Cities

Vienna

The capital of Austria is a little less than an hour away from Mosonmagyaróvár by car or train. Vienna (Wien in German) used to be the imperial capital, the seat of the Habsburgs and the capital of the great Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Today it is the largest city of Austria with 1.7 million inhabitants, which makes it one of the 10 most populous metropolises of the European Union. Vienna – owing to its impressive history – can be regarded as one of the most important cultural and arts centres of Central Europe. If you long for cultural experiences and mental refreshment, visiting this city is a must during your dental treatment.

Vienna has a clearly arranged inner structure: most sights can be found in the historic city centre. You can see our recommendations below.

Schönbrunn Palace

When visiting Vienna, you should definitely see the former summer residence of the famous empress, Sissi. The Baroque building complex, the beautiful park with the palm house, the Gloriette and the zoo provide all-day entertainment.

Only 45 of over 1,400 rooms of the castle can be visited at the moment, but even these few rooms offer a tremendous amount of things to see. The interior is in the Rococo style. The walls are mainly white, decorated with 14k gold plates. In the rooms visitors can admire Czech crystal chandeliers and lavish tile stoves.

The apartment and study of Franz Joseph are plain and modest. The audience chambers and salons are even more luxurious. Mozart visited the Mirror Room himself; it was here that the musical genius gave his first concert to his noble audience when he was six.

The Millions Room has one of the most beautiful Rococo interiors with rosewood wall panelling decorated with Indo-Persian miniatures. During the Congress of Vienna balls were held in the Great Gallery in 1814-15. Today official state receptions are held here on most special occasions.

The Vienna Prater

The Prater is one of the most important symbols of Vienna. An amusement park was established here to provide entertainment for Viennese workers in the 19th century. The park features sideshows, a fun-fair, shooting galleries, merry-go-rounds and a beer-garden.

The Giant Ferris Wheel in the middle of the amusement park is the symbol of the Volksprater. The almost 67 m high wheel, which weighs over 400 tons, was sometimes used not only by visitors but also by the acrobats; they used this rotating wonder as technical background for their shows.

The amusement park, which has been in operation since the previous century, is one of the best-equipped high-tech amusement parks in Europe, which still recreate the atmosphere of old operettas even today.

The Hofburg

Originally, the Hofburg was a medieval palace but today only the palace chapel reminds us of this. The Austrian Chancellery can be found here these days, and it serves as an important congress centre. It also functions as the venue for the performances of the Wiener Sängerknaben (The Vienna Boys' Choir). Visitors can also admire the horses of the Spanish Riding School as well as many collections and famous exhibit items that are on display here.

The New Hofburg, the new, monumental part of the building complex, was built between 1881 and 1913. Some departments of the Museum of Ethnology and the Museum of Fine Arts can be found here, such as the Ephesos Museum displaying a collection of historic artefacts from ancient Asia Minor, and the second largest Court Hunting and Arms collection.

The Capuchin Church is only a few steps away from the Hofburg, whose crypt serves as the burial ground for the Imperial House.

The Belvedere Museum

The most impressive items of the Belvedere Museum's collection are the paintings by Gustav Klimt, such as the Kiss and Judith. The masterpieces by Schiele and Kokoschka are great achievements of modern art, just as much as the works of French impressionists, the representatives of Viennese Biedermeier (Waldmüller, Amerling, Fendi) and the works of Makart, Boeckl, Wotruba, Hausner, Hundertwasser and others. They are all must-see items.

The masterpieces of Late Gothic art, like the Znaim Altar, or the works by Michael Pacher, Rueland Frueauf the Elder and Conrad Laib are also on display here, along with the lavish works of art dating from the Baroque age. Significant works by Johann Michael Rottmayr, Daniel Gran and Paul Troger give a fascinating insight into the wealth of these times. The grimacing character heads by the sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt are also very emotive.

Cafés in Vienna

The Viennese café culture is livelier and richer than ever, despite – or probably owing to – its long history. Vienna has atmospheric traditional cafés and great coffee shops as well as the best restaurants and confectioners in the area. The various combinations of cafés and pubs, cafés integrated with bookstores, bars, music revue bars and cabarets reveal the resourceful imagination interlacing the Viennese catering trade.

