Schallaburg Castle

Schallaburg, Austria

The central part of the Schallaburg Castle was built in the German Renaissance Age, beginning around 1540, by the Losenstein dynasty. The castle is combination of a Romanesque residential castle and a Gothic chapel, patterned in the Italian Renaissance style. Aesthetically built, it has a well-decorated two-storied arcaded court with elegant cantilevered staircases and a courtyard. The decorations are in terracotta mosaic depicting mythological figures, gods, masks and human beings and animals; a legendary mythical figurine here is known as Hundefräulein (a female human figure with a dog’s head).

At the gate entrance to the castle, there are two large 'smoke-spewing dragons', each 30 metres long and 6 metres high, which is a favourite entertainment spot for the children to slide down its mouth from the top. Its culturally rich Mannerist gardens have roses, ornamental trees and bushes and herbs planted in the gardens in the town, and two Renaissance apple orchards.

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Founded: 1540
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Natalia Khilkevitch (9 months ago)
The garden is not very big, but very pretty and everything is arranged with much taste. Some ancients roses, and a couple of interesting plants. The rest is also very nice, very interesting castle. Do not miss it.
Michail SOUSLOV (9 months ago)
Very nice park.
Rob Yeowell (9 months ago)
Interesting, worth the visit. The exhibition is well set out and facts about the Danube fascinating.
Maryam Ismael (11 months ago)
It was very interesting place with nice view and gardens
Philipp Chladek (2 years ago)
Very nice location. Good exhibits, great playground for kids, nice food. Great service for disabled.
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