History


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In the 11th century, a fortified medieval castle stood already in the place of today’s palace. In the times of the knights of Eckartsau, the castle was surrounded by moats.

In 1720, Franz Ferdinand Count Kinsky purchased the palace and the estate of Eckartsau and rebuilt the old moated castle into a baroque hunting palace.


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In 1760, the property was purchased by the Habsburgs. In 1897 and the subsequent years, the palace was rebuilt under Archduke Franz Ferdinand according to plans of the Imperial Building Councillor Franz Siedek. The moat was filled in and the palace garden was redesigned. Archduke Franz Ferdinand himself was actively involved in the planning process.


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The blueprints were made by the Director of the Imperial Gardens, Anton Umlauft. Emperor Charles I., the last reigning monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his family spent the winter of 1918/1919 in Eckartsau. The palace was his last place of abode in Austria before he had to make his journey into exile in 1919. During his stay there, he regularly took extensive walks through the palace garden and the riparian forest.

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