May 1st – November 14th, 2021, Tue to Sun/public holidays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(subject to change)

Everything tastes good to a happy person (Book Sirach 30, 27). Or is it the tasty food that transforms us into happier people? This exhibition at Halbturn Castle is dedicated to a human phenomenon or a special art – that of (real) enjoyment. The first thing you lose with a weight loss diet is your good mood (Gert Fröbe) – with this experience St. Benedict expressed his distress when he wanted to curb the monks’ feasts. And centuries later, the legendary mother of the country, Maria Theresa, succumbs to the temptations of sumptuous dining pleasures, which even the strictest corset can no longer conceal. There is hardly a place where this topic would be better off than in this former hunting lodge of the Habsburgs: Halbturn is with the chief hunting lord, Emperor Charles VI. and his daughter Maria Theresia are just as connected to the gourmet as the lady of the castle Marietheres Waldbott-Bassenheim with her legendary cookbooks. Iridescent historical personalities have their say and tell of their culinary preferences as well as of the festivals of their time. The splendor of the table of the different epochs, the art of enjoyment, the interplay of the arts in the service of the total work of art “Festmahl”, as well as the main features of the culinary art over the centuries are prepared bite-sized.

The varied show spans a wide range of cultural and historical events – from the Roman cookbook author Apicius, who killed himself after he could no longer afford culinary luxury, to Georg Friedrich Handel, who was completely obsessed with delicious ice cream, to Marilyn Monroe’s preference for filled mushrooms and spiced Meatballs. It should also be their last meal … And the fact that Vladimir Putin once ordered not caviar but “Waldviertler Saumeisen” during his incognito visit to Göstling (Lower Austria) can also be interpreted as a reference to the home-style cooking that Josef Haydn did greatly appreciate.

The pleasure trip leads from antiquity and its opulent banquets for monastery kitchen of the Middle Ages. Bernhard von Clairvaux already had a hard time with his monks in the High Middle Ages, who succumbed to culinary curiosity: “And even if the stomach shows by repeated burping that it is full, the curiosity still remains unsatisfied.” However, indulgence is not limited to culinary delights, but has also been a feast for the eyes and stimulus for all the senses since ancient times. The exhibition sees itself as a dazzling and entertaining history of culture and mentality, which provides surprising insights into famous and notorious personalities, offers culinary suggestions and also wants to whet your appetite.


regular Entry€ 9,00
Reduced (Pensioners, College Students)€ 7,00
Students (from age 15)Free admission
Groups (from 15 Persons)€ 7,00
Schoolclasses incl. guided TourFree admission
Family Card€ 15,00
Guided tour by appointment€ 2,50
Audioguide€ 2,50


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: € 2,50 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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