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International Jazz Festival Saalfelden

The imposing Alps, deep-green mountain pastures, and a lovely lake form the backdrop for Europe’s most important festival for contemporary jazz.

Saalfelden, Am Stadtplatz 2

Saalfelden, Am Stadtplatz 2 on the map

The Jazz Festival in Saalfelden endeavours to offer fans a type of music that is honest, unaffected, and a bit rough. It strives to be a place for experimentation, where the most innovative playing can be heard. What began in 1979 in a horse barn has long since established its main stage at the Congress Saalfelden. There are also concerts in the Kunsthaus Nexus and free performances in front of the Town Hall.

All in all, the festival features four days of top-flight jazz in the middle of Salzburg Province’s spectacular Alpine scenery. So what could be more logical at this “jazz summit” than to take the music up to the mountain pastures as well? The delectable culinary offerings at the Steinalm, the old Leogang smithy, the Vorderkühbühelhof Alpine farm, and the Huggenberg mountain inn eliminate the need to haul heavy picnic baskets. The mountain concerts are also free of charge.

This is what the Jazzfestival Saalfelden sounds like: