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Still existing sand dunes in Slovakia

Still existing sand dunes on the Slovakian side, © Rupert Pessl

The heyday and decline of a cultural landscape:


A chequered history

The Marchfeld has always been an exciting border region. There has been conflict since the Carolingian period. After 976, the area began to stabilise as more and more settlers developed land into dwellings, fields, and pastures. About 95 settlements had been built by the year 1300. Marchegg Palace was constructed in 1268. At that time, Marchegg was the largest planned town in the Archduchy of Austria.

But this development came at a high price. For example, deforestation and intensive agriculture had many adverse effects, such as drifting sand dunes. The country was ravaged by epidemics, wars, and the climate change.

Vast stretches of land were left barren and deserted. Later, attempts were made to curb population decline by inviting migrant workers, mainly from Croatia.

Learn more about the turbulent history and culture of the Marchfeld!

Exhibit: reliquary

Reliquary, © Stift Melk, Foto: Peter Böttcher

Buy tickets

Your ticket to the fascinating Marchfeld is just a click away! Choose a time slot for your visit to stroll at your leisure, marvel and experience the multitude of domestic and foreign exhibits of the “MARCHFELD Secrets” exhibition. Visit the show and uncover the stories behind the objects.

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Buy gift vouchers

Let’s face it: everyone likes to get presents, don’t they? Here, you can get yourself and your loved ones a voucher for the Lower Austria State Exhibition 2022. By the way: a voucher is also a good idea if you don’t want to miss out on the “MARCHFELD Secrets” exhibition but don’t want to commit to a particular day yet!

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Book a guided tour

On a guided tour through the exhibition, you will learn the stories behind the exhibits. Uncover secrets from archaeological finds and rediscover history. Your guide will take you on an exciting journey and reveal lots of fascinating background information along the way.

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