Vienna (dpa) - Bad Ischl in the Salzkammergut in Austria is one of the European Capitals of Culture 2024th The international jury on Tuesday in Vienna.

The Salzkammergut had applied as a region with about 20 municipalities from the federal states of Upper Austria and Styria for the title. The motto is "salt and water as DNA". The region will share the title with the second largest Estonian city Tartu and the Norwegian Bodø.

«The project is an impulse to actively deal with the future of the Salzkammergut. How do we want to live here? What challenges have to be overcome? », It says on the homepage of the applicants.

Austria's Foreign and Cultural Affairs Minister Alexander Schallenberg described the idea of ​​a European Capital of Culture when announcing on Tuesday as very valuable. "It's also a nice element, because it puts the region in Europe forward. In reality, cities and communities are the backbone of the European Union, "said Schallenberg.

In 2019, the Italian Matera and Plovdiv in Bulgaria bear this title. In 2025, Germany will again become a European Capital of Culture.

Austrian Federal Chancellery on European Capital of Culture 2024

Salzkammergut for application