Top Historic Sights in Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Austria

Explore the historic highlights of Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer

Dorfheim Castle

Dorfheim estate history in Saalfelden dates to the 12th century. The castle was rebuilt in 1601 by Josef Hunt. It was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1901 and rebuilt by Martin Hartl from 1912. Today there is a restaurant in the ground floor.
Founded: 1601 | Location: Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Austria

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.