a group of people playing music



The fact that Salzburg turns into a festival city in July and August is well known. But news has not spread as far that there are numerous high-calibre cultural events in the countryside during the summer months.

Summer in Salzburg: sunny days at the lake or on the mountain come to mind, but also mild and pleasant evenings in the old town of Salzburg with the most outstanding cultural enjoyment – operas, drama, concerts and more.
But it does not always have to be the city of Mozart. Why not use the daytime to hike over green alpine pastures or refresh yourself in the cool waters and enjoy one of the varied cultural offers in the evening? Or best both – this is possible in SalzburgerLand!

Festival at GOLLING Castle

For years the small, nice festival in the castle of the same name in Golling has been a regular fixture. What began as a small event became an art and music festival of the highest level under the patronage of Hermann Döllerer. Numerous well-known ensembles, singers and actors, including Angelika Kirchschlager and Otto Schenk, were signed for the Gollinger Festspiele. The premises of the historic castle provide the perfect setting for readings, concerts and more.


Pure summer feeling is guaranteed every year by the music festival in the Salzburger Seenland lake area which was named after the composer Anton Diabelli who was born in Mattsee. Since summer 2000, international artists meet up at Mattsee lake. The hallmark of this established festival is the exciting mix of different music styles – from exquisite classical music with an occasional modern touch, jazz and swing to high-quality folk music. The Mattseer Diabelli Sommer offers a diversified, exciting programme every year.

© TVB Mattsee – Chateau Mattsee


The Tonspuren am Asitz music festival offers a completely different setting. It takes place high up at Asitz mountain in Leogang. The special thing about this is that you can not only to listen to the (folk) musical sound, but are also able to experiment with music yourself at the music workshop. From the singing and yodelling workshop to testing a variety of instruments – during the Tonspuren am Asitz days in June, July and August, colourful sounds echo across the alpine pastures. The event is also enriched with captivating and passionate performances by artists from all over the world.

© Saalfelden Leogang – Tonspuren am Asitz


More or less just around the corner, jazz is in charge on the last weekend in August. The Jazzfestival Saalfelden has long since gained its place in the European jazz calendar since its establishment in 1979. On a total of seven stages located in the valley and also at the surrounding mountain huts, about 30 concerts – from experimental to contemporary – are presented at its best. The young spectators can enjoy their own children’s concert at Kunsthaus Nexus. And also at Ensiedelei am Palfen, one of the most unusual locations in the region, you can enjoy musical sounds.

© Koppensteiner Photography – Mainstage-Jazzfestival Saalfelden


The art and culture festival sommer.frische.kunst in Bad Gastein is more than just a music festival. The “Monte Carlo of the Alps” has always attracted celebrities from all over the world. It is therefore no wonder that renowned artists such as Liza Minelli and Friedrich Liechtenstein are attracted by the special flair that Bad Gastein offers.
Classical music resounds at exciting locations, such as the Preimskirche am Wasserfall church or Weitmoser Schlössl castle. The „Schubert in Gastein“ classical music festival, which takes place as part of the “Sommer.frische.kunst Gastein”, is dedicated to works by the Austrian composer who, as the name suggests, spent a part of his summer in 1825 in Bad Gastein.
Within the framework of the kunstresidenz , international artists have ample room for inspiration and creative work in the historic hydroelectric power station of Bad Gastein

© Werner Gritzbach – sommer.frische.kunst Bad Gastein

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