Schloss Eckartsau castle: the imperial hunting lodge of historic calibre
Nestled in the Danube-Auen National Park east of Vienna lies Eckartsau, the imperial hunting lodge whose history is linked to the House of Habsburg.
Imperial hunting lodge
Inspired by the rich game stocks in the hunting grounds around Eckartsau, Francis Stephan of Lorraine, husband of Maria Theresa, acquired the entire area in the 18th century. The magnificent baroque castle was the scene of many festive dinners and balls.
After Maria Theresa’s death, the castle remained in the possession of the Habsburgs, but lay empty for a generation and was exposed to decay by floods.