Draßburg Castle

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Castle from the side, the garden begins on the right. (2012)

The Draßburg Castle is a castle in the district Untergut the community Draßburg in the Austrian Burgenland . It is one of the eleven objects that are on the list of listed objects in Draßburg .


The castle dates back to a Edelgut, the first documented mention was in 1546, when it is the Graner Archbishop to Count Thomas Nádasdy awarded. His family joined the estate and the property belonging to it to their rule Sárvár .

After the death of Thomas Nádasdy, the estate passed to his brother Christoph, who expanded the noble farm, and after his death to his son Thomas Nádasdys, Franz (II.) Nádasdy. In 1591, he pledged the sub-estate to Emmerich Megyery, the vice-clan of Ödenburg County, for 6,000 florins. In addition, Megyery received permission to build 500 florins new buildings. The Megyery family were pledges of the Draßburg castle and estate until 1663, when Sigismund II. Megyery returned the pledge to Franz (III.) Nádasdy.

Count Franz Nádasdy, a royal court judge, had the building expanded and converted into a palace in the 17th century. After his arrest and execution in 1671 for conspiracy against the Habsburg dynasty, all of his possessions - including the Draßburg Castle - were confiscated.

In 1672 the plant came to the Zichy family before Karl Graf Zichy sold it to the Meskó family in 1715. Eva Maria Meskó had the palace redesigned in the Baroque style around 1750 and a palace garden laid out. However, the Meskós could not enjoy their redesigned building for too long, because after a few trials they had to cede it to the Count Zichy again in 1795.

After Count Nikolaus Zichy died, his son Alexander sold the castle in Draßburg in 1870 to the Siegendorf sugar manufacturer Konrad Patzenhofer, who had it renovated in the style of the time. At the end of the Second World War, the building suffered from looting, which left its visible mark. It was not until the 1960s that all damage was repaired, so that the castle could then be run as a hotel for 20 years until 1987.

After the castle had been unused and uninhabited since 2001, a German businessman bought it in 2008 and had it and its outbuildings completely renovated according to old plans .


Draßburg Castle is a three-wing complex on a horseshoe-shaped floor plan with associated farm buildings. It is surrounded by a terrace-like, 10 hectare garden; partly in French , partly in English style . It was designed by André Le Nôtre , the garden architect of Versailles , and is one of the best-preserved parks of the 18th century in Austria. Twelve sandstone figures by Jakob Christoph Schletterer are placed in it, depicting nine muses and the gods Apollo , Diana and Athene .

The oldest part of the building is its middle wing, consisting of a three-storey, tower-like structure with a tent roof , which dates back to the Romanesque period. Its portal is decorated with a bust and an inscription tablet.

There are arcades on the courtyard sides of the two wings . The west wing also has facade decorations from the 19th century.

The baroque ornamental and landscape garden was laid out around 1750 and is well preserved despite later redesigns. The palace park is one of the most important garden architectural monuments in Austria and as such is explicitly under monument protection ( No. 2 in the appendix to Section 1, Paragraph 12 of the DMSG and in the list of monuments ).


Web links

Commons : Draßburg Castle  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. General topography of Burgenland . 3rd volume, 2nd part volume. Self-published by the Office of the Burgenland Provincial Government, Section XII / 2 (Provincial Archives and Provincial Library), Eisenstadt 1993, p. 120 .
  2. General topography of Burgenland . 3rd volume, 2nd part volume. Self-published by the Office of the Burgenland Provincial Government, Section XII / 2 (Provincial Archives and Provincial Library), Eisenstadt 1993, p. 120-121 .
  3. burgenland.orf.at , accessed on January 18, 2020.
  4. Noble hostel. Zimmer Rooms for tourists in Draßburg Castle. In: Burgenland People's Newspaper . Edition of January 14, 2014 ( online ).
  5. Georg Clam Martinic: Austrian Burgenlexikon. Castles and ruins, mansions, palaces and palaces. 1992, p. 13.
  6. ^ Gerhard Stenzel: From castle to castle in Austria. 1976, p. 169.
  7. The Draßburg Baroque Garden. "The castle and the garden are in the old French taste ..." on the website of the Austrian Federal Monuments Office ( Memento from May 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Eva Berger: Historical Gardens of Austria. Gardens and parks from the Renaissance to around 1930. Volume 1: Lower Austria, Burgenland. Böhlau, Vienna 2002, ISBN 978-320599305-6 , pp. 684-685 ( PDF ; 127.1 MB).

Coordinates: 47 ° 44 ′ 39 ″  N , 16 ° 29 ′ 24 ″  E