.

Pre-orders for the intervalWould you like to round off your visit with a cool glass of wine or a fine antipasti plate? Our caterer "Schillings" will be happy to take your reservation one hour before the performance. If you order food in advance, a fixed table will also be reserved for you during the interval, subject to availability. Your drinks and food will then be ready for you in good time so that you can enjoy the interval without any waiting time.

The Schillings team looks forward to your visit!

Our catering partner at the Düsseldorf Opera House:
Schillings – Bernstein-Feinkost GmbH & Co. KG
More Information
Opening hours, cloakroom, introductions and more –
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Seating Plan