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    Eisenstadt

    Despite being Austria’s smallest provincial capital, the former seat of the Esterházy noble family range, home to some 13,000 inhabitants, has plenty to offer.

    Eisenstadt is the provincial capital of Burgenland, the easternmost region of Austria. It is located at the southern end of the Leitha Mountains, just 50 minutes south of Vienna.

    Must-Sees in Eisenstadt

    One of the city's major landmarks is Esterházy Palace, one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in the country. Other sights include the Calvary Mountain, Martinsdom (St. Martin’s Cathedral) dating back to the 13th century, and the Gloriette. The historic old town features many listed buildings as well as a pedestrian zone with shops, cafés, and restaurants. The districts of St. Georgen and Kleinhöflein are famous for their quaint Heurigen wine taverns; and don't miss out on Eisenstadt's surroundings, a lush wine growing region offering amazing culinary delights.

    About Eisenstadt

    First mentioned as "minor Mortin" in 1264, Eisenstadt has had several names and different residents over the centuries. The earliest known settlements date back to the Hallstatt Period about 800 BC. Like many other European cities, they were later inhabited by the Romans and Celts, then the Huns and Germanic tribes. The city had many rulers over the years, and was destroyed by fire twice. From 1648, it was a free city of Hungary until it was ceded to Austria in 1921. Four years later, Eisenstadt became the seat of the Burgenland government and thus the provincial capital.

    Top Highlights in Eisenstadt

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      Schloss Esterhàzy

      Dating back to the 13th century, Esterhàzy Palace has been continually rebuilt and extended. It is one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Austria - and one of the landmarks of Eisenstadt.
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      Haydn Church (Bergkirche)

      Built from 1715 to 1803, Haydn Church is home to the Haydn mausoleum. The famous Calvary is older than the church itself, and shows the Passion of Christ in small niches, grottos and tiny chapels.
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      Gloriette

      Named after Princess Marie Hermenegild Esterházy, the Marien Temple was completed in 1804. In 1995, a fire destroyed large parts of the Gloriette, but it re-opened to the public in 2004.
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      Palace Park

      Palace Park, one of the most important landscaped gardens dating back to the 19th century, features four ponds, the Leopoldine Temple, and at its heart, the Orangery.
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      Regional Museum of Burgenland

      This museum is dedicated to the research on the historical and cultural development of the province. The exhibition includes artefacts of Archaeology, Biology, Geology, Art History and Ethnology.
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      Haydn House

      Joseph Haydn bought this house in Eisenstadt in 1766 and lived there with his wife until 1778. Visitors can still marvel at the furniture from that period, and there's a collection of original instruments, too.
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    Explore Eisenstadt's Lifestyle

    Father of classical symphony and string quartet

    Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) was born in Lower Austria. His musical talent brought him to Vienna at a young age, where he sang in the choir of the St. Stephan's Cathedral. After being employed as Kapellmeister (music director) in 1757, he was offered a similar job in 1761 by Prince Paul Anton, the head of the immensely wealthy Esterházy family. That's when the city of Eisenstadt and the composer Joseph Haydn became inseparable. For 40 years, Haydn worked as a conductor for the Esterházy family.

    In 1790, the musician bid his farewells to Mozart and other friends, and left for London. Haydn's British adventures were a great success. He was even awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Oxford. According to Haydn's biography, his days in England were the happiest of his life.

    Haydn's compositions include 104 symphonies, 50 concertos, 84 string quartets, 24 stage works and 12 masses, among other works.

    Learn more about the famous Austrian Composer
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