A Viennese café is an oasis from everyday life. It is a place for retreat and meeting; a place where we can enjoy cosy and eternal moments. For a few examples, consult the list below:

Café Landtmann

Café Landtmann, which is still the most elegant café in Vienna, was opened in 1873. This meeting point on the boulevard has a well-established status, and local people like it just as much as foreigners. Café Landtmann has had famous guests like Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Burt Lancaster, Hillary Clinton and Paul McCartney. It offers a wide range of wines, and the guests can consult its bilingual menu. The café featuring outdoor seating areas, a garden, a terrace and live music is open on Sundays, too.

Address: Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 4
Open: from 7.30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Tel. +43-1-24100100
Fax: +43-1-5320625
Via Trams 1 and D: Rathausplatz / Burgtheater
www.cafe-wien.at

Café Restaurant Schottenring

The café on the boulevard, which was established in 1879, is classical and modern at the same time: the fine meals and live music help keep up traditions, whereas the Internet access and apple strudel shows meet modern requirements. Café Schottenring is open on Sundays, too. It features outdoor seating areas and a garden or terrace. Visitors can enjoy live music and a wide range of wines in the café.

Address: Schottenring 19
Tel. +43-1-3153343
Fax: +43-1-3153344
Via Trams 1 and D, Bus 3A: Börse
www.cafe-schottenring.at

Café Mozart

The café was established in 1794, and it was a popular meeting point for artists in the Biedermeier period. The Albertina graphic arts collection can be found across the street, and the museums of Hofburg and the Opera House are very near, too. This renowned café is said to combine the love for coffee and high culture even today. It offers a wide range of wines, and the guests can consult it bilingual menu. The café featuring outdoor seating areas, a garden, a terrace and live music is open on Sundays, too.

Address: Albertinaplatz 2
Open: from 8.00 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Tel.: +43-1-24100210
Fax: +43-1-24100219
Via Metros U1, U2 and U4: Karlsplatz; Trams D, J, 1 and 2: Oper; Bus 3A: Albertinaplatz
www.cafe-wien.at

Shopping City Süd is a place where you can find over 330 shops selling everything from fashion and interior design items to telecommunication products. Cafés, bars, cinemas and restaurants await you.

Address: 2334 Vösendorf-Süd, Bürocenter SCS B4

www.scs.at
Opening hours:

Monday to Wednesday, Friday: 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9.00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Győr

As people say, Győr is the city of meetings. Of course, its location makes it the city of rivers, too. In ancient Roman times its name was Arrabona, which refers to the River Raab. Győr is the sixth largest city in Hungary; it is an economic, industrial, religious and cultural centre as well as a county seat. It has an outstanding geographical location: it stretches on the Vienna-Budapest axis, which is one of the reasons why this settlement is still developing dynamically today.

It is useful to know that Győr has the third highest number of registered monuments in Hungary. The city was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize for the reconstruction of the city centre preserving Baroque traditions. Palaces, churches and exhibition halls bringing back the memories of past times as well as the characteristic corner balconies and Mediterranean style narrow streets tempt visitors to take a walk. The city and its environs are extremely rich in religious memorial sites, and just like in Pannonhalma, Benedictine monastic traditions have been carried on here for a long time.

Győr is well-known for its festivals, too. Each season offers a wide choice of high-quality arts and cultural events, which alone attracts many people seeking active recreation. This is one of the reasons why the city is a flourishing tourist destination.

Visit the city of meetings, go for a stroll in the city centre or along the Danube, and try the excellent restaurants and inns! Select events that are to your taste from the cultural events that Győr has to offer!

5dent Dental Clinic's top 5 recommendations for a visit to Győr:
1. City Hall

The City Hall is a dominant building on Szent István út (St. Stephen Road), which was built around the turn of the century using the money that a local glazier, József Bisinger had left to the city. The U-shaped building is in the French-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque style. It is a two-storey building with a clock-tower in the middle. The clock plays a Hungarian folk song that starts "Fújdogál a szél az öreg Duna felől" (The wind is blowing off the old Danube) every hour, and at certain parts of the day the two-minute bell chime by composer Attila Reményi can be heard. The façade also features two other smaller towers. The City Hall in Győr is the seat of the local government, and the symbol of the city.

2. Bécsi kapu tér (Vienna Gate Square)

Vienna Gate Square is one of the most significant squares in Győr's historic city centre, and one of the most beautiful Baroque squares in Hungary. The square is the western gate to the Old Town; this is where visitors arrive from across the double Raab Bridge, coming from the districts Sziget (Island) and Újváros (New Town) lying between the rivers Rába (Raab) and Rábca. The Baroque-style Vienna Gate used to stand here, which was a gate to the city centre for visitors coming from the west over the double bridge of the Raab.

