Franzensburg Castle

Laxenburg, Austria

Franzensburg palace was built in 1801-1836 in the style of and medieval castle. It is named after Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor. In 1806 the ferry started to be used to cross the pond from the mainland to the palace island. In winter it was replaced by a wooden bridge. The castle is surrounded with a 250-hectare castle park built in the late 18th century English style. Today the castle and park is a popular excursion destination. Guided tours are available in summer season.

Comments

Your name



Address

Park 85, Laxenburg, Austria
See all sites in Laxenburg

Details

Founded: 1801-1836
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

More Information

www.schloss-laxenburg.at

Rating

4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Morteza Amini (2 years ago)
Gorgeous lake with nice boats to take a relaxing ride around the islands, under the bridges and through the water ways.
Matt Borneman (2 years ago)
There is more to see in the park than there is too see around the castle
Anastasiya Gritsova (2 years ago)
Very nice place to have a beautiful view. There is a restaurant (schnitzel, salads, pasta) with a very good and quick service.
Kushtrim Ramadani (2 years ago)
It's in Laksenburg even if you habe to pay to get in this cool park is worth it for a day, is was 2.8€ (euro) at that time, the castle is very interesting and has a nice View, people uses this place also for going to the toilet and it has wheelchair access. It's nicely hold and in the center of the park. Can recommend it to vizit at least one time.
Pascal Werlberger (3 years ago)
A great place to spend a day. Boats for rent, a big park with lots of trails. A gorgeous castle with a cafe that has nice shade. Also much shade under trees next to the small buffet next to the boat rental. Lawn chairs to relax next to the castle in tree shade. Truly amazing place.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Gruyères Castle

The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.

In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.

The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.

A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.