The Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt

The Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt

The Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt ©Problemkind/Flick

The Esterhazy Castle is situated in Eisenstadt, in the Austrian region of Burgenland, being the emblem of the city The castle dates back to the 13th century, being a royal residence during the years. Between the years 1364-1445 it belonged to the Kanizsai Hungarian noble family, and after 1445 went into possession of the city. From the year 1622 the castle becomes the possession of the Esterhazy family.

In the 16th century the Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt is modified and transformed to Baroque style, initially being built in Gothic style.

The most important rooms of the Esterhazy Castle

The Haydn Hall, named after the Austrian composer, Joseph Hayden, is the most sumptuous and luxurious hall in the whole castle. Many of the operas composed by Haydn had their premier in this hall, that is worldwide famous for its unique acoustics.

The painter Carpoforo Tencalla (1623-1685) is the author of the wonderful frescoes that covers the wall of the hall and that are preserved since the 16th century.

The interior of the Esterhazy Castle

The interior of the Esterhazy Castle ©KLMircea/Flick

The Apartment of the Princess houses an exposition since April 1, 2012 dedicated to the women of the Esterhazy dynasty including Maria Josefa Hermenegilda, Maria Theresia and Sarah Child-Villiers.

The Museum of Wine in the Esterhazy Castle of Eisenstadt is the largest museum of its kind in the whole Austria and contains more than 700 exhibits from the domain of viticulture. The castle also houses the Imperial Room, the Small Salon and the Great Chinese Salon, Ceremonial Rooms, the Hall of Mirrors and the Chapel.

Around the Esterhazy Castle is arranged a park with trees, rare species of plants, artesian fountains, water pools, statues, floral gardens. In the year 1803 the architect Charles Moreau rearranges the garden of the palace.

The Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt

The Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt ©Problemkind/Flick

Visiting the Esterhazy Castle

The castle is located in the Esterhazy Square (Esterhazyplatz) no. 1 and can be visited from January 1 to March 31 between the hours 9.00-17.00 from Friday to Sunday. From April 1 to November 11 it can be visited every day between the hours 9.00-18.00 and from November 16 to December 30 daily between the hours 9.00-17.00.

The costs for a visit to the Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt are the following:

• The tour of the palace: 9 euro for adults, 7 euro for groups and 19 euro for families

• The Wine Museum: 7 euro for adults, 5 euro for groups and 15 euro for families

• The Apartment of the Princess: 9 euro for adults, 7 euro for groups and 19 euro for families

In the Esterhazy Castle are held various concerts, cultural events and expositions meant to attract tourists.

Inside the Esterhazy Castle

Inside the Esterhazy Castle ©KLMircea/Flick

 

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