This living Baroque masterpiece is Austria’s largest rural palace complex. Its splendid palace, unique terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm are inextricably linked to Prince Eugene of Savoy.
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Prince Eugene of Savoy´s private gem is a real insider’s tip. The former hunting lodge is a harmonious combination of the Baroque penchant for display and rustic cosiness.
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History has been made at Schloss Eckartsau, with its enchanting Schlosspark gardens and nearness to the National Park: Emperor Charles I and his family spent the final days of the Habsburg monarchy at this very spot.
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Visitors are astonished and thrilled not only by this castle’s storied past, but by the natural spectacle of the nearly 100 white storks which gather here to breed for several months each year.
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With a documented and lively history going back nearly 1,000 years, Schloss Orth has now become a unique hub for nature and culture thanks in great part to its vicinity to the Donau-Auen National Park.
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Schloss Hof Estate is Austria’s largest rural palace complex – and only around 45 minutes by car away from capital city Vienna. As the country seat of Prince Eugene of Savoy and subsequent owners Maria Theresa and Joseph II, Schloss Hof Estate has always been a prime locale for fabulous feasts and glittering parties, the meeting spot for the crème de la crème of society.
Where once upon a time the prince found recreation and relaxation in between his military campaigns, today you can enter into the fascinating world of the Baroque. Roaming in leisurely fashion through the State Rooms and residential quarters and all the way down to the subterranean cellar vaults brings the kaleidoscopic history of the palace and estate back to life.
The palace is surrounded by an imposing Baroque garden with steps, fountains and statues. The Baroque garden complex descends over seven terraces and, along with the two Baroque orangeries and their front gardens, testifies to the prince’s passion for collecting and horticulture. After long years of meticulously detailed reconstruction the garden is now ready and can be experienced once more as it was in the Baroque era.
The idyllic estate farm with its theme gardens, adventure and novelty fountain park, adventure trails, and its endearing animals is especially popular with families.
Open daily except on 24 December!
1 Jan - 14 March | daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
15 March - 17 Nov | daily 10 a.m. - 6.p.m.
18 Nov - 23 Dec & 25 Dec - 31 Dec | daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
On Christmas Market days: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
You can reach the Castle Hof on the airport highway A4 (exit Fischamend), B9 (towards Hainburg) and the B49. On the forest car park directly in front of the castle are 545 car and 21 coach parking spaces available.
Only 45 minutes or so by car from Vienna - the largest rural palatial ensemble stretching out across the countryside.
Today, not only the imperial residential rooms on the bel étage are open to the public; there are many events and festivities for the whole family, also annually changing special exhibitions, which form a link to the historic tradition of opulent entertainments and feasting.
The extraordinary splendour of the Schloss Hof Estate is determined in no small way through its unique garden, which descends in impressive expanse over seven terraces down to the River March. Only few Baroque gardens in Europe could vie with the magnificence and elegance of the garden, planned for Prince Eugene of Savoy around the palace of Schloss Hof. The creative power of nature and virtuosic human design combined here to form a work of consummate beauty and harmony.
Today, as in the past, visitors stroll at their pleasure past broderie beds, pergolas and resplendent fountains that offer an idyllic refuge for hours of relaxation.
Prince Eugene's orangeries enable the magic of the Mediterranean plant world to cast its spell. Two glasshouses, imposing both technically and architecturally and with authentically cultivated paradise gardens, contribute to making the ensemble one of the most beautiful and impressive Baroque creations of its kind in Europe.
The palace chapel was the setting of one of the happiest marriages in the House of Habsburg between Mimi, Empress Maria Theresa's favourite daughter, and the love of her life, Prince Albert.
Find out more about Schloss Hof Estate's history >> here.
The Baroque garden is ready: after fifteen years of meticulously detailed reconstruction it is now restored to its original appearance. Strolling along the many paths, visitors are surrounded by the beauty and magnificence of the grounds: sixteen hectares of Baroque garden, mythological sculptures, the Great Cascade and other fountains, a mysterious labyrinth and a maze with viewing platform, 35,000 flowers - spring or summer flora, depending on the season - sunken lawns, precisely cut bosquets: an invitation to "chill out" and "wander at your pleasure".
On the estate farm, you can experience a life in and with nature as well as rural everyday life as lived in the Baroque era. There, in the stables and petting zoo, rare and ancient Austrian domestic breeds have found a new home, including the white Baroque donkey, the four-horn goat and Brahma chickens.
After visiting the petting zoo and the stables you can enjoy tasting sessions of an extraordinary kind and variety, relishing rare types of fruit and vegetables in the "Nasch" Garden - the "Relish" Garden - the Potpourri Garden, the Herb Garden and the Weinviertel Garden. And along the interactive adventure paths you can slip into the role played every day by a stable lad or a serving maid, just as in days of yore in the eighteenth century.
Visitors can treat themselves to the most delicious gourmet pleasures in the restaurant "Zum weissen Pfau". You can also order picnic baskets for a picnic in the garden. Information: www.schlossgastronomie.at
As a guest in the princely setting of the Schoss Hof Estate, the Baroque lifestyle becomes a reality experience for the whole family. A special highlight for all hobby gardeners and plant lovers takes place every year on the Schloss Hof Estate: the Garden Days. Specially selected exhibitors, lectures and guided garden tours and the unique plant exchange offer everything the horticultural heart could desire.
Adventure and variety, but also countryside exercise and recreation can all be had during a family trip to the Schloss Hof Estate. There are so many exciting things to discover here, especially for our youngest guests. Fun and games are to be had throughout the entire season: adventure and water playgrounds, the petting zoo with endearing animals, and comfortable hammocks to hang out in. Many must-see events are organised at weekends and on public holidays; the programme includes the animal procession, the Horse Festival, the mega school-holiday Fun Time, the Arts and Crafts Festival and the Kite Flying Festival, also the Easter and Christmas Markets with special activities for children.
The interactive Children's and Family World in the Bäckenhof provides plenty of scope for creative activities and a versatile show programme. Here you can try out all kinds of do-it-yourself ideas to your heart's content - knocking things together, painting, dancing and drama - not forgetting the pottery and baking workshops. You can parade around in costume as a prince or princess and roam in special children's guided tours on the trail of former palace owners through the state rooms and secret servant passages. If you want to celebrate your birthday party like a Kaiserkind - a child of the imperial court - you can find the ideal setting on the Schoss Hof Estate. Fun and games as played in the Baroque era, coach rides and grooming donkeys are among the countless, unforgettable experiences waiting to welcome you.