3. Bishop Castle and the Episcopal Palace

Káptalan (Chapter) Hill has been the centre of the city for centuries. Bishop Castle, the seat of the thousand-year-old the Roman Catholic Diocese of Győr can be found here. A 13th-century dwelling tower and the 15th-century Dóczy Chapel embellish the building. The foundations of the castle incorporate the traces of Roman architecture. The oldest part of the building complex is the lower part of the tower, the so-called runaway corridor dating from the 14th century and the adjacent cross-vaulted hall. The Gothic chapel attached to the eastern corner of the castle tower is a rare example of multi-level castle chapels.

4. The Ballet Company of Győr

The Ballet Company of Győr was founded by the graduates of the Hungarian Ballet Institute in 1979. It started its career in the new building of the then-new theatre in Győr under the leadership of Iván Markó. The Ballet Company of Győr soon became popular both in town and in the region. After winning the heart of the Hungarian audience, the Company scored international success within a short period of time. In addition to two premieres in each theatre season in Győr, the company performed world premieres several times in Budapest, Vienna, Athens and Paris. Then they had performances at the Scala of Milan, at the Bayreuth Festival Games and at the Olympic Games in Seoul. They have been on tour in Austria, Germany, Japan, Italy, England, China, India, Russia and the United States. They have danced on stages of several Bohemian, Romanian, Slovakian, Danish and Israeli theatres.

5. János Xantus Zoo

The first wildlife park in Győr was established near the forest depot in the Bishop's Forest (Püspök-erdő) in 1962. The zoo has been reorganized several times since then, and it has been expanded over the years. The zoo in its current location, which was opened in 1967, has undergone a great evolution in the past decades. Over 500 specimens of 100 species can be found here, kept under circumstances very similar to their natural habitats. Visitors can get an insight into the everyday life of the zoo under shady trees, providing memorable experiences for both children and adults in a beautiful environment.

Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava can be easily accessed from the northwest of Hungary, therefore it is worth taking a short trip there. The city has been inhabited since the pre-historic era, with a fortress built on the castle hill as early as the period of the Roman Empire and the Moravian princes. The settlement was brought under Hungarian supremacy in the 10th century, and it was a Hungarian town until the end of World War I. A university was established in Bratislava in the 15th century, and it became the capital of Hungary in the 16th century. That time the Holy Crown of Hungary was guarded in Bratislava, and parliamentary sessions were held here, too. The first Hungarian responsible government was set up here in 1848, during the revolution.

Bratislava is one of the youngest metropolises in Europe. However, its rich past has given it a great number of historic sights, which makes Bratislava a popular tourist destination. The greatest historic sight and – at the same time – the symbol of the capital is Bratislava Castle. It is very popular with tourists mainly because of its museums and the wonderful view from the castle. A historical exposition and a music history museum await those interested, and visitors can also admire an extremely precious archaeological find, the Venus of Moravany. Another exciting site is Devin Castle at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers, which also has a splendid view of the neighbouring country, Austria.

Take a trip to Bratislava, and explore the charming little streets of the Old Town! Admire Bratislava Castle and enjoy the high-quality cultural programmes the place has to offer!

5dent Dental Clinic's top 5 recommendations for a visit to Bratislava:
1. Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle was built on an 85-metre-high cliff above the Danube. It stands on the footings of a 9th-century Slavic fortress. It was first mentioned in documents in 907. The foundations of a three-nave basilica from the times of Great Moravia can be found on the castle grounds. The present-day castle has regular rectangular footings, and it incorporates Renaissance and early Baroque elements. One of the most significant reconstructions was carried out during the reign of Maria Theresa. Bratislava Castle burnt down in 1811. Reconstruction started in the 20th century. The castle in its present form has been visited since 1968. At present, the whole castle is under full-scale reconstruction; nevertheless, Ars Liturgica – the Goldsmith's Trade in the Service of Liturgy, a newly-opened exhibition can be visited. The exhibition is on display at the treasury of the castle. The castle is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m (5 p.m. in winter) every day except on Mondays.

