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Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt

Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt in Burgenland
Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt in Burgenland

Esterházy Castle in Burgenland Capital city Eisenstadt tells many stories. By Joseph Haydn, who worked here for many years. Or from the immeasurably rich princely family Esterházy, who was even richer - but also more generous - than the Austrian emperors. Too generous, as it finally turned out, but which paid back their debts over generations on Heller and Pfennig. About wine and winemaking and a wine cellar that is now only open on special occasions.

We also hear about concerts and the sounds that ring down in the castle courtyard. And by a Hungarian dancer, who charmed the last prince Esterházy so much that he married her. One tells of family disputes about the heritage of the princely family. But also from the exotic taste of the Esterházy, which is expressed in several Chinese-inspired castle rooms. The castle bears witness to the splendor of the valuable silverware of the princely family, as well as the life of the domestics who lived on the upper floors of the castle and kept the splendor alive.

Noble porcelain
Fine porcelain in Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt
The concert hall
The concert hall in Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt
The second love marriage in the princely family
The second love marriage in the princely family
One of the princes Esterházy
One of the princes Esterházy
A detail of the facade
A detail of the facade of Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt
Chinoiserie in Esterházy Castle
Chinoiserie in Esterházy Castle
View into the park
View into the park

A visit to Esterhazy Castle in Eisenstadt

Anyway, a visit to the Esterházy Palace takes us away to a world we can not imagine. In this castle, however, it comes alive in the magnificent halls. In the concert hall, rehearsing for the next Haydn concert. In the living rooms that bring the times of exoticism to life with their chinoiserie. But also in the simple rooms of the maids and housemaids, who cared for the welfare of the princely family and their guests.

We learn that even among the staff there was a strict hierarchy, which was also reflected in the furnishings of their living quarters. On the one hand, housemaids lived in simply furnished rooms and the housekeeper already had her own bathroom. The pictures on the walls show the princes and their wives. However, only two of the women were married for love. What did that have to be for a life? Between all the pomp, but without human warmth? Was it worth all this abundance?

Noble vases
Noble vases
The coat of arms of the Esterházy
The coat of arms of the Esterházy
In the wine cellar of Esterházy Palace
In the wine cellar of Esterházy Palace

The castle as an administrative center

But we also see the traces left behind by the castle's past as an administration building for public offices. At least I can not imagine going to the office here every day. To know what splendor and destinies once took place in these rooms, while you yourself are exposed to the daily routine of everyday office life. These times are over. Instead, the foundation, which manages the castle today, exposes remains of walls that show the eventful history of the castle. In the meantime, even behind the wallpapers in the administrative offices, one discovers magnificent murals. Our walk through the Esterházy Palace is a rollercoaster of emotions. At the same time also a lesson that nothing is permanent.

Here the housekeeper slept in Esterházy Castle
Here the housekeeper slept in Esterházy Castle
The maid's room was easier
The maid's room was easier

A walk through Esterhazy Castle

For us, the tour of Esterházy Palace is, on the one hand, a walk through the confusions of history from the times of the aristocracy to the state administrative apparatus of today. A mixture that definitely makes you think. Which also brings us closer to the development of Austria up to the present day in a very personal way.


travel planning

Esterházy Palace is located in the center of Eisenstadt.

Esterházy Palace
Esterházyplatz 5
7000 Eisenstadt, Austria
T + 43 (0) 2682 / 63004-0

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Source: own research on site. At least we would like to thank Tourismus Burgenland for inviting us to this trip. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

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