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Refined culture in an idyllic setting: as a bucolic answer to the Salzburg Festival, the Attersee Klassik festival brings outstanding cultural offerings to one of Europe’s most beautiful areas every July and August.
Gustav Mahler spent many summers on the Attersee, as did Johannes Brahms, and Gustav Klimt immortalized the lake and the villages on its shores in many of his paintings. To this very day the Attersee remains popular with writers, painters, and musicians. Each summer some of the loveliest locations around the lake serve as performance venues for the Attersee Klassik festival, such as Kammer Palace, which Gustav Klimt painted on several occasions, and the privately-owned Berghof, whose guests included Brahms and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who read from his “Rosenkavalier” here for the first time to a small group of friends.
The list of artists who appear at this festival each year during the months of July and August is star-studded. Conductors such as Mariss Jansons and Riccardo Muti and singers like Barbara Bonney and Thomas Hampson have performed here, as have such jazz and pop stars as Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea. Numerous prominent Austrian authors also read from their works here.


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