Great Hall of the University

About the venue

Great Hall of the University

The Grosse Aula (Great Hall) of the University is located in the old university building in the heart of the old town centre of Salzburg; it is flanked by the Furtwängler Garden adjoining the Max Reinhardt Square in the festival quarter. The University of Salzburg was founded in 1622 by the Benedictine monks, and during the 17th and 18th centuries the Great Hall was one of the most important locations for the performance of sacred and Baroque theatrical works. It was built over a period of 24 years in the complex of university buildings based on the model by the cathedral architect Santino Solari and was referred to as the Aula Maior. After its consecration in 1654 by Archbishop Paris Lodron, the founder of the University of Salzburg, a permanent theatre was built into the complex in 1660. Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, the genius loci of Salzburg, performed here at the age of five in 1761 in the school play Sigismundus Hungaria Rex (music by J. E. Eberlin, libretto: P. M. Wimmer) and danced the role of a page. On 13 May 1767 his early opera Apollo et Hyacinthus (K. 38) was given its first performance here; Mozart himself played the harpsichord. 1782 marked the end of theatrical productions in the hall.

After several periods of renovation or conversion work (the most recent was from 2003 to 2005, architects Georg Huber and Karl Meinhart designed the new entrance and staircase; the interior was created according to plans by architect Franz Fonatsch; the building contractor was the Federal Estates Office and the project received generous financial support from the patrons of Salzburg and the arts Donald and Jeanne Kahn, as well as from the state of Austria and region of Salzburg) the Grosse Aula was re-opened in a ceremony on Mozart’s 249th birthday, on 27 January 2005, with a performance of Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus.

How to get there

Adress & contact

Great Hall of the University
Max-Reinhardt-Platz, 5020 Salzburg

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Tel.: +43 662 8045 0

Public transport

Trolley bus stop Herbert-v.-Karajan-Platz
Lines 1, 8, 10, A, 22, 23

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Further bus lines operate from the foot-accessible trolley bus stops Ferdinand-Hanusch-Platz and Rathaus.

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Comfortably and relaxed to the Salzburg Festival – three hours before the beginning of the performance until end of operation, your festival ticket is valid as city bus ticket in the so-called ‘core-zone’!


Underground car park Altstadtgarage A+B
Hildmannplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg

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Opening hours: daily 0-24 h

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Opening hours: daily 0-24 h

Further information

When do the doors open before a performance?
The foyers of the respective venues open one hour before the start of the performance. Doors to the performance venues themselves generally open 30 minutes before the start of the performance.    
What happens if I am late?
We recommend that you arrive at the respective venue approx. 30 minutes before the start of the performances. Despite this, should you arrive after the performance has started, please contact the staff service immediately, who will be able to assist you. We strive for the possibility of a late admittance, but there may be productions in which there is no late admittance because of excessive disturbances caused to the rest of the visitors.
Will I get a refund if there is a change in the cast of a performance?
Changes to the cast and programme as well as changes in the starting times do not entitle ticket holders to return their tickets. If there are any changes, we do our utmost to inform you in timely manner. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to inform yourself of any changes. The latest information can be found on our website.
May I take pictures and film performances?
All manners of audio and video recordings as well as the use of mobile phones are prohibited during the performances of the Salzburg Festival. In the case of official photography, TV and video recordings carried out by the Festival or third parties with the Festival's permission, visitors declare their consent to possible images of their person being recorded and used.  
Are there “house rules”?
The link to the current house rules can be accessed here
Are there standing room tickets?
Standing room tickets are available in the Felsenreitschule and in the Haus für Mozart. There are also standing room places at the Jedermann performances on the Domplatz. These are available starting one hour before the performance at the box office int the Franziskanergasse, but only if the performance takes place on the Domplatz (Cathedral Square). If the performance takes place in the Große Festspielhaus, no standing room tickets are available.

Venues of the Salzburg Festival