May 19th – November 14th, 2021, Tue to Sun/public holidays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(subject to change)

In 2021, the baroque jewel Schloss Halbturn invites visitors with this year’s exhibition into the world of physical delights. The colorful range of themes of the elaborately staged show tells of the occasions and invitations of gourmets and gourmets of antiquity to the dress code, of the most diverse occasions and invitations to celebrate and enjoy, of the festive customs as well as the change in table and table culture in the course of the Centuries. Thanks to the opulently staged tables and tables, which take us to monasteries and castles, as well as to noble restaurants, inns and simple farmhouse parlors, the most varied of time windows open up impressively and powerfully.

The power games at the table and the toil in the kitchen, enjoying the outdoors – whether at a picnic or hunting – or traveling by ship, in the dining car or the business class of an airplane – are all focused on. Just take a seat with your companion on an original AUA aircraft chair and let yourself be inspired by the delicacies of the top Austrian gastronomy menus served high above the clouds.

As a particular highlight, the journey through time to an English picnic from the 1930s should be highlighted, in the center of which is a real classic car – a Riley Nine Brooklands from 1932/33. This staging surrounds paintings and original graphics from the hand of none other than Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso, Max Liebermann or Franz von Pausinger. With the original and touching works of the Eisenstadt native and Hundertwasser student Klaus Ludwig Kerstinger, the contemporary art of Burgenland is also prominently represented.

Many historical personalities have their say, telling pointed and funny stories about their culinary preferences as well as about the festivals of their time. Special attention is also paid to the epicurean preferences of the Habsburgs and the dining culture at court. The fact that Emperor Karl VI. Digged his own grave with sautéed (poisonous) mushrooms here in Halbturn Castle in autumn 1740 had far-reaching consequences: Since his death led to the War of the Austrian Succession, Voltaire said of the Emperor’s last meal: “Ce plat de champignons a changé la destinée de l’Europe. ” (= This mushroom dish has changed the fate of Europe “). The chapter on the diet with fatal consequences, in which the quirks and fears of poisoning of dictators and tyrants on the table, is also exciting.

A lot of space is also dedicated to the Austrian imperial family, the court kitchen and the joys of the crowned heads. Precious imperial liveries of court servants, menu cards, paintings and busts take you into the world of yesterday. No less interesting are the insights into the customs at state banquets and official events. After the signing of the Austrian State Treaty in May 1955, a large state banquet was held in Schönbrunn Palace. In this imperial framework, the banquet took place on June 3, 1961 on the occasion of the meeting between US President John F. Kennedys and Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev. The menu sequence of the banquet, which Federal President Schärf put together himself, is surprising: the menu sequence, which is surrounded by a lot of silverware, also includes filled peppers, which, according to internal reports, met with just as little approval as the rest of the dishes. The exhibition concludes a culinary homage to Burgenland on the occasion of its 100th birthday, as there are enough reasons to devote yourself entirely to the pleasures of the table and cellar.

We are particularly grateful to the generous museums, monasteries, galleries, art dealerships and private lenders that they agreed to a loan despite the uncertain planning framework. Shiny silverware, precious paintings, graphics and sculptures, historical documents and imperial outfits as well as unique archaelogical artefacts were controlled by the Wels City Museum, the Schlägl Premonstratensian Monastery, the Steyr City Museum, the Gmundner Galerie 422, the Clam Castle Museum and the Wiener Silber Manufactur , the Widder art dealer in Vienna, the contemporary artists Klaus Ludwig Kerstinger, Götz Bury, Wilma Wechner and Marta Stamenov. The main pillars of the show include private lenders such as the Mag.Ilming, Viktor Kabelka collections and the Punkenhof 11 collection.

This comprehensive exhibition was curated by Dr. Hannes Etzlstorfer, who has devoted himself to this topic in numerous publications as well as exhibitions at home and abroad (including in the State Hall of the Austrian National Library in Vienna, in the Schlägl and Schlierbach Abbey, the Klagenfurt City Gallery or in the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua The design was in the hands of Mag. Checo Sterneck, one of the most distinguished and sensitive exhibition designers in the country. As an all-rounder, he seeks to do justice to every topic artistically and always finds amazing solutions. Numerous legendary exhibitions of the past – such as the Sisi exhibition in the Hermesvilla in Vienna – bear his unmistakable signature.


regular Entry€ 9,00
Reduced (Pensioners, College Students)€ 7,00
Students (from age 15)€ 6,00
Groups (from 15 Persons)€ 7,00
Family Card€ 19,00
Guided tour by appointment€ 2,50


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: € 2,50 p.P. from 15 persons, smaller groups charge a flat rate of € 40,00

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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