Riccardo Chailly | Lucerne Festival Orchestra © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Riccardo Chailly | Lucerne Festival Orchestra © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Women of the Bavarian Radio Choir | Luzerner Kantorei | Riccardo Chailly | Wiebke Lehmkuhl


Markus Hongler Chairman of the Board
Michael Haefliger Executive and Artistic Director

Opening Address
Abt Urban Federer

Welcoming Speech
Elisabeth Baume-Schneider Swiss Federal Councillor
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been thrilling the music world for the last 20 years. From the start, the ensemble’s magnificent performances of Mahler have been a sensation, with the Third Symphony in particular playing a key role. In 2007, under the direction of its founder Claudio Abbado, the orchestra gave two legendary performances of this mighty work, and the Third’s moving finale was also performed in 2014 during a memorial concert for the late maestro, bringing tears to the eyes of many who attended. Mahler’s Third is thus the ideal symphony to ring in the orchestra’s anniversary — and to launch the 2023 Summer of Paradise. For Mahler here presents a creation story of the world itself coming into being. In the beginning, we encounter inorganic nature, rocks, and mountains. Plants, animals, and, ultimately, humanity, are successively added to the picture. Yet our species is not the pinnacle. For Mahler, the highest form of existence is love, which he translates into music with a stirring, hymn-like theme. “What God tells me” was Mahler’s initial title for this final movement: music as a promise of blessing.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

    Arriving by train & bus
    Take advantage of a 40% discount on public transport to Lucerne. You can find more Information here: to the SBB offer.

    Arriving by Auto
    Lucerne has a dynamic system to indicate parking availability that makes parking in the city easier for you. You can find a list of all parking garages in the City of Lucerne here: see List.

    Various train stations outside the City of Lucerne have a Park & Ride offer for those traveling by train to Lucerne. The following train stations, which have abundant parking spaces, are especially handy: Sursee, Rotkreuz, Zug, Wolhusen, Arth-Goldau, and Sarnen.

    Flying to Switzerland
    Reserve your flight directly with SWISS , the Official Airline of Lucerne Festival. 

    Concierge Service for Your Travel Planning
    Do you prefer to have your trip planned, with an emphasis on the “extra” in service? Then the travel experts at Bucher Reisen are readily available to help you.

  • Cloakroom

    There are coat checkrooms not only in the basement, but also on the 2nd and 4th floors. Handbags up to a size of 42 x 29.7 x 29.7 cm (A3) may be taken into the concert hall. All larger bags and luggage as well as other bulky items must be checked for a fee of CHF 5.00 per item. For security reasons, coats and jackets may also not be taken into the concert hall and can be left at the checkroom free of charge.

  • Wheelchair seating

    The main concert hall of the KKL Lucerne has six wheelchair spaces available on special terms. Accompanying persons cannot be assured of obtaining a seat in the same price range or in the general vicinity.

    To reserve wheelchair spaces please call our ticket sales office directly at +41 (0)41 226 4480. Wheelchair spaces are always made available as soon as online ticket sales begin but can only be reserved by telephone.

  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The main KKL Concert Hall opens 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert. For the sake of the musicians and the audience, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission or at the discretion of the Concert Hall staff. In certain instances concerts will have no intermission and allow no latecomers.

    If the concert is missed on account of late arrival, tickets will not be refunded.

  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism