Art & Culture
Art and culture in Salzburg
No visit is complete without a stroll through the city's fabulous art galleries, an evening at the theater, a concert or dance performance. Don't even think about trying to resist the powerful cultural temptations the city has to offer. You would be missing out on a very enjoyable experience!
Although Salzburg may appear small at first glance, its cultural offerings are immense. Max Reinhard once said: "The atmosphere in Salzburg is permeated with beauty, drama and art."
Music, with its operas, concert series, festivals and musicals, is closely associated with the theater, literature, dance, exhibitions and traditional local events. The entire city is a stage and you will discover: if you like art and culture, you'll love Salzburg.
A city of artists and art lovers
Prominent figures, including great composers, authors, singers, gallery owners or conductors, have left their mark on the city. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Haydn, Georg Trakl, Thomas Bernhard, Stefan Zweig, Arturo Toscanini, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Maria von Trapp, Herbert von Karajan, Peter Handke and Gerard Mortier – to name but a few – significantly influenced the city's cultural development.
4,000 events to choose from
The year's wide variety of cultural events, nearly 4,000 in number, are Salzburg's pulsating heart. They are neither inaccessible nor ostentatious. In additional to the internationally renowned and much-noticed events such as the Salzburg Festival, Mozart Week and Advent Singing, the calendar of events is enhanced with new concert series or festivals each years, always attracting an audience.
Highlights on the calendar
The highlights include the Easter and Whitsun Festival, the Dialogs at the Mozarteum, the Jazz Festival, the Winterfest during Advent, the Marionette Theater, The Sound of Music, szene salzburg, ballet performances, Salzburg Street Theater, romantic Palace Concerts and the countless church concerts.
Whatever your inclination may be: discover the wonderful contrast of the old and the new in Salzburg. Day after day. Evening after evening.