Schloss Hof Estate

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Schloss Hof Estate

Situated in the southernmost part of the Weinviertel near Bratislava is Austria’s larges country palace and estate. Schloss Hof is an experience to remember: enter into the world of the good old days, the Imperial splendour of the royal Baroque palace and park, the idyllic estate farm with herbal garden and petting zoo, and the smaller hunting lodge Niederweiden. For each age group, an experience of a lifetime.

Permanent exhibitions

Schloss Hof and Schloss Niederweiden

Discover two enchanting and truly unique palaces in the Marchfeld region. Your choice to visit one or both of them! Schloss Hof, the bigger one of the places, is ideal for long walks around the estate and captivates visitors with its animal kingdom and petting zoo.  

Schloss Niederweiden is a delightful hunting lodge with an original Barouque kitchen, telling the history of its former occupants. Nowadays it features cooking events and tastings for groups.  

The Location Ticket Schloss Hof Estate offers entry to both palaces.

 


Getting to know the Schloss Hof Estate: Palace – Baroque Garden – Estate Farm

A tour that combines all the highlights of Austria’s largest country palace and estate in a compact and entertaining form: the worlds of Imperial living, an exquisite Baroque garden, and a real, living estate farm make you forget your prosaic, everyday life and bring history to life.

  • Duration: 120 min

The Mysterious Schloss Hof: Secret Passages and Cellar Vaults 

Down, down into subterranean passages, through secret cellar vaults and hidden nooks and crannies – explore the secret side of the palace complex. The tour continues to a Baroque jewel, the small chapel and the sacristy. Both are still in full use for weddings. 

To round off the tour we extend a warm invitation to a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink. Our wine comes from the local vineyards.

  • Duration: 60 min

Baroque Rural Life on the Estate Farm: The World of Animals and Plants in the 18th century

Roam through old-world workshops, theme gardens and Prince Eugene of Savoy’s private horticultural collection – two adventure paths are an entertaining way of learning more about everyday life in the Baroque era.

Our famous white Baroque donkeys and Bactrian camels are waiting to give you a welcome, only two of the 120 faunal residents. In our own schnapps distillery we show you how schnapps is made, and if you like we would enjoy tasting them with you.

  • Duration: 60 min
     

Prince Eugene of Savoy’s Garden: A Masterpiece of Art and Nature 

The Baroque garden planned by Prince Eugene stretches across seven terraces – one of the largest and most beautiful garden complexes of the epoch.

Come and enjoy the garden, relax in the rural environment, and stroll past fragrant flower beds, artistic sculptures and resplendent fountains.

  • Duration: 60 min

Magic palaces in Marchfeld: From The Hunting Lodge Niederweiden to The Schloss Hof Estate

Maria Theresa purchased the two chateaux in 1755, the magnificent ensemble of Schloss Hof and the smaller hunting lodge Niederweiden, and over time had them extended and reconstructed.

Today both chateaux stand there in all their glory, and Schloss Niederweiden enchants with the debonair joie de vivre of a French maison de plaisir and the charm of an Italian villa.

  • Duration: 120 min

Coach Ride: A Journey Into The Good Old Days

A must and an unforgettable experience for every visitor to the estate! Our coachman drives you with our own horses from Schloss Hof to Schloss Niederweiden and back. A picture-book journey awaits you, along idyllic country lanes, through flowering meadows and whispering woodland.

  • Duration: 60 min / 30 min per route

Special Tours for the Palate

Dinner Is Served, Your Highness: Exclusive Guided Tour with Lots of Surprises

Do you know who was in charge in the eighteenth century to ensure that everything in the kitchen and palace ran smoothly? Take a look behind the scenes and find out.

And although you’re enjoying yourself here, don’t forget to tear yourself away and take a pleasant stroll in the luxuriant kitchen garden, relax in the gardens, and take a look into the cellar and the subterranean passages where our vintage wines are stored.

  • Duration: 120 min
     

Special Tour for the Palate through Time: Pastries, Pâtés, Divine Wines, Chocolates 

This is the most epicurean trail of all time: it takes you through the palace, the gardens and the cellar and shows you the top of the charts in food and drink during the era of Prince Eugene of Savoy and Maria Theresa.

In the restaurant Zum Weissen Pfau try the delicious spiced wines and dishes made after original Baroque recipes. Bon appétit – and book a table straight away!


Special Exhibitions

Special Sisi Exhibition 2020

Sisi is going on a journey! Of course, the first stop of the special exhibition is Sisi's adopted place of residence: Austria. From here she will be traveling to Asia in 2021. 

Take the opportunity now to see speical items from our Empress Elisabeth collection which are on display for the first time in Schloss Hof and Schloss Niederweiden. Go to two exhibitions on one ticket – book the Schloss Hof Location Ticket now! 

 


Schloss Hof: Sisi’s Son Rudolf

Unique views into the life of Sisi’s only son, Crown Prince Rudolf. The exhibition focuses on his private life starting with the formative experiences of his childhood, then focusing on his political opinions and his marked interest in the sciences.

Mother and son were alike in many ways, so the exhibition always draws parallels to Empress Elisabeth and casts light on their similarities of character.

 


Schloss Niederweiden: Sisi – Herself and Her Majesty

In the hunting lodge Niederweiden you can see some splendid showpieces and exhibits from the Empress Elisabeth Collection that have never been shown to the public before.  Sisi’s life with its many ups and downs, her extravagant lifestyle and her headstrong character is still as fascinating today as it ever was.

The themes of the exhibition also spotlight the empress’s role as the highest woman in the land, her relations to her aunt and mother-in-law Archduchess Sophie , also her grief at the deaths of two children, and her love for her grandchildren.


Events

The Schloss Hof Estate caters for inspiration and enjoyment all the year round with fascinating special exhibitions, lively workshops and unforgettable theme markets. Our event calendar makes sure you are informed and able to plan your events ahead.

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