2. St. Martin's Cathedral

The coronation church, which was built in the 14th century, can be found under the castle. It gained its present looks at the end of the 19th century, when the gilded replica of the Holy Crown was placed on top of its 85-metre-tall tower; it commemorates the fact that the coronations of Hungarian sovereigns took place here between 1563 and 1830. It is an interesting fact that Péter Pázmány, the outstanding figure in the Hungarian Counter-Reformation was also buried here, and St. Martin's relics are preserved in a silver coffin above the main altar.

3. Downtown Bratislava

The town centre of Bratislava is under constant development. More and more walking streets are created, and a wide array of confectioner's shops, cafés and restaurants await visitors. However, if you wish to stroll, the downtown area is the perfect place for you with its cobblestoned streets and parks decorated with flowers and fountains.

4. The Primate's Palace

The Classical palace was built between 1778 and 1781 based on the designs of Melchior Hefele. The tympanum is decorated with allegoric statues by J. Kögler and F. Prokop and vases by J. A. Messerschmidt. At the top of the tympanum we can see the coat-of-arms of Archbishop József Batthyány and there is a 150-kilogram statue of his hat on it. The tympanum also features mosaics by Ernest Zmeták. On the façade we can see angels holding the letters "I" (Iusticia – justice) and "C" (Clementia – graciousness), the initials of the archbishop. In the entrance hall of the palace on the right-hand side, there is a memorial tablet commemorating the signing of the so-called Peace of Pressburg in 1805, while the statue of St. George the Dragon Slayer can be found in the courtyard along with the entrance to the chapel of St Ladislaus in the corner. You can find the Mirror Hall on the first floor, which witnessed the signing of the Peace of Pressburg in 1805 between Napoleonic France and Habsburg Austria after Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz. King Ferdinand V. signed the document here on the abolition of serfdom in Hungary in 1848. Collections of the Gallery of the City of Bratislava are located in the rooms of the palace, with a unique collection of 17th-century tapestries from an English royal weaving factory in Mortlake.

5. Grassalkovich Palace

The Late Baroque palace is located in downtown Bratislava, and it is surrounded by a beautiful French garden. It was built by a Hungarian nobleman, Antal Grassalkovich in 1760. The building was much liked by the Habsburg dynasty, therefore a great number of balls and festivities were held in it in the 18th century. Joseph Haydn was also a regular visitor here, and many of his compositions were performed here for the first time. The palace was reconstructed in the 1990s, and it has been the residence of the president of Slovakia since 1996. The palace cannot be visited by the public outside of open days but the garden can.

Pannonhalma

Pannonhalma lies at the feet of the Hungarian archabbey of the Benedictine Order. This atmospheric town with a little more than 3,500 inhabitants was already populated in the Roman period. One of the greatest upswings in its history took place when the Benedictine monks established a mission at the top of the hill at the end of the 900s.

Pannonhalma has since been a flourishing settlement with shorter or longer breaks. Although the storms of history, the Turkish occupation and the Communist decades were not beneficial to it, it is one of the most popular and most beautiful tourist attractions in the area.

The town is located about 20 kilometres away from Győr in the Sokoró Hills. It is interesting to know that up to 1965 it bore the name Győrszentmárton after the patron saint of the town, St. Martin; it happened only after this that it was given the name Pannonhalma, which is used in our days. The town had its golden age in the 14-15th centuries; the locals lived mainly off the land at that time. At the beginning of the 17th century the Turkish invaders destroyed the settlement but a little later the abbot of the monastery re-peopled it with Slavic, German and Hungarian settlers. The returning monks worked hard to make Pannonhalma a prosperous market town again; they could successfully turn the town into a smaller administrative centre by the 20th century. Thanks to the monks, its grammar school has one of the highest standards in Hungary. A great number of famous Hungarian doctors, scientists and artists loaded their mental ammunition for life at this school.

Pannonhalma mainly serves as a tourist destination nowadays: visitors to the area must definitely see the parts of the Archabbey that are open to the public, and it is also worth tasting the excellent wines and herbal distillates produced by the monks. The Benedictine Monastery welcomes its visitors with never ending hospitality: they happily open their gates to pilgrims, those seeking their peace of mind as well as tourists who only wish to admire the present-day sights saturated with the atmosphere of the past.

Pay a visit to Pannonhalma, and go sightseeing in this settlement, which is over 1100 years old!

