Effortlessly reach the Hohensalzburg Fortress, in any season! This modern funicular railway leads from the heart of Salzburg’s Old Town up to the city’s most visible landmark in just 54 seconds. The panoramic view is extraordinary and offers fantastic vistas of the city and the surrounding mountains. The FestungsBahn funicular runs at least every ten minutes.
Oldest funicular in Austria, built in 1892.
The hands-on human experience!
Elisabethkirche in Salzburg presents the only exhibition of its kind in Europe to present the treasures of the bible and many stories from the Good Book in such a way as to allow visitors to experience them with all their senses on around 600m² of floor space.
Bibelwelt is more of an adventure playground than a typical museum, as is obvious when you enter the hands-on exhibition through a gigantic ear. Inside the church there are portrayals of the stories of Jesus and Paul. An audio guide is used to navigate visitors around this very unconventional display.
Salzburg’s ‘Bibelwelt’ includes:
- An oriental market
- A 40 m² map of the Mediterranean outlining the journeys of Paul the Apostle
- Dark passageways and unsteady floors reflect Jesus’ tale of woe
- A one-arm bandit: the ‘Mercy Slot-Machine’
The hands-on museum has been designed to encourage ‘curious individuals’ of all ages to find out more, and to reveal the cultural treasures in the bible to everyone!
March 19 – 28, 2016
The Salzburg Easter Festival was established in 1967 and is held every year during Easter. The main emphasis is upon concerts and operas.
Othello: Operatic highlight of the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2016
The centre of attention at the 2016 Easter Festival will be claimed by Othello – the opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Christian Thielemann has been appointed musical director, Vincent Boussard is responsible for show production, and Vincent Lemaire for stage design and scenery. The costumes are being created by Christian Lacroix, a world famous fashion designer.
The tenor Johan Botha can be seen in the title role. The soprano Dorothea Röschmann plays Desdemona.
Stage premiere of the commissioned work: “For Women from Shakespeare”
Two chamber concert programmes at the Easter Festival are to feature a new work. The German composer Manfred Trojahn has composed a new piece for a soprano and a chamber music ensemble.
The cycle ‘Four Women from Shakespeare’ deals with four characters created by William Shakespeare. In performing all four roles, the singer Juliane Banse will be expected to show absolute mastery of the skills of transformation. She plays Titania from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Juliet’s encounter with Romeo, the traumatised Ophelia, and finally Lady Macbeth. Musical accompaniment for the soprano is provided by the Saxony Staatskapelle Dresden.
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November 20, 2015 — February 7, 2016
‘Customary Christmastime Celebrations’ is a joint exhibition of traditional Christmas celebrations and customs staged at the ‘Residenzgalerie’ and ‘Dommuseum’. It is devoted to the better and lesser known customs celebrated during the advent period.
A variety of celebrations make this dark and cold time of year both contemplative and convivial. Such traditions include the customary giving of presents on St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucy’s Day festival of light or the door-to-door collection of alms at Epiphany.
The Christmas story is told via the Adoration of the Magi, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple and several other frescos and depictions.
The exhibition in the Dommuseum ends with the birth of Christ and the chronology is picked up by the Residenzgalerie. Works loaned by monasteries and churches supplement the sculptures and paintings of both collections.
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Salzburg is the perfect venue for those who want to go to extremes at the end of the year: live music, endless eateries offering culinary delights, the ringing of the bells and a brilliant firework display above Hohensalzburg Fortress at midnight make New Year’s Eve in Salzburg a memorable vacation experience. The incomparable party zone in Salzburg’s historic city center helps shorten the time to the countdown in a fantastic atmosphere. Dancing the Blue Danube Waltz on the historic squares at midnight is an absolute must on the New Year’s Eve program in Austria.
Celebrating the turn of the year in Salzburg
New Year’s Eve in Salzburg is very colourful and diversified in celebrating and welcoming the new year. Here some suggestions of how to spend the last night and the first days of the year in Salzburg:
December 30, 2015 – January 1, 2016:
An open-air stage set up on Residence Square offers great entertainment featuring various bands and DJs. The music is designed to get everyone in the party mood and ready to dance. Various other concerts, parties and culinary delights in the historic centre of the old town are waiting for you to join them. At midnight, spectacular fireworks welcome the new year. Even on New Year’s Day there are several events to go on celebrating.
December 31, 2015:
New Years Eve Concert of Mozarteumorchestra Salzburg in the Large Festival Hall. Many more concerts and events in Mozarteum, Salzburg State Theater, on the Fortress Hohensalzburg, in Castle Mirabell and many different other venues.New Year’s Shooting of the Salzburg civil guards in the old town of the Salzburg.
January 1, 2016:
New Year’s concerts in the Large Festival Hall, in Mozarteum, Salzburg State Theater, and many more venues all over Salzburg.
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Advent in Salzburg
Advent market in the courtyard of Hohensalzburg Fortress
Nov. 27 – Dec. 20, 2015
Advent high above the city’s rooftops – A charming Advent market will be held high above the city’s rooftops in the courtyard of Hohensalzburg Fortress. Whether you arrive on foot or by funicular – it affords a stunning view of Salzburg and its Christmas decorations. Countless market booths and a colorful entertainment program transform the medieval castle courtyard into an enchanting marketplace offering local handicrafts, exceptional gift ideas and culinary delicacies. Children will have fun making their own apple-men, straw stars, ice flowers, angels, gift tags and many other objects. Brass concerts and dance music add to the festive spirit of the season. The traditional “Christ Child Salute” by the Armed Fortress Guild will take place at noon on December 24.
Stern Advent with Winter Market
Nov. 19 – Jan. 6, 2016
Hand-painted Christmas ornaments, elaborate holiday decor, handcrafted candles, porcelain angels and many other gift ideas can be found at the enchanting Christmas market at Sternarkaden.
Advent at Stiegl Brewery
Nov. 26 – Dec. 20, 2015
Romantic Advent market in the inner courtyard at Stiegl Brauwelt with beer specialties such as mulled or bock beer, elegant arts and crafts, background music and festive events.
Advent market at the Franziskischlössl/Courtyard
Nov. 28 – Dec. 27, 2015
Advent market featuring special delicacies from the Austrian “Genussregionen” as well as traditional handicrafts. A wonderful opportunity to pamper your palate and enjoy dining around an open fire during the pre-Christmas season.
Shuttle service from 3 pm, from/to Kapuzinerkloster
Advent market at the Gwandhaus
Nov 28 & 29; Dec 12 – 13, 2015
Enchanting Advent market, elaborate handcrafted gifts, culinary delights and a diversified entertainment program. www.gwandhaus.com
Advent in Salzburg
November 19 – December 24, 2015
The Christmas market in front of Mirabell Palace has become a center of attraction for young and old over the last few years. Culinary delicacies, mulled wine and the lovingly decorated stalls invite visitors to stop and browse. The centrally located Christmas market is easily accessed – directly across from the bus stop and parking garage and just a few minutes’ walk from the train station.
The Christmas Market on Mirabellplatz in Salzburg enchants visitors with its traditional charm. Fragrant scents, Christmas treats and lovely gifts create a romantic atmosphere to set the mood for Christmas.
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With its traditional flair and ambiance the Salzburg Christmas Market is the perfect setting to get in the mood for Christmas. Beautiful Cathedral Square, the traditional stalls, the stars overhead and the quality of the products sold charm visitors year after year. You will be enchanted too: by traditional craftsmanship, delicious Christmas cookies, aromatic tree ornaments and many arts and crafts of the season. The Salzburg Christmas Market is an experience for all of the senses: the delicate scent of mulled wine envelops the stalls, which offer fine and fanciful, old and new items. Performances by traditional Salzburg choirs and children’s groups from Salzburg schools are a magnet for visitors year after year. “Turmblasen“, the unparalleled Advent brass concerts, can be heard on Residence Square every Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Mon – Thur 10am-8.30pm
Sun & public holiday 9am-8.30pm, 24.12.: 9am-3pm, Dec 25 + 26: 11am-6pm.
The “Christkind” at the Salzburg Christmas Market
After enjoying a glass of mulled wine or punch, some people may think they are dreaming when they see figures in white and gold robes with curly hair and feathered wings among the stands. The “Christkind” and its angels will walk through the Christmas Market on the four Saturdays before Christmas between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The gentle beings enchant visitors when they walk across Cathedral and Residence Square, making children’s eyes shine. A hands-on Christkind.
The meaning of Christkind – Wikipedia
Krampusses and Perchten at the Salzburg Christmas Market
A visit by the Krampusses and Perchten at the Salzburg Christmas Market is wild and not a bit gentle. This is when evil spirits dominate Salzburg’s historic city center. Krampusses make many visitors cringe with their Rute (switch made of birch branches), bells and beastly masks. The Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas, who rewards the good children that behaved. Naughty children are punished by the Krampus, who sometimes swats them with his switch. Some of the visitors may also feel an occasional swat from the Krampus’ switch during the Krampus Run around the Cathedral.
Information on the Krampus and Perchten in Salzburg
The weekly market for regional produce, the ‘Schrannenmarkt’, is a Salzburg institution. It has been held in front of St. Andräkirche every Thursday since 1906. It is one of Austria’s largest markets, along with the Naschmarkt and Brunnenmarkt in Vienna, and offers regional produce and local specialities at a fair price from 5:00am.
Depending on the time of year the around 190-stall market also offers Advent wreaths or catkin bouquets. The stall holders all come from Salzburg, Upper Austria and areas of Bavaria just over the border, so top quality, fresh produce can be guaranteed.
The name ‘Schranne’ dates back to the municipal grain depot housed in the Schrannen buildings on Mirabell square since 1788. In 1906 Salzburg’s town council made the Schranne an official weekly market. In the 1920s direct sales of regional farm produce began to flourish. The importance of the market is reflected by the 10-year waiting list for farmers applying for a stall.
SPECIALITIES: Farm produce, fish soup, stall with fresh deep fried chicken and sausages – typical Salzburg snacks
Opening hours: Thursday 5am-1 pm (Wednesday, if thursday is a public holiday).
Herbert von Karajan Square is located in Salzburg’s Old City against the face of the Mönchsberg in front of Sigmund’s Gate. Originally named after Archbishop Sigismund Christian Schrattenbach, the square was renamed in honor of the world-famous conductor, Herbert von Karajan. Sigmund’s Gate connects the Old City with the Riedenburg district and is the oldest road tunnel in Austria.
The Civic Hospital, Large Festival Hall, Old University and Hotel Goldener Hirsch are in close proximity to the square. University Square, Hofstallgasse and Bürgerspitalgasse lead into the square.
The Horse Pond
The magnificent Horse Pond was designed and built in 1693 by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in the course of building the facade for the royal stables. The central group, the “Horse Tamer” by Michael Bernhard Mandl, once stood in an oval basin axial to the portal of the royal stables. A separate palace façade with horse frescoes was located behind the portal.
The Horse Pond was restored in 1732 under Archbishop Firmian. The statue of the “Horse Tamer” was rotated 90 degrees and placed on a new base, a balustrade was placed around the basin. Josef Ebner painted horse frescoes on the rear wall modeled on Stradanus’ engraving “Equite seu speculum equorum…”.
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Salzburg – A popular world cultural heritage city
Salzburg’s old town is rich in historical treasures. In 1997 Salzburg’s inclusion on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage sites was well deserved. Not only did the wonderful scenery and architecture thrill the UNESCO inspectors; it has always been also a pleasure to behold for the myriad visitors that walk around Salzburg every day.
In a unique location – The old town of Salzburg
Anyone who has wandered around the older parts of Salzburg will tell you that the historical area of the town is divided into two parts – the right bank and left bank of the city. The left bank of the River Salzach is the older of the two, some of the earliest evidence of settlements dating back to Roman times. Those wishing to go from one side of the city to the other can cross one of the numerous bridges that connect up the old part of town along the river: Nonntaler Brücke, Mozartsteg, Staatsbrücke, Makartsteg and Müllnersteg.
As well as enjoying a fantastic location on the banks of the river, the historic section of the city is also blessed with the charm of the verdant hills at the heart of the town, such as Mönchsberg Hill, from which Fortress Hohensalzburg watches over activities below. In just a few minutes visitors to Salzburg can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding postcard scenery from these hills.
The extraordinary architecture of the historical centre of Salzburg
The old part of Salzburg is home to a variety of architectural styles and treasures, protected not least by a number of conservation directives. Tucked away out of clear view, a stroll along the lanes, alleys and passageways can reveal buildings dating back to the medieval, romantic, renaissance and baroque periods, as well as the sophisticated, classical architecture of the homes belonging to the monarchy. There is hardly an epoch of historical note that has not left its mark within the city.