Smallest capital – Eisenstadt
The smallest of our provincial capitals has a lot to offer, for example the Berg Church with Joseph Haydn´s tomb, the Esterhazy Palace, the Haydn-residences and an attractive pedestrian zone in the centre
Wine, Wine, Wine
What would Burgenland be without its wine? Or the Austrians without wine from the Burgenland? Let’s make our way to vineyards, wine cellars and of course the vintners themselves, to discover the secret of the best wines of the region.
The lake is located predominantly on Austrian territory; our neighbours in Hungary refer to it as a „swamp“ – most probably because of its shallowness. The lake is surrounded by a wide belt of reeds, but there are places that the lake can be accessed, for example in the legendary town of Rust. Perhaps a cruise on the lake or horse-drawn carriage rides on the shore?
Fortresses, Haydn and border country – the Burgenland on an individual basis
The name Burgenland literally means fortress country – a suitable name, given that this region was between the two main parts of the Habsburg monarchy and as such a much fought-over and fortified border. Güssing, Lockenhaus, Bernstein – to name just a few of the fortresses and fortified seats of the nobility. Also in more recent history, the Burgenland has been at the centre of border controversies: the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918, the Iron Curtain between Eastern and Western Europe, the uprising in Hungary in 1956 against the Communists, the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and – last but not least – in summer 2015 during the influx of refugees across the Balkans.
We can also follow in the more peaceful footsteps of Joseph Haydn - born on Lower Austria, he spent most of his life in Burgenland, as an employee of the Esterhazy princes.