The area of Eisenstadt has been host to settlements for many years and was settled by Germanic tribes in the great migration period.
In later years and the middle ages, the town was ruled by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III but then destroyed during the Ottoman advances in the 1500’s.
In later years the town developed and became a hive of musical activity as it is where the composer Joseph Haydn resided.
Today you can see a great deal of Haydn’s influence and Eisenstadt boasts a variety of museums and historical structures that make it a real cultural treat.
Lets explore the best things to do in Eisenstadt:
1. Esterhazy Palace
This palace is renowned throughout the country and is one of the main architectural buildings in the state of Burgenland.
The palace was constructed in the 13th century and was owned by the Esterhazy family in the 1600’s.
Throughout its history, the palace has had design changes – Initially it had a baroque design, then in the 18th century it changed to a classical design and in the 20th century it saw little change, just restoration.
Inside the palace there is the magnificent Haydnsaal which is one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world.
Aside from the concert hall, you can also enjoy a guided tour of the palace, or buy a souvenir in the gift shop.