Klassik Open Air

Europas grünster Konzertsaal

Stadt Nürnberg

Classical music gains a cult following

Menschen auf dem Weg zum  Klassik Open Air

Foto: Uwe Niklas

(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!

Ein Meer aus Wunderkerzen beim Klassik Open Air

Foto: Uwe Niklas

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!

Die Bühne beim Klassik Open Air

Foto: Uwe Niklas

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?

Herzlichen Dank an unsere Hauptförderer:

Rudolf und Henriette Schmidt-Burkhardt Stiftung


und Medienpartner:


Other events organized by the department of cultural affairs:
July 28 till 30 2017
August 6 2017
Stars im Luitpoldhain

September 22 till 24 2017
December 31 2017
May 5 2018
Die Blaue Nacht