We don’t have castles in Australia so I was really excited to see a real castle when I went to Europe. After seeing a photo of Kreuzenstien Castle while researching day trips from Vienna I knew I had to see it in person – it did not disappoint!
Like straight out of a fairytale… moat and all!
Unfortunately photos weren’t allowed inside the actual castle… however how cute is the courtyard?!
I think I liked this castle so much because everything inside was setup with the original furnishings and close to how it apparently looked back when it was lived in. Plus you got to go downstairs to the kitchens, see the armour rooms, bedroom etc.
How to get there
I don’t speak any German so I was rather nervous about getting the train. Sunday also wasn’t the best idea as no one was manning the ticket booths at the train station. After not being able to figure out how to get the instructions on the ticket machine to appear in English and all the stations looking like the same word (German words are way too long!) I eventually figured out how to buy a ticket… half an hour later.
- Walk to Centre Wein Mitte station
- 25min train to Wien Floridsdorf Train Station
- 20 – 30 minutes to Leobendorf-Burg Kreuzenstein Station
- 40 minute walk to the castle
The castle’s website also has directions.
The 40 minute walk to the castle passes quickly… through a town with lots of cute houses
Up a hill where you’ll get a great view of the castle (and a great workout)
Past this view
Tree lined road (which would be quite creepy if you were there on dark… maybe don’t take the last tour of the day if you’re walking to / from the train station)
And then you’re at the castle!
Tips for visiting Kreuzenstien Castle
- Make sure you allow enough time to figure out how to buy a train ticket. Tours run on the hour only so I wasted 40 minutes waiting for the next tour.
- Unless you’re on an organized group tour the tour guide does the whole thing in German. The girl that did the tour I was on was really nice and did a quick translation into English at the end of the tour of each room
- I visited in April (i.e. not peak tourist season) which was a good time to visit as not too crowded
- I had to pay in cash so make sure you have some on you just in case
- The lighting was better for photos when I finished the tour around 12pm
- If you don’t speak German and are nervous about the language barrier, don’t take the train early on a Sunday as there was no one manning the ticket booths
As of 2018 the entry fee was 10 Euro and the castle was open 10am to 4pm.
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