Wilfersdorf Castle

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Wilfersdorf Castle
Liechtenstein Castle 23773 in A-2193 Wilfersdorf.jpg
Creation time : around 1600
Conservation status: Received or received substantial parts
Place: Wilfersdorf (Lower Austria)
Geographical location 48 ° 35 '7 "  N , 16 ° 38' 44"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 35 '7 "  N , 16 ° 38' 44"  E
Height: 183  m above sea level A.
Wilfersdorf Castle (Lower Austria)
Wilfersdorf Castle
Inscription above the portal

The listed Liechtenstein Castle Wilfersdorf is located in the Lower Austrian Weinviertel in the municipality of Wilfersdorf . It has been continuously owned by the Liechtenstein family since 1436 and is still used today for the administration of the princely estates in Lower Austria , including the well-known princely court winery.


Wilfersdorf Castle approx. 1670. Colored copper engraving by Georg Matthäus Vischer
Model of Wilfersdorf Castle around 1800

An aristocratic seat was first mentioned in Wilfersdorf in 1360. In 1436 the Liechtenstein family acquired the Gothic Wilfersdorf Castle from the Lords of Maissau . Around 1600 Gundaker von Liechtenstein had the Gothic castle converted into a four-wing moated castle with bastions, moat and forecourt.

From 1713 to 1721 the palace was rebuilt into a baroque four-wing complex under Prince Anton Florian by the architect Anton Ospel . After the prince's death, the renovation plans were not pursued any further. In 1802, Prince Alois von Liechtenstein had the north, south and east wings demolished due to disrepair, so that today only the west wing and the side wings are preserved. In 1809 the building was devastated by the French. In 1866 a Prussian field hospital was housed in it.

Towards the end of the Second World War , the castle suffered severe damage, but this was repaired in the following years. In 2001 and 2002 the existing buildings were restored and revitalized. Since the furniture was also moved when the Liechtenstein residents moved out of the castle, today's exhibitions are mainly dedicated to family tables of the Liechtenstein residents.


The main building was leased for many years by the community of Wilfersdorf and is now used as a regional culture and exhibition center. The multifunctional ballroom on the ground floor enables seminars, presentations and small congresses to be held. Extensive documentation on the history of the House of Liechtenstein is shown on the upper floor. A cozy castle cellar is housed in the basement. The Wilfersdorfer Heimatmuseum has found a place in one of the outbuildings. In summer, events such as operetta performances are held on the square in front of the castle, but these are not part of the Lower Austria Theater Festival .


The palace is a simply structured baroque residential palace , the west wing of which together with the service areas form a courtyard-like forecourt. In the main axis of the west facade is a courtyard in front of the palace, formed by ancillary buildings and a fence with a central pillar portal . In front of it is the driveway that crosses the former moat on a bridge. The forecourt to the north and south of the main facade is delimited by two single-storey eaves farm buildings with mansard hipped roofs and, on the west side, two-storey gable fronts with large double bar structure and two transverse single-storey eaves additions with pilaster-structured entrance axes.

The simple two-storey west facade of the castle rises above a high base. The three-axis central projection is structured by double pilasters and frames and includes the rectangular portal with the building inscription 1608, above which a balcony with a wrought iron grille is arranged. The risalit is completed by a wide, curved and blown gable with a clock and above it the coat of arms of the Liechtenstein family; to the side are the allegorical figures "Glory" and "Bravery". - The interiors have been largely rebuilt. The rooms on the ground floor have lancet barrel vaults.

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