Hvar Announces Prices for Newly Reopened Oldest Public Theatre in Europe

By 24 April 2019

April 24, 2019 - The oldest public theatre in Europe is set to reopen after renovation on May 1. Hvar authorities have announced ticket prices to visit this, and other heritage jewels for season 2019. 

A big night for Croatian culture next week, as the oldest public theatre in Europe, on the island of Hvar, reopens its doors after almost 20 years of renovation.


Opened in 1612, the theatre lies on the top floor of the imposing Arsenal building, which guards the entrance to the main square. 

The official opening will be on May 1, with three theatre performances planned for the first three days. 

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The Arsenal itself is also set to reopen this year after extensive renovation and upgrading. Apart from being a historic building, the Arsenal is also an impressive event location, from exhibitions and conferences, to themed dinners and concerts. 

The Hvar authorities yesterday announced the 2019 ticket prices to visit these two newly-opened treasures. Ticket prices to include both facilities will be priced at 50 kuna including VAT (US$8.50). Children under the age of 7 have free entrance, with 50% discounts between 7 and 16. Groups of ten will receive a 10% discount with free entrance for the guide. 

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The Arsenal and theatre are not the only magnificent heritage buildings to visit in Hvar Town, of course. Visitors who make the effort to climb the steps to the Spanish Fortress are rewarded with some of the best views in all Croatia. 

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Ticket prices are also 50 kuna to visit the fortress, which is also pretty cool inside. If you want to combine all three attractions, you can do so for 80 kuna. 

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And if that is not enough heritage for you, why not then relax with a drink at the new Hotel Palace Elisabeth, Hvar's first luxury 5-star hotel which is opposite the oldest public theatre in Europe. And it has quite a story as well, being on the location where organised tourism in Europe began back in 1868

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