Due to the big family festival on the Schallaburg the Renaissance castle will transform into a family castle and the historic gardens, with about 6,500 square feet of space, will become a giant playground. Young visitors can expect a varied program with lots of play and creative stations, archery and kids police.
Date: 23 & 24 August 2014/ 9 am – 6 pm
The Schallaburg is a splendid Renaissance palace near Melk, with an arcaded courtyard, terracotta decorations and an exhibition center. Schallaburg Castle was built 900 years ago as a defensive stronghold, and redesigned as a magnificent princely seat at the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Today, Schallaburg Renaissance Castle is one of Austria’s most attractive destinations for culture, nature and pleasure travelers.
The current exhibition “Glory & Gloom” runs until 9 November 2014. A hundred years after the outbreak of World War I the exhibition focuses on individual stories, spotlighting the consequences and effects of the war for the population. Paintings by Egon Schiele or Oskar Kokoschka show how artists experienced the War. The 2015 exhibition “Vikings!” will open on 28 March 2015, hosting the most comprehensive exhibition on Vikings ever shown in Austria.
A special jewel of the Schallaburg is the magnificent historic garden. Discover its secrets or simply enjoy the peace and quiet. The garden is enchanting with its historic species of rose, ornamental trees and herbs, as well as the two orchards typical of the Renaissance period. Labels on the plants make a walk through the extensive garden a botanical voyage of discovery.
Suitable for Kids: 5/10 (playground, guided tours for families)
English availability: 4.5/5 (English newsletter and brochure, exhibition description partly in English, English tours are available on request)
Access by public transport: 4/5 (train to Melk + shuttle bus)