Lower Austria

The town's main piazza is closed off on one side by the Rathaus, which is something of a hybrid of styles. It began life as a Gothic building, was given some Renaissance flourishes from the late 16th century, and then when imitations came into vogue from the early 19th century, a neo-Gothic spire was tacked onto it. In the centre of the square is the Mariensäule (Column of Mary) from 1678, flanked by a group of woe-begotten saints.

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1. Dom

0.14 MILES

This cathedral runs an architectural gamut from the Romanesque (it dates from the late 13th century) to the Gothic and beyond to the baroque. The…

2. Neukloster

0.15 MILES

This church's claim to fame is as the venue for the very first performance of Mozart's Requiem in 1793. Architecturally, the 14th-century church is fairly…

3. Stadtmuseum


Partly housed in the former St Peter’s monastery, the city museum was undergoing complete renovation at the time of writing. It's expected to reopen…

4. Militärakademie

0.25 MILES

Dating from the 13th century, this former castle was turned into a military academy in the mid-18th century (founded by Empress Maria Theresia) and was…

5. Burg Forchtenstein

8.23 MILES

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…

6. Bergkirche

12.68 MILES

This unusual, lumpy church, its exterior bedecked in life-size disco-dancing angels and saints, contains the white-marble tomb with Haydn’s remains. It…

7. Österreichisches Jüdisches Museum

12.88 MILES

Situated in the former Judengasse – a street where Eisenstadt’s Jewish population lived in the Middle Ages – this museum has a permanent exhibition…

8. Landesmuseum

12.91 MILES

The Landesmuseum plunges you deep into the local history of the region, seemingly all at once, including a collection of Roman mosaics, ancient artefacts,…