What a backdrop!
Rathen Open-Air Stage is Europe's most beautiful natural theatre. The Marksman celebrates its annual return home to the place where the Wolf's Glen scene was first conceived. And it is not just the Marksman…
Rathen Open-Air Stage has been fascinating fans of the theatre, lovers of the classics, Western fans, families and walkers for over 70 years. Set in the heart of Saxon Switzerland National Park, the picturesque Rathen Wehlgrund forms an impressive, natural rocky backdrop. Nature and art merge in the most spectacular way here.
Opera, musicals, theatre and more
Max and Kaspar have been running magic bullets in Carl Maria von Weber's great romantic opera "The Marksman" here at midnight in the spooky Wolf's Glen since 1956. In recent times, audiences have also been able to meet large and small Vikings as well as blue bears and other wonderful creatures in the afternoon enchanted forest.
Winnetou and Old Shatterhand have been battling for justice here for decades. Real horses chase across the stage and bandits are firing their revolvers. With "Old Surehand", a new, exciting adventure play for the whole family will arrive at the longest-serving Karl-May open-air stage in the world in 2012 – the year of Karl-May.
Arriving at the theatre is an experience in itself
The Landesbühnen Sachsen ensemble from Radebeul plays on the Rathen Open-Air Stage every year from May to September. The journey to the open-air stage is an attraction in itself. The historic reaction ferry connects the two towns of Oberrathen and Niederrathen with one another.
Following the ferry ride and a comfortable walk through the shaded mountain forest, you reach the open-air stage. A transport service is provided from the box office for visitors with limited mobility. Pre-booking is required.