Straddling a dolomite spur some 20km southwest of Eisenstadt, Burg Forchtenstein is one of Burgenland’s most imposing castles. Built in the 14th century and enlarged by the Esterházys (still owners today) in 1635, the castle’s highlights include an impressive collection of armour and weapons, portraits of regal Esterházys in the Ahnengalerie and spoils from the Turkish wars (the castle curators will proudly tell you Forchtenstein was the only castle in the area not to fall to the Turks), along with a grand view from its ramparts. Its Schatzkammer contains a rich collection of jewellery and porcelain. Combination tickets (adult/child €13/6.50) for two of the attractions are available.
About 5km north of Forchtenstein lies the small town of Wiesen which, during summer, morphs into Austria’s version of Glastonbury. The series of summer festivals hosted here is the biggest in the country and ranges across the musical spectrum. See www.wiesen.at for details.