Germany is a festival country and the festival calendar is one of the most important and diverse in the world. Traditional cultural events such as the Bayreuth Festival, where Richard Wagner's operas are celebrated, go back far into past centuries and are an integral part of the German cultural world. From north to south, the mild summer attracts numerous visitors to gardens in castles, manor houses and open-air stages, where guests can enjoy outstanding performances.
Between cypresses and grapevines, the festival summer in Italy lures with mild summer nights and dreamlike landscapes. The "Belpaese" gives music lovers every reason to travel south, in addition to unique nature, culture and culinary delights: In the Mediterranean country there is a rich festival landscape that takes visitors to unique venues. A highlight in the festival summer is the upper Italian region of South Tyrol, which offers breath-taking mountain scenery and cultural highlights and celebrates a romantic composer with the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks.
In Austria, art and culture are an integral part of identity. Whether classical music at the famous Salzburg Festival or the opera festival in Bregenz, where Lake Constance becomes the actual stage: For decades, the Austrian Festival has been a guarantee for first-class musical enjoyment. In addition to major world-class festival events, it is also small regional festivals that make Austria's cultural offerings so diverse. The interplay between breath-taking nature and rich culture as well as the regional delicacies form an excellent supporting programme to the festivals.