5dent Dental Clinic's top 5 recommendations for a visit to Pannonhalma:
1. The Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma

The Archabbey is a most significant sight of Hungarian history, a centre for religion and art history, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The natural endowments of Pannonhalma and the Archabbey attract a lot of visitors and make the area a popular tourist destination.

Sights directly related to the Archabbey:

The cathedral with the crypt
Porta speciosa (the Ornamental Gate) and the ambulatory
The library
Baroque-style dining-room
Millenary monument
The Chapel of Our Lady
Arboretum
Further information: http://www.bences.hu/hu/foapatsag

2. Pannonhalma Arboretum (Botanical Garden) – on the premises of the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma

In the old times the monks grew and gathered herbs needed for healing with great care. They have also given priority to the scientific examination of the natural treasures and the conscious planning of the natural environment of the monastery since the first decades of the 19th century. In 1830 the Arboretum of the Archabbey already contained almost 80 species of trees and shrubs, and it has served as a landscape garden from the middle of the century on. Today the arboretum has hundreds of species of trees and shrubs, some of which are special species found in very few places in the country.

The Arboretum of the Archabbey is the perfect place for those seeking refreshment; also, it regularly functions as the venue for educational programmes and researches. Apart from its protected botanical treasures, it takes pride in its remarkable songbird population.

Further information: http://www.bences.hu/hu/foapatsag

3. Pannonhalma wine region and its wine cellars

Pannonhalma is also known for its delicious wines. One of the first written records, the deed of foundation of the early Benedictine monastery at the top of St. Martin's Hill, clearly refers to the wine-making traditions of the region. According to a monastery census, vine-growers comprised 17% of the population in the area in 1093. A 1198 customs order from Esztergom also mentions wines from Sokoró, which means that wine trade was already of great importance in the region back then.

The dominant grapes are Italian Riesling, Rhein Riesling, Traminer, Királyleányka (Princess), Chardonay and Riesling-Silvaner. The new vineyards have added new types (Blue Frankish, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir) to the wide array of wines in the region. At present, 13 settlements belong to the wine region.

Abbey Winery Pannonhalma

Address: 9090 Pannonhalma, Vár 1.
Phone: +36/96/570-171
Fax: +36/96/570-176
Email: pinceszet@osb.hu
Website: www.apatsagipinceszet.hu

Borbirodalom Pannonhalma Borpince (Wine Kingdom Wine Cellar, Pannonhalma)

Address: 9090 Pannonhalma, Szabadság tér 27.
Phone: +36/96/471-730, +36/30/459-2509
Fax: +36/96/470-561
Email: info@borbirodalom.hu
Website: www.borbirodalom.hu

PANNONHALMI PÁLINKÁRIUM (Pannonhalma "Pálinkary")

Address: 9090 Pannonhalma, Petőfi Sándor utca 26.
Phone: +36/96/513-561; +36/96/513-577
Email: italhaz@gyorilikor.hu
Website: www.pannonhalmipalinkarium.hu

4. Statue Park

Right in the middle of the town, in a park in Szabadság tér (Szabadság Square) a national banner monument was erected in 1940. A cross decorates the top of the wrought-iron flagpole, which stands on brick foundations with the script: "God, Bless the Hungarians!" The national banner monument was created by artist-craftsmen István Zászlós and Bandi Schima. In the park an Árpád Relief can be found along with statues of King St. Stephen I and Prince Géza.

5. The Town Hall

The Town Hall is a two-storey building with stylistic characteristics of the Art Nouveau and a St. Martin Relief on its façade. It was built around 1910. The former Volfinger House used to stand in its place, which was bought by the religious community in 1879. Gyula Hernádi, the Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian author spent his childhood here.

Little Rye Island

Little Rye Island is located in the immediate vicinity of Mosonmagyaróvár, surrounded by the Danube and the Moson-Danube. Basically, it is Hungary's biggest island. It is generally called the gift of the Danube, maybe because the wild, romantic, rich flora and fauna await visitors with a great number of experiences. Little Rye Island has a few hundred kilometres of waterway for the lovers of water sports but it is an ideal place for cycling and fishing, too.

