- Take the highlights tour and see all the best the castle has to offer - including some of the most beautiful Baroque art collections in Central Europe, and Europe's largest weapon collections
- This impregnable castle is one of the few in history that the enemy could never occupy. Therefore all the rooms and objects are original
- Visit Europe's oldest still functioning museums in a castle belonging to the famous Hungarian noble family Esterházy, just a one-hour drive from Vienna
Dating back to the 13th century, Forchtenstein Castle served as home, treasure chamber, and arsenal for the Esterházy princes. The treasure chamber includes one of the largest Baroque portrait galleries in Europe as well as centuries' worth of exotic items. The armory holds weapons and military equipment from days gone by. Surround yourself in medieval history and treasure and even take a guided tour through this ancient castle.
The looming castle sitting in the foothills of the Rosaliengebirge mountain range is one of the most important historical symbols of Burgenland. Built in the early 14th century, Forchtenstein Castle withstood the Turkish invasion of Vienna of 1529 unharmed and in 1622 came into the possession of the Counts Esterházy, who completely rebuilt the castle into the form it still has to this day.
Free guided tours (in German, with an English info booklet) can be joined with your entrance ticket. Or you can opt for one of the twice-daily Highlights tours and get a complete tour through all the best areas of this amazing castle.
The treasure chamber holds many amazing pieces including the only Baroque art collection in Europe to remain in its original location. It also contains precious clocks, ivory carvings, and much more. All so heavily fortified and secret that it remained entirely hidden throughout WWII. Note: the Treasure Chamber is only accessible on a guided tour.
The armory here is alone worth the trip. Unless you were trying to storm the castle, in which case the array of muskets, helmets, halberds, armor plates, crossbows, cannonballs and even hand grenade containers can be seen in the armory. With such a display of once-operational weaponry it's no wonder nobody could ever take Forchtenstein Castle.
The Esterházy Gallery of Ancestors is one of the largest Baroque portrait galleries in Central Europe. It serves as a status symbol of the princely dynasty. With the cast of infamous characters on display (including Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, and Vlad the Impaler – the inspiration for Dracula) you can understand why they needed such thick defenses at this castle.
Melinda-Esterházy-Platz 1, Forchtenstein, Austria
- Castle entrance + guided tour
- Tour options include Esterházy Treasure Chambers, Esterházy Gallery of Ancestors, and Castle Tour plus Weapon Collection
- Highlights tour: 1.5-2.5 hours 'best of' tour
- Highlight tour only available by choosing the 'Highlight tour' ticket
How to use your tickets
Show your mobile tickets at the entrance
How to book a tour
Tour: Show your €9 ticket at the cash desk, and choose from one of these options:
Esterházy Treasure Chambers (only accessible with guide): Tours in German or Hungarian (free follow-along booklet in English and other languages). 12.15; 13:15; 14.15
Esterházy Gallery of Ancestors (self-guided): Discover the original portrait of Dracula, and more - including Attila the Hun!
Castle Tour plus Weapon Collection (with guide): Tours in German or Hungarian (follow along with a free booklet in English and other languages). 13:00; 14:00; 17:00
The Highlights tour: This extended tour covers the best of all three other tours. Only available in German or Hungarian, with follow-along booklets available in English and other languages. NOTE: The Highlight tour is only available by choosing the 'Highlight tour' ticket. 13:00; 15:00