The Altes Schloss or old castle, originally – since the 13th century – the heart of an extended hunting ground, surrounded by moats and equipped with numerous ancillary buildings, today forms an important visual motif in the gardens. It became a Habsburg possession in 1333 and was extended in the 17th century by Lodovico Burnacini.

After an attack by the Turks in 1683, this building was reconstructed in 1693 and another floor was added. Until World War I, together with the Blauer Hof, built in the 18th century, the Altes Schloss served as a spring residence for the Habsburgs.

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