Since 1920, thousands of culture vultures and art lovers have been drawn to the Salzburg Festival each year. Opera performances, theatre and concerts are set to impress with their star casts and impressive backdrops.
If you open the window in your room at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu in July or August, you might even hear ‘Jedermann’ from Domplatz Square, which is just a 3-minute walk from the Kasererbräu. Each summer, you can hear the people shout ‘Jedermann!’ from Domplatz Square: it must be festival time – Salzburg’s fifth season.
Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s theatre piece was first performed on the 22nd of August 1920, and it hasn’t gotten any less popular. This is not least due to the all-star casts that the show attracts each year: Veronica Ferres, Senta Berger, Maximilian Schell, Peter Simonischek, Ben Becker … – the list of celebrities performing Jedermann each year is a long one. Christian Stückl, who adapted Jedermann for the festival in 2001, even stayed at the Kasererbräu during the festival. If you want to experience a piece of live theatre in front of a cathedral backdrop, you’d better be quick: the tickets go like hot cakes.
As well as the outdoor performance of Jedermann on Residence (Domplatz), the Salzburg Festival also boasts other brilliant shows, operas and concerts in unmissable locations, such as the Felsenreitschule Theatre, the Haus für Mozart or the big festival house (Großes Festspielhaus).
The celebrities at the Salzburg Festival aren’t just limited to the stage. Regulars such as Thomas Gottschalk, Bianca Jagger, Caroline von Monaco, Ernst August von Hannover and famous surprise guests can usually be seen among the audience. Max Reinhardt, who founded the Salzburg Festival with Hofmannsthal, once said: “The whole city is a stage”. It’s not uncommon to get caught in the sights of the paparazzi in the alleyways of Salzburg’s Old Town during festival season. And Salzburg’s Baroque Old Town is the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos.