With so many of our clients going to Verona to see the Verona Opera at the arena we thought it was time that we offered the Salzburg Music Festival for those music lovers of you out there. This Music Festival has such a wide repertoire that there really is something for everyone with Opera, Drama and Concerts on what feels like every corner of the city. The great and the good flock to the city for this 5 weeks festival which runs between 18th July – 30th August in 2015, though sadly direct connections from the UK are limited with only BA from Gatwick and Ryan Air from Stansted offering flights.
The Jedermann drama performance is perhaps the most famous as it was the inauguration concert back in 1920 on the Cathedral Steps and this tradition has continued to this day. The performance is moved to the Great Festival Hall if the weather is bad.
Another highlight would be Il Trovatore with the prima donna Anna Netrebko starring in 2015, but of course there is a raft of other performances. There are 188 performances in 12 venues with the main locations being from the Great Festival Hall, The old Riding School, The University and the Collegiate Church, and of course the Domplatz around the Cathedral.
Salzburg is such a wonderfully atmospheric city to just be in with the dramatic Hohensalzburg fortress towering over the city. A must is to take the funicular up from the centre of the old town to the fortress for wonderful views across the city – we would particularly recommend you are there for sunset.
The Salzburg card is a good inclusion on the Weekend a La Carte break as it gives you free admission to most Salzburg museums and free use of the funicular and Untersberg cableway meaning you can pop in and out of places.
There are some stunning tours from Salzburg including a trip to Berchtesgaden through valleys and farmland to panoramic views including the view of Hitler’s Eagles Nest and compound.
For those of you who love a more modern type of music there is a tour to show you the main locations of the filming of The Sound of Music. The Trapp Family did indeed sing at the Salzburg Music Festival in 1936, though infact annexation did not happen until 1938. The Mirabell gardens where “Do-Re-Mi” was filmed; Leopoldskron Castle where the famous boating scene was filmed; Hellbrunn Castle where fans of “16 going on 17” can see the rebuilt gazebo; The Lake District where the picnic scene was filmed, and Nonnberg where the “real” Maria was a novice and where she and Baron von Trapp got married in real life will be on the tour.