Rauheneck Castle was built in the 12th century, on cliffs of a foothill on the Lindkogels banks of the Schwechat. In its eventful history, Rauheneck Castle was destroyed several times. In 1477 Mattias Corvinus, the King of Hungary, conquered the castle. It was finally destroyed by Ottomans in 1529.┬áIn 1961, the city of Baden bought the castle hill and the ruin.
The castle ruins can be walked on and visited in peace and quiet: from their weather-beaten rooms to the chapel. The 25 m high main tower must be climbed over steep stairs. As a reward beckons the great view over the Helenental and of the opposite-facingBurg Rauhenstein. . For the light-hearted fans: According to the legend, the builder of the tower still haunts Rauheneck today - as a spirit unredeemed for all eternity.
The Rauheneck castle ruins are easy to hike - right uphill on easy forest routes. A particularly useful tip is the cultural hiking trail through the Helenental: As a detour along the way, you can tag after Rauheneck - shortly after starting off in Baden.References:
The Church of St Donatus name refers to Donatus of Zadar, who began construction on this church in the 9th century and ended it on the northeastern part of the Roman forum. It is the largest Pre-Romanesque building in Croatia.
The beginning of the building of the church was placed to the second half of the 8th century, and it is supposed to have been completed in the 9th century. The Zadar bishop and diplomat Donat (8th and 9th centuries) is credited with the building of the church. He led the representations of the Dalmatian cities to Constantinople and Charles the Great, which is why this church bears slight resemblance to Charlemagne"s court chapels, especially the one in Aachen, and also to the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. It belongs to the Pre-Romanesque architectural period.
The circular church, formerly domed, is 27 m high and is characterised by simplicity and technical primitivism.