This year, Rupertikirtag is subject to special precautionary measures: the site is fenced off, visitors have to go through admission controls.

“Our goal is to be able to hold another beautiful Rupertikirtag from September 22nd to 26th,” said Sandra Woglar-Meyer, Managing Director of the Salzburg Old Town Tourism Association on Friday.

But this year everything is a little different, she outlined at a presentation in the Hagenauerstuben and explained the innovations: The Kirtag area will be reduced to the Dom, Residenz and Kapitelplatz and fenced off. The large beer tent will also be missing. As always, admission is free, but visitors should register in advance on the Internet at www.rupertikirtag.at. You will then receive a free admission ticket by email.

A later registration at the entrances at the cathedral arches in the Franziskanergasse as well as at Mozartplatz and the Alter Markt is still possible. There is also meticulous attention to the 3-G evidence and checked. The visitors are given day bracelets as identification, with which further entrances and exits can be used. The tourism association has called up to 60 additional employees for the Kirtag. “That’s around 70,000 euros in additional costs,” said Woglar-Meyer.

About a third also goes to the Hallein-based company Global Event Technologies, which organizes the access controls with its hardware and software. “We now have a lot of experience, have also set up the access solutions for the Formula 1 races in Spielberg and are on the road at major events across Europe,” said Managing Director Tim Moser. They rely on mobile solutions and can react immediately with a new configuration even if the regulations change.

ID checks of the visitors – the Kirtag area is approved for up to 13,000 visitors – will not take place, so Woglar-Meyer. One relies on personal responsibility, although in the event of suspicion there could be random checks by the security.

The buffoon is missing: Johannes Rupert Franz, a figurehead since 1998, had to cancel due to illness.

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