Schloss Hof is a palace located in Austria near the border of Slovakia. At more than 50 hectares, Schloss Hof is the largest country castle complex in Austria.

It once belonged to Prince Eugene of Savoy who purchased it late in his life in 1726, He had it enlarged in the Baroque style by the architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in 1729, and used it as an elaborate hunting lodge. He left it to a niece in his will, and it was later purchased by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and became part of the imperial estates.

Outside, there are magnificent Baroque gardens with splendid fountains and sculptures on seven terraces stepping gentle down to the March. The imperial castle sits on an idyllic estate containing nine exciting adventure walks, varied themed gardens and lots of rare breed pets, as well as an adventure playground and a leisure park for children and families with its own water playground.

With its exhibitions and numerous events for the whole family, Schloss Hof is always worth a visit. Annual highlights of the event calendar include the Easter market, the games festival, the musketeer games, the garden shows, the Pentecost fair, the camel festival, the full moon nights, the holiday fun, the horse festival and the atmospheric Christmas village in advent.

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Founded: 1729
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Austria

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Boris Urbanek (12 months ago)
Totally recommended for a day trip with family. Very nice repaired, many animals and plants in areal.
Enikő Gargya (14 months ago)
Lovely castle and garden, specially loved the animals outside!!! Great place for kids as well.
Marek A.M. (2 years ago)
A fantastic place. Regardless if you are travelling alone or with kids you can spend a whole day here in any season. A puppet show, little Zoo and a nice playground are waiting here for your kids. I personally liked the Orangerie with glasshouse the most. Lemon, orange, fig trees and many more. There is also restaurant and 2 Cafes. In case you are visiting the place during December you'll enjoy a beautiful Christmas market. Highly recommended. There are plenty free parking slots outside.
Radim Rehak (2 years ago)
A beautiful castle near Bratislava. Truly amazing surroundings with plenty of historic buildings and a lovely small zoo. Christmas market is always a great place to be. Very cosy.
Tina Podrepsek (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place. Its great for kids. They offer a treasure hunt there!
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