12th. April – 10th. November 2019, TUE to SUN/Public Holidays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This year’s exhibition at Schloss Halbturn is dedicated to a more than two millennia-old phenomenon that could not be more relevant today, the Silk Road.

The over 12400 km long network of trade routes began in Changan, China’s former capital, now Xi’an, and connected East Asia with the Mediterranean region via Central Asia. Under the control of ShiHuang Di came the unification of the empire and the establishment of a centralist administration. Additionally the unification of the script as well as the measure and coin system promoted the spread of the empire and the expansion of the most important trade route of ancient times and the Middle Ages. But not only goods, but also scholars and armies, religions and cultures, knowledge and inventions interchanged from East to West and vice versa.

The Silk Road did not get its name until the 19th century, but the highly coveted and barely payable material was one of the most successful commodities in Asia since the beginning of silk production in 2500 bC. Not only silk, but countless other luxury and utility items such as bronze vessels, porcelain, medicines and spices, glass and inventions such as fireworks, gunpowder and compass, paper, paper money and the block printing with many other things found their way into society on the Silk Road. The success story of the Silk Road can rightly be regarded as the first step towards globalization.

The revival of the Silk Road in the 21st century

This is where China ties in with the most significant economic project of the 21st century, called “New Silk Road” or “One Road, One Belt”. The development of a new economic area from China to Central Europe will fundamentally change the prevailing infrastructure and make China a world power. The Federal Ministry has secured Austria’s role as a “first mover” and potential traffic hub in the largest economic project of all time through the agreement concluded with China.

With a unique concept and its implementation, curator Prof. Dr. Schuster and the Rahimy family, experts in this field, make an impressive link between past and future, taking the visitor on a journey through the centuries. Precious exhibits, true to original installations, photos, maps and plans bring the peoples and cultures of the Silk Road to 1000m2 to new life. From this perspective, the current development of the “New Silk Road” gains particular importance and leads to a deeper understanding of the economic and political world events. Valuable support is provided by the cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of China in Austria.


regular Entry€ 9,00
Reduced (Pensioners, College Students)€ 7,00
Students (from age 15)€ 6,00
Groups (from 15 Persons)€ 7,00
Schoolclasses incl. guided Tour€ 6,00
Family Card€ 19,00
Guided Tours from 15 Pers. ( only by appointment ) € 2,00
Audioguide€ 2,00


FREE admission to the exhibition with BURGENLAND-CARD

FREE admission to the exhibition with NEUSIEDLERSEE-CARD

FREE admission to the exhibition with NIEDERÖSTERREICH-CARD

10% Reduction for Ö1-Clubmembers

Requests for guided tours:

Duration: approx. 60 minutes

Meeting Point: Foyer in the entrance area of ​​the castle

Price: € 2,00 p.P. from 15 persons, smaller groups charge a flat rate of € 30,00

Method of Payment: Guide fees are payable only in cash and on the spot.

Cancelation and Appointment Changes:
Booked tours can be canceled free of charge up to 3 working days before the appointment. If the cancellation is not timely, 75% of the guide costs will be charged. On the day of the booked tour, a postponement is no longer possible. In case of delay, please call us (+43 2172 8577).

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