Further information: www.szigetkoz.hu

Lake Fertő

Lake Fertő is the biggest salt lake in Eurasia. It has dried up several times throughout its history, last time being in the 1860s. In our days one of its main characteristic features is that its water is slightly salty, and that the remains of the former marshes around the lake have an extremely varied fauna and flora. The picturesque palace of the Esterházy Dukes stands on its shore. Joseph Haydn was employed in this palace as a court composer. The residence of Count István Széchenyi, known as the greatest Hungarian, can be found in the neighbourhood, in Nagycenk. The area of Lake Fertő has rich resources of historical memories shared by Austria and Hungary, which are becoming more and more important today. The lake is situated about 25 km away from Mosonmagyaróvár. Its area is also shared by Austria and Hungary. Belonging to Fertő-Hanság National Park, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The area has an extremely rich fauna and flora; therefore it is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. Apart from rare plants, Austrian oaks and pubescent oaks can also be found here, together with numerous butterfly species. The thick reed beds around the lake form a bird paradise of great importance even on a European scale. Regarding both nesting birds and migratory birds, it is one of the most significant bird habitats in the Carpathian Basin, which is visited by almost all the species of European water birds during the migration period.

Furthermore, the traces of the former musical culture can be found everywhere in the area. Whether operettas, operas, classical music concerts or rock festivals, the area of the lake is able to bring music closer to everybody. Besides, museums, galleries, various landmarks and monuments await those interested, on both the Austrian and the Hungarian side.

Sports lover tourists can also have a great time by Lake Fertő. Cycling, sailing, hiking and golf, among others, are all available to guarantee that visitors can find a proper form of active recreation.

5dent Dental Clinic's top 5 recommendations for a visit to the area of Lake Fertő:
1. Castle Halbturn

Castle Halbturn is the most significant Baroque building of Burgenland. It was once used by the imperial court as a hunting lodge and a summer residence. The castle was built by Lukas von Hildebrandt in the 18th century, and the ceiling frescoes of the great hall were painted by Franz Anton Maulbertsch.

Today the castle is the private property of Baron Paul Waldbott-Bassenheim, who is a descendant of the imperial family. The castle is also open to the public, and exhibitions and concerts are held in it. A part of it serves as a museum. The friars' cellar in the former farmyard functions as a restaurant.

When visiting the exhibition in the castle, the delicacies of the Knappenstöckl Restaurant, the excellent wines of the castle's cellar, the wonderful concerts and a walk in the castle park all enhance the fascinating experience.

2. Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt

Esterházy Castle is the most important cultural monument in Burgenland. The lavishly decorated halls steal the glory of the duke's time and the Esterházy court back into the castle. The castle Kismarton is a cultural centre and the luxurious venue for festivities and social events even today. After 40 years, Esterházy Foundation has regained the right to manage the castle again, which can thus become the centre for cultural events.

3. Forchtenstein Castle (Forchtenstein Castle)

The Castle of Fraknó was built on one of the foothills of the Rozália Mountain. The only castle that the Turks did not occupy, it basically served as a "safety deposit box" for the priceless jewels and precious items belonging to the Esterházy Dukes. The treasures accumulated by the family throughout the centuries are on display here. The Esterházy family took possession of the castle in 1626. It was converted into a fortress based on the designs of Italian architects in the 17th century. It was also in this period that the unique art collection was born. Works of goldsmith's art, ivory carvings, rarities, drapes and valuable weapons filled the Baroque treasury. Rare, special prints were also added to the archives. The halls were decorated with portraits and paintings.

4. Family park in St. Margarethen

This outstanding adventure park provides fun and adventures for the whole family. The attractions range from depictions and recorded narrations of well-known fairytales in the "Fairytale Wood" to countless attractions in the "Adventure Castle", on "Adventure Island" and the "Farm". Visitors are welcome to stroll right down to the Forest Walkabout, which includes a wildlife park and children's zoo. The Family Park is an ideal place for those in search of carefree family recreation or wishing to leave the stresses and strains of everyday life behind.

5. Burgenland viticulture

The region of Lake Fertő gets 2,000 hours, that is, over 300 days of sunshine every year. Not only hikers find these weather conditions favourable; they are also ideal for growing grapevine in the regions of Lake Fertő and Lake Fertő-Hügelland. In the wine region of Lake Fertő over 8,000 hectares are used for growing wine, and due to the different characteristics of the soil the range of grapevines that can be grown here is not limited. Wines with a great past can be found here, such as Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner), Green Veltelini as well as red wines such as St Lawrence, Zweigelt, Blue Frankish or Blauburger. People interested in viticulture should definitely not miss the chance to visit these regions.

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