Immerse yourself in the distant past in the exhibitions at Forchtenstein Castle.
Discover unique stories and objects around every corner at this historic site. Step into the inner courtyard for your first breathtaking surprise: the largest secco murals north of the Alps. Your tour of the castle begins with the oratory and the chapel on the first floor. Within the mighty walls of the stronghold you can explore over four hundred years of military history. The collection of weapons is one of Europe’s largest private armouries and offers insights into a long military tradition and the Esterházy family’s loyal service to the Habsburgs.
Castle ticket with guided tour
Forchtenstein Castle, Burgenland’s imposing landmark and one of the oldest museum sites in Europe, has long served as a “strongbox” for the Esterházy princes’ exquisite treasures and as a depot for military equipment. Visit the armoury with its holdings that cover over four centuries of history. Further highlights on this tour include rarities and masterpieces from the Kunstkammer (cabinet of curiosities) and Ottoman booty. Areas like the kitchen and bakery convey an impression of daily life at the castle in the past. At the end of the tour, take a look down the well. A staggering fifty metres deep, it was once essential for survival at the fortress.
Daily guided tours
English: 1.00 pm
German: 10.00 am, 12.00 am, 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm
Hungarian: 11.00 am and 3.00 pm