Hagenberg Castle

Fallbach, Austria

In 1264, castrum Hackenberg is mentioned as a site for document sealing. After the last Hackenberger died, the property passed to Alber Stuchs von Trautmannsdorf in 1382. Christoph Kuenritz bought and converted it into a Renaissance castle in 1543. Plundered in 1620 during the Thirty Years' War, it remained devastated until Sigmund Friedrich von Sinzendorf purchased it in 1650. His nephew, Theodor Reichsgraf von Sinzendorf, remodeled it into a Baroque palace between 1679 and 1677. After Prosper von Sinzendorf's death in 1822, it passed to the Reuß-Köstritz princes but fell into disrepair.

In 1945, it came under Soviet administration as German property, and in 1955, it was returned to Prince Reuß. Artists from the Vienna Group, including Friedensreich Hundertwasser, moved in from 1959. Captain Josef Steiger bought it in 1974, and in 1986, Horst Wächter, Hundertwasser's former assistant, acquired it. The Osmann family took over in 2020, with Horst Wächter remaining for historical research.

Building

The four-story structure features Renaissance geometry and proportions, with medieval foundations. A cosmological mysticism, likely embedded during the 1679 Baroque renovation, is present. The four wings align precisely with the cardinal directions, enclosing a rectangular courtyard. The southern wings retain colorful ceiling frescoes and stucco decorations.

Access is via a short alley in the northeast, crossing a stone bridge into a frescoed entrance hall, leading through the courtyard with an octagonal fountain to a three-bay shell grotto, the 'sala terrena,' decorated with statues, frescoes, shells, and stucco, extending into the garden. The former access extended over the moat to a landscaped area with a Baroque-era artificial lake.

Current Use

The Initiative Hagenberg association hosts cultural events at the castle.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Anna Dedikova (11 months ago)
We had an amazing stay at the Schloss Hagenberg this summer. Our family of 18 ppl was able to gather together at the castle to celebrate our small family event. It was better than we expected. The place is magical, with a rich history and atmosphere. It has wonderful nature around, a place to relax and spend lovely days away from the city. The hosts of the castle and staff were incredibly helpful, accommodating and charming people. They helped us with everything, organizing our event, delicious wine and food, service and beautiful rooms. Whole stay at Schloss Hagenberg was charming, the memories to cherish for our lifes. We definitely want to come back, and recommend this place for everyone!
Ewald Boeck (2 years ago)
Romantic, privately owned castle with a colorful past, embedded in the fields of the Weinviertel. Nice to hike in summer, smell of straw and hot earth
michael marcovici (input.org) (4 years ago)
Magical place
Vlada Vucic (6 years ago)
Super!
Dervish (6 years ago)
Travel in time, observing generations
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