Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River Sights

Updated 08/18/2014

Fodor's Review

A true baroque gem, this castle is shining even more brilliantly since the completion of extensive restorations. The product of that master designer and architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, who in 1732 reconstructed the square castle into an elegant U-shape building, the Schloss opens up on the eastern side to a marvelous baroque formal garden that gives way toward the river. The famed landscape painter Bernardo Bellotto, noted for his Canaletto-like vistas of scenic

landmarks, captured the view before the reconstruction. His three paintings were used as a guide for restoring the gardens to their baroque appearance. The castle was once owned by Empress Maria Theresa, mother of Marie Antoinette. You can visit the suite the empress used during her royal visits, faithfully re-created down to the tiniest details, as well as the two-story chapel in which she prayed. For kids there's a manor farm with a menagerie and petting zoo featuring exotic wild animals and old breeds of gentle pets. The complex includes a restaurant and pâtisserie, both with indoor and outdoor seating. Guided tours and audio tours of the castle and the garden are available in English, but it's also possible to saunter around the buildings and grounds on your own. The castle is about 8 km (5 miles) south of Marchegg. Enjoy the panaromic view (you can see Bratislava from here). If you come in winter, you can enjoy the charming Adventmarkt (market) set up on the sprawling grounds.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Schlosshof, A-2294, Austria

Phone:

02285-200–000

Sight Details:

  • €12 (includes castle, grounds, and manor farm); audio or guided tour €3

Updated 08/18/2014

Advertisement

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement