The former hunting lodge of Prince Eugene and Maria Theresa is only three kilometres away from Schloss Hof and a genuine insider’s tip. It radiates a unique fascination of its own, with all the charm of a French chateau de plaisier. Delicate Chinese murals adorn the walls of the banqueting hall, meanwhile, the authentically furnished Game Kitchen awaits with rustic Baroque cosiness and intimacy. Annually changing special exhibitions take place from mid-March to mid-November.
Prince Eugene of Savoy’s private residential jewel
Ernst Rüdiger Count von Starhemberg commissioned Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach around 1693 to design a small hunting lodge. In 1726 Prince Eugene of Savoy purchased Schloss Niederweiden and commissioned a spacious garden to be laid out east of the building. This rococo-type garden already manifests the new trend in horticultural design: whereas Schloss Hof embodies the strict symmetry of the Baroque era, here playful irregularities are a formative principle of the planning.
Remodelling under Maria Theresa
Maria Theresa purchased Schloss Niedeerweiden and Schloss Hof from Prince Eugene’s heirs in 1755 and presented it to her spouse as a gift. In 1765 she commissioned Nikolaus von Pacassi to remodel the building. The oval hall with its new domed ceiling was adorned with illusionistic murals by Jean-Baptiste Pillement, with their motifs of exotic plants, birds and Oriental-type musicians. Today Schloss Niederweiden is used as permanent venue for exhibitions. Also a must-see is the annexed Baroque Game Kitchen with historically authentic furnishings and equipment. The Schloss Niederweiden patisserie is open during the exhibition season daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
SPECIAL TEMPORARY EXHIBITION "The Food Game" | 15 March - 17 November, daily 10 am-6 pm
Schloss Niederweiden "From Corner Shop to High-Tech Supermarket"
Schloss Hof “Trade & Logistics”
The exhibition at the Schloss Hof Estate shows the path our food takes from the production stage then all the way to the supermarket, and how the logistics behind this function. Meanwhile, at Schloss Niederweiden the topic is the development of the corner shop into the high-tech supermarket of the future.
Daily FREE-FARE SHUTTLE BUS: Marchegg Station - Schloss Hof - Schloss Niederweiden
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