Explore one of Austria’s finest baroque palaces and gain insight into the life of Classical composer Joseph Haydn on this self-guided Esterházy Palace tour. Stroll around the palace’s galleries and suites at your leisure, and discover treasures including Esterházy Dynasty silverware. Along the way, listen as an audio-guide brings centuries of Hungarian and Austrian history to life. Gain insight into the career and works of Esterházy Palace’s composer-in-residence, Joseph Haydn, and learn of the important roles he played in 18th-century court life.
Step inside 13th-century Esterházy Palace and pick up your audio-guide to begin your independent tour. Widely considered among Austria’s most impressive baroque palaces, Esterházy is home to a treasure trove of galleries where the country’s history and classical music heritage comes to life.
During your palace tour, admire exquisite objects d’art such as Esterházy Dynasty silverware and the last-known console table from the workshops of Giuseppe Briati in Venice.
Listen as your audio-guide sheds light on the palace’s construction, and gain insight into 300 years of Austrian and Hungarian heritage.
Head into the second part of your tour, where the focus falls on Classical composer Joseph Haydn — who served the Esterházy princes for over 40 years. Via a series of interactive displays and exhibits, learn of Haydn’s early life and the emergence of his genius.
Admire some of the maestro’s personal and professional documents and original instruments, then head onward into the ornate Haydnsaal — widely considered among the palace’s finest rooms.
At the end of your self-guided visit, step outside Esterházy Palace to conclude your tour.