Castle with park

The castle which opens many doors



In the east of Vienna in the middle of the charming landscape of the Danube wetlands lies Schloss Eckartsau, whose history is closely connected with the happy and fateful days of the house of Habsburg. Impressed by the rich wildlife stocks of the hunting grounds around Eckartsau, Emperor Franz I, husband of Maria Theresa, acquired the castle and estate in the 18th century. In the ornate ballroom with its magnificent ceiling frescos, the ruling couple invited hunting guests to festive dinners and glittering balls.

To this day, the baroque state rooms still exude a sense of the splendour and of the joy of this bygone era. Visitors can let their mind wander and imagine the carefree life the nobility led in this man-made paradise. All of this is so very near to the metropolitan areas of Vienna and Bratislava and in close harmony between nature and civilization.

Come and see for yourself.

Entrance hall with columns

Your wedding & event

Wedding table in the baroque ballroom of Castle Eckartsau
Wedding stationary with flower sitting on a wooden table
White staircase with lanterns and flowers
Bridal couple in front of the yellow castle
Decorated wedding table with candles and flowers
Wedding cake sitting on a centerpiece
Bridal couple standing at the gate of the castle
Bridal couple with flowers inside the baroque rooms of Castle Eckartsau
Floral table decoration

About the location

The magnificent rooms of Schloss Eckartsau serve the same purpose today for which they were created in the baroque period – as impressive settings for festive events. The employees of the ÖBf ensure the smooth running of events on site, whether they are official occasions or private celebrations. One of the best ways to experience the castle are the concerts, public festivals and private parties.


Weddings & Shootings

The castle is particularly popular with bridal couples as an exceptional place to get married amidst untouched nature, and as such the castle has also been awarded the Austrian Wedding Award for the best wedding location in Austria. The castle and castle park are also a popular backdrop for everything from filming and photo shoots, ballet interludes from the New Year‘s concert which is broadcast worldwide, to period films like the TV-two-parter “Das Sacher” about Hotel Sacher and international fashion shoots.

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In case your are looking for the right wedding, filming or photo location, please contact us. We will be happy to provide any further information.

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Festsaal Schloss Eckartsau (c) ÖBf-Archiv/Christoph Panzer

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Castle park (c) ÖBf-Archiv/Haiden

Castle park

Anyone who is looking for rest and relaxation will find it during a walk along the hiking trails through the castle park, created in the style of an English landscape garden. After decades of neglect, the 27-hectare plot was restored to a historical landscape garden by the ÖBf. Here, the vastness of the Marchfeld merges with the dense, untamed wilderness of the riparian forests.

Open to the public throughout the year | Free entry!

Couple sitting in the inner courtyard of the castle

Castle Café & Shop

The Castle Café offers relaxation and revitalisation, and it’s even worth a visit when the weather is fine due to its beautiful location against the backdrop of the inner courtyard.

Visit the museum shop, where you will not only find books and small gifts but also specialities of the castle, like the selfmade syrup made of the park's plants or the so called "Waldbier", a special kind of beer, poduced by the ÖBf.

September 6 - November 1, 2021
Monday-Sunday, Holiday 10-17 p.m.


Nationalpark exhibition WildWechsel


Visit our special exhibitions - Free Entry!

An exhibition about animals, hunting and the forests of the Nationalpark Donau-Auen.

Karl & Zita - In the Shadow of History
The exhibition has been created in 2018 and approaches the ending of the Habsburg monarchy, when the last emperor, Charles I., and his wife Zita stayed at Eckartsau before leaving for exile.

September 6 - November 1, 2021
Monday-Sunday, Holiday 10-17 p.m.

Guided Tours

The State Apartments can only be visited within a guided tour! Guided tours for groups of six people or more can be booked by appointment all year round. In addition, we offer special tours for groups from the cellar right up to the attic. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff at the Donau-Auen National Park.

Emperor without a Crown - The Chronicle of a Farewell

The Danube monarchy at its lowest point. After leaving Vienna in November 1918, the imperial family settles in at Schloss Eckartsau. Here they await their fate with both hope and trepidation. Hear the story of the last hours of Austro-Hungary at the very site where these momentours events took place.

Our daily tours are held in German but you may still join the guided tour. There are booklets in different languages (English, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Swedish) available at the information desk, which you may lend and read through during the tour.

Daily tours (German only)
at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Admission fee 
Adults € 11,- | Students, Seniors € 10,- | Children € 6,50

Group bookings
Individual guided tours in English are bookable for a minimum of six people. Please contact us for further information.

Grey Parlor with original desk of the last Emperor Charles I. at Castle Eckartsau

Chandeliers and Boot Jacks

A closer look behind the scenes at the castle - in cellars and attics - reveals much about the everyday lives and work of otherwise invisible servants.
Please inquire in advance for English tours!

Admission fee
Adults € 13,50 | Children € 6,50

Group bookings
Individual guided tours in English are bookable for a minimum of six people. Please contact us for further information.

Costumed servant cleaning a tiled stove

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Contactform Eckartsau
Our office

Schloss Eckartsau
2305 Eckartsau

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+43 2214 2240