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Salzburg Festival

First held in 1920, the Salzburg Festival is one of the cultural highlights of the year. Alongside the regular residency of the Vienna Philharmonic, musicians and ensembles of the highest caliber fill the beautiful Alpine city with music and drama.

Art in Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
Art in Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
Salzburg Festival Domplatz © Oskar Anrather
Salzburg Festival Domplatz © Oskar Anrather

If "Salzburg is the heart of the heart of Europe," as the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal noted, the Salzburg Festival is the steady beat.

Since 1920, the celebrated event has filled this lovely Alpine city with some of the finest opera, drama and concerts on the continent.

From Mozart to modern, from classic interpretations to daring experimentation, only the best are invited to Salzburg each year. A visit to the festival combines high culture with the sheer pleasure of vacationing in one of the most scenic places on the globe.

The surrounding lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut lake district lend themselves to memorable excursions, and the city itself makes for beautiful memories -- Salzburg’s Hofstallgasse and the entire Baroque old city center form the Festival’s backdrop.

In 2014 the Salzburg Festival will pay tribute to Richard Strauss on the occasion of his 150th  birthday by performing his Rosenkavalier opera. Over 250 performances will be on the Salzburg Festival program in 2014 in the opera, theater and concert genres. The festival starts on  July 18 lasting until August 31 – ending with an elegant ball at the fascinating Rock Riding School.