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Day Trip from Vienna – Forchtenstein Castle

8. June 2018

In the region of Burgenland, just 45 minutes from Vienna, a medieval castle in the Rosalia mountains overlooks Austria and Hungary. If you need to escape the city, a day trip to Forchtenstein Castle is the perfect combination of history, nature and scenic views.

Burg Forchtenstein Rosalia View Castle

View of Forchtenstein Castle from Rosalia

Forchtenstein castle is one of the few fortresses in the region. Its exterior still relates to Medieval times and clearly has characteristics of a fortress. On the inside, however, it is decorated in Baroque style.

Burg Forchtenstein

The exterior of Forchtenstein Castle has the typical characteristics of a medieval fortress.

The castle belongs to the Esterházy family, who owns a lot of land in the region of Burgenland and Hungary as well as the famous Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt.

Burg Forchtenstein Entrance

Entrance of Forchtenstein Castle

I highly recommend having breakfast or lunch at Restaurant Grenadier. On a sunny day, you can sit in the courtyard inside the castle.

Burg Forchtenstein Restaurant Grenadier Cake

Restaurant Grenadier is a great place for breakfast, lunch or a coffee and cake break.

The poppy seed cake and coffee are delicious.

Burg Forchtenstein Restaurant Grenadier

You can enjoy your coffee in the courtyard with a view of the castle.

They also have a platform from which you can enjoy the view to as far as Lake Neusiedl, Vienna and even Hungary.

Burg Forchtenstein Rosalia View

The best view is from Rosalia mountain.

If you want to get an even better view, move along the winding roads up to Rosalia mountain.

Burg Forchtenstein Rosalia

Rosalia Chapel at the top of the mountain

On the top of Rosalia, there is also a small chapel dedicated to the pest saints.

How to Get There

Even though there is public transport, I recommend taking the car to Forchtenstein. There are trains to Mattersburg and Wiener Neustadt but getting to the castle and especially to the Rosalia Chapel by public transport can take quite some time.

Burg Forchtenstein Tower

Inside the courtyard of Forchtenstein Castle

Forchtenstein Castle is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm from end of March until beginning of November. Regular tickets are EUR 11 (about USD 13), concessions are available. The Rosalia Chapel is open for visitors all year round.

Streifen Website

All information as of the date of publishing.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Nicola 9. June 2018 at 7:57

    Thanks for sharing this post and giving me some inspiration on day trips from Vienna. It’s so close and I’ve never been there yet

    • Reply Liz 10. June 2018 at 13:19

      You’re welcome. I think it’s a great destination for a day trip. Let me know if you make it!

  • Reply Livetotravel.saniyapuri 10. June 2018 at 0:03

    Lovely post!

    • Reply Liz 10. June 2018 at 13:19

      Thank you so much!

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