• Schloss Eckartsau © Melanie Nedelko
  • Schloss Eckartsau, Schlosspark © Alexander Haiden
  • Garten Schloss Eckartsau, Marchfeld
  • Kaiserliches Jagdschloss Eckartsau - Blühende Blumen im Park, Marchfeld
  • Schloss Eckartsau, Schlosspark © Alexander Haiden
  • Schloss Eckartsau, Gastgarten © Archiv Bundesforste

Eckartsau Castle and Castle Garden

And change is constant - a final shimmer of the crown. Experience ever-changing history and nature strolling through the wild woodland wetlands and the bucolic castle park.
Nestled in the Danube wetlands and the enchanting castle park, the imperial hunting lodge at Eckartsau tells the moving tale of the end of the Danube Monarchy. In 1918 and 1919 it served as the final home in Austria of Emperor Karl and his wife Zita.

The fate of Austria amidst pristine nature

World history and a unique Danube garden one century ago: The Danube Monarchy lay in tatters. In November 1918, the imperial family left Vienna and settled into the imperial hunting lodge in Eckartsau. It was there that they awaited their subsequent fate. If walls and rocks could talk, they would certainly tell hours of tales about this fate. A fate amidst pristine and unique nature that has certainly also had its share of events to show and tell.

Take a stroll through the castle park in Eckartsau. Free admission! In the outdoor café on the historical castle plateau, you can enjoy desserts and coffee along with small refreshments or snacks. You can also take a bit of the castle park home with you - in the form of special tasty juices made of herbs and blossoms, sugar and jellies. The ingredients are harvested by hand from our parkland, which is tended fully organically.

In recent years, the castle park has been restored according to the original plans in a collaboration between the Federal Monuments Authority Austria, Donau-Auen National Park and the Austrian Federal Forestry Office. The basic idea was to create an idealized depiction of the transition between a cultivated landscape and a natural one. This mirror of the landscape back then has been made visible again. Today, visitors can once again experience the park as a walkable landscape painting complete with meadow paths, hammocks and loungers inviting them to stop and linger for awhile.

Immerse yourself in a Danube garden and in a small world with a grand history. Experience pristine nature while breathing in the air of the Habsburg Monarchy, its splendor, its personalities, its passions, its zenith, and the drama of its demise.

Garden special

"Summer Moods in Pale Green"

A festival in the castle and the castle park as colorful and delightful as an early summer day

  • Duration: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Opening dates: June 16, 2019
  • Preview: June 7, 2020
  • Price per person: free of charge
  • Group size: to do individually

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... that there are two interactive exhibitions in the castle besides the fascinating castle tour? In the exhibition "Wild Wechsel" ("Changing Wildnerness"), you can find out more about the Donau-Auen National Park. Open daily, admission free. Discover this unique habitat and find out why white-tailed eagles are ideally suited to serve as pilots and what animal fills the job requirements for being a lifeguard or detective. "Karl und Zita - im Schatten der Geschichte" ("Carl and Zita - in the Shadow of History") turns to the historical realm, depicting the time of transition and change from monarchy to republic. Find out who the last Austrian emperor was and the challenges he faced.

Opening times

Castle park:
open year-found, admission free!
Information & shop, Castle Café:
March 28 to November 1, daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The castle is accessible only on a guided tour!
March 28 to November 1, daily at 11 a.m. and at 2 and 4 p.m.
Adults: € 11.00 
Seniors/students: € 10.00 
Children (to age 18): € 6.50

Any questions?

The team from Eckartsau Castle is happy to advise you!

Österr. Bundesforste
Nationalparkbetrieb Donau-Auen
Schloss Eckartsau
2305 Eckartsau

Office open all year, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

+43 2214 2240 schlosseckartsau@bundesforste.at learn more