Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Ticket office and admission closes 1 hour earlier.)
Schallaburg looks out from its high perch into the surrounding countryside. It is situated where the Mostviertel meets the Wachau. In medieval times it provided protection against attacking enemies; later it was converted into a magnificent aristocratic estate. Today the Schallaburg is an authentic stage for travel back in time, a charming spot to encounter foreign cultures and a magical showcase for exploring the art of gardening in the Renaissance.
A tour of the Schallaburg becomes an exciting trip back in time from the High Middle Ages into the 16th c when Hans Wilhelm von Losenstein converted the formidable fortress into one of the loveliest Renaissance castles north of the Alps. On this tour through the centuries you proceed from the Romanesque residential section of the castle to the Gothic chapel and old weapons hall to the arcaded courtyard with its unique terracotta ornamentation. The romantic world of medieval knights becomes tangible and you sense the wealth and ebullient love of life that characterized Renaissance princes and their strong appreciation for art.
The Schallaburg has been the venue of alternating annual exhibitions since the Lower Austrian exhibition "Renaissance in Austria" was staged here in 1974. With its 1,300 square meters of exhibition space and superb conditions for conserving exhibited items, Schallaburg is an internationally renowned exhibition center.
The content is presented in special educational programs that make it interesting and easy to understand so the whole family can enjoy the experience. Interactive areas, texts on special objects and riddle books invite the youngest visitors to the Schallaburg to explore, interact and question.