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Vocational school Pinkafeld
Home of the school is the old Castle of Batthyany which was built around 1658 near the centre of Pinkafeld. It is said that Earl Adam of Batthyany, descendant of an old Hungarian aristocracy, had the building erected for his wife as a dowager’s estate. In the 19thcentury the castle accommodated numerous intellectuals, poets and composers under the auspices of the Countess Franziska of Batthyany.
After World War II not only the castle in Pinkafeld but also many schools spread all over the federal province of Burgenland were damaged or even destroyed. Supervisory school authorities and authorities of the Chamber of Crafts and Trade agreed to centralize the education of trainees of specific crafts and trades from all over the Burgenland in Pinkafeld. Reconstruction and building alterations took up nearly a year and in January 1950 the vocational school in Pinkafeld opened its doors.
At the beginning it offered education in theory and practice for bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, locksmiths and mechanics. Students from far away had and still have the possibility to stay in the boarding school adjacent to the vocational school.