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.



    The Hofburg

    Today the official residence of the Austrian President, until 1918 was the residence of the Emperor of Austria.

    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.

    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.



    Esterházy Palace 

    A 17th century Baroque residence that includes the stately Haydn Hall, which regularly hosts concerts.

    Forchtenstein Castle 

    This imposing fortress from the Middle Ages houses 20,000 exhibits and an armoury.

    Bernstein Castle 

    Bernstein Castle in southern Burgenland is the closest you will get to living like a medieval knight.
    Burg Bernstein


    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.

    Hochosterwitz Castle

    Hochosterwitz Castle was built on a limestone rock that rises 150 m (492 ft) above the valley, allowing visitors a spectacular view over the neighbouring mountains, hills, and countryside.

    Lower Austria

    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.

    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.

    Schloss Ruegers (former Baroque Palace of Riegersburg)

    The most important Baroque palace in Lower Austria, with state apartments and historic palace kitchens.

    Rosenburg Castle

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


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

    Laxenburg Castle

    Surrounded by moats and equipped with numerous ancillary buildings, the medieval "Old Castle" lies in the midst of expansive gardens. As you wander through the park, you'll discover additional buildings such as the Franzensburg water castle.

    Upper Austria

    Schloss Greinburg

    Renaissance castle overlooking the Danube, with exhibition rooms and a maritime museum.

    The Kaiservilla

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


    Fortress Hohensalzburg

    A genuine symbol of the town of Salzburg and one of the largest surviving fortresses in central Europe.

    Mirabell Palace

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

    Hellbrunn Palace

    Built in 1615, Hellbrunn Palace sits on 60 beautiful acres in Salzburg and is most famous for the trick fountains located throughout the vast gardens.

    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.


    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.

    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.


    Schloss Ambras

    A Renaissance palace overlooking the city of Innsbruck.

    Hofburg Innsbruck

    The former seat of the ruling Princes of Tirol, remodelled into a Baroque palace by Empress Maria Theresia.

    Fortress Kufstein

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

    Tratzberg Palace

    One of the most beautiful late Gothic, early Renaissance palaces in Europe.