A baroque gem to inspire the senses
Halbturn Palace, the most significant baroque building in Burgenland, was once used as a hunting lodge and summer residence by the imperial household. The palace in northern Burgenland with its magnificent Palace Park is considered one of the most valuable historical places of interest in the state.
The attractive cultural programme with numerous events, the premium Halbturn Palace vineyard and wine shop and the Palace Hotel and Knappenstöckl Restaurant draw thousands of visitors every year. In December the famous Pannonian Christmas Market enchants its visitors in the historical setting of the palace.
The palace was built in 1711 during the reign of Emperor Charles VI by Lucas von Hildebrandt, one of the most important Austrian figures in late baroque architecture. Through the emperor’s daughter, Maria Theresia, Halbturn Palace passed into the private ownership of the house of Habsburg-Lorraine. She acquired it from the Hungarian crown and gave it as a present to her favourite daughter, Archduchess Marie Christine, on the occasion of her marriage to Duke Albert-Casimir von Sachsen-Teschen, the founder of the Albertina in Vienna. Halbturn Palace then remained in the possession of this line of the house of Habsburg-Lorraine.
One of the palace’s distinctive gems is the ceiling fresco, “Allegory of Time and Light”, painted by Franz Anton Maulbertsch in 1765 as a wedding present for Archduchess Marie Christine.