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Tickets for Forchtenstein Castle Tour: Priority Entrance

Visit Europe's largest private weapon collection

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Priority Entrance
Opening hours
10:00 - 18:00
Best time to visit
Tours: 1 - 2 hour, Highlight tour: 1.5h - 2.5 hour
Live guide
German and Hungarian-speaking mainly. Follow-along booklet available in multiple languages including English


  • 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.

How to use your tickets

Forchtenstein Castle
Melinda-Esterházy-Platz 1, Forchtenstein, Austria, Vienna

Show your smartphone ticket at the cash desk and choose one of the options:

  • Esterházy Treasure Chambers (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)

  • 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: Tours in German or Hungarian, with follow-along booklets available in English and other languages (only available by choosing the 'Highlight tour' ticket. 13:00 & 15:00)

What's included?

  • 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

Good to know

Opening Hours

10:00 - 18:00.

Getting There

  • By car: Take the A2/A3 to Eisenstadt, then continue on the S31 to Forchtenstein
  • Bus: from Vienna Südtirolerplatz to Forchtenstein

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Customer reviews

Aug 3, 2016
Top ! Biggest weappon collection I have ever seen ! Oldest castle museum in the world !