Green Pleasure House

This airy and magical-seeming treillage pavilion from around 1760 was a favourite place of Empress Maria Theresia, who often played cards there.

Grünes LusthausThe goddess of hunting reminds us that Laxenburg was originally a hunting ground with pheasants, deer and herons. The rococo pavilion stands at the centre of a hunting star, which was lent great aesthetic value here as a form of garden ornament.

The Green Pleasure House (as this temple to Diana is now called) is located at the geometric centre of the so-called forest star, one of the oldest parts of the castle gardens. 8 lines of vision run from this pleasure house into the castle gardens, with the most important line also offering a view of the Concordia Temple in the southern part of the castle gardens. This landscaping dates from the period of Empress Maria Theresia and corresponds fully to the idea of the baroque garden. Despite the landscaping of the castle gardens under the Emperor Franz II/I, this probably unique design has been left to us as an important testimony to the garden art of previous centuries.

Grünes LusthausFrom a seated position in the middle of the Green Pleasure House (which until the period between the world wars was a magnificent round bench!) there are good views in all directions, because the lines of vision reached far beyond the forest star, the adjacent avenue star and the English park with the Concordia Temple, into the open countryside. The view of Mödling church was also very much appreciated. Today, these lines of vision provide magnificent views into the castle gardens and precisely this unique environment makes the Green Pleasure House a popular meeting point.