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Schloss Lackenbach

Surrounded by large gardens with rare species of trees, Lackenbach Palace houses the Der Natur auf der Spur museum, the Zum Oberjäger guest house and a cosy café and represents a popular wedding venue.

Andreas Hafenscher

Andreas Hafenscher

Andreas Hafenscher

Andreas Hafenscher


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The "new" Lackenbach Palace was first mentioned in the 1553 purchase contract for the Landsee Dominion by Nikolaus Oláh, Arch Bishop of Gran. This noble residence was not only used for farming and administration purposes, but offered a higher comfort of living than nearby militaristic Landsee Castle thanks to its location on the plains.
When Count Nikolaus Esterházy (1583-1645) married Ursula Dersffy, who had inherited the estate of Arch Bisoph Oláh, the Landsee-Lackenbach Dominion fell into the hands of this young, up-and-coming aristocrat in 1612. Lackenbach Palace served as the Esterházys’ main residence until 1628 and, after Nikolaus became Paladin in 1625, also as the seat of the Hungarian Viceroy.
In 1620, the Palace became the site of an event with important implications for the family as well as politics: The Battle of Lackenbach. In the course of the skirmish between the Emperor’s troops and the Transylanian Count Gábor Bethlen, the latter's troops also reached the estates of Nikolaus Esterházy. Although a relief force deployed by the Emperor as well as the brave Neckenmarkt farmers came to the aid of Esterházy and the men besieged in Lackenbach Palace, it would finally be Nikolaus’ courageous break that ended the siege.
The Palace's architecture is in line with the Renaissance idea of symmetrically splitting the landscape. This shows to this day in the plot lines, alleys, hedges, moats, paths and the surrounding walls as well as the arrangement of the trees in the orchards. It is remarkably well preserved when it comes to Renaissance structures and that also applies to the meadow orchard with old and very rare fruit-bearing plants from the 19th century as well as an earthen 17th-century mound called “King’s Hill”.

Garden and museum tour

The guided tour starts at the arboretum, where you can discover rare trees and exciting stories, for example about redwood trees. It continues on to the Palace's own vegetable garden in the historic courtyard with its impressive Renaissance arcades. After that the group visits the museum. Bringing the tour to an end, you are invited to enjoy unique ice cream creations including the proprietary Esterházy slice ice cream or a small snack, piece of pie or a beverage in the café.

Lois Weinberger's Feldweg

FELDWEG is a sort of poetic journey through various different landscapes. This circular trail traversing the Renaissance Park was designed by the Lois Weinberger, one of the world's most renowned member of the artistic interaction between natural and cultured spaces. FELDWEG is a trail with no beginning and no end, similar to the cycle of nature. It is accompanied by an open pavilion with a sculpture and seven colourful small houses by the wayside. The colours of the little houses correspond to the blossoms of various plants. Every one of these “wayside observation spots” contain a short verse as well as a stamp showing bark beetle tracks. Combined, the stamp impressions form unique, proliferating track networks.

Events and weddings

Lackenbach Palace Museum, its spacious event rooms and a café with ice cream parlour, invite visitors to gaze, celebrate and stay. The Palace compound’s picturesque Renaissance park, on the other hand, is perfect for a different type of leisure time: Breathe in nature.

Zum Oberjäger - guest houses in Lackenbach Palace Park

Opened in the spring of 2018, "Zum Oberjäger" adds yet another attraction to the Lackenback Renaissance Palace. This guest house is situated in the Palace Park's arboretum and offers a total of four rooms and two suites. Their interior combines history with modern elements. Reflecting gardens, nature and botany, it is complemented by hunting elements. The guest house's culinary centre is the ‘cooking salon’. This is where the breakfast is served and prepared. After all, the well-equipped kitchen is large enough to stage cooking seminars or prepare a little something in the evening. 4 additional residential units will be opened on the northern side of the Palace in June 2020.
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday and on holidays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Free admission for Niederösterreich-Card holders.
Café opening hours:
1 July – 6 September: Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
7 September – 22 December: Friday – Sunday and on holidays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm