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The most beautiful hiking holidays during the Salzburg Festival

Nature, culture and enjoyment in the Salzburg hiking region

When the flags of the Salzburg Festival fly on the Staatsbrücke-bridge in Salzburg, the gardens of the restaurants are wonderfully decorated and the historic centre wraps itself in a particularly festive outfit, it is finally that time again – the fifth season can begin. The festival program is packed with operas, plays and concerts – the Festival and UNESCO World Heritag City of Salzburg is ready for six weeks full of highlights and festival guests dressed up in wonderful attire. The Salzburg Festival is a fixed point in the cultural calendar not only for many international visitors, but also for numerous locals.

What there is to experience at the world’s largest cultural festival in Salzburg, why hiking and culture can be combined so wonderfully and where an individual hiking holiday is particularly good at this time of year, we will tell you on our HikingBlog.

Basic information about the Salzburg Festival

In August 1920, the foundation stone for the world-famous Salzburg Festival was laid with the premier of ‚Everyman‘ on the Salzburg Cathedral Square. Since then, the festival has fascinated its visitors in the summer months from July to August. The music festival is internationally regarded as the most important celebration of classical music and performing arts.

The variety of depictions extends far beyond Hugo von Hofmannsthal‘s „Jedermann“ (Everyman). Every year more than 250.000 guests experience the unique performances of the top-class actors.

Performances included, for instance: Verdi’s ‚Aida‘, Mozart’s ‚The Magic Flute‘, Don Giovanni, Elektra, Tosca, Cosí fan tutte, as well as concerts by the Vienna Philharmonics, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and many other performances. The magnificent premises in the Salzburg Festival Hall with the Great Festival Hall, the Felsenreitschule, the House for Mozart and the imposing Cathedral Square serve as the backdrop for the performances. The large hall in the Mozarteum Foundation, the large university auditorium, the Perner Island in Hallein and the Collgiate Church also serve as venues for the Salzburg Festival. Experience for yourself how the entire city and the surrounding region become a stage.

Facts and details about the Salzburg Festival

  • Hour of Birth: The first Salzburg Festival took place in 1920. Specifically, on 22 August 1920, ‚Everyman‘ premiered on Cathedral Square for the very first time, which was also the birth of the Salzburg Festival.  
  • Most important venues: the Great Festival Hall, the Felsenreitschule, the House for Mozart, Cathedral Square, the Collegiate Church, the Salzburg State Theatre, the Perner Island in Hallein and many more.
  • Nationality of Guests: Around 41% of festival visitors come from Germany and 38% from Austria.
  • Festival Tickets: In 2022, 224.933 tickets were issued, ranging in price from EUR 5,- to EUR 455,-.

Things to know about the Salzburg Festival

  • Around 80% of festival visitors are regular guests.
  • The 100th anniversary of the Salzburg Festival in 2020 was postponed into 2021 due to the pandemic and was celebrated in 2021 with 163 performances taking place over 46 days.
  • The festival kicks off every year with the ‚Celebration of the Festival Opening“. The entire historic centre in Salzburg serves as a stage for numerous free events, which culminate with the traditional highlight of the „Salzburg Dance of the Torches‘ performed at Salzburg’s Residenzplatz square.

Actively on the move around the Salzburg Festival district

A visit to the festival can be combined in a particularly harmonious way with a pleasant hiking holiday in Salzburg at this time of year. Around the city of Salzburg there are many wonderful hiking regions such as the Salzburger Land, the Salzkammergut or the Salzburg Pinzgau. Enjoy the most beautiful hiking paths during the day on our individual hiking holidays and experience the lively goings-on and top-class performances in the Salzburg Festival district in the evening. This unique cultural experience is rounded off by the wonderful cuisine from the region, which you can enjoy in the surrounding restaurants before or after your performance. The Salzburg Festival is truly a treat for the palate, eyes and ears. And the best part? With us you hike completely carefree and without any luggage. Our Eurohike team on-site ensures a smooth luggage transfer throughout your active holiday. This is how relaxing an active break during the Salzburg Festival can be.

The most beuatiful hiking holidays for „Everyman“

Active movement and cultural enjoyment become a true work of art when hiking in Salzburg. Whether in the picturesque Salzkammergut, in the beautiful regions of the Salzburger Land or in the neighbouring Bavaria – these varied hiking tours offer the right form of balance for all leves of hiking – before or after a visit to the Salzburg Festival. We have summarised the most beautiful hiking tours around the festival city of Salzburg for you at a glance.  

  • Our hiking holiday High-Altitude Paths, Lakes & Dachstein-Glacier, 8 days, takes you up high. By foot you can enjoy the most beautiful panoramas located between Lake Traunsee, Bad Ischl, Lake Wolfgangsee and the Gosautal valley. 
  • Whether in 6 or 8 days – on our mountain hiking tours on the Salzalpensteig Trail you walk in the footsteps of the ‚white gold‘ between Bavaria and the Salzkammergut, as well as the Salzburger Land.

Our conclusion

The multifaceted hiking holidays by Eurohike, as well as the diverse program of the Salzburg Festival, guaranatee the right form of active and cultural experiences for every taste.


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