the new documentary by

Hannes M. Schalle

narrated by

Cornelius Obonya


Salzburg - Gesamtkunstwerk in the heart of Europe (AT, as a tv event-documentary) ” is a voyage from the Grossglockner, along the Salzach valley, into the city of Salzburg and its surroundings showing Salzburg today and its evolution over the last 200 years.

To the world Salzburg is mainly connected to the brands “Sound Of Music”, “Silent Night” and “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”. But there is more to tell:

CNN has repeatedly ranked the Salzburg Christmas Market as one of the finest in the world. The Salzburg Festival is considered as the leading cultural festival and its scenic backdrop is a particularly sought-after tourist destination.

On May 1st 2016, the state of Salzburg celebrated its 200th anniversary of its affiliation with Austria. Over the centuries, its various regions have grown together economically and sociologically. Max Reinhardt has called this particular spot a “total work of art”, namely “Gesamtkunstwerk”.
Whether it is mountains or valleys, one has the whole landscape put together: it is favoured by nature, exudes calmness and has much to offer to both its residents and visitors during the wonderful four seasons.


Watching this film, one will experience all the beauty of the Grossglockner massif, over the Alps of the Inner Mountains, through the Salzach valley, past the castle Hohenwerfen into the lowlands,  the Summer residence Hellbrunn, Leopoldskron Palace, the huge lake areas and finally the baroque City of Salzburg – built over 1000 years under the regency of the archbishops, mostly by famous Italian architects.

„Salzburg is the heart of the heart of Europe. There is no area more beautiful in Europe – and in this very place Mozart was born.”  

(Hugo von Hofmannsthal, from the founding manifesto of the Salzburg Festival 1919)


Mirabell Garten
Christkindlmarkt am Domplatz
Hellbrunn Garten
Hellbrunner Allee
Festspiel Eroeffnung
Festspiel Eroeffnung

The proud production Team at the 3sat / ORF / Moonlake Screening of:

Salzburg - Gesamtkunstwerk im Herzen Europas.

Director & Writer: Hannes M. Schalle

Narrator: Cornelius Obonya

Art Director & Film Editor: Stefan Resch

Camera: Stefan Biebl, Manuel Eder, Philip Eder, Christoph Hoerner, Oliver Indra, René Kiefer, Thomas Kreuzberger,

Anders Motz, Thomas Schorn, Thomas Schweighofer

Executive Producer: Brigitte Wettstein

Production Management: Silvia Hofer

Producer: Hannes M. Schalle

Editor In Chief (3sat/ORF): Petra Gruber

Production Management (ORF): Rosemarie Prasek

Program Editor: Ursula Schirlbauer, Bernd Matschedolnig

Postproduction Supervisor: Guenther Mitterhuber

Sound Design: Martin Rohrmoser

Narration Recording: Christoph Burgstaller

Sound Mixer: Martin Loecker

Color Grading: Thomas Schorn

Animation: Thomas Manoila


FLTR.: Thomas Schorn, Silvia Hofer, Brigitte Wettstein, Hannes M. Schalle, Stefan Resch, Günther Mitterhuber



Suzanne Harf
Suzanne Harf

Chief of protocol of Salzburger Festspiele

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Heinz Schaden
Heinz Schaden

Mayor of Salzburg

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Franz Lackner
Franz Lackner

Archbishop of Salzburg

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Suzanne Harf
Suzanne Harf

Chief of protocol of Salzburger Festspiele

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Maximilian Dasch

(Managing director of Salzburger Nachrichten)

Wolfgang Gmachl

(Wissenspark Urstein)


Suzanne Harf

(Chief of protocol of Salzburger Festspiele)


Wilfried Haslauer

(Governor of Salzburg)


Johannes Hörl

(Chairman and general manager of Grossglockner High Alpine Roads PLC)


Peter Husty

(Art historian and chief curator of Salzburg Museum)


Robert Kriechbaumer



Franz Lackner

(Archbishop of Salzburg)


Johanna Maier

(Award-winning chef)


Helga Rabl-Stadler

(President of Salzburger Festspiele)


Thaddaeus Ropac

(Gallery owner)


Heinz Schaden

(Mayor of Salzburg)


Hans Scharfetter

(Politician, restaurateur and farmer)

Herbert Stranzinger

(Marketing manager of CableLink of Salzburg AG)


Peter Unterkofler

(CEO of Jacoby GM)


Rudolf Zrost

(CEO of Ebenseer Betonwerke GmbH and Zementwerk Leube GmbH)

Eisriesenwelt Werfen

Erzdiözese Salzburg

Festung Hohensalzburg

Fuschlsee Tourismus

Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse


Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Krimmler Wasserfälle

Lammerklamm Scheffau


Museum der Moderne

Residenz zu Salzburg

Salzburg Foundation

Salzburg Museum

Salzburger Fackeltanz

Salzburger Festspiele

Salzwelten Hallein

Schloss Hellbrunn

Schloss Leopoldskron

Schloss Mirabell

Schlosshotel Fuschl

Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Stift St. Peter

Stiftung Mozarteum

VERBUND-Kraftwerk Kaprun

Verein Salzburger Christkindlmarkt

Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain




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