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Radetzky Memorial

About Radetzky

Field Marshal Josef Count Radetzky was born in Bohemia on 2nd November 1766 and served an incredible 72 years in the royal imperial army. Aside from Prince Eugene, Radetzky was the most popular general in Austria. He came from a Bohemian noble family. His father and grandfather before him were imperial officers. Radetzky married the Countess Strassoldi-Grafenberg and died on 5th January 1858 at the age of 92.

History

Josef Gottfried Pargfrieder, Lord of Castle Wetzdorf and friend of Generals Radetzky and Wimpffen, commissioned this huge memorial to be built in honour of the royal imperial army in 1848. It is well worth a visit. This pantheon was modelled on the Walhalla, which is situated in Donaustauf near Regensburg. The historic site of “Heldenberg”, which literally means “Heroes’ hill”, is a unique memorial from the first half of the 19th century. It was built in honour of the generals, officers and soldiers of the meritous royal and imperial army. The centre point is the important figure of Field Marshal Radetzky, whose last resting place was here.

Walking tour

The tour begins with a multimedia introduction to the times of Field Marshal Count Radetzky. Various exhibition pieces from the period complete this historical view.

The entire site consists of a wide reaching park, with a pillared house (a home for war veterans), several obelisks, two victory columns (around which statues and busts of the Knights of the Order of Maria-Theresia from the Italian and Hungarian campaigns are arranged), as well as several other statues and busts in the “Rulers’ Alley”, including a life-size statue of a young Franz Joseph I. A statue of Clio, the muse of history, stands in the centre of the site. In front of her there is an obelisk, under which there is the tomb. The tomb was consecrated in 1850, and in it lie the remains of Field Marshal Radetzky (1858), Baron Maximilian von Wimpffen (1854), Quartermaster General in the Battle of Aspern, and Pargfrieder himself (1863).

Austria stands behind you” – Scenes from the life of Field Marshal Radetzky

The new pewter-figure exhibition at the Radetzky Memorial provides a tour through the military career of Field Marshal Radetzky using three-dimensional pewter-figure dioramas. The pictures present experiences or events from his youth to his burial at Heldenberg.

Senior Lieutenant Radetzky had his first chance to shine! At the Slatina Bridge, Austrian Hussars and militia volunteers were arguing over a carriage full of brandy. Shots rang out, the columns became caught up in confusion; what began as retreat turned into flight. The Turks pursued them, and there could have been a catastrophe if the Turkish Sipahis had not been driven back by the rearguard, part of the Caremelli cuirassier regiment under Radetzky’s command.

Radetzky was tasked with securing Hiller’s retreat and facilitating the latter’s union with Archduke Carl. At Wels he managed to hold off his far superior enemy long enough that a division in danger of being cut off was able to rejoin. He received the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Maria-Theresia for these actions.

Radetzky in the staff of the three Emperors

Radetzky presides over a parade. The mustered battalion presents its weapons. Civilians observe the scene.
Radetzky and Hess (Quartermaster General) sign the armistice at Vignale.
Cortège with mustered soldiers in front of the building at Heldenberg

The Battle of Aspern

New! In the halls of Count Radetzky’s tomb, you can see one of the largest existing battle scenes with pewter figures, the “Battle of Aspern”. It took place in 1809, when the Austrian army of Archduke Carl, led by Quartermaster General Maximilian Baron von Wimpffen, fought Napoleon’s army. The depiction of the battle, which lasted over three days, is highly detailed and impressively put together, and the individual scenes in the 6.5m “viewing box” contain over 3,000 pewter figures in total. This is one of the many new features at the Heldenberg Memorial, an experience that will fascinate adults and children alike. For schools, this historical display can be employed as part of a more lively history lesson.

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Radetzky Memorial or Koller’s Vintage (single ticket)

Adults€ 7,00
Groups / Senior citizens/ People with disabilities/Youth/Austrian military recruits€ 6,00
Children up to 5 years of agefree of charge
Children up to 14 years of age / school groups€ 4,00
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)€ 15,00

Combine this highlight with another point of interest, or take advantage of our guided tours. Find more details on our website under admission charges.

