As you might have already noticed, Viennaweekends is a big fan of the Lower Austria Card acquiring it this year for the 1st time ourselves. We find the price-performance ratio, namely 319 attractions for 54 Euro top and besides, the card shows you the way to the most interesting sights surrounding Vienna: castles, monasteries, cable cars, river cruises, museums, natural reserves and worlds of experiences.
Lower Austria’s 44 Top Destinations
We want to make it to our task to see as many attractions as possible until the end of March 2015. In any case, we want to visit the 44 top attractions during the upcoming weekends. Above all, we want to test the sights on multilingualism, child friendliness and accessibility by public transport. You will find our results in the column Outside Vienna.
The challenge has started!
Top LAC 16 – Artstetten Palace
The palace was taken over by Franz Ferdinand in 1889, who turned it into a summer and weekend residence which was used until the assassination in Sarajevo in 1914. The year 2014 sees the centenary commemoration of the tragic assassination. The murder of the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife the Duchess Sophie von Hohenberg, on 28th June 1914 set off a chain of events that rapidly led to the outbreak of the catastrophic First World War. The special exhibition 2014 in the Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand Museum is entitled “Regieren & Verlieren” ( To rule all & to lose all).
You can expect a wonderfully furnished museum, a chapel and a crypt as well as a small automobile museum and a palace cafe. It’s the right place for Habsburg fans and those interested in history, but it’s not a children’s destination as such. The park of the castle is considered to be one of the most important historical parks of Austria, highly worth of protection.
Suitable for Kids: 2/10 (small play area, puzzle book in German)
English availability: 4/5 (audio-guide and brochures in English)
Access by public transport: 4/5 (train to Poechlarn, bus + 3 min. walk)