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Grafenegg Castle, Lower Austria


The impressive Grafenegg Castle is situated just north of the Danube, a short drive from the town of Krems. I first heard of it when I watched the annual New Year's concert of the Vienna Philharmonic a few years ago. The concert is televised across Europe—yes, even in the UK (although it is probably only a matter of time before some of the arch-Brexiters will demand that the BBC should not spend money on such blatantly un-British fare).

Always incorporated into the live broadcast are some pre-recorded scenes from various locations in Austria, indirectly advertising what the country has to offer. I don't mind that—in fact, I look forward to  seeing potentially interesting places we have not been to. 

Grafenegg is a prime example of one of these. We have been there twice now. The photos are from our last visit.


The castle's history dates back to the 15th century. As you would expect, successive owners made alterations and added to the buildings. In the 19th century its exterior appearance was completely changed, but the old nucleus was more or less kept intact. On its website,  Grafenegg describes itself as 'the most important castle complex of Romantic historicism in Austria.'


The grounds are extensive and a walk takes you past a number of immaculately restored/converted outbuildings, including a riding school.


The photo below shows the rear entrance to the castle grounds. There are several holiday cottages in this area, which you can rent through a link on the Grafenegg website.


The inscription on this fountain refers to the year 1887 - when restoration work on the castle's south and east wings began. I presume it was erected to mark that event.


Grafenegg is known for hosting exhibitions and various other cultural events. The most famous of these is the 'Grafenegg Festival', a classical music festival that is held here annually at the end of the summer. It was actually taking place when we were there - hence all the flags.


If you are in need of sustenance, there is a café/restaurant (complete with stereotypically arrogant Austrian waiters) by the main entrance gate.


Parking and entrance to the grounds are free, but there are charges for tours of the castle’s interior.


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