In summer 2024, Kaltenbach Open Air, Austria’s most renowned and legendary Extreme Metal Festival, takes place for the 17th 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 22 to 24 August 2024 the ground will be shaken by established heavyweights and ambitious newcomers.

Do not miss this extraordinary event!

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  • 36 bands on one stage on three days.
  • Doors are daily open from 11:30 to 02:00, live shows start at 12:00.
  • Information point & box office are open from 11:00 to 22:00.
  • Festival merchandise stall is open from 11:30 to 02:00.
  • Breakfast booth (coffee, cakes, snacks & sweets) opens at 09:00.
  • Bars and food stalls open at 11:30.


  • Parking and camping site is open from Wednesday, 15:00 to Sunday, 15:00.
  • Parking and camping designated areas only.
  • Separated parking and camping areas for campers, caravans, etc.
  • Parking and camping at your own risk; the organizer is not legally liable for any loss, injury
    or damage.
  • No limits for drinks and foods on the camping site.
  • Barbeque with appropriate equipment only – NO OPEN FIRE!
  • Barbecue with appropriate equipment only; no open fire!
  • In case of increased risk of forest fires, barbeques are strictly prohibited – in this respect an
    announcement on our official website will be published timely before festival start.
  • Parking fee is 10 EUR each vehicle.
  • Rubbish deposit is 5 EUR each person.
  • The refund of the rubbish deposit will be paid out at the information point during opening
    hours and on Sunday from 09:00 to 15:00 (voucher and rubbish bags are obligatory)



  • Convenience store Nah & Frisch (town centre).
  • Guesthouse Hirschenhof (town centre) – special breakfast and menu.
  • Guesthouse Pollerus (next to the exit Spital am Semmering in direction Mürzzuschlag).
  • Guesthouse Tom’s Hütte (next to the exit Spital am Semmering in direction Vienna).
  • Guesthouse Kärntnerhof (next to the camping site).
  • Guesthouse Schieferhof (next to the camping site).


  • Guesthouse Hirschenhof in Spital am Semmering
  • Guesthouse Kärntnerhof in Spital am Semmering, close to the camping site
  • Guesthouse Gesslbauer in Steinhaus am Semmering 

For other guesthouses, inns and hotels please visit

Shuttle service

Tel. +43 (0) 3857 20170

Sanitary facilities

  • Portable toilets are free for use at the festival and camping site.
  • Showers are available for a fee of 2 EUR each person at the camping site (9:00-14:00).

Public facilities with showers:

  • Vivax Mürzzuschlag (indoor pool), Waldandacht 5, 8680 Mürzzuschlag (approx. 7 km).
  • Urani Teichanlage (pond system), Lichtenbach 1, 8692 Neuberg (approx. 20 km).

Food and drinks

  • Various food and drink stalls at the festival area.
  • Exclusive deals for various alcoholic drinks.


  • Official festival & band merch booth next to the entry from 11:30 to 02:00.
  • Various merchandise stalls at our trading area.


  • Security team is available for 24 hours.
  • First aid team is available during festival opening hours.
  • Visitors are obliged to follow all general security instructions.
  • NO WEAPONS 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 police.
  • You must not bring your own drinks and audio recording equipment to the festival site.

All visitors attend the festival at their own risk and shall take all reasonable measures to protect themselves and other persons from any risk of damage.

All participants are responsible for their property and the organizer accepts no responsibility for any lost or damaged property.

The organizer is not legally liable for any legal violations like theft, loss, injury or damage suffered by any participant, especially self-inflicted or induced by third parties, which came about during the festival!

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