Esterházy Palace
© Roland Wimmer

Esterházy: Year-round cultural offering

Palace quarter in Eisenstadt

Esterházy Palace, centrally and prominently located in Burgenland's capital, Eisenstadt, was once the birthplace and residence of powerful tycoons, and is considered one of Austria’s most beautiful Baroque castles. Today it is a museum, culture and event location as well as a research center. It accommodates part of the unique private collection of the historic House of Esterházy. Only an hour away from Vienna by car, the unique Pannonian landscape features extraordinary palaces, castles and natural monuments. 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 for the second time at Esterházy Palace from September 5 to 16, 2018. It will combine the aspects of classical, jazz and Balkan Roma music with food & wine and the tradition of the historic location.

Forchtenstein Castle

The castle dates back to the 13th century. In 1622, it came into the possession of the Esterházy family, which gave it its present appearance: Forchtenstein Castle, an impressive building and bulwark, is Burgenland’s monumental landmark. The weapons and armaments of the Esterházy princes are still stored here. Prince Paul I., an important founding father of the dynasty, established his unique “chamber of art and wonders” here – which he proudly called a “treasure chamber” in his will – as well as an extensive historic archive. The castle still exudes the magic of times long gone to this very day. The new exhibition "Schatz und Schutz" (“Treasure and Protection”) from the Esterházy private trust and the Schell collection in Graz opens in April 2018. Visitors can admire more than 150 objects from various epochs and materials at Forchtenstein Castle, including reliquaries, coffrets, treasure chests and objects from the chamber of arts. After “conquering” the castle, you can raise a glass of Esterházy wine at “Grenadier” café restaurant, built in authentic castle style and featuring a spectacular view.

St. Margarethen Quarry

The St. Margarethen Quarry is one of the largest and oldest quarries in Europe. The valuable lime sandstone from St. Margarethen was used as early as in Antiquity; its geological origins can be traced back to a primeval inland sea. The stone is quarried to this day and 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. In the 20th century, this giant from ancient times yielded numerous significant fossils (some of which were 25 million years old). The St. Margarethen Quarry and Fertő-Neusiedler Lake region were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The quarry is home to one of the most impressive open-air stages in Europe and presented Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece “Rigoletto” in 2017. Visitors enjoyed an impressive natural and cultural experience in the open air. In 2018, St. Margarethen Quarry will impress visitors as a unique backdrop for the concerts by Sting in June and Jack Johnson in July. More information: www.arenaria.at

Palace quarter in Eisenstadt Esterházy Palace

Esterházyplatz, 7000 Eisenstadt
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • 01 January to 22 March
      Fr-So, Ftg/Fri-Son, hols 10:00-17:00
    • 23 March to 30 April
      täglich/daily 10:00-17:00
    • 01 May to 30 September
      täglich/daily 10:00-18:00
    • 01 October to 04 November
      täglich/daily 10:00-17:00
    • 05 November to 31 December
      Fr-So, Ftg/Fri-Son, hols 10:00-17:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 3 Steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors 120 cm wide )
      • Ramp 350 cm long , 600 cm wide
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 5 Wheelchair spaces available (Haydnsaal, Reservierung erbeten)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      50% discount on admission price.

    • Comments

      Wheelchair access to the exhibition rooms. Wine museum: 21 steps (vaulted cellar).

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www.henrici.at
www.selektion-burgenland.at
www.markthalle-burgenland.com

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.

Forchtenstein Castle

Melinda-Esterházy-Platz 1, 7212 Forchtenstein
  • Comments

    • Getting there: By car, via the A2/A3 towards Eisenstadt, continue on the S31 to the Forchtenstein exit. By bus from Vienna Südtirolerplatz to Forchtenstein.

  • Opening times

    • 05.Jan.2018 to 18.Mar.2018
      Führungen/guided tours Fr-So/Fri-Sun 11, 13, 15
    • 23.Mar.2018 to 04.Nov.2018
      tägl./daily 10-18
    • 09.Nov.2018 to 23.Dec.2018
      Führungen/guided tours Fr-So/Fri-Sun 11, 13, 15
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 3 Steps (Automatic sliding doors )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      50 % discount on admission price

    • Comments

      Restaurant is wheelchair-accessible

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www.restaurant-grenadier.com

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.

St. Margarethen Quarry

Festspielgelände, 7062 St. Margarethen
  • Opening times

    • 01.May.2018 to 30.Jun.2018
      Führungen/guided tours Fr-So + Ftg./Fri-Sun + public holiday 10.30, 15.30 (German)
    • 01.Jul.2018 to 31.Aug.2018
      Führungen/guided tours tägl./daily 10.30
    • 01.Sep.2018 to 31.Oct.2018
      Führungen/guided tours Fr-So + Ftg./Fri-Sun + public holiday 10.30, 15.30 (German)
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Ticket agency pan.event GmbH

www.arenaria.at
Esterhazyplatz 4
7000 Eisenstadt
Email: tickets@panevent.at
Tel. +43-(0)2682-650 65

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