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The Esterházy Legacy

Ancient castles, magnificent palaces and vaulted wine cellars are all part of a day’s adventure in the Burgenland, Austria’s easternmost province. Just an hour outside of Vienna, discover the history of the legendary Esterhazy Dynasty and wander in the footsteps of one of Europe’s most influential families.

Esterhazy Palace Eisenstadt © Roland Wimmer
Esterhazy Palace Eisenstadt © Roland Wimmer
Forchtenstein Castle © Esterhazy
Forchtenstein Castle © Esterhazy
Esterhazy Vineyards © Esterhazy
Esterhazy Vineyards © Esterhazy

Eisenstadt, Austria

Eisenstadt, Austria on the map
The Esterházy princes have helped shape European history across the centuries. As patrons of the great composer Joseph Haydn, owners of several magnificent palaces and castles, art collectors and wine-connoisseurs, the Esterhazys have made significant contributions to the cultural landscape of the Burgenland region. The capital city of this sun-kissed province, Eisenstadt, is the seat of the Esterhazy Private Foundation, which preserves and curates the nine Esterhazy properties that are now open to the public. Delve into the history of the legendary dynasty and embark on a discovery tour of the region’s past and present.

Wander in the footsteps of medieval knights at the magnificent Forchtenstein Castle, learn about the life of court composer and musical genius Joseph Haydn at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, or visit the Esterhàzy Palace's Burgenland Wine Museum and its state-of-the-art winery. Today, the name Esterhazy is synonymous with good wine, and you can even enjoy a tasting at the Esterhàzy Vinothek and Wine Bar with over 600 wines from the region's top producers. Gourmets will be happy to take a break from all the sightseeing and enjoy an outstanding meal on the terrace of the restaurant Henrici, which affords beautiful views of the palace.  Just as it should be - after all, there are several Austrian dishes named after the family.  

When you next see an Esterhazy Rostbraten, or an Esterhazy Schnitte on the menu in an Austrian restaurant, you’ll know the story behind this big name. And perhaps you’ll associate with it some lovely memories of an eventful day of discovery in Austria’s Burgenland.

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