Festival hall in Baden-Baden
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In this large, light building the glamour of the Belle Epoque combines with contemporary architectural avantgarde. The Neo-Classical former train station has been transformed into a modern concert hall whose acoustics are some of the best in the world.
The 2500-seat festival hall in Baden-Baden is busy all year round and is one of the largest classical music halls in Europe. Its architecture is unique: the concert hall stands on the site of the former train station's tracks. After being thoroughly restored the Neo-Classical building now forms the entrance to the festival hall. The Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer created the new design for the festival hall in the middle of the 1990s, including the foyer which is flooded with natural light; this created ideal acoustics according to the renowned Munich physicist Karlheinz Müller. The impressive festival hall has the latest technology and is highly valued as an operatic and ballet location. Numerous TV recordings and live broadcasts have taken place on the festival hall stage, including recordings of spectacular productions of the Wagnerian operas Parsifal and Lohengrin.
The schedule for the festival hall in Baden-Baden is organised into winter, spring, summer and autumn festivals. In between the festivals there is a programme of high-quality concerts and guest performers. Three to four times a year there is a visiting renowned ballet company like the Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov), the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet or the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier. The programme is topped off with jazz evenings and special entertainment shows.
The festival hall offers daily tours that last around 75 minutes.
From the Hotel MERKUR you can reach the festival hall in around 15 to 20 minutes on foot or in around 4 minutes by bus, which stops right outside the festival hall.
Homepage of the festival hall Baden-Baden: www.festspielhaus.de
Distance from Hotel MERKUR: around 1 km
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