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Eisenstadt

Despite being Austria’s smallest provincial capital, this former seat of the noble Esterhazy family and home to some 13,000 inhabitants, has plenty to offer its visitors.

Esterházy Palace © Österreich Werbung / Popp & Hackner
Esterházy Palace © Österreich Werbung / Popp & Hackner
Esterhazy Palace © Esterházy Betriebe GmbH
Esterhazy Palace © Esterházy Betriebe GmbH
 © Esterhazy Privatstiftung
© Esterhazy Privatstiftung
 © NTG / Mike Ranz
© NTG / Mike Ranz
 © Schloss Esterhazy/Adelhofer
© Schloss Esterhazy/Adelhofer
 © Esterházy Weingut
© Esterházy Weingut
Eisenstadt, Bergkirche  © Burgenland Tourismus / Foto: Ingo Folie
Eisenstadt, Bergkirche © Burgenland Tourismus / Foto: Ingo Folie
Leopoldine Temple, Esterházy Palace © Burgenland Tourismus / Foto: Ingo Folie
Leopoldine Temple, Esterházy Palace © Burgenland Tourismus / Foto: Ingo Folie
Kalvarienbergkirche Eisenstadt © Österreich Werbung / Diejun
Kalvarienbergkirche Eisenstadt © Österreich Werbung / Diejun
Haydn-House Eisenstadt © Österreich Werbung / Markowitsch
Haydn-House Eisenstadt © Österreich Werbung / Markowitsch
Eisenstadt is located in the province Burgenland , the easternmost region of Austria. Eisenstadt’s major attraction is Schloss Esterházy (1364). Count Esterhazy restored it initially in Baroque and later in classical style (1663-1672). Today the palace serves as venue for a range of cultural events including the orchestral concerts and operas of the famous Haydn festival.

Joseph Haydn, a leading composer of the classical period, left a lasting impression on Eisenstadt where he lived and worked as prince Esterhazy’s Kapellmeister (music director) for over 40 years. Today Haydn’s white marble tomb can be seen in the Bergkirche (Haydnkirche). Other sights include the Haydn mausoleum and the Haydn House. A Haydn Festival is staged every year from early to mid September.

Other worthwhile sights include the Calvary Mountain, Martinsdom (St. Martin’s Cathedral) dating from the 13th century, and the Gloriette with its formerly baroque gardens that were redesigned as English landscape gardens around 1800.

The historic old town has many protected buildings, and a pedestrian-only area with shops, cafés and restaurants. The districts of St. Georgen and Kleinhöflein are famous for their quaint Heurigen wine taverns ideal to pass away those warm summer nights...

For more information on Eisenstadt, please visit www.eisenstadt-tourism.at