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Hainburg an der Donau

Hainburg an der Donau is a town in the Bruck an der Leitha district, Lower Austria, Austria.


Hainburg is located on the right bank of the Danube river, 4 km southwest of Devín (Slovakia), 12 km west of the Slovak capital Bratislava and 43 km east of the Austrian capital Vienna. It is part of the Industrial Quarter Industrieviertel in Lower Austria.

45.87% of the land is forested, 54.13% is used for agriculture and urban areas.



  • The first settlers in the area were the Illyrians and the Celtic people, who lived on the Braunsberg hill. In the Roman era the area was under the influence of the nearby town of Carnuntum, the capital of the province of Pannonia Superior, where Marcus Aurelius once resided.
  • Emperor Henry III ordered a castle built here in 1050.
  • The town had 2 gates, 15 towers, and a 2.5 km wall in the 13th century.
  • The castle in 1108 belonged to the Babenbergers.
  • In the second half of the 12th century, the ransom received from Richard the Lionheart built the castle along with the Viennese gate around 1220 to 1225. The lower part wasn't built until 1267 to 1268 by Ottokar II of Bohemia.
  • On February 11, 1252, Ottokar II, later the King of Bohemia, married the last Babenberger Margaret of Austria.
  • In Battle of Dürnkrut in 1278 Ottokar II lost the castle to the Habsburgs.
  • In 1482 after a several months siege the castle was occupied by Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus and his Black Army.
  • In 1629, the castle belonged to the city.
  • On July 11, 1683, the Second Ottoman Campaign destroyed the city along with the castle.
  • In 1709, Count Löwenberg rebuilt the castle.
  • Here Joseph Haydn the composer came as a six-year-old child to learn the rudiments of music from his relative Josef Mathias Franck, and to sing as a choirboy from 1737–1740. There is a Haydn Fountain on the Hauptplatz in the town.
  • Hainburg gained a garrison in the 19th century.
  • Since the end of the First World War, Hainburg has been the easternmost town in Austria.
  • In 1984, protesters against plans to put a power station in the Hainburger Au of the Danube forced the government of Austria to withdraw.
The church in Hainburg
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