  • April and October:
    Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 5pm
  • May – September:
    Tuesday to Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Monday ONLY open on public holiday

The tour starts with a multimedia introduction to the history of field marshal Josef Graf Radetzky, supplemented by assorted historic exhibits from this period. Dioramas show hundreds of tin soldier miniatures assembled to re-enact in detail the most historic battles – like the battle of Aspern against Napoleon’s army (1809). Another door leads away from the exhibits and takes you outdoors right into the park landscape of the memorial, expanding around a powerful obelisk. Underneath the obelisk lies the crypt of field marshals Josef Graf Radetzkys (†1858) and Maximilian Freiherr von Wimpffen (†1854) and also of the memorial’s architect, Josef Gottfried Pargfrieder († 1863).

Tour:

  • Tour of the exhibition of the Radetzky memorial with new exhibits and artefacts
  • Park landscape with busts and statues of famous field marshals, a pillared hall and an obelisk
  • Crypt of field marshals Radetzky and Wimpffen and the memorial’s architect J.G.Pargfrieder
  • Dioramas with tin soldiers enacting scenes from historic battles in the life and history of Radetzky

Group price € 6,00 per person

additional:

Tour of the exhibition of the Radetzky memorial including new exhibits and artefacts

Duration: approx. 45 min.
Group fare surcharge € 2,00 per person or tour with audio guide surcharge € 2,00 per person

Weitere Gruppenangebote

The exhibition and memorial of field marshal Radetzky takes you through a part of Austria’s history, right there amidst a beautifully arranged park landscape. The outdoors grounds of the establishment with its heroic busts, pillars and sculptures of the most famous field marshals add to the powerful atmosphere.

  • Dioramas with tin soldiers enacting scenes from historic battles in the life and history of Radetzky
  • Park landscape with busts and statues of famous field marshals, a pillared hall and an obelisk
  • Crypt of field marshals Radetzky and Wimpffen and the memorial’s architect J.G.Pargfrieder

Group price € 4,00 / Student


Supplementary offer

TOUR OF THE RADETZKY MEMORIAL
Duration approx. 45 min.
Surcharge € 2,00 / student

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Parking spaces

There are parking spaces for disabled persons right next to the entrance area. Our signs will show you the way.

For persons with special needs, there is a reduced admission price upon presentation of proof of eligibility. Accompanying persons are admitted free of charge if they are registered on the card or proof of eligibility.

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities are located near both cashiers.

Getting around within the excursion destination

From the handicapped Parking at the main cash desk, you can reach the cashier area via a ramp, where you can access the Classic Car Museum on the same level without any barriers.

The Cafe Heldenberg and the English Garden are accessible from this level via an elevator. The paths in the English Garden are nature trails and easily accessible except for the Schneckenberg.

The path to the Lipizzaner stables is difficult for people with limited mobility and wheelchairs. For this reason, we ask you to inform our staff. You can drive directly to the stables after consultation and our staff will pick you up there and accompany you to the meeting point for the tours.

The Radetzky Memorial is accessible except for the crypt. For the park, there is a barrier-free entrance. Please contact our staff. Access to the Neolithic village and Aigner’s Falkenhof consists exclusively of nature paths, which could present an obstacle for a visit. Visiting these two attractions is possible only with assistance, as the way leads up over a rising terrain.

Das Cafe Heldenberg und der Englische Garten sind von dieser Ebene aus über einen Lift erreichbar. Die Wege im Englischen Garten sind Naturwege und bis auf den Schneckenberg gut begehbar.

Der Fußweg zu den Lipizzaner Stallungen ist für Personen mit eingeschränkter Bewegung und mit Rollstuhl nur schwer begehbar. Aus diesem Grund bitten wir Sie, unserem Personal Bescheid zu geben. Sie können nach Rücksprache direkt zu den Stallungen zufahren, unser Personal holt Sie dort ab und begleitet Sie zu dem Treffpunkt der Führungen.

Die Radetzky Gedenkstätte ist bis auf die Gruft barrierefrei. Für die Parkanlage gibt es einen barrierefreien Eingang. Bitte wenden Sie sich an unsere Mitarbeiter. Der Zugang zum Neolithischen Dorf und zum Falkenhof Aigner besteht ausschließlich aus Naturwegen, die ein Hindernis für eine Besichtigung sein könnten. Der Besuch dieser beiden Attraktionen ist ausschließlich mit Assistenz möglich, da der Weg über ein ansteigendes Gelände führt.