A summer day in Grafenegg could go like this: after a visit to the castle – one of Austria’s most important historic castle complexes, whose origins go back to the Late Gothic and Renaissance – you take a stroll through the English landscape garden. With your picnic basket, which was stocked according to your wishes at the picnic pavilion, you find a shady spot beneath the centuries-old trees, next to the goldfish pond, or on one of the lawns in front of the castle.
After so much relaxation, your senses are now free for fully enjoying a concert. As a continuation of the tradition of the English landscape garden, which created places of pleasure nestled in the middle of nature, two prize-winning event venues were constructed in recent years: the Cloud Tower and the Auditorium concert hall. The Cloud Tower juts into the sky like a giant sculpture and crowns the grandstands of Europe’s largest open-air arena. The castle, grounds, Cloud Tower, and Auditorium are in use throughout the entire year. And Grafenegg Advent has long become an institution in Austria’s pre-Christmas season.
But the annual highlight is the classical-music festival, directed by Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The perfect way to wrap up an evening at Grafenegg is a visit to the Castle Tavern or a dinner in the State Rooms of the castle. Food is grilled right on the terrace, prize-winning Austrian cuisine is served, and with it fine wines from the nearby Wachau and Kamp Valleys.www.grafenegg.at