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 2015 exhibition “Vikings!” hosts the most comprehensive exhibition on Vikings ever shown in Austria. It discovers, that the famous Scandinavians did not actually call themselves Vikings. To go on a “viking” meant to embark on a long maritime journey, plundering crusade or trade excursion. Women and children also took part in these journeys. The image of the horned helmet was most likely invented in Wagner’s opera “The Ring of the Nibelungen”.
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)