The Autumn Gold Music Festival in Burgenland

Thirty years ago, on 11 September 1989, the Iron Curtain between Austria and Hungary was officially opened.

To mark this anniversary the Herbstgold (‘Autumn Gold’) Festival offers music from from Austria and its neighbouring countries from 11 to 22 September,

Esterházy Palace in the autumn
Esterházy Palace in the autumn
©Esterhazy Betriebe GmbH | Josef Siffert

The festival will take place for the third time at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt. The Esterházy family and the castle are closely associated with the composer Joseph Haydn. In the 18th century he worked for almost thirty years as the conductor of the wealthy family.

“From Austria to Hungary”, for example, is the concert theme on 20 September. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe will play piano concertos by Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt and the “Hungarian Dances” by Johannes Brahms.

During the “Haydn Marathon” on 21 September, musicians will perform for five hours in the various halls of Esterházy Castle. On 22 September, the Ensemble Accentus Austria will perform the Serenata Hungarica, the fascinating melting pot of cultures and styles that shaped Hungary in the 17th century.

Excursion Tip: Selected producers of fine foods and luxury foods invite you on a culinary voyage of discovery through Pannonian diversity on 14 and 15 September in the historic Orangery in the Schlosspark in Eisenstadt.

More information: www.herbstgold.at