Art & Culture

Theatres, Concerts and Art Galleries in Salzburg City

What comes to mind when you think of culture in Salzburg? One of the first things on the list would have to be the world renowned Salzburg Festival, which every year attracts the biggest stars of classical music. But that is only one part of a multifaceted cultural life that you can get to know during your stay in Salzburg. In addition to the many historical and traditional cultural events, Salzburg also has a young, exciting, and dynamic cultural scene. The amadeo hotel Salzburg is a design-oriented hotel and your best starting point for exploring the city's modern cultural offerings. The employees of this modern four-star hotel in the southern section of Mozart's city have gathered together a few insiders' tips that you won't find in many travel guides about Salzburg.


At ARGEkultur in the charming Nonntal section of the city, regular concerts, cabarets, and theater productions are held in the organization's new building. Young and upcoming bands appear here in addition to renowned jazz musicians and famous cabaret artists. A yearly highlight on the ARGE calendar is the MotzART festival, a cabaret program known throughout the German-speaking areas of Europe. A number of cultural initiatives are also located in the ARGE building, for example Radiofabrik. You can reach ARGEkultur from amadeo hotel Salzburg in less than 15 minutes by bus, bicycle, or car.

Schauspielhaus Salzburg (playhouse)

Another worthwhile attraction in the Nonntal section is Schauspielhaus Salzburg, the smaller of the two theaters in Salzburg. While the Salzburg State Theatre (Landestheater) hosts mostly theatrical classics, musicals, and operettas, Schauspielhaus focuses more on contemporary works. The dedicated administrators of Schauspielhaus never fail to find a new angle for their presentations, guaranteeing an intellectually stimulating evening for their guests.

Gwandhaus Salzburg

Just a few minutes away by car or a nice walk from amadeo hotel Salzburg is the "Gwandhaus für Österreich und Bayern", sponsored by Gössl, a maker of traditional clothing and costumes. However, the castle-like building is home not just to Gössl dirndls and jankers. It actually holds a complete cultural program. At Gwandhaus, traditional Austrian folk music, movies, and photographic exhibits have a new home. The Trachtenmuseum (costume museum) at Gwandhaus is also worth a visit.

Salzburg Art Association and Künstlerhaus

Where Alpenstrasse starts (the main traffic route on which amadeo hotel Salzburg is also located) you will find the Salzburger Künstlerhaus. Ever-changing exhibits display current works of local and international artists. Künstlerhaus is also home to the Salzburg Art Association, a group dedicated to supporting upcoming artists from the Salzburg region.

DAS movie theater

An independent movie theater has proven that it can survive and thrive in a market dominated by powerful multiplex theaters. For many years, "DAS Kino" has specialized in films that are not exactly Hollywood blockbusters. Anyone looking for political, artistic, or socio-critical films in Salzburg will eventually find his or her way to DAS Kino. Many of the films are also shown with the original soundtrack, which further increases the appeal of this two-screen theater. DAS Kino also has a full children's program and film festivals like the yearly Bergfilmfestival.

International Mozarteum Foundation

International Mozarteum Foundation is both the administrator of this musical genius' legacy and a world-renowned art university. Mozarteum also organizes excellent classical-music festivals like the yearly Mozartwoche (Mozart Week). Lovers of the music and culture of that time will also rejoice at the yearly dialogs that occur here. They address current subjects at a very high artistic level.

Szene Salzburg and republic

Originally founded as "Szene der Jugend", Szene Salzburg is now one of the most significant cultural events besides the Salzburg Festival. The program focuses on modern dance, with performances at a very high international level during the summer months. Most SommerSzene events take place at republic, the former city theater of Salzburg. republic is particularly popular among young audiences due to its weekly guest DJs. Besides this, republic is also host to productions from Salzburg Festival, cabarets, and concerts.

Galleries in Salzburg

Browsing through the many galleries in Salzburg is particularly worthwhile during the festival months. One of the most well-known galleries is Galerie Ropac, which also has a branch in Paris. Thaddaeus Ropac is considered to be one of the most knowledgeable people in the modern art scene. Andy Warhol, Stephan Balkenhol, Robert Mappelthorpe, Anselm Kiefer – the list of big names that have already been exhibited at Galerie Ropac is very long. Galerie Ruzicka is another hotspot that specializes in contemporary art from Austria and other countries. At Galerie Welz you will find somewhat more affordable art works in addition to a good selection of classical music and art books.

Museum der Moderne and Rupertinum

Two buildings, one museum. The spectacular new museum building on Salzburg's Mönchsberg and Museum Rupertinum across from the festival buildings both belong to Museum der Moderne. You will want to visit both of them. Visit Museum der Moderne am Mönchsberg for its contemporary works of an international format; Rupertinum in the old city will give you a profound look into Salzburg's art scene.


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