A streetcar passes the National Theatre in Munich as an evening performance lets out. The historic 1750 building hosts both the state opera and ballet and is an amazing venue to see a performance with its tiered balconies. The building was commissioned by King Maximilian 1st of Bavaria and opened in 1818. It was destroyed by fire only 5 years later, but re-opened 2 years later. The theatre was host to many great performers, including Wagner during his early years – until he built a theatres to spec in Bayreuth. Richard Straus also made his mark on the theatre, where he was the principal conductor.