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 café. 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)