The top ten attractions and things to do in Burgenland
1. Burg Bernstein
2. Landesmuseum Burgenland
3. Mining Museum
5. Esterhazy Palace
6. Draisinentour Sonnenland
7. Romantic Tour
8. Family Park Lake Neusiedl
9. Sonnenland Seilgarten
Castle Bernstein, which is now run as a hotel, has a small beautiful cafe with seating either in the cosy courtyard or in the great hall of the Renaissance period. There is the possibility of a guided tour through the beautiful gardens and a special exhibition on the trail of László Ede Almásy, one of Hungary’s most important explorers. He also lived at Burg Bernstein. Incidentally the original material for the Hollywood film “The English Patient” had its roots here.
The permanent exhibition includes living pictures, habitats, traces of life, treasures, Burgenland history, culture and identity. In the basement you can visit the second largest archaeological collection in Austria. The journey through the Burgenland-Pannonian music history, the encounter with the museum’s founder Sandor Wolf and insights into the rich fauna and flora completes the museum tour.
Goberling is a mining region with history. Back in the 15th century, various ores were mined. The focus of mining was in those days in the various raw materials such as iron, copper and silver. The mine in Goberling closed in 1990 for economic reasons. Today, the mining museum displays a replica of the exhibition gallery. Many showpieces such as drills and tools or Saint Barbara as patron tell about the history of mining in Goberling.
The Uhrenstube Aschau, a museum of tower clocks and roast grills is now the only one of its kind in Austria. The collection focuses on tower clocks and roast grills from five centuries – from the Gothic period in the 15th century to the Renaissance and from the Baroque to the early industrial age in the 19th century. The oldest clock tower dates from the period around 1470. Today, the collection includes 64 tower clocks and roast grills which share similar working mechanisms, the wheel works made from wrought iron or wood. The exhibition illustrates the development of technology, craft, shape and design of the clocks, as well as their regional peculiarities. The exhibits of the Uhrenstube are supplemented by descriptions and diagrams where the history of watches and watchmaking craft are made clear.
A landmark and a cultural highlight is Esterházy Palace, once the birthplace and residence of the major magnate. Central and prominent in the Burgenland state capital Eisenstadt, it is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Austria and is now a museum, cultural venue, research centre and houses the unique private collection of the Esterházy family. Let yourself be inspired, where Lord Nelson once listened to the sounds of Joseph Haydn.
In the 500 year old cellar of the castle, the largest wine museum in Austria with over 700 unique objects around wine and winemaking.
Esterházy Palace is landmark of Eisenstadt and the most important cultural monument of
Burgenland. The magnificent atmosphere of the castle invites you to a fascinating journey into the world of the royal family. The origins of Esterházy Palace go back to a Gothic castle from the 13th century. In 1649 the Esterházy family took ownership and Paul I Prince Esterházy rebuilt the castle in the second half of the 17th century. For more than 300 years, the castle served as the royal family’s main residence and administrative centre. The Esterházy family was once one of the most influential and wealthiest aristocratic families of the Habsburg Empire. Its members were recognized patrons of the arts and sciences.
The sunny Mittelburgenland can be explored in many ways. On an old railway line with a total length of 23 km, run a number of special converted bikes/cars which can be used to transport between 4 and 12 passengers. As a bike on tracks, these cars are driven by the pedals of the passengers. Guests cycle through the romantic landscape of sunny central Burgenland, past vineyards, fields of sunflowers, shady forests and charming villages. Along the route there is a lot to discover including a small pottery museum and a modern museum building. Small idyllic picnic areas and a spacious barbecue areas invite you to linger.
Also on offer are off-road Segway tours – an incredibly fun and effortless way to explore the relaxed beautiful countryside. If that wasn’t enough guests can also try an e-bike.
Everyone, young or old, big or small can enjoy a canoe ride on the River Raab to satisfy their desire for peace, relaxation and adventure. With the assistance of an expert tour guide even beginners will be paddling within a few minutes. The diverse flora along the shores of the Raab includes among others, seven different willow species. Watch as the kingfishers, sandpipers, herons and wild ducks cross your path. Let the play of light in the trees and the glint of the sun on the rippling water forget your daily worries of everyday life.
Visitors to the Family Park may go on a journey into the world of the famous Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci! The interactive driving attraction – the Leonardo flying machine – guests will feel free as a bird. With a height of up to 22 meters, it goes up high and can be seen as a relaxed flight or a daring adventure – however you’d like to see it! Aunt Mizzi’s small farm is a newly designed petting zoo and on hot summer days many water attractions make for a cool refreshing shower.
Apart from all these rides, the Family Park Lake Neusiedl also offers many other adventure experiences such as playgrounds, climbing structures and various interactive areas. Generously designed paths lead through the idyllic landscape of the park with lots of cosy places to sit and relax.
The Sonnenland Seilgarten ropes course offers a variety of courses with a series of artificial obstacles and challenges as well as climbing elements from ground level to 11 meters in height. Courses include something for the first steps for individual use, through to partners and team activities right up to demanding high ropes courses for children and adults, families and groups.
The Sonnenland ropes course is located directly at the family friendly Lutzmannsburg, surrounded by excellent hotels, B & B’s and guesthouses.
The Margarethenwarte is a popular destination for holidaymakers. View the unique landscape and nature on the 31 m high structure. This extraordinary wooden architecture gives amazing views of the surrounding areas including Rax, Schneeberg, the Vienna Basin up to the Lake Neusiedl and the Hungarian part of the Natural Park.