Ferry tower in Laxenburg Castle Park

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Laxenburg Castle Park

Laxenburg Castle Park, with its extensive parkland, is one of the most important historic landscape gardens in Europe. Apart from numerous memorials, follies, natural monuments, and picturesque garden spaces, the castle park is majestically crowned by the Franzensburg. The Franzensburg is also called "Austria's little treasure house". The history of Laxenburg Castle Park reaches far back into the 13th century. Laxenburg took on its present form in the 18th and 19th centuries. Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth spent their honeymoon here. Today, numerous natural and architectural monuments can be discovered here across the park's 280 hectares.

Historic landscape garden

Laxenburg Castle Park, a place of recreation with variety and flair in a historic setting, is just 25 km from Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral. There is a diverse leisure offering here in terms of both culture and sport. A large number of family-friendly facilities (especially the almost 6,000 m² playground) and absolute peace and quiet in the picturesquely staged landscape supplement the offering. During the season from Easter to All Saints' Day, ferryboats, boat rentals on the castle lake, and guided tours of the Franzensburg are offered. Austria's largest historic landscape garden impresses with imposing ancillary buildings and a more than 10 km-long network of paths, a recreation center with gastronomy experience (restaurant "Flieger & Flieger") and a buffet by the castle lake.

Highlights in 2023

  • Colorful Sunday program on the first four Sundays in the months of September and October: guided park tours, matinées in the Green Folly of the Laxenburg Music School in Biedermannsdorf, guided educational forest tours as well as traditional regiments in the original venue
  • Lower Austria Garden Summer 2023
  • Museum in the Franzensburg from April 1, 2023: Guided tours of the museum at 11.00 am, 12.00 noon, 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm, guided tour of the tower and roof at 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm (guided museum tour if the weather's bad)

During the season from April 1 to November 1, 2023:

  • Franzensburg: Guided tours of the museum as well as up the Tall Tower and across the roofs; museum shop open daily from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm; ferry to the Franzensburg, Café Meierei with large terrace right by the castle lake.
  • Boat rental: Experience the ambience of the castle park from the water as well. The castle lake has a surface area of 25 hectares and offers the whole family the ideal setting for messing about on the water.
  • Slow train: Experience Laxenburg Castle Park with a ride on the panorama train, the so-called "Laxenburg Express".
  • Children's playground: 6,000 m² area with near-natural area fulfil children's every wish.
  • Imperial running laps: A total of three signposted running routes – from 3.1 to 7.7 km.
  • Get married in an imperial ambience in one of the picturesque locations in the castle park or in the chapel in the Old Castle.

Information:

Getting there

Laxenburg is about 25 km from Vienna city center on the Südautobahn (A2) towards Graz; the travel time from Vienna to Laxenburg is about 30 minutes. Around 1,200 free parking spaces are available on site; please follow the signs.
Laxenburg can also be easily reached by public transport. A bus runs to Laxenburg from Vienna Main Station and from Mödling train station every 30 minutes. The Therme cycle trail (EuroVelo 9, from Vienna Inzersdorf to Bad Schönau) also leads directly to Laxenburg. Sufficient places to leave bicycles are available at the main entrance to the park (P1).

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Laxenburg Castle Park (Schlosspark Laxenburg)

Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer: Discount applies to the park entrance fee as well as to the guided tours "Museum Franzensburg" and "Tower and Roof

  • Opening times

    • 01 April to 01 November
      Museum in the Franzensburg, boat rentals, ferry
    • Castle Park open all year round. See website for current times and prices.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        All park entrances are accessible.
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        All park entrances are accessible.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        A number of parking spaces for people with disabilities are available at the main entrance to the park (P1). From experience, these parking spaces fill up quickly on busy days; the staff will direct you to suitable parking spaces.
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair users with escort and people with disability badge bearing the name of the registered escort will be granted free admission to the Castle Park upon presentation of a valid form of identification; this includes the respective escort.

    • Comments

      The ground floor of the Franzensburg, which is located in the center of the Castle Park, is full accessible and can be viewed on a guided tour of the museum. For structural and accessibility reasons, however, we regret it is not possible to visit the first floor, the Tall Tower or the roofs.

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