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Castles and Palaces

Austria is filled with magnificent castles and palaces, grandiose witnesses of a bygone era. Follow the footsteps of emperors and knights and let history come alive.

Rudolf's Crown, Imperial Treasury © Österreich Werbung / Lammerhuber

Vienna

The Hofburg - www.hofburg-wien.at
Today the official residence of the Austrian President, until 1918 it was the residence of the Emperor of Austria.

Belvedere Palace - www.belvedere.at
This baroque palace was once the summer residence of Prince Eugen of Savoy, consisting of the Upper and the Lower Belvedere. It is also home to the Austrian Gallery.

Schönbrunn Palace - www.schoenbrunn.at
One of the most important baroque estates in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Up until 1918 it was the Imperial Summer Residence and it contains the Imperial Apartments as well as the oldest zoo in the world.


Burgenland

Esterházy Palace - www.esterhazy.at
A 17th century baroque residence which includes the stately Haydn-Hall that regularly hosts concerts.

Forchtenstein Castle - www.esterhazy.at
This imposing fortress from the Middle Ages houses 20000 exhibits and an armoury.
 

Carinthia

Landskron Castle - www.burg-landskron.at
The beautiful ruins of Landskron Castle can be found near Villach. Attractions include a bird of prey exhibition and a "Monkey-Mountain" with free-roaming monkeys.

Burg Hochosterwitz - www.burg-hochosterwitz.com
Hochosterwitz Castle was built on a limestone rock that rises 150m above the valley, allowing visitors a spectacular view over the neighbouring mountains, hills and countryside.
 

Lower Austria

Grafenegg Castle - www.grafenegg.at
Grafenegg is the most significant castle complex of romantic historicism in Austria, just a 40-minute drive from Vienna, and host to numerous cultural events.

Schloss Hof - www.schlosshof.at
Prince Eugene’s summer palace Schloss Hof was brought back to life as one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in the world, thanks to a renovation project that began in 2002 and cost more than 30 million euros. It contains a ballroom, the state apartments, and a baroque garden terrace complete with pavillions and fountains.

Kreuzenstein Castle - www.kreuzenstein.com
This popular tourist destination near Vienna has medieval origins and was rebuilt in the 19th century. Today it attracts visitors with its bird of prey displays.

The Baroque Palace of Riegersburg - www.riegersburg-hardegg.com
The most important baroque palace in Lower Austria, with state apartments and historic palace kitchens.

Rosenburg Castle - www.rosenburg.at
A lavishly decorated Renaissance castle near Horn. Attractions include a bird of prey display and a tournament ground.

Schallaburg - www.schallaburg.at
Splendid Renaissance palace near Melk, with an arcaded courtyard, terracotta decorations and an exhibition centre.
 

Upper Austria

Schloss Greinburg - www.schloss-greinburg.at
Renaissance castle overlooking the Danube, with exhibition rooms and a maritime museum.

The Kaiservilla - www.kaiservilla.at
Once the Bad Ischl summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and "Sisi" - Empress Elizabeth I.
 

SalzburgerLand

Hohensalzburg Fortress - www.salzburg-burgen.at
A genuine symbol of the town of Salzburg and one of the largest surviving fortresses in central Europe.

Mirabell Palace - www.salzburg.info
Built in 1606, Mirabell Palace boasts beautiful palace gardens in the heart of Salzburg.

Hohenwerfen Fortress - www.salzburg-burgen.at
This tall, jutting rock offers a gusty view of the surrounding mountains. The province’s falconry centre, the dashing weaponry, the museums and the dark corners all encourage visitors to investigate the mighty walls from within.
 

Styria

Schloss Eggenberg - www.museum-joanneum.at
This baroque palace in Graz is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Graz - Historic Centre”, and also houses the pre- and early history collections of the Universalmuseum Joanneum.

Seggau Castle - www.seggau.com
Look forward to beautiful baroque rooms and a 300 year-old wine cellar.

Riegersburg Castle - www.steiermark.com
Just the sight of Riegersburg Castle perched on top of an extinct volcano amidst the rolling hills of South-Eastern Styria would be worth a visit. However, the castle has much more to offer, including 3 museums, regular birds of prey shows and a Via Ferrata course on the rock.
 

Tirol

Ambras Palace - www.schlossambras-innsbruck.at
A Renaissance palace overlooking the city of Innsbruck.

The Innsbruck Hofburg - www.hofburg-innsbruck.at
The former seat of the ruling Princes of Tirol, remodelled into a baroque palace by Empress Maria Theresia.

Kufstein Fortress - www.festung.kufstein.at
The landmark of Kufstein, the fortress has the largest open-air organ in the world and hosts regular cultural events.

Tratzberg Palace - www.schloss-tratzberg.com
One of the most beautiful late Gothic, early Renaissance palaces in Europe.