Museums about the "Battle of Aspern 1809"

-) Museum Aspern 1809

The “Museum Aspern 1809” commemorates a part of the past that was recorded in the history of the world by presenting a documentation about the battle of Aspern. There, the Austrian army under the command of Archduke Karl defeated the French army commanded by Napoleon on May 21 and 22, 1809. The events of the two days in Aspern, the “site under the Aspen trees” is documented using discovered artifacts, weapons and uniforms.

Beginning with old weapons, uniforms and including a variety of engravings of the time, the show on display not only provides a historic overview of the events, but also shows the human elements of this victorious battle.
Every year a celebration is held in commemoration of the stone lion of Aspern (monument by A.D. Fernkorn).

The two communities Aspern and Essling were totally destroyed during this battle. The citizens were forced to flee from the French invaders and it was the first time that Emperor Napoleon had no choice but to withdraw his troops from the battlefield.
From this point on, Emperor Napoleon has lost his reputation as being unbeatable. The seed of the War of Liberation thus began at Aspern and came to a culmination during the battle of nations at Leipzig in 1813.

At the Battle of Aspern and Essling, the generalissimo Archduke Karl was in command. There is no doubt that he can be called the victor of this battle.
A total of 97,000 Austrian and 74,000 French soldiers were involved in the battle. There were losses of 20,000 men each on both sides, whereas 6,000 French and 4,000 Austrian soldiers lost their lives.


Museum of Aspern 1809:
Heldenplatz 9
Behind the parish church to Saint-Martin
1220 Vienna, Austria

Opening hours:

Every Sunday from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
From April 1 through October 31, free admission
Reservations for groups of 10 or more by calling: +43 (0) 676/953 53 33
Special tours upon request!

How to find us:

U1 to Kagran
Bus “26A” to Aspern/Heldenplatz

-) Esslinger Schüttkasten

In the Esslinger Schüttkasten, a branch of the “Museums Aspern 1809”, the visitor is presented with an impressive diorama of the battles, which includes a total of 8,546 figures on a space the size of 13 square meters. With a variety of different acoustic and optical effects, the battle of Essling and Aspern that took place on May 21 and 22, 1809 is portrayed in detail.


Esslinger Schüttkasten:
1221 Vienna, Austria

Opening hours:

Every Sunday from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
From April 1 through October 31, admission: free
Reservations for groups of 10 or more by calling: 0676/953 53 33
Special tours upon request!

How to find us:

Take the metro line U1 until “Kagran”
Then take the bus “26A“ to the station “Essling Schule”
Walk for about 5 minutes to “Simonsgasse

-) NAPOLEON Circular Walking Tour

1. The bridgehead

At the beginning of the 19th century the Danube had not been regulated yet. The Lobau area is a big island which divides the river Danube into two channels. Therefore, the French were able to use it as a natural bank.

2. Napoleons Head Quarters

At this point Napoleon set up his head quarters with numerous tents.

3. Napoleon Street

This memorial stone marks the end of the French military street, which was laid out through the Lobau area. Its course is still the same as it used to be at that time.

4. Cemetery of the French

This memorial stone marks the point where, according to historical tradition, 2000 to 3000 French soldiers had been buried in a huge mass grave.

5. Gun powder depot of the French

At this point there used to be a French gun powder depot in 1809. Here they stored their gun powder, which they used for the shooting during the battle of Aspern, afterwards.

6. Bridge crossing point of the French across the river

At this point, among others, the French army crossed the Gross-Enzersdorf channel 42 days after the bloody battle of Aspern on the 4th of July 1809.

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