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Bachfest Schaffhausen

25 - 29 May 2022, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
« The 2022 festival connects the music of the past with the composers of today, with a number of world premieres, commissions and crossover projects taking inspiration from Johann Sebastian himself to ensure “Bach without Boundaries” transgresses national, musical, cultural and historical borders. »
About the festival

The festival programming is a mixture of chamber ensembles, soloists, orchestras and choirs of baroque music. Every festival edition focuses on a specific motto and features uniquely devised concerts, enabling manifold connections to other composers, eras and musical styles. With world premieres, commissions and innovative crossover projects the Bach Festival continuously sets new standards.

The festival offers outstanding concerts with artists and ensembles, combined with additional events in a beautiful landscape of the High Rhine.

Dress code

There is no specific dress code, but it is a classical festival and people tend to dress up. All the concerts are inside. In some churches it could be a bit colder, but this depends on the weather in May.

Where is it?

The festival is located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, near the biggest waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls.

Nearest airport is Zürich and it is 40 minutes away by car or train. Airport Basel is 1h 40 minutes away by car or train. Schaffhausen has a train station.

Festival venues

Historic churches and magnificent halls in the canton of Schaffhausen. To some of the venues the festival offers transfers by bus or boat.

Local accommodation

Attendees stay normally in hotels. There are two 4* hotels and a few really good 3* hotels like hotel promenade or hotel Kronenhof (near the main church where the biggest concerts will take place). The festival offers a ticket and hotel deal. More information on the website.

What to visit nearby

Imagine discovering the 171 oriels of the medieval town of Schaffhausen, feeling the fine misty spray of the thundering Rhine Falls on your skin, floating gently down the middle of one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe, enjoying the fruity- fresh wines of Schaffhausen's Blauburgunderland or strolling through the gem of Stein am Rhein and being captivated by the medieval charm and facade paintings. The canton Schaffhausen is a piece of paradise full of surprises and experiences.

Food & drink

Local restaurants should be booked in advance. There are many great culinary offers in Schaffhausen. The festival offers drinks and beverages at the main church St. Johann with a local gastronomic partner "Fine Seasons". 

                                           For more information click here to visit the festival's website.