Grafenegg Palace

Grafenegg, Austria

Schloss Grafenegg, originally a small settlement called Espersdorf in 1294, evolved into its present form over centuries. It received its name in the 15th century and went through various ownership changes, passing to Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III and later the Thurzó family. In the 17th century, it was fortified by Johann Baptist Verda von Verdenberg during the Thirty Years' War.

The castle's transformation continued in the 19th century under the Breuner-Enckevoirt family, who reconstructed it in the romantic historicism style. The financial crisis of 1873 halted some planned expansions, preserving the castle's character. Marie Breunner-Enckevoirth inherited it and passed it on to the ducal house of Ratibor and Corvey when she married Viktor II, Duke of Ratibor and Prince of Corvey.

While not their main residence, the castle remained in their possession until it was heavily damaged during the Russian occupation in 1945-1955. Restoration efforts by Franz-Albrecht, who adopted the Metternich-Sandór name, began in 1967, with support from Austrian authorities. Today, Schloss Grafenegg is open to the public.

The 19th century conversion by the architects Leopold and Hugo Ernst left the nucleus of the existing building almost fully intact. However, they gave the castle exterior a completely different impression by adding stepped gables, arcades and facade decoration in a neo-gothic Tudor style. Ludwig Wächtler was responsible for the interior decoration, which was largely in Renaissance Revival architecture. The closed complex consists of four wings arranged around an inner courtyard.


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Founded: 19th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Austria

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J E (5 months ago)
Really nice atmosphere in the greek amphitheatre open air. Beautiful park and garden. Several bars and eating options.
Jovana Milanovic (8 months ago)
Wondeful castle with wonderful nature around it.
Andrea (18 months ago)
Schloss Graffenegg is one of our favourites places in Austria, we were on a bike trip and had enough time to visit the interior of the castle and gardens. It is such a beautiful piece of history, really nice library and former rooms with wooden decor. ❤️
Faisal Masud (21 months ago)
This place is perfect for an afternoon stroll. The building itself is definitely worth looking at, no matter from which direction you view it. Don't think entering it is allowed but would be good to see from inside as well. The whole area is very calm with few people.
Ravinder Kumar Singh (2 years ago)
Went for a outings at my boss hometown, this place is such a wonderful, vast open agriculture field, not much population which means less pollution and more open space and greenery, we can feel the freshness of air, it's so good and tranquil can't put into words, clean and neat, almost looks like scenery,Schloss Grafenegg is historical palace
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