Liechtenstein Schloss Wilfersdorf
In Liechtenstein Castle Wilfersdorf, follow in the “Footsteps of the Liechtensteiners in South Moravia and in Lower Austria”.
Wilfersdorf can be described as the ancestral castle of the Liechtenstein family. Prince Gundaker (1580-1658), who lived with his family in Wilfersdorf Castle and died here in 1658, is the founder of the family line, which is now based in the Principality of Liechtenstein. The State coat of arms of the Principality of Liechtenstein is Prince Gundaker’s coat of arms. Gundaker’s son, Prince Hartmann (1613 – 1686), and his wife Elisabeth Sidonia (1623 – 1688), ensured the family’s existence by being parents to 24 children, most of whom were born in Wilfersdorf.
The heart of Liechtenstein Castle Wilfersdorf is the permanent exhibition about the history of the Princely Liechtenstein Family and its development in the home region, the region of the Lower Austrian Weinviertel (Wine region). In particular, it shows the close connections with the former estates of the Princely Family, especially in South Moravia (today’s Czech Republic).
With a free audio guide (for rent at the castle or as an app on your mobile phone), the guest receives information about the history of the region and the Liechtenstein Family in German, English and Czech. For download to mobile phones: Download the FREE “Hearonymus App” on the App Store, search by keyword “Gundaker” and download Guide.
The local museum, located in a side wing of the castle, as well as temporary exhibitions complement the offers of the museum of Liechtenstein Castle Wilfersdorf.
- Wilfersdorf can be called the “Ancestral Castle” of the Liechtenstein Family.
- Prince Gundaker, who used to live in Wilfersdorf Castle with his family, was the founder of the family lineage that has its seat in the Principality of Liechtenstein nowadays. The State coat of arms of the Principality of Liechtenstein is Prince Gundaker’s coat of arms.
- Gundaker’s son, Prince Hartmann, and his wife Elisabeth Sidonia ensured the family’s existence by being parents to 24 children, most of whom were born in Wilfersdorf.
- The family crypt in Wilfersdorf Church is the final resting place of Prince Gundaker and his first wife Agnes, as well as Prince Hartmann and his wife Elisabeth Sidonia.
- Liechtenstein Castle Wilfersdorf is a member of the association: “Die Österreichische Bern-steinstrasse“ (The Austrian Amber Street).
- Betty Bernstein’s Children’s Programme: “Fit for the Prince”. Here, in a playful way, the children are trained and prepared for their visit to the Prince in his royal house. A photo will be sent to every child as a souvenir.
- Children’s Birthday Parties in the Castle: Knight Adventure Programme and a Skills Programme can be chosen individually. Children can paint their own coat or arms, can dress up, dance and much more. A birthday cake is included, as well as juice, sweets and games. The highlight of the party is a treasure hunt in the cellar vault.
- The Local History Museum presents local and regional history from the Cenozoic Era up until the present day.
- Guests can select from numerous offers and packages in connection with: “Fürstlichen Gemeinde Wilfersdorf” (Princely Municipality Wilfersdorf).
- Betty Bernstein’s Children’s Tours and Birthday Parties
- Castle “Heuriger” (Traditional Austrian Speciality)
- Castle Wine Bar
- Tasting Corner in Prince Liechtenstein’s Wine Cellars
- Event Hall (to rent for seminars, weddings, family celebrations etc.
- Children’s Playground
- Caravan Site
- Starting Point of cross-border cycling and hiking paths (“Liechtenstein Cycling Route”, Hiking Path “Fürstenweg” – Princely Path)
- Offers and packages in connection with: “Fürstlichen Gemeinde Wilfersdorf” (Princely Municipality Wilfersdorf)
15. May – 1 November
Tuesday – Sunday & public holidays
10:00 – 16:00
Outside opening hours – Must book in advance!
Castle “Heuriger” (Traditional Austrian Speciality) & the Castle Vintner’s Wine Bar
June – October
Fridays & Saturdays: from 16:00
Sundays & public holidays: 15:00
Duration: approx. 90 minutes. Must book in advance!
(max 9 people)
Senior, Group (per person): €5.00
Student/Austrian National Service Personnel: €2.50
Tour Ticket (per group): €15.00
Child & Youth (U16): FREE