Salzburg Festival in summer
In summer the city of Mozart turns into one big stage
Every year thousands of lovers of culture and art set out on a pilgrimage to the city of Mozart. The Salzburg Festival has been held annually since 1920. Countless operas, theatrical plays and concerts enchant international audiences.
Should you open the window of your cosy hotel room at Hotel Kasererbraeu in July or August it is very likely that you will hear the eerie call ‘Jeeeeeedermann’ (‘Everyman’) from Domplatz Square: the famous morality play ‘Everyman’ is about to be performed. The time of the Salzburg Festival is a fifth season in the cultural year at the city of Mozart.
‘Everyman’ and the Salzburg Festival
The morality play ‘Everyman’ is the hallmark of the Salzburg Festival. The legendary play by Hugo von Hofmannsthal was first performed on August 22nd 1920 and has lost none of its fascination over the decades. Every year the greatest theatre actors of the German speaking world such as Veronica Ferres, Senta Berger, Maximilian Schell, Peter Simonischek and Ben Becker retell the story of the death and salvation of the heartless Everyman. Tickets for this theatrical highlight are highly sought after. It is recommended you book well in advance to experience the unique play in front of Salzburg Cathedral.
Cultural indulgence in the city of Mozart
In addition to the open air venue in front of Salzburg Cathedral, the Salzburg Festival will enchant you with unforgettable opera performances, theatrical plays or concert highlights at unique locations such as the Felsenreitschule – the former riding academy of the prince archbishops of Salzburg – and the Great Festival Hall.
Experience the unique atmosphere of the Salzburg Festival
During the Salzburg Festival stars and celebrities are not only found on the stage. Many regular guests such as Thomas Gottschalk, Bianca Jagger, Caroline of Monaco crowd the streets of the city of Mozart during festival season. Max Reinhardt, co-founder of the Salzburg Festival with Hugo von Hofmannsthal once said: “The whole city is a stage”. Flurries of camera flashlights are not uncommon in the streets and alleys of Salzburg during the Salzburg Festival. The baroque city will be a perfect backdrop for your holiday pictures as well!