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15 - 26 September 2021

Where is it?

Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt, Burgenland

About the festival
„Metamorphoses“ is the festival motto of Herbstgold in the big celebratory year of 2021, which marks the 100th anniversary of Burgenland. The immortal power of eternal transformation alludes not only to evolution and revolution in music, but also to the Herbstgold Festival itself, which welcomes the world-class violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin as its new Artistic Director. His vision for the festival in and around Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt will enthral the hearts of more than music lovers: building on an already well-established festival, under Rachlin‘s aegis Herbstgold is set to become one of the most important fixed periods in the international music calendar.  As so often in its long history, Esterházy Palace will again become a place of encounter, where famous personalities mingle: great conductors with their orchestras, leading soloists, internationally renowned string quartets and well-known actors will transform Eisenstadt into a centre of masterful artistic creativity with outstanding programmes. Herbstgold aims to be a place of pilgrimage for the elite of the artistic world. Our goal is to attract and inspire international visitors; but, of course, we also want to reach the people of Burgenland themselves and instil them with pride. Like a box of finest jewellery, Herbstgold is sure to radiate out into the world, far beyond the borders of Austria.

© Andreas Hafenscher
Picnic Concert
How to get there?

Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, is about 40 mins by car or train south of Vienna.

What can you visit nearby?

Schloss Esterházy is close to Vienna, Budapest, Graz and Bratislava, but Burgenland also offers loads of attractions ranging from historical palaces and castles, to bird watching, spas and the Unesco-listed Neusiedler See region.


The main venue is Esterházy Castle, one of Austria’s most beautiful Baroque palaces. Most concerts take place at the beautiful Haydnsaal – the hall Haydn wrote most of his works for.

Dress code

People tend to dress up to make an event of their visit, but it’s not required.

Festival programmes

Esterházy Palace was the former workplace of Joseph Haydn and as such can be considered to be the birthplace of musical genres as the classical string quartet and the classical symphony. The programme of HERBSTGOLD takes this historical connection as its starting point, but features everything from chamber music to opera and big orchestral performances, jazz and worldmusic. In addition to the musical events there are art exhibitions, films, talks and a large culinary and wine festival. The artists performing at HERBSTGOLD are world-class. This year’s programme features artists like Yuja Wang, Daniel Harding, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Mischa Maisky, Aida Garifullina, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra etc.

Food & drink

There is a large park outside the castle in which one could picnic, but there are plenty of fine dining options in the vicinity of the castle as well (plus the food festival Pan O`Gusto which accompanies the festival).

Why visit the festival?

It’s the perfect space to enjoy world-class musicians in a beautiful intimate setting and sample of Austria’s finest wines and culinary delights.

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