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Croatian National Theatre

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The Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko narodno kazalište u Zagrebu) is a theatre, opera and ballet house located in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. It is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the country and a symbol of national identity. Here are some information about the theatre that you might find useful if you plan to visit it.

The theatre building was constructed in 1895 by the famous Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, who designed many theatres in Europe. The theatre has a neo-baroque style with rich decorations and a dome. The facade features statues of prominent Croatian artists and historical figures, such as Marko Marulić, Ivan Gundulić, Ivan Zajc and Stjepan Radić. The entrance of the theatre is adorned with a wall fountain called The Source of Life, created by the renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović in 1905.

The ticket price for the Croatian National Theatre performances varies depending on the type of show, the seat category and the date. You can check the current prices and availability on the official website of the theatre: www.hnk.hr/en. You can also buy tickets online or at the box office of the theatre, which is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:30 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 13:00.

The Croatian National Theatre is open for visitors every day from 10:00 to 16:00, except on Mondays and public holidays. You can join a guided tour of the theatre for a fee of 30 kuna per person or 15 kuna for students and seniors. The tours are available in Croatian, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish languages. The tours last about an hour and include a visit to the main hall, the foyer, the backstage and the museum of the theatre.

How to get
The Croatian National Theatre is located on Republic of Croatia Square (Trg Republike Hrvatske) in Zagreb’s Lower Town. You can easily reach it by public transportation, such as tram, bus or taxi. The nearest tram stops are Trg Republike Hrvatske and Trg Josipa Jurja Strossmayera. The nearest bus stop is Trg Republike Hrvatske. You can also walk to the theatre from the main square (Ban Jelačić Square) or the central railway station (Glavni kolodvor) in about 15 minutes.

Tours
If you want to learn more about the history and the art of the Croatian National Theatre, you can join one of the tours offered by the theatre or by other agencies. The theatre itself organizes tours for groups of up to 25 people every day from 10:00 to 16:00, except on Mondays and public holidays. You need to book your tour at least three days in advance by phone (+385 1 4888 488) or email (info@hnk.hr). The tours are conducted by professional guides who speak Croatian, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish languages.

What to see
The Croatian National Theatre has three branches: opera, ballet and drama. Each branch has its own repertoire of classical and contemporary works by Croatian and international authors. You can enjoy performances of operas such as Nabucco, The Barber of Seville, Ero the Joker or The Queen of Spades; ballets such as Spartacus, Tchaikovsky or Peer Gynt; or dramas such as Don Juan, Fertile Water or Murder. You can also attend concerts, festivals or special events organized by the theatre throughout the year.

Here are some tips to make your visit to the Croatian National Theatre more enjoyable:

  • Dress appropriately for the occasion. The theatre has a dress code that requires formal or semi-formal attire for evening performances and casual attire for matinees.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the show. The doors close five minutes before the show and latecomers are not allowed to enter until the intermission.
  • Turn off your mobile phone and other electronic devices during the show. Photography and recording are strictly prohibited inside the theatre.
  • Applaud politely at the end of each act and at the end of the show. Do not whistle, boo or shout during or after the performance.
  • Respect other visitors and staff members. Do not talk loudly, eat or drink inside the hall. Do not leave your seat during the performance unless it is absolutely necessary.

The following are some of the things that are prohibited inside the Croatian National Theatre:

  • Smoking. Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the theatre, including the foyer, the toilets and the balcony. There are designated smoking areas outside the theatre.
  • Bringing food or drinks. You are not allowed to bring any food or drinks inside the theatre, except for bottled water. You can buy snacks and beverages at the bar in the foyer before the show or during the intermission.
  • Bringing pets. You are not allowed to bring any pets inside the theatre, except for guide dogs for the visually impaired.
  • Bringing weapons or explosives. You are not allowed to bring any weapons or explosives inside the theatre, for obvious reasons.

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