After the Salzburg Festival in summer and then the Easter Festival, Herbert von Karajan founded the Whitsun Concerts in 1973. If you don’t have time during summer or Easter, Whitsun provides another opportunity to experience the festivals in Salzburg.
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the grandfather of the summer festival, already had the idea. Karajan made it happen: holding festival events not just in summer but also at Easter and Whitsun. Karajan held three orchestra performances on Whitsun Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Berlin Philharmonic was the only orchestra to play that Whitsun in Salzburg. After Karajan’s death, other international orchestras were taken into the programme.
In 1997, the title ‘Whitsun Concerts’ was given to Baden Baden, paving the way for today’s Whitsun Festival. The concept for the Salzburg Whitsun Festival (Pfingstfestspiele) is the same as what makes the festivals in summer and at Easter so successful: the perfect trinity of exclusivity, top-shelf performers and unmissable locations.
If you don’t want to visit the concerts at the Whitsun Festival (Pfingstfestspiele) but just want to experience the flair of Salzburg at this special time, a room at the Kasererbräu is just the ticket. The Altstadthotel is located near to all the Whitsun Festival venues. At the four-star Altstadthotel Kasererbräu, you’ll be staying just a stone’s throw from the untouched nature of Salzburg’s very own mountain.
The path up to the Festungsberg, which will take you to the Mönchsberg, is directly outside the hotel’s door. You can enjoy the glitz and glamour of the festival from above, and simply drink in the evening.