Klassik Open Air

Stadt Nürnberg

Klassik Open Air Nuremberg 2017

Su., July 23rd 2017
11 a.m.

Klassik Open Air with Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
„Family Concert”

Su., July 23rd 2017
8 p.m.

Klassik Open Air with Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg

Sa., August 5th 2017
8 p.m.

Klassik Open Air with Nürnberger Symphoniker

Thank you to our main sponsors:

Sparda Bank

Lebkuchen Schmidt

Rudolf und Henriette Schmidt-Burkhardt Stiftung



and media partners:

BR Klassik

Charivari 98.6

(Almost) everybody is enchanted by this magic: The Klassik Open Air with a picnic in the park in Nuremberg’s Luitpoldhain has become an enchanting, almost magnetic event, and still has not lost its informal charm. A party for all – and for free!

The sunset, classical music, and a picnic in the park with friends attract over 160,000 visitors to Europe’s biggest classic open air event. Metal fans rub shoulders with a musical ladies' society, a Turkish picnic party shares its bread with Russian concert lovers. Aficionados of classical music and complete novices relax together on the meadow, react with spontaneous applause and little dance intermezzos.

In 2000, on Nuremberg’s 950th anniversary, the City of Nuremberg organised the first Klassik Open Air. The intention was a celebration party with the city’s big orchestras and with its citizens. Even people who normally do not listen to classical music were to get to know “their” orchestras in an informal atmosphere and free of charge. The citizens came to stay – and brought their friends. The musical quality of the Nuremberg State Philharmonic and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the ambience of the Luitpoldhain, and the informal picnic atmosphere have continued to attract a wide audience. Nearly a third of the visitors are between 19 and 25 years old. Classics are cult!

Success was not guaranteed. Nuremberg’s Luitpoldhain had a dubious reputation as a location for mass events from the time that the Nazis changed it to the “Luitpold Arena” and used it for the “Blood Consecration” of their new flags on “Party Sundays” during party rallies. Its original function as  the park for the big 1906 Bavarian Industrial Exhibition was almost entirely forgotten due to these more recent event. The final open air service of the Protestant church convention in 1979 was the only major event held there between 1945 and 2000. The Klassik Open Air was seen and welcomed by its audience as a determined new definition of the area. The magic of classical music works!

In spite of all the positive experiences with the idea and the venue, the Klassik Open Air would have had no future without sponsors who were committed to supporting the concerts even before the City of Nuremberg announced it wanted to continue the event. The City of Nuremberg therefore thanks the main sponsors of Klassik Open Airs: Sparda-Bank Nürnberg and Lebkuchen Schmidt, as well as all other supporters.

This includes every concert visitor, too: Nuremberg’s got a weakness for birds. Nuremberg Culture Prize winner, Toni Burghart, designed this little bird as a symbol for the Klassik Open Airs. And everyone wearing this badge can show their support for the concerts. So – have you got your bird yet?

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Other events organized by the department of cultural affairs:
September 13th til November 3rd 2016:
Kaiser Karl IV. – Ein mechanisches Theater
September 23rd til 25th 2016:
October 9th til November 3rd 2016:
Be Karl – Das Männleinlaufen heute
May 6th 2017:
Die Blaue Nacht
July 23rd and August 5th 2017

Klassik Open Air
July 28th til 30th 2017
August 6th 2017
Stars im Luitpoldhain
December 31st 2017