Obere Burg ('Upper Castle'), also known colloquially as Burg Neu-Schellenberg, is the larger and older one of the two ruined castles in Schellenberg. Its construction was finished already around 1200. The castles's first appearance in written records occurred on the 10th of January 1348. According to current estimates, it was inhabited until roughly the 16th century, when it was abandoned and ceased to function as a residence. In the following centuries, the castle lost its military purpose and became a ruin. In 1956, Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein handed over ownership of the heavily overgrown ruin to the Historical Association of the Principality of Liechtenstein. This institution is the current owner and caretaker of the ruin and oversees its research, upkeep and preservation.

The castle ruin located in the municipality of Schellenberg, Liechtenstein. It lies at the western edge of Hinterschloss, one of the burroughs in the village of Neu-Schellenberg. It is freely open to tourists. Due to its close proximity to Hinterschloss, it is probably the most easily accessible of all Liechtenstein castles. Obere Burg is one of the five existing castles in Liechtenstein and one of the three ruined ones in the country.

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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Castles and fortifications in Liechtenstein

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Emmanuel Weber (14 months ago)
Nice castle ruins, surrounded by beautiful mountains. My kids expected to find some treasures or secret rooms... They came back empty handed
Мария Оленева (2 years ago)
Small ruinsof an old castle. The entrance is free of charge. Nice view.
John Phillipson (2 years ago)
Nice castle, good views
toby stromberg (2 years ago)
Amazing place. Castle is a very evocative ruin, the views are simultaneously fantastic, and the best bit? As members of the Scout Association, you can get a concession to camp here, right next to the castle, with toilets and fresh water on site. Simply perfect
Latafat Afandiyeva (2 years ago)
Very lovely place for chilling and relaxation, just feel the nature, enjoy the view and your grill too!
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