Schloss Esterhazy
Schloss Esterhazy
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Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt is one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Austria and presents a fascinating view of the resplendent life once lived at the court of the Princes Esterházy But the palace is still the hub of the cultural scene today and regularly provides the picturesque backdrop for festivities and social events
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Trekgirl
Oklahoma City, OK56 contributions
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We love classical music, and so for us, this is the palace where composer Josef Haydn worked for decades. In a sense, it was almost a pilgrimage, and the Schloss talks a lot about Haydn's time there.

Very much much enjoyed seeing the palace. We did have a fine English speaking tour of the Schloss. What I was so struck by in seeing the Schloss and being in Esenstadt was how much this part of Austria relates to EASTERN Europe. We were only 6 miles from Hungary. I had no idea that the Esterhazy family had some many ties to those in Eastern Europe.

This was charming place. The performing hall was phenomenal with frescos on the walls and ceiling. We attended a concert in this hall and it was excellent and awe inspiring.
Written August 28, 2010
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mrcurlywhirly
Montville, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Esterhazy Palace is a highly recommended day trip. We allowed a full day to tour the old village, palace and palace gardens, opting for a day train ticket from Vienna @34.7 euros (per couple) - which covers all REX trains for 24hrs. The trip to Einstadt is around an hour and a quarter from Vienna HBF on the REX, which scoots along very quickly through the wind turbine littered countryside, the palace is a 15 minute walk up the hill from Einstadt station. We chose a combination ticket (20 Euros) to view the palace, which included a very informative tour, and viewing of the various exhibitions - one covering the tragic history of Melinda Esterhazy.
The old village is also well worth the visit, with many little cafes serving the local delicacies - ie chocolate layered cake, cake, and more cake, then coffee. Walk it off with a pleasant loop through the palace park.

Written April 8, 2019
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Jann H
Greenville, SC87 contributions
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May 2018 • Solo
I took the hour bus ride from Vienna to Eisenstadt specifically to check out Haydn. I was not disappointed! The palace is beautiful and a lot is self explanatory. The Great Hall (now called Haydn Hall) is a concert setting and will take your breath away. Don't miss the Haydn House where he lived with his wife. Again, everything is self explanatory and even though I've researched Haydn this past year, I still learned some new things. Well done museum. Finally, check out Haydn's mausoleum in the north tower of the Haydn Church.
Written May 25, 2018
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whatevernameuwant
Vienna, Austria27 contributions
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May 2011
During a visit of my mother in law to Vienna, my wife, myself and our 6-month old daughter took her to Eisenstadt. We had looked forward to Schloss Esterhazy. Unfortunately it turned out that they would not allow us to access the Schloss with our baby daugther's stroller. At first they claimed that it was because of the floors in the Schloss. We pointed out that the stroller has wide soft rubber wheels and can drive over parquet floors without a problem. Also, several Austrian women were entering with stilettos that we definitely would not want to walk over our floors back home. So their argument didn't seem to make any sense. Next we were sent to talk to the two women in the ticket booth "to complain to the manager". They, again rudely, explained that babies according to the "Hauseordnung" (Rules of the house) are not allowed in the Schloss because of the "prestigeous" collection of treasures. I wonder if they think the babies will steal the treasures or vomit on them...? When we asked to get our money back they first tried to convince us that one of us could wait outside in the rain with the baby while the other two entered the amazing exhibition. In the end they, reluctantly, gave us the money back for our three tickets (7.50 per ticket).
In other words, don't go there if you need wheels, crutches or just don't like rude people.
Written May 15, 2011
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baee
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
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We made a point of going to Esterhazy (from Vienna via the bus) because we wanted to see where Haydn had been the court music director for 40 years. When we got there they told us they didn't have an English-speaking tour, but we could tag along on a German-speaking tour and they'd give us a notebook full of information in English. Well, there was about a paragraph of information on each room, while the tour guide rattled on in German for a good 10-15 minutes. Once the tour began, she never once looked at us or gave us even a sentence or two of explanation, although her English was quite good. We were like two (bored) ghosts. I don't know if they always lack English speaking tours or it was just that day -- but it's not worth taking the tour the way we did it.
Written June 25, 2010
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Anne9878
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Eisenstadt is a charming Baroque town located about 32 miles south of Vienna in the foothills near the Hungarian border. It is renowned as the place where the composer Joseph Haydn lived and worked while under the patronage of the Esterházy family.

Dominating the townscape is the Esterházy Palace, the principal seat of the Esterházy princes, the richest and most powerful noble family in Habsburg Hungary. Successive princes, but especially Nicholas (1714-90), were lovers of music who maintained a choir, orchestra and Kapellmeister and endowed the world with an extraordinary legacy of music and architecture. As Haydn’s patron for four decades, Prince Nicholas provided the setting in which Haydn produced his finest works. The entire court moved twice annually between the Esterházy Palaces in Fertód (in current-day Hungary) and Eisenstadt, which was in Hungary until 1921 border adjustments placed it in Austria.

The Haydnsaal is the showpiece jewel of the Palace. Its size and interior design are a demonstration of the political, economic and cultural significance of the Esterhazy princes. The wooden floor that Haydn insisted be laid on the marble original to improve the acoustics is still in place!
Written February 17, 2018
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EllyDresden
New York City50 contributions
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Jul 2013 • Family
A short one hour trip from Vienna's Hauptbahnhof, Eisenstadt is a great day trip. If you plan ahead you can purchase a ticket for one of the concerts which are performed in the Haydn Hall, and/or take a tour of Haydn House and/ or the Apartments of the Princess in the Esterhazy Palace. If you go to Eisenstadt on a Saturday, there is a morning tour of the small Jewish section just across the street from the Esterhazy Palace as well as the Jewish cemetary nearby.. This afternoon I stumbled into an excellent tour of the wine cellars in the Palace. I speak German so I had no trouble with the tour but getting in touch with the Palace Ticket Office to inquire about guided tours and audio tours in English is a good idea. There are a couple of very nice cafe/restaurants where you can lounge. There's a wine shop next to the gift shop which sells Esterhazy wines including Quin Quin (Champagne). I've been to Eisenstadt twice and each time have seen something new. The Burgenland where Eisenstadt is located is a lovely place to visit. A side-trip for another time, on the same train, as a matter-of-fact, is Neusiedler See, a lovely lake.
Written July 14, 2013
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JTMM
Forres, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
A wide variety of attractions within one huge palace - Wine cellars and museum, State apartments, family jewellery, portraits,furniture and antique clocks, and the magnificent Haydn Concert Hall - one of the most beautifully decorated and acoustically perfect concert halls in the world. We took a couple of days to spend in the palace and grounds.
Written September 28, 2013
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Bourne T
kk76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Family
Since I grew up in Eisenstadt I don't want to write a review about the palace from the point of view as a tourist but as a local. I have been to this place many many times usually on the occasion of a classic concert. The hall has the perfect condition for an optimal sound experience. If you visit Eisenstadt try to go to a concert there. Only minus - it can be quite cold, come prepared.
Written November 7, 2012
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chasm205
St Albans22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Business
Didn't explore the rest of the palace - I was there to play a concert - but the main hall is spectacular and has wonderful acoustics if you have the chance to catch a concert.
Written August 27, 2012
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