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Schloss Hof Barockterrasse
The Location

History

The grounds of Schloss Hof extend across fifty hectares in eastern Lower Austria. The resplendent ensemble consisting of a two-storey palace, the gardens and the estate farm is of outstanding significance in the history of art and culture.

Prince Eugene’s hunting paradise
In 1725, the 62-year-old military commander Prince Eugene of Savoy purchased a one-storey Renaissance citadel with rectangular ground plan and commissioned Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt to remodel it into a prestigious hunting manor.

History at a glance



1725/1726

Prince Eugene purchases the manorial estate on the March and has Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt remodel the castle situated there into a prestigious country seat. A year later he enlarges his properties by purchasing Schloss Niederweiden.



1736

Prince Eugene dies, his niece Anna Victoria inherits both properties and later gives them to her spouse Prince Joseph Friedrich of Saxony-Hildburghausen.



Abschlussfeierlichkeiten Schloss Hof 175, Gouache auf Pergament (c) Land Niederösterreich, Landessammlungen Niederösterreich

1754

One of the grandest Baroque feasts is celebrated in Schloss Hof and Niederweiden in order to motivate the guests of honour Emperor Francis I Stephan of Lorraine and Maria Theresa to purchase the properties.



1755

Maria Theresa buys both chateaux.



1765

Schloss Niederweiden is remodelled by the imperial and royal chief architect to the court Nikolaus von Pacassi.



Abbildung: Ferdinand Runk / Johann Ziegler - Zweyte Ansicht des K.K. Lustschlosses Schlosshof, um 1795 © NÖ Landesbibliothek

1773 - 1775

Schloss Hof is raised a storey. The rooms on the first floor are remodelled. Chief architect is Franz Anton Hillebrandt.



1898

Emperor Franz Joseph I transfers the two chateaux to the military administration as future imperial and royal teaching institution for riding and driving. The objects of artistic and historical cultural interest are transported to Vienna.



Plakat zur Ausstellung (c) Land Niederösterreich, Landessammlungen Niederösterreich, Foto/Grafik: Christoph Fuchs/Peter Böttcher.

1986

On the occasion of the Federal Land exhibition “Prinz Eugene and Baroque Austria”, both chateaux are comprehensively restored.



2002

The Marchfeldschlösser Revitalisierungs-und Betriebsges.m.b.H is founded in order to rescue the cultural heritage sites from dereliction.



2015

The Marchfeldschlösser Revitalisierungs-und Betriebsges.m.b.H is integrated into the Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur-und Betriebsgesellschaft.t.


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