Literature

Salzburg, the city of poets

It is not only musical geniuses like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who have felt the inspiration of Salzburg. A large number of poets have also moved into Mozart's city.

Many authors and poets live and work in Salzburg and give the city and artistic aura that you will surely get to know during your visit.

Not every author who praises Salzburg in his or her books and writings was actually born here, but the list of authors who are somehow related to the city is just as long as it is impressive. Stefan Zweig, Thomas Mann, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Carl Zuckmayr, Berthold Brecht, Georg Trakl, Peter Handke… The fact that the literary scene in Salzburg today is just as lively and multifaceted as it has ever been is due in part to the city's cultural institutions, such as Literaturhaus Salzburg at Eizenbergerhof. This literary center in Salzburg offers visitors a number of interesting events. Readings by Austrian and international poets are just one of the highlights at Literaturhaus. During your visit to Salzburg, you will have the opportunity to do some reading in Salzburger Literaturhaus' extensive library. Of course, many of the books in which Salzburg plays a prominent role can also be found in the library of the amadeo hotel in Salzburg. The reading corner is also a meeting place for a private group of literary fans, further evidence of the owners' passion for literature.

If you wish to personally experience authors of international standing, then the Salzburg Festival will be your first choice. "Dichter zu Gast" ("Guest Poets") is the name of an exciting series during this classical music festival that focuses on the work of a famous writer. Another attraction for literature fans is the yearly Rauriser Literaturtage in Salzburger Land. Every year up-and-coming authors and current leaders in German-language literature meet in the idyllic Alpine village of Rauris for passionate readings in beautiful Alpine guesthouses.

During your sightseeing tours in the city of Salzburg, you will also continuously come across the domains of major authors: such as Stefan-Zweig-Villa at Kapuzinerberg or the house in Mönchsberg in which Peter Handke lived for a few years. A large number of inscriptions and marble tablets remind visitors of yet other literary figures in Salzburg. For example, you'll see Georg Trakl's poem in Steingasse alley or on the walls of the Georg Trakl memorial in Waagplatz.

While you're enjoying your literary-centric vacation in Salzburg, take some time to visit one of the many well-stocked bookstores in Salzburg's old city. The well-read employees will be happy to recommend books written by authors who were born in Salzburg, lived here, or mentioned the city in their works. Take home a piece of literature by Salzburg authors Georg Rendl, Gerhard Amanshauser, Peter Blaikner, Wolf Haas, Bodo Hell, Karl Markus Gauss, or Walter Müller and it will be a cherished souvenir that will provide many hours and years of joy.

The amadeo hotel in Salzburg, with its own reading corner and spacious rooms, is the perfect hotel for bookworms who are looking for a place to spend hours of reading enjoyment. Here you can submit a non-binding inquiry.

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Literature in Salzburg : City of Poets - Salzburg, Austria
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