The estate farm’s function in the eighteenth century was to provide the princely household with food and luxuries, to care for the upkeep of the riding and domestic animals, and to perform maintenance services. Today the area covers many different sections, which make farming life in the Baroque age live again for the visitor.
History lives again, literally, on the estate farm, in the many animals enlivening the historical buildings.
The animals’ origins extend over different continents, but a key focus of the population is on representatives of ancient Austrian and rare domestic breeds. Different horse breeds frolic across the enclosures, besides sheep, goats, camels and feathered species.
Happily, the animal population is constantly growing, demonstrable every spring. The animals are not only a permanent part of the estate farm scene, but also play prominent roles in various festivities.
The so-called Bäckenhof got its name from the bakery – its oven is still preserved in the rooms of the permanent exhibition “Providing for a Palace”.
The exhibition focuses on life on a Baroque estate farm and presents different hands-on situations to convey a vivid impression of the to-do tasks and what life was like.
An important part of the section in the Bäckenhof is the Children’s Adventure World with Baroque theatre and workshops. Making things with natural materials or baking bread are among the key activities, also dressing up, dancing and writing with a quill.
There are numerous small kitchen gardens on the estate farm; they are theme-oriented and show off the enormous variety of plants.
Plants with special uses can be discovered in the herb garden. There are kitchen herbs, also plants used as dyes, fragrances or against a diversity of physical and mental ailments.
This regionally typical country garden grows domestic decorative plants, also vegetables such as cabbage and turnips.
Nasch-und Beerengarten – The “Relish” and Berry Garden
In the “Nasch-und Beerengarten” we find all those aromatic fruits that can be tasted when ripe. Please take your pick!
The “Allerleigarten” (Garden with everything) grows botanical rarities and exotic plants, besides ancient species of vegetables and fruit. Thematic beds show visitors the use of all kinds of different plants.
Concealed behind old brick walls is the Rose Garden, in which every year more than thirty different sorts breathe out their heady fragrances. And the rose “Prince Eugene of Savoy” is one of them.
Summer, Sand and Hammocks
Summer, Sand and Hammocks
The haven with sand, spray mist and hammocks promises relaxation and cooling off for the whole family.
With the motto “Summer, Sand and Hammocks”, Austria’s largest palace complex has come up with yet another “cool" idea: the newly set up chill-out zone with sand, spray mist and hammocks promises relaxation and cooling off for the whole family. The restaurant “Zum weissen Pfau” serves cooling drinks in this garden, where you can relax, slow down, and chill out.