It takes around 40 minutes to reach Vienna, the capital of Slovakia Bratislava, and Sopron, the capital of North Hungary. But there also is much to discover around Lake Neusiedl: children love the Lake Neusiedl Family Park, Forchtenstein Castle and the Pamhagen Steppe Zoo. Bargain hunters love the designer outlet in Parndorf and people looking for rest and relaxation the unique new St. Martins Spa. But there is more:
‘Small but beautiful’ is the motto of Austria’s smallest provincial capital with 15.000 inhabitants. As the former residence city of Prince Esterházy, with its world-famous inhabitant Joseph Haydn, Eisenstadt has a lot to offer to visitor, with its special flair. Apart from Esterházy Palace, the Mountain Church, Martin’s Cathedral and the Palace Gardens are well worth a visit.
The free town of Rust conveys the unique flair of Burgenland. The picturesque old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The small town is known for the filming of the series ‘King of Winegrowers’ and for its numerous storks that breed on top of the chimneys (last year we counted 16 breeding pairs and 40 young storks).
National Park Lake Neusiedl - Seewinkel
Reaching over the border into Hungary, the Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel National Park is a unique natural region within Austria. The area is home to flora and fauna species from the Alpine regions, Pannonia, Mediterranean and Nordic regions as well as Asia. The information center offers guided tours all year round, or flyers and maps for you to help you discover the area by yourself.
Mönchhof Village Museum
This private outdoor museum consists of a reconstructed village from the years 1900-1950. A visit to the various guilds, the popular village tavern, the school or the doctor’s brings back memories from childhood, of our parents or grandparents.
Every year one of Burgenland’s most important Baroque buildings, Schloss Halbturn, attracts visitors to its famous ceiling fresco, to its special exhibition (2011 - 300 Years of Schloss Halbturn - A Palace Built from Light and Shadow), to concerts, to the garden exhibition in the fall and to the Christmas Market.
Hof Imperial Ceremonial Castle
The Imperial Palace complex lies across the Danube in Lower Austria, no longer on Burgenland soil. Covering 50 hectares of land, this Baroque ensemble consists of complex, ornate terraced gardens, unique orangeries and one of the largest farms in Europe.