The Salzburg Festival was founded 92 years ago by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt and Richard Strauss. To this day it is regarded as one of the most important music festivals in the world, attracting world class musicians, performers and conductors to this Alpine city.
Today the Salzburg Festival offers a broad umbrella of artistic offerings, embracing opera, drama and concerts, and ranging from classical to contemporary music.
The Festival District is conveniently compact, consisting of the Grosses Festspielhaus, Mozart's House and the Felsenreitschule, together with Cathedral Square and the Kollegienkirche, located just 200 metres away.
Salzburg is a World Heritage city, celebrated for its beautiful Baroque architecture and, of course, its most famous musical son - Mozart was born there in 1756. Visitors to the Festival will also enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Salzkammergut, which is a resort area stretching from Salzburg to the Dachstein mountain range, a magnificent landscape of lakes, mountains and alpine pastures.