Those of you that have gone to an optional dinner concert in Salzburg, can you tell me which concert please? There seems to be lots of choice. I’ve read that the RS tour guide arranged for some on her tour to go to a dinner concert in Salzburg. I don’t want to wait until I’m in Salzburg to decide , I want to get it lined up before I leave.
Have you contacted the RS office? They are friendly helpful folks.
It was not optional on our tour (but I could have opted out...but I did not), but that was fine. I did enjoy being with my fellow tour members that evening. I thought it was a little too touristy for me. I had higher expectations for the music. The meal was very good, but the music was just ok. I would have preferred eating at a local restaurant and then attending a "real" concert in a different setting.
Dinner concerts are typically more of a tourist event. If you are ok with that....then do it! If you are into music you might check and see what performances are "in town". Salzburg is a hotbed of classical music. I have stumbled across some excellent "local" concerts through the years in various cities.
Hope this helps.
I just returned from this tour in December. Our guide arranged tickets for those who wanted to go, and most of us did. It was a delightful evening with talented opera singers and a string quartet performing Mozart. The food was delicious as well. The venue was beautifully decorated for Christmas, too. We really enjoyed it. Maybe it’s a little touristy but it is very well done and it’s fun being with the group. Reality is we are tourists, after all.
I don’t want to wait until I’m in Salzburg to decide , I want to get it lined up before I leave.
Nancy, no reason to wait until your tour, especially if you're inclined to attend the concert. We're going on GAS Tour this September and have already purchased our night's tickets directly from St. Peter Stiftskulinarium's website:
Likely our guide will be setting this up for those interested in group, but if not we wanted to mitigate the risk of a sold-out performance. Also, there are different menus/tables/pricing options available, and we wanted to secure our preferences.
Have a great trip!
On our independent trips to Salzburg we have found small, inexpensive music events at the Residenz (at 5 p.m., which suits our sleep patterns better than 8 p.m.) Usually two or three musicians doing classical works but not "standards"; my recollection is about €5 to €10. But then, we prefer on-the-fly scheduling.
Our guide secured tickets for us that included wine. Two tour mates purchased tickets that did not include wine for more money. FYI.
I would call the RS office and ask about this. This is an optional event but I believe most guides offer it.
If you're interested in looking at non-dinner concerts in Salzburg (i.e., less touristy), be sure to check the Mozarteum (music conservatory) website for what is on offer.
I'll just add that on the GAS tour the guide did offer to make arrangements and many people took him up on it. At that time there was a dress code - no jeans, no athletic shoes. Since that's all I generally wear on tour I opted out.
My husband and I went on the GAS tour last Spring. We originally thought the Mozart dinner would be too touristy for us, but when our first choice concert at the Mirabelle Palace was cancelled, we opted to go with almost our entire tour group to the Mozart Dinner. While it was a bit touristy, we thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was good, and the musicians top notch. I'd go again.