Kreuzenstein Castle sits enthroned on a hill at 266 metres high in Leobendorf, not far from Vienna. The castle’s high location allows access to a panoramic view of the Korneuburg Basin, as well as of Greifenstein Castle, situated opposite. In the 13th century, Kreuzenstein Castle was owned by the Habsburgs.
During the Thirty Years’ War, the castle fell into Swedish hands. As a consequence, Kreuzenstein Castle was blown up, and arctic explorer Count Johann Nepomuk Wilczek had a show castle built in the same place.
The Armoury – A weapons collection
The castle’s armoury has one of the largest and most historically significant weapons collections in Austria. Its chamber is split into two rooms – the anteroom and the cannon room. Within their walls, you will find equipment for an army of almost one hundred men. On display are armour, weapons, shield, and other gear from various eras. The anteroom too features a weapons collection, consisting of smaller weapons used by peasants from the 16th century.
Visiting the castle
Opportunities to visit Kreuzenstein Castle come in the form of a standard tour, which lasts 45 to 60 minutes, and an X-Large tour, which can last for 2 to 2½ hours. Tour choice depends on the size of the group.
Tour duration: 40 to 60 minutes (depending on size of group)
Opening hours: Kreuzenstein Castle has seasonal opening hours. Guided tours take place from April 1st to November 1st and can be booked from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays, until 5:00 p.m.
360-degree view of the inner courtyard
How to reach the castle complex
Address: Burg Kreuzenstein 2, 2100 Leobendorf
Public transport: Train line S3 or bus from Wien Mitte to Leobendorf-Burg Kreuzenstein, travel time: 30 minutes, walking time from station to castle: 40 minutes