Sit down, close your eyes and let the imposing sounds of the largest symphonic organ in Tyrol sink in on you
In the summer months of July and August, international master organists perform concerts within the framework of the "Organ Festival Schwaz" in which they perform virtuously everything that the mighty organ has to offer. A special kind of listening experience awaits you, as this music experience takes place in the impressive parish church of Maria Himmelfahrt in Schwaz - a cathedral of superlatives. The 300-tonne copper plates that cover their roof alone give us an idea of the immense wealth that flowed to Schwaz around 1500 from the largest silver and copper mining in the Old World. A 500-year-old, five-storey roof truss carries this only copper plate roof in the world - it is the largest gothic roof truss in Austria next to the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. In addition, the Schwaz parish church is the only four-nave hall church in Central Europe, and in its bell tower rings the 1503 cast, 4.5-ton "Maximiliana" the largest church bell in Tyrol.
The middle part of the great organ of the Schwaz parish church was created 270 years ago by the ingenious Schwaz Franciscan monk Gaudenz Köck and expanded the instrument in 1899 to the two symmetrical side panels. With 3,800 pipes, the Schwazer organ is the largest symphonic instrument in the province of Tyrol, famous for its masterful balance as well as its fascinating tonal richness.