Schattenburg Castle

Feldkirch, Austria

Schattenburg castle was mentioned in the chronicle by the monks Ortlieb and Berthold in 1138. Muntifurt Castle, mentioned in the first half of the 12th century, may have housed vassals of the Earl of Bregenz, who ruled over the area at the time. At his coming to power (1182) the Earl Hugo I, the grandson of the last Earl of Bregenz Rudolf (1150), repositioned his residence to Feldkirch Castle, important for reasons of power politics and the control of traffic.

For 200 years, the Castle remained the property of the Earls of Montfort. Upon the death of the last of the Montforts, Rudolf IV (1390), the castle and the power that came with it passed to the Habsburgs. The Habsburgs ruled the estate through governors who lived in the Castle until 1773.

Only from 1416 until 1436 was their rule briefly interrupted, when it came into the hands of the Earls of Toggenburg. Duke Friedrich of Austria’s help in the flight of the antipope Johannes XIII turned out to be fatal for him. Not only was he outlawed in the name of the Emperor and excommunicated, he also lost all is possessions, among which Feldkirch. In 1825 the City bought the partially ruined Castle from the state for 833 Guilders. Today Schattenburg is a museum.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Alexander Turan (3 years ago)
Nice place with good food and nice staff. The portions are pretty big for an average person (esp. women), which I personally liked!
Lyra Lan (3 years ago)
I like how they “toured” visitors with a guide book full of pictures. Nice to see all of those well-kept historic stuff.
Natalia Bondarenkova (3 years ago)
I loved it! There is a lot to see in this castle museum. The views from the windows are very nice too. I definitely recommend to visit Schattenburg, if you're in Feldkirch ?
Mayomi Gunarathna (3 years ago)
Very beautiful place. You can find nice museum and restaurant inside. But you have to reserve before you go.
Antonio Cilia (4 years ago)
Very important Museum to know the history of the city of Feldkirch and the Vorarberg land. To visit.
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