Welcome to Maria Taferl & Artstetten
About 6km east of Maria Taferl and about the same distance off the Danube is Artstetten, where there's also a castle. This was created out of a 13th-century medieval castle and has seen modifications over the past 700 years, including Renaissance features. It gained fame and glory after passing into the hands of the Habsburgs in the early 19th century, winding up in the possession of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Inside is a museum devoted to the luckless heir, displaying photos and stories of his and his wife’s time at the castle and their fateful trip to Sarajevo where his murder kicked off WWI. Their tomb is in the church.