Culture in Salzburg : festivals, concerts, theater
No matter what season it is when you visit Salzburg, the beautiful city of Mozart is always worth a trip. Numerous attractions and cultural highlights are awaiting you in every season. Here are a few examples:
- Advent singing during Christmas (arrangements by Tobi Reiser)
- Mozart week in January (every year around the time of Mozart's birthday)
- Easter and Whitsun festivals
- and a special cultural treat: the world-famous Salzburg festivals in summer.
Salzburg is famous worldwide and attracts people from all continents and cities: whether it's for the festivals or Mozart.
During Christmas, the historic district of Salzburg is exceptionally beautiful. The houses are covered with glistening snow, and the atmospheric lighting make the moment perfect. This is the most wonderful time, when you can enjoy a glass of Glühwein and stroll through the beautiful Christmas markets. Advent singing is also an event that you shouldn't miss out on.
In any season, you can listen to the dreamy palace concerts at the Mirabell palace, which take place throughout the year, or you can go to an avant-garde event. In November, you should definitely go to the jazz festival!
The Salzburg Christmas market is always worth a visit. The Christmas lights, the traditional huts, the starry sky, and the glistening snow create a romantic ambiance. Warm up with a mug of Glühwein, or stroll past the stands, which offer great gifts, candles, and Christmas decorations. The great music makes the Christmas market perfect.
Welcome to the Salzburg Landestheater!
From September to June, we offer operas, plays, ballets, operettas, musicals, and youth and children's theater: in the Landestheater, the Großes Festspielhaus (October), the Kleines Festspielhaus (February), the Kammerspiele, and occasionally other places in Salzburg such as the Stadtkino cinema!
Salzburg lives up to its reputation as a festival metropolis each year – in 2012, the festival weeks were extended to six weeks and ended with a magnificent festival ball. In summer, summer is a festival of culture and a joy of living. In the Mirabell garden, dance groups, singers, and musicians, who represent real customs, meet. These performances take place every Friday (May to August) in the Heckentheater.
In May, you can once again experience music enjoyment of the highest level – the Whitsun festivals in the city of Salzburg. In 1973, Herbert von Karajan brought the first Whitsun concerts into being, and since 1998, the Whitsun festivals have taken place in Salzburg. Cecilia Bartoli's central theme was: "sacrifice – OPFER – victim". This title comprises various aspects of the theme scarcifice, victimmhood, and surrender. Artists such as Vincenzo Bellini, András Schiff, Valery Gergiev, the Hagen Quartet and Alfred Brendel, René Pape, the Vienna Singing Society, Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra top off the Whitsun festival program.
"The Hills are Alive", "Do-Re-Mi", "Edelweiß", "Sixteen going on Seventeen",…rediscover these and many more highlights from the film in this show. You will find a program that offers an evening in Salzburg with a traditional ambiance: famous operetta melodies, Austrian folk music, which were performed by the Trapp family, and classical pieces by the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The show begins with a recorded interview with Maria von Trapp, in which she tells her family's story. For the Sound of Music dinner that follows, the auditorium is transformed into an elegant dining room. Our hosts in the "Sternbräu" have arranged a special multi-course menu.
In the time between the end of September and June, the international foundation, Mozarteum, organizes the concert series "Young Artists" and "Chamber music in the wonderful Wiener Saal". Here, you can see young, international talent, who have performed, among other places, in the Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Athens Concert Hall, Köln Philharmonic, or in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Here, where other artists become famous, many artists return to the same stage of the Wiener Saal in the Mozarteum after successful concerts in previous seasons.
Come to one of the most visited museums in the world - the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756. Nowhere else can you so vividly experience Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his fascinating music as in the very house where he was born.
Over three stories in the newly designed permanent exhibit, learn details about Mozart's life: how he grew up, when he began to play music, who his friends and benefactors were, his relationship with his family, his passion for opera, and much more.
Along with original portraits and documents, in this exhibit, you will also find special rarities such as memorabilia from Mozart's possessions, his childhood violin and clavichord, with which he composed "The Magic Flute", as well as probably the most famous portrait of Mozart, painted two years before his death by his brother-in-law Joseph Lange.
Open daily 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
July, August: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Last admission: 30 min. before closing
Tours of Mozart's birthplace / Mozart's residence
"Mozart for Salzburg" the first Sunday of every month
Monday, 11 am; "Mozart at lunch" the last Thursday of every month at 12:15 pm as well as upon request.
Experience art of the highest level. The Museum der Moderne in Salzburg shows selected artistic positions under the title "open spaces | secret places", which visualize various phenomena of perception of places and spaces (from the collection VERBUND). Famous artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Tom Burr, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Joachim Koester, and Jeff Wall exhibit their works, in which they stage the mystical periphery and non-places and subject them to historical investigation.
A musical and culinary delight in the stylish ambiance of the historic Baroque hall in St. Peter's monastery cellar. By candlelight, enjoy the most popular compositions of W.A.Mozart - performed by Salzburg artists in historic costumes with a multi-course menu prepared according to traditional recipes of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Immerse yourself in the life of Mozart's Salzburg, together with his colorful clothing and his culinary delights. Let yourself be enchanted and be Mozart's guest!
A visit to Mozart's "Magic Flute" or another opera in the world-famous Salzburg Puppet Theater is a must for anytime you're in Salzburg.
Anyone who thinks this a children's theater is wrong, but the operas are played from audio recordings from the repertoire of the great opera houses. Of course, the puppet theater is also ideal for children to be introduced to the famous operas.
Artists of world renown, especially directors and set designers, work for the theater. The involvement of the Salzburg festivals and Easter celebrations emphasizes the quality of its performances.
The world's largest concert series with 300 concerts each year in one of the most beautiful concert halls, the Marble Hall at the Mirabell palace.
As the only organizer in Salzburg, to a great extent - in 2001, there were 263 musicians from 24 nations - we give internationally famous artists as well as young musicians who are on the brink of fame a coveted podium. Special attention is given to talented musicians from Salzburg or Austria, who play at the heart of our international audience.
Go to a palace concert, forget the everyday, and enjoy the only universal language - MUSIC!
As a Salzburg theater, the Elisabethbühne is Austria's largest independent ensemble theater. With ca. ten drama productions and one children's play per season, two theaters are presenting productions daily from September to the beginning of July, and the carefully designed program offers a broad range for all theater fans of every age from antiquity and the classic period to the modern era with tragedies, comedies, and new experiemental forms. The theater is affiliated with a drama school and publisher of children's musicals.
The theater is located at the Petersbrunnhof, a former estate of the St. Peter monastery in Salzburg's Nonntal district, just below the fortress in the southern center of the city. This historic building, which dates back to the Middle Ages, was renovated by the state of Salzburg a few years ago and equipped with the most modern theater technology.