The combination of a historic castle, culinary pleasures, modern architecture, and world-class performances makes the Grafenegg Music Festival a delight for all senses.
Seven centuries of history can be seen in the architecture of Grafenegg Castle. Extended in the 19th century, it has become Austria’s most important example of historicism and in Grafenegg it is possible to find stylistic traces from Gothic through Baroque and Biedermeier to elegant Neo-gothic.
Continue with a stroll through the gardens and find a shady spot beneath centuries-old trees, equipped with a picnic basket full of mouth-watering fare from the picnic pavilion. A few hours later, music begins to fill Europe’s largest open-air arena. The Grafenegg Music Festival, directed by star pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, is a rare celebration of star-studded music performances, pristine nature, award-winning architecture, and celebrated local food and wine.
Two music venues - the Cloud Tower and the Auditorium concert hall - were constructed in recent years, jutting into the sky and crowning the castle grounds, creating an open-air sound that is unheard of in Europe. Top it all off with a dinner in the castle, where fine Austrian cuisine is prepared right on the terrace and served with wines home-grown in the nearby Wachau region. This, we believe, is living well.