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This summer is going to be musical: The best classic festivals in Germany

Enjoying cocktails, having a relaxing barbecue and taking a refreshing dive in a public pool – that all sounds like a perfect summer. Is there anything that could make the hot months even more exciting? Yes there is: Combining the summer heat with art and culture. Take a trip with Studiosus to a world of unforgettable events. We did our research and found the four nicest festivals in Germany, perfect for a short trip this summer!

Schlossfestspiele Regensburg

This year is a special year for the City of Regensburg: For the 15th annual time the city presents its 15th annual Schlossfestspiele under the patronage of princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis from July 14th till July 23rd. Situated within an atmospheric courtyard and a beautifully arranged royal park, the festival presents a successful mix of opera, classical music, rock and pop. The opening act on July 14th this year is Verdi’s opera ‘Aida’, followed by the Irish singer Ronan Keating on July 16th, singer and songwriter Amy McDonald on July 17th as well as Italy’s most successful singer and multi-instrumentalist Zachery on July 18th. On the following days, the Bavarian cult-band Haindling, Eurovision-Song contest participant Max Mutzel, singer and actor Art Garfunkel as well as rock-superstar Sting are there to charm the 30.000 expected visitors with soulful ballads, rock-hits and new folk music. The grand finale of this year’s Schlossfestspiele is presented by the Spanish star-tenor José Carreras, famous for being one of the Three Tenors. Together with Studiosus you won’t only get to experience excellent music but may also look forward to the gothic dome St. Peter, the medieval old-town as well as the Ruhmeshalle der Walhalla.

Regensburg
Regensburg

Musikfest Berlin

From August 31st till September 18th, the annual Berliner Festspiele are held in honors of the 450th birthday of Claudio Monteverdi. Not only are all three major operas of the Italian composer presented under the surveillance of Sir Eliot Gardiner, but also over 80 other works by 40 composers, which are led by 20 instrumental- and vocal-ensembles of first class international orchestras and the symphony orchestra of Berlin. The locations of this festival are the philharmonic orchestra and its chamber music hall, the academy of fine arts at Pariser Platz, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Pierre Boulez Hall and the St. Hedwigs Cathedral. Look forward to 27 unique events with various thematic orientations from the late Renaissance, the early Baroque, classic-romantic orchestra music and today’s first class composers such as Mark Andre and Harrison Bitwise. But that’s not all: If you’re travelling Berlin with Studiosus you may also look forward to a visit of Postdamer Platz with Checkpoint Charlie, a visit of the Gendermenmarkt, the gallery at the Kulturforum and lots more!

The Berlin concert hall, location of the Musikfest
The Berlin concert hall, location of the Musikfest

Elbphilharmonie-Sommer Hamburg

Hamburg’s concert-house, completed in 2016, is already famous for being a new landmark and cultural heritage of the city. This August, music fans may look forward to a mix of World Music, film music and pop and jazz within the 110m tall building, which glass fronts that remind visitors of a sail, waves or even a quartz crystal. Thanks to its amazing location right at the shore of Nordelbe at the Kaiserhöft, visitors get to experience Hamburg’s culture in a unique ambience between the well preserved inner-harbour and the historic monument ‘Speicherstadt’. One of the Elbphilharmonie’s highlights is the terraced concert-hall, that reminds visitors of vineyards, with space for up to 2.000 visitors. Enjoy excellent music paired with the faint whistle of the sea, take a stroll through the old-town and the Rathausmarkt and visit the famous Miniatur Wunderland this summer and witness Hamburg from its most beautiful side.

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg
The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg
Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie at night
Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie at night
Elbphilharmonie-Sommer Hamburg
  • 4 days
  • e.g.. from 08.08. to 11.08.2017
  • double-room
  • breakfast, one dinner at a restaurant
  • individual travel
  • from 695 € per person

Ruhrtriennale

A different way to experience culture at the annual Ruhrtriennale. You’ll find out quickly what we mean by that, as soon as we show you the locations of the international art-festival in the Ruhr metropolis: Out of use power stations, coking plants, blower plants, machine plants, coal mixing plants and mines. Over the course of 6 weeks, modern international culture mixes itself with post-industrial landmarks of the region and gives acts, theatres, concerts, literature and movies, fine arts, dance and performance under the lead of the Dutch theatre- and opera-director Johan Simons a new stage. Debut performances and world premieres and new productions as well as revivals of established plays are on the program and give the festival of arts a unique flair, located within old industrial parks of the Ruhr-area. Lovers of art and cultures may look forward to Krzysztof Warlikowskis play of „Pelléas und Mélisande“ by Claude Debussy, as well as the performance of the dance-theatre “Cello Suiten” by and with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Together with Studiosus you’ll also experience adventures in old mines, pay a visit to the MKM museum Küppersmühle and get to know Essen and Duisburg, two of the biggest areas at the Ruhr.

Alte Industriedenkmäler im Ruhrgebiet
Alte Industriedenkmäler im Ruhrgebiet

What are you looking forward to the most this Summer? Do you have other festival tips to make the warmest months of this year unforgettable?

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