Hinterhaus Castle Ruins

Spitz, Austria

The ruins of the Hinterhaus Castle originate from the 12th century. The castle dates back to the time of Kuenringers rule when it served as a strategic stronghold. From here they were able to rule the entire Wachau valley. Touring the ruins with the famous Red Gate gives visitors a good impression of what medieval defence methods were like. The ruins still offers visitors a fantastic view of the Danube river even today.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Ruins in Austria

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Adam W (2 years ago)
Beautiful, calm place with great view. Good for a visit with children.
Ian Morton (2 years ago)
Well preserved castle in a beautiful village with great views of the Danube below. Worth the climb and it is free. The original castle was 12th century.
Bob Hartman (3 years ago)
Beautiful sight to see while floating up the Danube on a river cruise.
Christian Gruner (3 years ago)
Nice ruins of a several hundred years old castle with a stunning View onto the Sabine rüber and the Wachau valley
Cédric Flandre (3 years ago)
Amazing place. This ruins castle worth walking 10minute for a short visit. It is free, with free access anytime in the day and night. You will get the chance to walk to the top of the higher tower! Best view of the area guaranteed. So amazing to find this nice place, well taken care of, with nice view and for free.
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