- Explore the Esterházy princes's private art gallery – it's one of the largest collections of Baroque portraiture in Europe
- Admire stunning life-size portraits of the princes and their ancestors, including amazing paintings of Attila the Hun and Vlad the Impaler
- Learn all about that most princely of pastimes, hunting, in the exciting Princely Tally-ho! exhibition
In the heart of the imposing Forchtenstein Castle lies one of Europe's most extensive and far-reaching private art collections. See full-size portraits of the Esterházy princes rubbing stately shoulders with the likes of Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, and Vlad the Impaler in a stunning 17th-century gallery, and enjoy the Princely Tally-ho! hunting exhibition, dedicated to the thrill of the chase.
The Esterházy princes were many things, but modest they were not. Avid social climbers, they were desperate to establish the Esterházy dynasty as a major world power to rival the greatest in history.
Their own Hall of Ancestors portrait gallery is a testament to this self-aggrandizing spirit. The life-sized portraits will give you a taste for the opulence of the Esterházy lifestyle. Enjoy lush Baroque settings, traditionally regal Hungarian costumes, and sparkling jewelry.
Continue your journey with the Princely Tally-ho! exhibition, which brings together paintings, weaponry and porcelain designs to study and celebrate the noble tradition of hunting.
- Admission to the Gallery of Ancestors at Forchtenstein Castle
- Access to the other parts of the Castle
- Guided tour
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- By car: Take the A2/A3 to Eisenstadt, then continue on the S31 to Forchtenstein
- Bus: from Vienna Südtirolerplatz to Forchtenstein
The Hall of Ancestors portrait gallery is a testament to the Esterházy's self-aggrandizing spirit, tracing their (alleged) lineage to warrior-rulers like Attila the Hun and Vlad the Impaler.