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Eisenstadt

Country
Austria
State
Burgenland
City
Eisenstadt
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Eisenstadt is a city in Austria, the state capital of Burgenland. It has a population of about 12,000 (2006). In the Habsburg monarchy, Kismarton (Eisenstadt) was the seat of the Eszterhazy Hungarian noble family. The composer Joseph Haydn lived there as Hofkapellmeister under Esterhazy patronage.
Archeological finds prove that the Eisenstadt area was already settled in the Hallstatt period. Celts and Romans settled somewhat later. During the Migration Period, the area was settled by different Germanic tribes and the Huns. Around 800, during the reign of Charlemagne, settlement by the Bavarii began.



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How to Reach

By plane

Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat)(ICAO: LOWW, IATA: VIE) [6] is located just outside the city limits of Vienna, and a few miles southeast of the suburb of Schwechat. The airport is the home base of the flag-carrier Austrian Airlines [7], as well as budget airline Nik

By Rail

Around 65 min by suburban rail Vienna - Eisenstadt - Ebenfurth - Wiener Neustadt  

By Road

Eisenstadt is on the A3 south of Vienna (Wien)
 

Key places to visit
Schloss Esterhazy, Gloriette, Haydn Mausoleum, Diozesanmuseum


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Places to Visit

Schloss Esterhazy

The Schloss Esterhazy is a palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, the capital of the Burgenland state. It was constructed in the late 13th century, and came under ownership of the Hungarian Esterházy family in 1622. Under Paul I, 1st Prince Esterházy of Galántha the estate was converted into a baroque castle which remained the principal residence and center of administration of the family for over 300 years

Gloriette

A gloriette (from the 12th century French for "little glory") is a building in a garden erected on a site that is elevated with respect to the surroundings. The structural execution and shape can vary greatly, often in the form of a pavilion or tempietto, more or less open on the sides

Haydn Mausoleum

Joseph Haydn, the famous composer, was buried here in 1820 (without head, though - they took it away for medical studies).

The mortal remains (including his head that was held back until then by the "Friends of Music" society in Vienna) were buried in the dome room on June 5, 1954.

Diozesanmuseum

The Dom- and Diözesanmuseum holds some arresting medieval sculptures in wood and some kitsch Baroque pieces, like the Madonna shrine, whose cloak opens up to reveal God (forming her body), surrounded by a host of worshippers' faces. The highlights, though, are the fourteenth-century stained-glass window of an angel from the Stephansdom, and the dimly lit treasury of monstrances and macabre reliquaries, including St Leopold's hipbone, a piece of the Virgin Mary's belt and a smidgen of holy blood.
 

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