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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Encompassing more than 50 hectares area, Schloss Hof Estate is Austria’s largest rural palace complex – and only one hour’s drive 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.
Today, visitors may not only tour the noble living quarters found on the bel étage, but also take part in numerous events and celebrations oriented to the entire family. Annual travelling exhibitions also enable today’s visitors to experience some of the opulent traditions of the past. A visit to Schloss Hof Estate is rewarding and informative on every level, whether a foray into the splendid State Apartments, or an exploration of the subterranean vaults. Or a visit to the Terrace Gardens in full magnificent bloom and the baroque orangery, both of which are testimony to Prince Eugene’s passion for gardening and collecting. The idyllic Meierhof is one of the oldest actively maintained manor farms and home to numerous rare species of domestic animals. After a visit to the petting zoo or stables, sample any one of the rare types of fruits, vegetables, herbs and jams cultivated or produced here. As a guest at Schloss Hof Estate, experience the princely ambience and feel the baroque way of life come alive: a rich experience for the entire family.
The exceptional magnificence of Schloss Hof Estate is determined in no small measure by its unique gardens which descend gracefully in seven terraced levels down to the Morava River. Only few baroque gardens in Europe can rival the elegance and splendour of the Schloss Hof Estate gardens, which were laid out for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The boundless fertility of nature paired with the virtuosity of human design have produced a work of consummate beauty and harmony.
Today as in the past, visitors may stroll among Broderie beds in the parterre garden style and past splendid fountains, and pause for a moment of relaxation under the pergolas that form an idyllic refuge. The magic of Mediterranean fauna unfolds in full in Prince Eugene’s orangery. The two greenhouses – technological and architectural masterpieces in their own right – are filled with authentic native species and round out this baroque ensemble, which is among the most beautiful and impressive of its kind in Europe.
At the Meierhof, visitors experience what it meant to live on and from the land as well as the rural way of life during the Baroque era. The stables and petting zoo showcase rare and old Austrian breeds which have now found a new home, like the white donkey, four-horned goat, and the Brahma chicken.
A special highlight for all hobby gardeners and plant lovers is the annual Schloss Hof Estate Garden Days in May, where there is something to make every gardener’s heart beat a little bit faster: well-stocked quality suppliers, guided tours of the gardens, expert lectures and the unique plant exchange.
Schloss Hof Estate offers something for everyone in the family: adventure and variety, activity and relaxation, nature, culture and history. Many exciting things await discovery here – especially for our very youngest guests. Fun and games are to be had at the adventure playground, and there is a petting zoo with lots of incredibly cute animals. The hammock garden offers many comfortable spots at which to recharge one’s batteries. Numerous interesting events take place at the weekends and on holidays, including the family festival with horses and donkeys; the Pentecost festival, Thanksgiving and kite-flying festivals, not to mention the Easter and Christmas markets featuring special activities just for kids.
The new, interactive children’s and family centre at the Bäckenhof was opened in June 2014 and offers ample space for creative activities as well as a varied show programme. Here, our guests may do arts and crafts, paint, dance, or even participate in a play. There are also pottery and baking workshops. Young guests may dress up as princes and princesses and walk in the steps of former castle owners in the course of special guided children’s tours to the State Rooms and the secret servants’ quarters. And for anyone wishing to celebrate their birthday like a royal, Schloss Hof Estate is ideal, with baroque-style games, carriage rides, donkey-grooming, and many other unforgettable and fun activities!
Tip: Special exhibition 2018 "Why do we eat the way we do? | Part 1: Out fo the earth onto the plate“
March 15 - Nov 18 | daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Nov 19 - Dec 23, Dec 25 - Dec 31 | daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Days of Christmas village: 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.