Originally the palace’s great banqueting hall, the Baroque Haydnsaal is the jewel in the crown of Esterházy Palace. Its unique acoustics and atmosphere inspired the composer Joseph Haydn, who was in the service of the Esterházy princes for over forty years, to create his peerless music. Joseph Haydn, “father of the string quartet” and “virtuoso of the ensemble”, composed masses, operas, symphonies, chamber music and Hausmusik for the aristocratic family, including the legendary Emperor Quartet that was first played in Eisenstadt in 1797.
Named after the composer, the Haydnsaal, with its Baroque frescoes, is now one of the world’s best and most beautiful concert halls. Musical highlights, a magnificent interior, and stunning architecture impress Austrian and international musicians and guests from all over the world. Famous for its outstanding acoustics, the Haydnsaal is used for over one hundred concerts each year.
Food and drink
Around Esterházy Palace there are boundless opportunities to enjoy delicious food and beverages. Snacks, coffee and cake at Cafe Maskaron, a tasty lunch on the patio at Restaurant Henrici, or elegant wine-tasting at Selektion Vinothek Burgenland – the choice is yours!
Restaurant Henrici provides unadulterated pleasure, whether you opt for Esterhazy classics or Pannonian specialities with a modern-day twist, all washed down with exquisite wines. The exclusive atmosphere of the former court stables, designed by the architect Benedikt Henrici, makes fine dining a truly unique experience. For more information klick here.
Café Maskaron, in the palace’s inner courtyard, is named after the corbel grotesques or mascarons adorning the façade. It is a perfect setting in which to relax and while away the time over some classic Austrian coffee house specialities or fine beverages from the Esterhazy Winery – a delight for both body and soul!
Selektion Vinothek Burgenland
Exquisite red wines, expressive white wines, “noble sweet” vintages of the very highest quality – Burgenland offers the wine lover a more varied selection than any other region in Austria. Appreciate Burgenland’s wines while relaxing in the stylish wine bar or sampling some of the wide range in the shop. For more information click here.
From the magnificent Esterházy Palace to the former stables, the Palace Quarter accommodates exhibitions, the ticket office pan.event, floral creations by Eva Steiger, fine gastronomy, and an indoor market.
Markthalle Kulinarium Burgenland
Here, where you once heard the clip-clop of horses’ hooves, delicious produce now attracts foodies to the indoor farmers’ market, located in the former stables at Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt. Every Saturday, regional producers sell their seasonal fruit and vegetables, good quality fish and meat, freshly baked goods, and much more besides. For more information click here.
Car park beside the former stables
A car park is located directly beside the former stables and adjacent to the Palace Quarter.
Monday to Sunday from 8am–10pm, € 1.20 per hour.
Evening ticket from 6pm–10pm, € 3 in total.
Underground car park by Esterházy Palace (APCOA)
Note: Visitors to Esterházy Palace are eligible for a special reduction on parking.
You can park for four hours in the underground car park for € 5 (instead of € 12). The reduced tickets are available at the Esterházy Ticket Shop and the Palace Boutique.
Coach parking for groups
There is a car park for coaches next to the Palace Park.
Be our guest at esterházy
The perfect concert experience presents an ideal opportunity to discover some of the region’s cultural treasures and sample its cuisine. At the Esterházy court, music and wine were always cherished companions. You can explore this cultural heritage in different exhibitions at Esterházy Palace, Forchtenstein Castle, and Lackenbach Palace.
Esterházy Winery is only a few kilometres away from Eisenstadt. This is where the fine wines, Esterházy bubbly, spirits, and excellent delicatessen are produced. You are warmly invited to join tours and tastings at the winery.
The Esterházy princes were famous for their magnificent court. Their wines, made from the abundant grapes cultivated in the mild climate around the lake and matured in their own cellars, graced the palette of Empress Maria Theresa. The world-famous composer Joseph Haydn even had part of his salary paid in wine, as the 1789 list of his “wages in kind” records. Such was the splendour of the Esterházy treasury that Privy Councillor von Goethe, no stranger to luxury, was inspired to coin the much-quoted label “Esterházy fairy kingdom”. Get into the mood for a night at the opera with a tour through the winery, complete with tasting some very fine wines.
For more information click here.
Café Restaurant Grenadier
To cater to the needs of the many day-trippers to Forchtenstein Castle, a new restaurant and café has been set up near the Red Bastion. Towering over the surrounding landscape, this has been subtly designed to fit in with the castle’s authentic atmosphere.
For more information (in German) click here.
What’s on the programme for Esterházy Kids? An evening tour with your family at Forchtenstein Castle; an instructive excursion in nature with your school class; a birthday party with friends in a magnificent palace, and much more besides…
From 1761 to 1803, Joseph Haydn worked as court musician, Kapellmeister, and composer for the Esterházy family. The exhibition “Haydn explosive: Music from Revolutionary Times” offers insights into this exciting era and Haydns life in Eisenstadt.