Burgenland attractions

Top Choice Palace in Eisenstadt

Schloss Esterházy

Schloss Esterházy, a giant, Schönbrunn-yellow castle-palace that dominates Esterházyplatz, is Eisenstadt’s most compelling attraction. Dating from the 14th century, the Schloss (castle) received a baroque makeover a…
Castle in Wiesen & Around

Burg Forchtenstein

Straddling a dolomite spur some 20km southwest of Eisenstadt, Burg Forchtenstein is one of Burgenland’s most imposing castles with a grand view from its ramparts. This stronghold was built in the 14th century and en…
Museum in Eisenstadt

Österreichisches Jüdisches Museum

Situated in the former Judengasse – a street where Eisenstadt’s Jewish population lived in the Middle Ages – this museum has a permanent exhibition illustrating the rituals and lifestyle of Eisenstadt’s Jews. Descri…
Church in Rust

Katholische Kirche

The church’s tower is a good vantage point for observing storks and the priest doesn't seem to mind. It’s at the southern end of Rathausplatz.
Castle in Lockenhaus

Burg Lockenhaus

Lockenhaus, in the centre of Burgenland, is famous for its castle, or more accurately, for its former resident Elizabeth Bäthory. Better known as the ‘Blood Countess’, she has gone down in history for her reign of t…
Church in Eisenstadt


This unusual church contains the white-marble tomb with Haydn’s remains. It began life as a small chapel and in 1701 was transformed into a bizarre representation of Calvary, the mountain outside Jerusalem upon whic…
Castle in Güssing

Burg Güssing

The arresting Burg Güssing rises dramatically over the river and town. The castle, which is a mix of ruins and renovations, contains plenty of weapons from the Turks and Hungarians, striking portraits from the 16th …
Museum in Güssing


A pleasant detour can be had to explore the 30-odd buildings and their traditional furniture and fittings, which capture the rural culture of Burgenland in the 18th- and 19th-centuries.
Church in Rust


At the opposite end of Rathausplatz from the Katholische Kirche, this is the oldest church for miles around, built between the 12th and 16th centuries.
Museum in Lockenhaus

Südburgenländisches Freilichtmuseum

Small but rewarding open-air museum filled with thatched buildings from 19th-century Burgenland.