I have recently discovered a fabulous summer event here in Austria. If you know anyone traveling here, for example for the Salzburger Festspiele, let them know about the Baroque Costume Celebration in the Imperial Festival Palace Hof just 60 km east of Vienna on the border to Slovakia.

This is Austria’s largest rural palace complex and it has recently been restored to its former splendor and intended purpose as a venue for magnificent celebrations. The Imperial Festival Palace Hof is a magnificent Baroque ensemble with an exquisite palace, terraced garden and idyllic manor farm. You can explore the world of Prince Eugene and Empress Maria Theresa through a Baroque Costume Celebration on August 13th, 2011. Stunning costumes for the entire family are provided for rent. The programme starts at 6 PM with a musical welcome in the Palace’s Court of Honour. Music, dance performances, acrobatic stunts, equestrian art and carriage rides are offered well into the night. At dusk 6,000 candles are lit in the formal garden where you will enjoy culinary treats, including freshly baked bread from the wood stove, selected game dishes, and tempting desserts. Refreshing beverages and the region’s famous white wine, Grüner Veltliner from the Weinviertel appellation are offered from the Fountain Grotto. The evening culminates with spectacular fireworks.

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