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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.

Vienna

  • Heldenplatz and Imperial Palace in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Willfried Gredler-Oxenbauer Heldenplatz and Imperial Palace in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Willfried Gredler-Oxenbauer
  • Schloss Belvedere © Österreich Werbung, Diejun Schloss Belvedere © Österreich Werbung, Diejun
  • Schloss Schönbrunn © Vienna PASS/Bernhard Luck Schloss Schönbrunn © Vienna PASS/Bernhard Luck

The Hofburg

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

Belvedere Palace

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.
www.belvedere.at

Schönbrunn Palace

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.
www.schoenbrunn.at

Burgenland

  • Forchtenstein Castle © Österreich Werbung, Markowitsch Forchtenstein Castle © Österreich Werbung, Markowitsch
  • Schloss Esterhazy © Esterhazy, Roland Wimmer Schloss Esterhazy © Esterhazy, Roland Wimmer

Esterházy Palace 

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

Forchtenstein Castle 

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

Carinthia

  • Burg Landskron © LIK Fotoakademie / Harald Kübler Burg Landskron © LIK Fotoakademie / Harald Kübler
  • Burg Hochosterwitz © Österreich Werbung / Trumler Burg Hochosterwitz © Österreich Werbung / Trumler

Landskron Castle

The beautiful ruins of Landskron Castle can be found near Villach. Attractions include a bird of prey exhibition, eagle show and a "Monkey-Mountain" with free-roaming monkeys.

www.adlerarena.com

Hochosterwitz Castle

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.www.burg-hochosterwitz.com

Lower Austria

  • Schloss Hof Palace © Schloss Hof Schloss Hof Palace © Schloss Hof
  • Burg Kreuzenstein © Österreich Werbung / Bohnacker Burg Kreuzenstein © Österreich Werbung / Bohnacker
  • Riegersburg © veste-riegersburg.at Riegersburg © veste-riegersburg.at
  • Rosenburg © Castillo Rosenburg Rosenburg © Castillo Rosenburg
  • Schallaburg © Helmut Lackinger Schallaburg © Helmut Lackinger

Schloss Hof

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. www.schlosshof.at

Kreuzenstein Castle

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.
www.kreuzenstein.com

The Baroque Palace of Riegersburg

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

Rosenburg Castle

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

Schallaburg

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

Upper Austria

  • Schloss Greinburg Innenhof in Grein an der Donau © Österreich Werbung / Jezierzanski Schloss Greinburg Innenhof in Grein an der Donau © Österreich Werbung / Jezierzanski
  • Bad Ischl © OÖ Tourismus Bad Ischl © OÖ Tourismus

Schloss Greinburg

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

The Kaiservilla

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

Salzburg

  • Festung Hohensalzburg © Salzburger Burgen & Schlösser Festung Hohensalzburg © Salzburger Burgen & Schlösser
  • Mirabell gardens in Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Mirabell gardens in Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
  • Hohenwerfen Fortress © Austrian Tourist Office, Volker Preusser Hohenwerfen Fortress © Austrian Tourist Office, Volker Preusser

Fortress Hohensalzburg

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

Mirabell Palace

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

Hohenwerfen Fortress

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.
www.salzburg-burgen.at

Styria

  • Schloss Eggenberg © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer Schloss Eggenberg © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer
  • Riegersburg © veste-riegersburg.at Riegersburg © veste-riegersburg.at

Schloss Eggenberg

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.
www.museum-joanneum.at

Riegersburg Castle

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.
www.steiermark.com

Tirol

  • Ambras Castle in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck, Christof Lackner Ambras Castle in Innsbruck © TVB Innsbruck, Christof Lackner
  • Hofburg in Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus Hofburg in Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus
  • Festung Kufstein © Ferienland Kufstein Festung Kufstein © Ferienland Kufstein
  • Schloss Tratzberg © Österreich Werbung; Foto: Bohnacker Schloss Tratzberg © Österreich Werbung; Foto: Bohnacker

Schloss Ambras

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

Hofburg Innsbruck

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

Fortress Kufstein

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

Tratzberg Palace

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

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