Castles and Palaces in Austria

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Austria is filled with magnificent castles and palaces, which are a grandiose witnesses of an opulent, bygone era. Follow in the footsteps of Emperors, their ladies and knights and bring the history alive. As you submerge yourself in the lives of the Emperors and their castles, you will also be amazed at the breathtaking beauty of the settings with snow-capped mountains, lush meadows and picturesque towns and villages providing perfect backdrops to their magnificent abodes.

Burgenland

Burg Bernstein

Burg Bernstein . - Photo by Steindy,

Burg Bernstein. Photo by Steindy

Bernstein Castle is a historical building in Bernstein in Burgenland, Austria, first mentioned in the 13th century.In 860 the whole region was part of the archbishopric of Salzburg. Erimbert, a liege of the archbishopric, handed over the Pinka to one Jacobus.

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Forchtenstein Castle

Burg Forchtenstein. Fotograf: Roman Klementschitz, Wien

Forchtenstein Castle is a castle built in the late Middle Ages near the municipality of Forchtenstein in northern Burgenland, Austria. The castle is situated south of Mattersburg above the Wulka valley.The first part of the castle with its 50 meter high keep was built in the beginning of the 15th century by the Lords of Mattersburg,

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Burg Güssing

Burg Gussing. © Bwag/Wikimedia

Burg Güssing is a castle in southern Burgenland, Austria. On June 30, 1524, the castle was acquired by the Batthyány family, who retain ownership to this day through a historical foundation that provides for the care and maintenance of the castle.Around 1157, a small wooden fort is said to have been built by Count Wolfer, and it is thought though that the first occupants were the Benedictines.

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Burg Lockenhaus

Burg Lockenhaus – Photo by Civertan

Burg Lockenhaus is a castle and medieval fortress located in the Güns Valley in the southeastern part of Lockenhaus, in Burgenland, eastern Austria. The castle was built in Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles around 1200, and was initially called “Leuca” or Léka.It is part of the Naturpark Geschriebenstein.

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Kärnten

Hochosterwitz Castle

Hochosterwitz Castle-Burg Hochosterwitz- is considered to be one of Austria’s most impressive medieval castles. It is situated on a 160 metres (520 ft) Dolomite rock near Sankt Georgen am Längsee, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in the state of Carinthia.

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Schloss Hollenburg

Schloss Hollenberg. Photo by By Johann Jaritz

Schloss Hollenburg  is a medieval castle near Köttmannsdorf in Carinthia, Austria. It is located on a rock of the northern slope of the Drava valley. One Swiker, Lord of Hollenburg in the Duchy of Carinthia was first documented as a witness in the 1142 deed of the foundation of Viktring Abbey. He may have been a liensman of the ducal House of Sponheim;

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Lower Austria

Burg Kreuzenstein

Photo by  Michael Kranewitter

Burg Kreuzenstein is a castle in Lower Austria, Austria. It was constructed in the 19th century by the Wilczek family. Kreuzenstein is interesting in that it was constructed out of sections of medieval structures purchased by the family from all over Europe to form an authentic-looking castle.

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Rosenburg

Photo by Mavila2

Rosenburg is a castle in the municipality Rosenburg-Mold, Lower Austria, Austria. It is situated on a cliff above the valley of the river Kamp. It is one of Austria’s most visited Renaissance castles. There has been a castle on this site since the 12th century. The castle was reconstructed in Renaissance style in 1593-1597, and it was further expanded in the course of the 17th century.

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Schallaburg

Schallaburg. Photo by Christian Jansky

Schallaburg is a village and a castle in the municipality of Schollach, in Lower Austria, Austria. It is one of the best known Renaissance style castles in Austria. Nowadays the castle Schallaburg is a museum.In the 16th century the then protestant family Von Losenstein acquired the castle Schallaburg and turned it into a renaissance castle

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Burg Wiener Neustadt

Burg Wiener Neustadt. Photo by Peter Haas

Burg Wiener Neustadt is a castle in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria, Austria. The first castle in Wiener Neustadt was built in 1193/94, when at the same time, the city walls of Wiener Neustadt were built. The costs were paid from the ransom of Richard the Lionheart.

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Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Castle

Hohensalzburg Castle -Festung Hohensalzburg- is a castle in the Austrian city of Salzburg, atop the Festungsberg mountain. Erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg, with a length of 250 m (820 ft) and a width of 150 m (490 ft), it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

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Hohenwerfen Castle

Photo by Memorator

Hohenwerfen Castle -Burg Hohenwerfen- stands on a rock approximately 40 km south of the Austrian city of Salzburg. The castle is majestically surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the Tennengebirge mountain range. The fortification is a “sister” of Hohensalzburg Castle both dated from the 11th century.

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Burg Mauterndorf

Photo by Dorothea Witter

Burg Mauterndorf is a castle in the state of Salzburg, Austria. Mautendorf Castle is built on the site of an old Roman fort that dates to 326 AD or earlier. The fort protected the Roman mountain road from Teurnia to the Radstädter Tauern Pass and Iuvavum (Salzburg) and served as residence for the Roman provincial administrator.

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Tyrol

Kufstein Fortress

Photo by Jack1956

The Kufstein Fortress – Festung Kufstein- is the main landmark of Kufstein, a city of Tyrol in Austria. It is sometimes wrongly referred to as Geroldseck Fortress. It is located on a hill commanding Kufstein proper.

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Ambras Castle

Ambras Castle -Schloss Ambras- is a schloss in Innsbruck, Austria. Situated in the hills above Innsbruck, the Castle of Ambras is one of the most important sights of the city. Its cultural and historical importance is closely connected with Archduke Ferdinand II

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Upper Austria

Burg Vichtenstein

Photo by Konrad Lackerbeck

Burg Vichtenstein is a castle in Upper Austria, Austria.The castle Vichtenstein rises in the “sow forest” (upper Austria) above the Danube valley opposite to the market municipality upper cell (Lower Bavaria).

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Vorarlberg

Neu-Ems Castle

Photo by Böhringer Friedrich

Neu-Ems Castle -Burg Neu-Ems or Schloss Glopper- is a medieval castle in Hohenems in the province of Vorarlberg, Austria. It was the fortification of the nobility Herren von Ems

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