Esterházy: Year-round cultural offering
Palace quarter in Eisenstadt
Striking and imposing, for centuries Esterházy Palace has been far more than the cultural heart of Eisenstadt. As Joseph Haydn’s former place of work, a cradle of Viennese Classicism and a venue for magnificent concerts and festivities, today the Palace attracts visitors as a museum and contemporary event location. Unique exhibits in a historical ambience invite guests to explore the collections of the House of Esterházy.
The Esterházy private foundation’s claim to create a link between the past and the present and interpret history based on a contemporary approach is evident not only in the outstanding, innovative exhibitions at Esterházy Palace but also in the palace quarter. For example, the former court stables are now home to “Henrici,” a top restaurant serving Pannonian and Mediterranean cuisine. Right next door, you can enjoy the splendid wines of the Burgenland at the “Selektion Vinothek Burgenland.” Or enjoy the regional treats of the season at the “Kulinarium Burgenland Market Hall.” The Herbstgold Festival will be held at Esterházy Palace from September 9 to 24, 2023. It will combine the aspects of classical, jazz and Balkan Roma music with food & wine and the tradition of the historic location.
Visible from afar, Forchtenstein Castle is enthroned on a rocky crest of the Rosalia Mountains and bears witness to a period of war and adventure. Its roots go back to the 13th century, and since the 1620s it has been associated with the name of Esterházy. Paul I. Esterházy built up the castle to become the Baroque high castle that it now is, housing the historic Treasure Chamber, the armory and permanent and special exhibitions invite visitors on a journey through history.
St. Margarethen Quarry
The Leitha Limestone at the St. Margarethen Quarry dates from the time when the primeval sea surged over Burgenland. It has been used for such projects as the construction and restoration of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and the erection of many buildings along Vienna’s Ringstrasse. The impressive walls created by the quarrying process now form the backdrop for opulent opera performances, for works of art by renowned artists, and for discovery tours into the world of geology.
The Opera in the St. Margarethen Quarry in 2023 will be “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. The fateful love of the impulsive factory worker Carmen and the undaunted Sergeant José pulls the unlikely couple into a whirlpool of love, jealousy, hate and disgust. For this limitless love, Georges Bizet created an equally boundless score featuring a wealth of grandiose melodies: Habanera, Flower and Toreador Song, Seguidilla, the Smuggler's March – all these sonorous masterpieces will find their own echoes in the both wild and gentle landscape of the quarry St. Margarethen, who thus becomes a parable for the most fascinating figure of the opera stage. More information: www.operimsteinbruch.at
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Getting there: By car: A2 towards Graz, exit at "Eisenstadt" onto A3, exit at "Eisenstadt Mitte", continue on "Mattersburger Strasse" to roundabout, take first exit, follow "Ruster Strasse" to Esterházy Palace (duration: approx. 45 - 60 minutes). By bus from Vienna Südtirolerplatz to Eisenstadt.
Getting there: By car, via the A2/A3 towards Eisenstadt (see above), continue on the S31 to the Forchtenstein exit. By bus from Vienna Südtirolerplatz to Forchtenstein.
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