Large Festival Hall (Grosses Festspielhaus) Tours
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Building started in 1956 on Salzburg’s Large Festival Hall (Grosses Festspielhaus), which was designed by Austrian architect and stage designer Clemens Holzmeister specifically to host the annual Salzburg Festival. The grand green-and white theater is neo-baroque in style and the main auditorium can seat an audience of 2,170; it opened to great fanfare in 1960 with a performance of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Herbert von Karajan and is renowned for its acoustics; the circular stage has a width of 100 meters (328 feet) and is one of the largest in the world. The interior decor is a monument to 1960s design, with marble statues by sculptor Wander Bertoni, as well as installations by Anton von Webern and notorious Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka.
As well as hosting the Salzburg Festival, the venue has a full repertoire of year-round performances and also holds concerts during the city’s Easter and Whitsun Festivals as well as carol services at Christmas. It stands next door to another of Salzburg’s great musical venues, the Haus für Mozart (House for Mozart), which was completed in 1925 and was also designed by Clemens Holzmeister.
Located at Hofstallgasse 1, guided tours are available. The Salzburg Festival 2015 runs between July 18 and August 13. Many buses stop outside the hall.
Address: Hofstallgasse 1, Salzburg, Austria
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Large Festival Hall (Grosses Festspielhaus)
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Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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