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The Best of Burgenland

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Mighty castles, delightful wines and a sunny countryside make Burgenland the best escape from bustling Vienna. Its gentle hills and plains are punctuated with an assortment of castles (Burgen), vineyards and shallow lakes that warm quickly in summer. With some 300 days of sunshine a year, Austria's Burgenland is an important agricultural area, notable for a vibrant selection of wines like Blaufränkisch as well as a wide variety of rare tomatoes. Visit Burgenland to truly see the best.
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Esterhazyplatz 1, 7000 Eisenstadt, Austria
Of all the grand palaces in Austria, Esterházy is one you definitely don't want to miss. It's second, perhaps, to Schönbrunn. The 13th-century palace was acquired by the Hungarian family in 1622 and remains in their care. Magnificent rooms like...
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Esterhazyplatz 4/1, 7000 Eisenstadt, Austria
Blaufränkisch is Austria’s most skilled seductress. The spicy aromas of blackberry and cherry give the country’s iconic red wine its power to enchant the senses. You can find this versatile grape variety in its native Burgenland, which is only a...
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Melinda Esterhazy-Platz 1, 7212 Forchtenstein, Austria
In the midst of Burgenland’s western hills lies stately Forchtenstein Castle, built as a protective bulwark against invaders in the 13th century. A tour of the fortifications and the castle’s treasury will give you a lively impression of castle...
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Im Seewinkel 1, 7132 Frauenkirchen, Austria

By Patti McCracken

Located on the edge of Seewinkel National Park, the nautilus-shaped St. Martins Lodge features spacious rooms with wooden balconies that overlook Lake Neusiedl. Thermal pools abound, and the spa offers a smorgasbord of massage...

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Schäferhof 13, 7132 Frauenkirchen, Austria

By Patti McCracken

Burgenland, Austria’s easternmost state, has a fairy-tale backstory of emperors and castles. Its modern story is more delicious. The sunny countryside produces rare tomatoes, organic lamb, and 90 percent of the country’s wine.

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7141, Austria
Neusiedlersee is the westernmost steppe lake in Eurasia and, together with the surrounding countryside, was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site. Its shallow water (around 6-7 feet) warms quickly in summer, making the beaches a popular...
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Franz Liszt-Platz 1, 7321 Raiding, Austria
It is hardly a secret that Austria was and is home to some of the most reputable composers in history. While many music lovers flock to Vienna or Salzburg for their taste of Austria's achievements in the classical world, the Franz Liszt Museum and...
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Günserstraße 5, 7442 Lockenhaus, Austria
Built in the 13th century, this true knight’s castle awaits your visit! Gain insights into the Middle-Ages by visiting the Roman and Gothic style halls and the authentic castle kitchen, or enjoy a hearty robber baron’s feast in the great knight’s...