• Help! The Beatles in Salzburg

    by  • January 29, 2015 • City Breaks, Exhibitions, Music, Salzburg

    City of Mozart and the Sound of Music, Salzburg Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Coming to Town.

    Salzburg isn’t perhaps the first city you’d associate with The Beatles. Liverpool, most definitely. Hamburg, perhaps. And yet Austria’s fourth city (surprisingly it comes below Graz and Linz in terms of demographic size) is set to unveil a new photographic exhibition tomorrow (30th January, 2015), devoted to The Beatles and their visit to Salzburg 50 years ago in 1965.

    Taken by the photographer, Christian Skrein, a selection of 40 black and white photographs (from over 300 originally taken) document the group’s arrival in Salzburg, their subsequent press conference and their stay in the ski resort of Obertauern, some 100km south of the city and setting for the winter scenes in The Beatles’ famous film, Help!, not to mention their first and only concert in Austria. Stills include the fab four larking about in the snow, demonstrations at their arrival, the screaming mobs of die-hard fans and quiet moments at leisure.

    Running until March 15th, the exhibition takes place at the city’s Salzburg Museum, located within the Neue Residenz on Mozartplatz, recipient of European Museum of the Year in 2009. Closed Mondays, the museum is otherwise open from 9am until 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday and entrance costs 7€ (6€ concessions; 4€ for those aged 16 to 26 years; 3€ six to 15 years).

    There’s also a number of special events taking place in Obertauern, including the “All you Need is Love” concert performed by the band ‘Twist and Shout’, and the “Magical History Tour” performed by the Cavern Club Beatles, with special guests, Angie and Ruth McCartney, Paul’s stepmother and stepsister.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.