Hotel Goldener Hirsch: The luxury hotel invites you to the Salzburg Festival
Wolfgang Putz, hotel director at the Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg, gives a glimpse behind the scenes of the first house on the square at the Salzburg Festival.
16 July 2021
The time has come again: The 101st Salzburg Festival is on! From today until 31 August 2021, visitors to the cultural event will experience unforgettable moments. An overnight stay in the first house on the square of the legendary festival - the Hotel Goldener Hirsch - is a perfect match. The luxury hotel is located in the middle of the historic Getreidegasse and harbours one or two secrets.
Hotel director Wolfgang Putz lets us take a look behind the scenes and reveals how he feels about the festival season, which famous personalities he has had the pleasure of meeting over the years and when it is best to visit the festival. "There's something magical about festival time. It's as if the city changes during this time - well-dressed people stroll through the old town, you hear all different languages and there's this special anticipation, a light-hearted, international flair in the air. It's really unique," Wolfgang Putz enthuses.
The hotel manager is particularly fascinated by the fact that no two days are the same and that you meet exciting people from all over the place who all embody their own story and evoke unique memories. "You meet personalities that you would very likely never meet as a private person," says Wolfgang Putz. "I have two particularly lasting memories of a private dinner of leading politicians from Europe as well as opera stars and a photo shoot with US actress Rosario Isabel Dawson. I will never forget these two experiences," he adds.
The best time to grab a spot
As a special tip, if you are interested in the Salzburg Festival, Wolfgang Putz recommends you to book as early as the beginning of November, after the programme is published. He also recommends considering the periods at the end of July and the end of August for a visit. "Here the Festival programme is at least as good and we have to turn away fewer guests. In mid-August everything is usually booked up very early," advises Wolfgang Putz.
The most beautiful place in the hotel
Wolfgang Putz's very personal favourite place in the hotel is the bar and the new Herzl Gastgarten - an oasis of calm in the middle of Mozart's city. "Finally meeting friends and family in our new Herzl Gastgarten again, after these long weeks of doing without in winter, or drinking our house cocktail Susanne in our bar - I am sure that people are longing for these convivial moments right now, which were not possible in the past months and were taken for granted for so long," says the General Manager.
The Hotel Goldener Hirsch can be booked from 350 euros per night. Members of the Marriott Bonvoy bonus program by Marriott International have access to unique experiences with Marriott Bonvoy Moments and can redeem their accumulated points for rewards such as free nights and stays.
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Getreidegasse 37, Salzburg 5020 Austria
Tel: +43 662 80840