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Walk of Modern Art

The Walk of Modern Art takes visitors to Salzburg's most beautiful places and hidden treasures, and to places where art is least expected. The sculptures are within walking distance of the Old City and freely accessible.

Public Art

The Walk was initiated by the Salzburg Foundation in collaboration with the Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn as part of a 10-year project entitled "Salzburg Art Project". Each year, between 2002 and 2010, the Salzburg Foundation invited an international artist to Salzburg to design and execute a work of art for the public space. With the execution of the 10th and final arts project in October 2011 comprising three works by the acclaimed Austrian artists Brigitte Kowanz, Manfred Wakolbinger and Erwin Wurm, the Walk of Modern Art was completed.

In 2013, the artworks (of the Salzburg Foundation) were transfered to the International Würth Collection, where they are now on permanent loan from the City of Salzburg. In 2017 the stone sculpture “berliner block” by Gerhard Trieb was added to the Walk of Modern Art and in 2019 Anselm Kiefer’s “The Language of Birds” completed the art project.

Whilst every artist had taken a completely different approach, each sculpture is an interpretation of Salzburg and highlights the city's identity as a cultural centre and World Heritage site. All artists had the chance to visit the city and familiarize themselves with its history, culture and architecture before designing and executing a work of art in a public site of their choosing. By presenting their very personal interpretations, this circuit of contemporary art, which is unique in Europe, has evolved.

In a town steeped in tradition, it offers visitors and residents the opportunity to engage in an inspiring dialogue with contemporary art. You, too, are invited to search for new answers to new questions and by doing so, experiencing another side of Salzburg.

Public guided tours

Guided tour in German to selected sculptures of the “Walk of Modern Art”

  • To the dates (german)…
  • Meeting point: 3 pm, Mozarteum university - inner courtyard
  • Duration: 100 min., in all weathers
  • Free entrance
  • Registration necessary:, tel. +43 50 8242-0

On your tour through the old city all the sculptures will be visited. Guided Tour in German and English

  • Date: Every 1st Saturday in month at 2pm - only for registered participants, please reserve 2 days in advance!
  • Meeting point: sculpture "Caldera" Makartplatz, Salzburg
  • Duration: approx. 2 hrs.
  • Price: € 10.00/per person (excl. Mönchsberglift)
  • Registration: Austriaguide Mrs. Inez Reichl de Hoogh, tel. +43664 4968011

Individual tours to all sculptures

  • Dates: on arrangement by telephone
  • Meeting point: sculpture "Caldera" Makartplatz, Salzburg
  • Duration approx: 2 1/4 hrs.
  • Price: € 10.00 per person (excl. Mönchsberglift)
  • Registration: Dr. Hannele Schaber, tel. +43662 841467

Walking tours are accompanied by interactive texts and sketches, inviting participants to come to grips with contemporary art in downtown Salzburg in new and exciting ways

Guided tours for groups

  • Dates: all year round, by arrangement
  • Registration:, tel. +43 50 8242-0

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