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. A tasty lunch on the patio at Restaurant Henrici or elegant wine-tasting at Selektion Vinothek Burgenland – the choice is yours!

Restaurant Henrici

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.

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.


Palace Quarter

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.

Getting here

WEB_Oper_Anfahrtsplan_von Graz.jpg A2 towards Graz – at Guntramsdorf junction keep right, turn right onto the A3 after the service station – after approx. 26 km take the exit Müllendorf – turn right onto the B59 towards Eisenstadt – follow the B59 until you reach Esterházy Palace.
WEB_Oper_Anfahrtsplan_von Linz.jpg A2 towards Vienna – keep right at the Wiener Neustadt junction and follow the signs for the S4 towards Ungarn/Eisenstadt/Mattersburg – after about 4 km turn right onto the S4 towards Ungarn/Eisenstadt/Mattersburg – after about 12.5 km turn onto the S31 towards Wien/Eisenstadt/Sopron/Ungarn (for a short distance the S31 has only one lane) – after about 12 km take the exit Eisenstadt Mitte – turn right onto the B50 – at the roundabout take the second exit (the road has two lanes again) – slight hill, take the third exit at the roundabout up to Esterházy Palace on the right.
WEB_Oper_Anfahrtsplan_allgemein.jpg Take the regional bus 200 from Vienna to Eisenstadt station; journey takes c. 75 minutes, express c. 60 minutes. Further information: +43 (0)2682 623 60–1.
WEB_Oper_Anfahrtsplan_allgemein.jpg It is about a ten-minute walk from Eisenstadt station to the palace. For train times see: www.oebb.at .


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.

Esterhazy 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.