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Eisenstadt, Esterházy Palace

Palace ticket

Highlights
  • magnificent rooms on the bel étage at Esterházy Palace and marvel at art-historical treasures from the collection
  • the story of Joseph Haydn as director of music and composer in the service of the Esterházy princes
  • the exhibition about of a remarkable and strong personality: Melinda Esterházy
  • the Wine Museum in the over 300-year-old palace cellars
Description

Wander through the magnificent rooms on the bel étage at Esterházy Palace and marvel at art-historical treasures from the collection, including the Esterházy family silver – the world’s largest ensemble of Neoclassical silverware to survive as a set. On your visit you can also discover fascinating glimpses into the history of the palace as a building.

A tour of the first floor tells the tale of a remarkable and strong personality: Melinda Esterházy, née Ottrubay. Get to know the princess, not only as a prima ballerina assoluta but also as a person whose life was full of highs and lows. Find out about her ambitious career and her turbulent personal life away from the stage.

On the palace’s ground floor, the story of Joseph Haydn as director of music and composer in the service of the Esterházy princes is vividly brought to life. Multimedia stations, project installations and unusual exhibits trace the work of this musical genius from his beginnings in Eisenstadt and Eszterház through to his late music, and highlight his brilliance as a composer.

In the over 300-year-old palace cellars you can encounter the long history of the Esterházy’s “bacchanalian” side. With over 700 rare, unusual and sometimes long-forgotten objects relating to wine and viticulture – from historic barrels to Burgenland’s oldest Baumpresse (a type of basket press) – the Wine Museum compellingly presents the history of winemaking under the Esterházy princes.

Ticket-Details 
Open hours 

April – October | Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays: 10 am – 5.30 pm

November – March| Saturday – Sunday and public holidays: 10 am – 4.30 pm

25 & 26 December: closed

1 January: 12 noon – 4.30 pm

Address
Esterhazy Palace
Esterházyplatz 1
7000 Eisenstadt
Getting there


BY BUS: Take the regional bus 200 from Vienna to Eisenstadt station; journey takes c. 75 minutes, express c. 60 minutes. Further information: +43 (0)2682 623 60–1.

BY TRAIN: It is about a ten-minute walk from Eisenstadt station to the palace. For train times see: www.oebb.at

BY CAR: A2 towards Graz – at Guntramsdorf junction keep right, turn right onto the A3 after the service station – after approx. 26 km take the exit Müllendorf – turn right onto the B59 towards Eisenstadt – follow the B59 until you reach Esterházy Palace.

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