Esterházy Palace

Year-round cultural offering at Esterházy

Palace quarter in Eisenstadt

A world of culture at Esterházy – Pannonian delicacies

Just an hour’s drive from Vienna in the heart of the unique Pannonian landscape is a cultural venue with a difference. 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.”

Forchtenstein Castle

Behind thick walls with sophisticated locking systems is the Esterházy Treasure Chamber, the only chamber of art and treasures still preserved in its original location. During the tour of the castle, the “Granaten, Fahnen, Grenadiere” [grenades, flags, grenadiers] exhibition gives an interesting insight into the history of uniforms, weapons and defense systems at Esterházy. Prince Paul I created legends around his own family tree: he commissioned the Esterházy gallery of ancestral portraits which is now the biggest Baroque family gallery in Central Europe. The highlight of the tour through the Gallery of Ancestors is the silver Baroque furniture from the castle’s own Treasure Chamber. After conquering the castle, you can raise a glass of Esterházy wine at “Grenadier” café restaurant, recently built in authentic castle style.

St. Margarethen Quarry

The quarry in St. Margarethen has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 2001 and has a natural architecture and scale that creates an unbelievable impression. In 2016, the Ruffini Bühne will form the backdrop for a romantic comic opera: Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love" premières in the St. Margarethen Quarry on July 6. Visitors can expect an impressive natural and cultural experience in the open air. More information:

Palace quarter in Eisenstadt Esterházy Palace

Esterházyplatz, 7000 Eisenstadt
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Jänner - März Fr - Su, 09:00 - 17:00
    • April - Mitte November on holidays, 09:00 - 17:00
    • daily, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Mitte November - Dezember Th - Su, 09:00 - 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).

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.

Burg Forchtenstein

Melinda-Esterházy-Platz 1, 7212 Forchtenstein

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.

pan.event GmbH ticket company for St. Margarethen Quarry
Esterhazyplatz 4
7000 Eisenstadt
Tel. +43-(0)2682-650 65
Fax +43-(0)2682-650 658 88

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