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Halbturn Palace in 360°
Built for Emperor Charles VI. in 1711 by Lukas von Hildebrandt, Halbturn palace became a summer and sporting residence of the Austrian Emperor and his household. Visitors can now stroll around the large park, participate in tasting of exquisite bottles from the winery or enjoy local cuisine in the restaurant. A wing of the palace has been converted into a hotel where romantic, comfortably-modern furnished rooms and junior suites invite the guests to stay.
1. What to see
Maria Theresia acquired Halbturn in 1765 and gave it to her favorite daughter, Archduchess Marie Christine as a wedding present when she married Duke Albert Casimir von Sachsen-Teschen. To mark the occasion, the famous baroque artist Franz Anton Maulbertsch was commissioned to paint the ceiling fresco, "Triumph of Light" in the central hall. Although the entire palace was burnt down in 1949, its central hall with the fresco has been restored to its former glory. Rest of the building was rebuilt in contemporary style and houses temporary exhibitions
3. How to get there
The actual route to be taken depends on your location. If travelling from Sopron, Hungary then follow road 84 and 85 to Fertőszentmiklós, drive to the border to Austria and follow road 51 via Frauenkirchen. If staying in Eisenstadt, Austria simply follow road 50 around Neusiedler Lake.
4. Where to stay
If looking for cheap accomodation to excplore monuments of Burgenland, an option can be to select a hotel in the neaby city of Sopron, Hungary. If staying in Austria, it is recommended to stay in Eisenstadt, the regional center of Burgenland.