Settled by multiple cultures since about 800 BC, Eisenstadt most shows the influence of the Esterházy family, who worked extensive reconstructions upon the city. Heavily bombarded in WWII, the city passed to the Soviets until 1955. Tourist-wise, it has a number of important castles, places of worship, and museums. In the historic old town, there’s a nice pedestrian area full of cafes, boutiques and shops. Drinking taverns can be found at the St. Georgen and Kleinhöflein districts. As for the land surrounding Eisenstadt itself, it’s some of the best wine-growing land in the country.