The core of Schallaburg castle, situated in Lower Austria just 5km from Melk, dates from the mediaeval period, but its distinctive architecture dates from 1572. Heavily influenced by the Italian Renaissance, its interior court houses a splendid gallery, and its archways are decorated with an ornate terracotta mosaic, a unique architectural characteristic of the castle. Schallaburg is today well-known for its cultural, historical and archaeological exhibitions. Napoleon, Feldherr, Kaiser und Genie, organised by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, will put on display nearly 400 items and objects which retrace the life of the Emperor, from his childhood to death. His greatest triumphs and the most important events of his life are discussed, as well as a particular focus on his relationship with Austria.
The Fondation Napoléon has loaned almost one hundred items from its collection for the exhibition. Other institutions involved include KHM and the Hermitage Museum as well as other large public and private collections.
A special kids' section has also been designed. Youngsters can discover the Napoleonic period through some specially built "experience stations". Here you can play at being Napoleon not only as emperor but also in his private life. And there's also a clue trail which takes you through the fascinating exhibition and the different stages in Napoleon's life. One particular highlight is the life-size reconstruction of a Napoleonic bivouac with exhibition of Napoleonic military equipment. And every Sunday and on public holidays, special staff will be on hand to recount the history of the time. This is not just for youngsters but also those young at heart!
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Reduced rate: 8.00
Groups of 20: 8.00
Guided tours: 2.50
without guided tour: 3.00
with guided tour: 5.50
3382 Schallaburg - Austria
How to get there
Highway A1, exit Melk or Loosdorf - parking sites for cars and coaches available.
By public transport:
ÖBB train station Melk: starting from the train station transfer to Schallaburg Castle with shuttle service.
During the exhibition a visitor shuttle service is available, running from Melk train station to Schallaburg Castle.
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