In summer 2018, Kaltenbach Open Air, Austria’s most renowned and legendary Extreme Metal Festival, takes place for the 13th time. Following the event’s tradition, it once again welcomes its visitors in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Styrian Alps nearby the small village of Spital am Semmering. For three days headbangers from far and wide will set the mood and create a unique atmosphere. Not only has the outstandingly impressive location highlighted this festival, but also an annual star-studded billing. From 23 to 25 August 2018 the ground will be shaken by established heavyweights and ambitious newcomers.

Do not miss this extraordinary event!

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General information

– 34 bands on 3 days on one stage
– Thursday: doors open at 02:30 pm, show starts at 03:00 pm
– Friday: doors open at 12:00 am, show starts at 12:30 am
– Saturday: doors open at 12:00 am, show starts at 12:30 am
– Information point, located next to the entry, is open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm
– Festival merchandise stall, located next to the entry, is open from 12:00 am until 02:00 pm

Parking and Camping

– Parking and camping designated areas only
– Separated areas for campers, caravans, etc.
– Camping site is open from Wednesday 03:00 pm until Sunday 03:00 pm
– Parking and camping at your own risk; the organizer is not legally liable for any loss, injury
or damage
– No limits for drinks and food on the camping site
– Rubbish deposit is 5 EUR each person; refund of rubbish deposit only with valid voucher
and rubbish bag at information point from 08:00 am until 03:00 pm
– Barbecue with appropriate equipment only; no open fire!
– In case of increased risk of forest fires, barbecues are absolutely prohibited. In this case we will make an announcement on our official website a few days before the festival starts


– Conveniences store Nah & Frisch in the town centre of Spital am Semmering
– Guest house Hirschenhof in town centre (special breakfast and menu)
– Guest house Pollerus at exit Spital am Semmering in direction Mürzzuschlag
– Guest house Tom’s Hütte at exit Spital am Semmering in direction Vienna
– Guest house Kärntnerhof in Spital am Semmering, close to the camping site

– Guest house Hirschenhof,
– Other hotels:

Shuttle service:
– Taxi Paar +43 3853 258 or +43 676 42 911 16
– Collection at train station Mürzzuschlag or Spital am Semmering is possible

Sanitary facilities:
– Portable toilets are available for free use on the festival and camping site
– A shower container is available on the camping area for a fee of 2 EUR – on Friday and Saturday from 09:00 am until 03:00 pm

Public facilities with shower possibilities (reachable via Taxi Paar):
– Vivax Mürzzuschlag (swimming pool) approx. 7 km
– Urani Teichanlage Neuberg (pond) approx. 20 km

Food and drinks:
– Various food and drink stalls on the festival site

Clothing and audio:
– Various merchandise stalls at our trading area

Security and First Aid

– Security and First Aid team present round-the-clock
– Visitors have to obey all general security instructions
– Absolutely no weapons and pets on the festival and camping area
– Prosecution in case of violation against other persons or equipment
– In case of violation against these orders the immediate elimination from the festival area
without any claim for damages will be conducted by the police
– You must not bring your own drinks and audio recording equipment to the festival site

All visitors participate in the festival at their own risk and shall take all reasonable measures to protect themselves and other persons from any risk or damage.
All participants are responsible for their property and the organizer accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage. The organizer is not legally liable for any loss, injury or damage suffered by any participant on the festival area!

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