Mirabell Castle / Rose Hill

Greetings from Salzburg

A greeting from Salzburg with the fortress in the sunset. A place of longing that so perfectly combines history, culture and scenic beauty. Even Alexander von Humboldt, explorer in the early 19th century said “I consider the areas of Salzburg, Naples and Constantinople to be the most beautiful on earth!”. Indeed: with its picturesque location in the Salzach Valley, its diverse cultural offerings and rich cultural history, Salzburg is a jewel among Europe’s metropolises and is called “The Stage of the World“.

Every year in August, the world-famous Salzburg Festival offers a top-class programme of opera, drama and concerts on this stage. In 2020, of all years, the Salzburg Festival will probably be cancelled for the first time in its 100-year history. Or it will take place in a reduced form. On 22 August 1920, the call of Jedermann rang out for the first time on Domplatz. Today, 100 years later, a virus prevents the celebration of this unique birthday. Large-scale events are banned until the end of August.

The Salzburg Museum, which is curating the exhibition “Great World Theatre – 100 Years of the Salzburg Festival”, has announced that a launch of the exhibition is coming into view in consultation with the Salzburg Festival. The exhibition could start at the end of July. At the same time as the Festival begins. But whether they will really start, and if so in what form, remains open for the time being.

Until there are answers to this and many other questions, we are happy to receive a greeting from Salzburg in the sunset. And we look forward to the borders opening and being able to visit our places of longing again.

Published 3. May 2020Updated 5. October 2021
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