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The Salzburg Festival is to opera and theatre what

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The brainchild of artists, including composer Richard Strauss and impresario Max Reinhardt, the festival was born in the aftermath of World War I, with the idea of peace and reconciliation. 

Attracting all the big hitters of the performing arts, it runs for six weeks, from July 18 to August 30, and celebrates its centenary next year.

The 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress looms over Salzburg old town at sunset


Next year sees a special accent on Beethoven. To mark the 250th anniversary of his birth, virtuoso Igor Levit will perform all 32 piano sonatas. Opera lovers can expect Don Giovanni, Tosca, Electra, Boris Godunov and The Magic Flute. Despite allegations of past sexual misconduct, Placido Domingo is due to appear in Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers. Full schedule of events at

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Good to know

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Who goes?

Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov are both performing at the festival

Easier to ask who doesn’t.Sir Simon Ꮢattle, Cecіlia Bartoli, Joseρh Callеja and Anna NetreƄko are regular peгformers. In the audience, expect to ѕee tһe high and mіghty, partіcularly German and Austriаn politicians. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Gⅼoria von Thurn und Taxis, Francеsca von Habsburg, Bianca Jаgɡer, Wolfgang Porsche, Theresa May, Angela Merkel and a slew of Euгo-toffs set the tone.

 Where tߋ stay and eat

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You’ll find hearty food at Restaurant Triangel (

The food is exceptional at St Peter Stiftskulinarium (

Best view of the city

Deirdre recommends heading up to the Museum of Modern Art and seeing the views 

Most tourists catch the funicular to the 11th century castle, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, for views of the city. But I recommend taking the dedicated lift up to the Museum of Modern Art (

Don’t miss

The museum at No 9 Getreidegasse is Mozart’s birthplace. It would be criminal not to pay homage to the boy wonder. There’s plenty of memorabilia giving a flavour of his early life. Then move into the 20th century and reenact the Do-Re-Mi scene from The Sound Of Music on the steps in the Mirabell Gardens. Follow that with a visit to the Rock Riding School, where the Von Trapp family perform in a competition together before making their escape. (Take a look

Even if you haven’t bagged tickets for the opera, go and look at the audience as it gathers outside the main auditorium. This is glamour of the highest order with rocks to rival those in the windows of Cartier, Graff or Tiffany. And it’s good to know that you can team diamonds with a dirndl. That’s so Salzburg. 

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