Extraordinary cultural highlights and anniversaries.
It was exactly 20 years ago, that Salzburg was added to the UNESCO-World Heritage List. With a charisma that emanates far beyond Austria’s borders, visitors are drawn irresistibly to this magnificent city of the Baroque.
It is not surprising that, next to the architecture, Salzburg’s music tradition was one of the reasons for the UNESCO-title. W.A.Mozart was born here and the Salzburg Festivals belong to the top classical events worldwide. In 2017, the Easter Festival celebrates 50 years.
An anniversary of distinction: 20 years on the UNESCO World Heritage List
In 2017, Salzburg celebrates a very special anniversary: 20 years on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The perfect occasion, then, for Salzburg Museum to host an exhibition entitled “Inherit the Culture. Preserve the City!” (20 January 2017 through to 7 January 2018). Taking famous landmarks as examples, museumgoers are shown the enduring importance of protecting monuments and buildings in order to preserve the iconic appearance of Salzburg as a whole. The role of the former prince-archbishops was also a factor in bestowing the UNESCO honour. As both spiritual and secular leaders, they were responsible for creating the look of a city which melded the medieval homes of regular citizens with the magnificent representative buildings befitting a bishop’s seat. Their cultural legacy is partially the result of an exchange between northern and southern Europe, spurred on in particular by Italian artists and architects who had been personally invited to Salzburg.
In addition to the city’s beautiful architecture, its significance as a musical metropolis also played a decisive role in UNESCO conferring this great honour on Salzburg. W.A. Mozart and the musical tradition which he pioneered, as well as theatre director and producer Max Reinhardt, a driving force behind the Salzburg Festival, are two examples of Salzburg’s invaluable contribution to the world music scene.
A Half-Century of the Salzburg Easter Festival
Between 8 and 17 April 2017, Salzburg marks the 50th anniversary of the Easter Festival (www.osterfestspiele-salzburg.at). In honor of the event, Vera Nemirova directs a new production of “Die Walküre”, first performed at the festival in 1967 under Herbert von Karajan. The accompanying exhibition “WalküRE 1967·2017” gives further information on the reconstruction of the iconic set designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen. Aside from this cultural highlight, audiences will be treated to special concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with guest conductor Franz Welser-Möst.
The most prominent festival is the Salzburg Festival in summertime, this year from July 21 to August 30, 2017 (www.salzburgfestival.at). The programme reads like the ‘Who’s Who’ of national and international artists: Riccardo Muti and Anna Netrebko star in Guiseppe Verdi’s “Aida” and Cecilia Bartoli is “Ariodante”. In the centre of all plays is again “Jedermann” by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which is put on stage in front of the Cathedral.
The Salzburg Card
The Salzburg Card is your key to the city of Salzburg. It provides free admission to all sights and museums in Salzburg and serves as your ticket for public transportation in the city.