Concerts and festivals

Concerts and festivals

If listening to music live is your thing, you're bound to visit at least some of the music events that frequently take place across Europe. 

This year was again filled with music festivals of all kinds: From Glastonbury Festival in England to See-rock Festival in Graz, Austria; from INmusic Festival at Lake Jarun in Zagreb, Croatia to Exit Festival in Novi Sad; from Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary to Montreux Jazz Festival at Lake Geneva in Switzerland and Guča Tumpet Festival in Serbia. The whole Europe is swinging to the beats of rock'n'roll, electronic music, hip-hop, indie rock, heavy metal, jazz, and to the sound of trumpets.  Find a festival you like on www.festivalsearcher.com and take a train to join the fun!

For a list of upcoming music and other events, you can visit  www.eventim.si and plan your train journey accordingly to arrive just in time! 

 

Lovers of classical music can choose from opera to instrumental in the following list of festivals:

The Bayreuth Festival, which is one of the largest Wagner opera festivals in the world held in Bayreuth, Germany. More information is available on www.bayreuther-festspiel.de and www.wagneropera.net.

The Salzburg Festival, which is a prominent festival of music and drama established in 1920, and is held each summer in the Austrian town of Salzburg. More information about the event programme: www.salzburgerfestspiele.at.

The Bregenz Festival, an exceptional music event comprising two stages: a traditional opera house and an open-air lakeside stage, where productions are held in the most spectacular fashion. More information about the event programme and the performers: www.bregenzerfestspiele.com.

The Styriarte Festival, which features thrilling historical performances of classical music composed in Classicism, Baroque, and Renaissance. More information about the event programme and the performers: www.styriarte.com.

The Carinthian Summer Festival (orig. Carinthischer Sommer Festival), which showcases orchestra and chamber music performances staged in a historical atmosphere at Lake Ossiach in the federal state of Carinthia, Austria. More information: www.carinthischersommer.at.

 

Museums and galleries 

Everyone is looking to experience new things during their travel, and visiting a museum or a gallery abroad might offer exactly that! The neighbouring countries boast a wide range of diverse museums and galleries you can easily visit on a one day trip to one of their cities:

Vienna is true gem of a city, featuring rich architectural, historical, imperial, culinary and cultural legacy. It is a place where art of all historical eras intertwines with world-renowned legacy. You can find information about the exhibitions held in Vienna on www.wienmuseum.at.

Salzburg, the birthplace of the famous music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a city that brims with museums storing various artefacts of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest, as well as holding stunning exhibitions. You can get more information on the city's many museums and the associated events on www.salzburg.info.

Graz is a vibrant city with one of the best preserved old towns in the world, which has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list (City of Graz - Historic Centre) as early as 1999. For more information, you can visit www.museum-joanneum.at/de/kunsthaus.

While typically associated with business, Frankfurt is also known as a city of the arts, with a series of museums along the Main River showcasing some of the most valuable collections of paintings in Germany, including works of Vermeer, Rembrant, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisso and many others. For more information, you can visit www.frankfurt.de.

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, Germany is a major cultural hub where everyone can find their own little corner. You can try looking for yours on www.münchen.de.

The capital of Croatia, Zagreb is a city at the bank of Sava River with much to see.  Next to safekeeping objects of historical significance, the museums of Zagreb also exhibit valuable collections of artefacts from around the world. For more information, you can visit www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr.

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and also the largest city in the country, is a place where yesterday meets tomorrow, where market squares, town fountains and parks shape the look of the city; a city where the best fun is had, and yet a place where you can take your time and enjoy exploring the many museums and galleries. For more information, you can visit www.beograd.org.rs.

Acclaimed as Europe's most beautiful city, Prague is brimming with points of interest  and museums worth seeing. More information on www.prague.fm.

Hungary's capital Budapest is a magnificent place with numerous bridges intertwining the two parts of the city bisected by the Donau river. Cultural and historical highlights of include the State Opera House, the Parliament Building, the Buda Castle etc. You can find more information about things to see in Budapest on www.culturalbudapest.com/en.

Next to being listed on Unesco World Heritage Site, Graz is also the place where architecture enthusiasts and others travel to visit the Kunsthaus Graz (Graz Art Museum), known for its amorphous blue building and must-see exhibitions. You can find more information about the events and exhibititons held at the Kunsthaus on www.museum-joanneum.at/de/kunsthaus.

The city of Linz and Ars Electronica Center (AEC) 

Also known as the "Museum of the Future", Ars Electonica Center is one of the most important sights in Linz, Austria. The museum exhibits the most modern techniques from the technology sector, featuring six floors filled with creative work from hi-tech laboratories all over the world. Ars Electronica is a place inspired by futuristic visions, presenting ideas in the truest essence of the word – innovative, radical and eccentric. For more information about AEC, visit www.aec.at

Timetable and train fares to Linz 

Ljubljana-Linz

Station MV 314
EC 114
RJ161
EC212
RJ563
IC210
EC110
RJ169/569
MV498
EN236

Note:

The timetable is applicable from 9 December 2016 onwards, and serves for information only.

*The times listed in bold indicate a change of train. 

Ljubljana 7.27 9.23 15.27 23.55
Beljak-arrival 9.08* 10.58  17.09* 1.31*
Beljak-departure 9.14* 11.14 17.14* 1.46*
Salzburg-arrival 11.48* 13.48* 19.48.* 4.09*
Salzburg-departure 12.08* 14.08* 20.08* 4.38*
Linz 13.13 15.13 21.13 6.03
Station EN 237
MV 499
RJ 160/560
EC 111
IC 211
RJ 564
EC 213
RJ 166/566
EC 115
MV 315
Note:

The timetable is applicable from 9 December 2016 onwards, and serves for information only.

*The times listed in bold indicate a change of train.

 

Linz 23.20 8.47 12.47 14.47
Salzburg-arrival   9.52* 13.52* 15.52*
Salzburg-departure   10.12* 14.12* 16.12*
Beljak-arrival 3.51* 12.43*   18.43*
Beljak-departure 4.15* 12.53*   18.53*
Ljubljana 5.59 14.31 18.32

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