There’s an extensive programme of cultural events taking place in Salzburg all year
Salzburg is a beautiful city, famous for so many things including the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains and the Getreidegasse. Salzburg is also well known for being the birthplace of the composer Mozart. It’s an ideal city to visit if you enjoy culture as there are always concerts and plays taking place to suit everyone’s taste.
The Salzburg Whitsun Festival is about to get underway. It runs from 18th to 21st May and consists of a programme of concerts and recitals taking place in venues all over the centre of the city. The Festival has been a permanent highlight on the Salzburg events calendar since 1973.
The 98th edition of the Salzburg Festival, beloved by many, will this year begin on 20th July and run right through until 30th August. Fans of the Festival will be looking forward to a very special programme of orchestral concerts including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky as well as a number of other guest orchestras. In total there will be 206 performances to look forward to during the 42 day event.
As well as orchestral concerts there will be a top programme of operas with world famous artists from around the world taking part. The central cultural event of the summer opens with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’. ‘Salome’ by Richard Strauss is also expected to be one of the highlights of the festival. For those who prefer drama to music, there will be a wide selection of plays for theatre-lovers to choose from.
Jazz fans aren’t overlooked in Salzburg either. From 17th to 21st October “Jazz & The City” will fill Salzburg’s churches and wine bars alike, with international performers making music together in a number of relaxed settings. The programme will include World Music, jazz and electronic music, with some jazz stars as well as newcomers to the stage performing.
If you’re in Salzburg during any of the festivals and you fancy something a little different, a trip to the Salzburg Open Air Museum is well worth considering. The museum features life, and particularly farming, in rural Salzburg from the 16th to the 20th century. Visitors can see houses and farmyards which have been moved to the Open-Air Museum and rebuilt in their original style. The museum also has displays of old handicrafts, tools and farm machinery and often holds special exhibitions and events depicting local culture.
There’s so much to see in Salzburg, but if you like culture and you can time your stay to coincide with one of the festivals, you’re sure to have an even more rewarding experience.