Schönbühel castle origins date from the early 12th century. The castle is built on rock approximately 40 metres above the level of the river Danube. A Roman fortress may have stood there before. The castle was begun in the early 12th century by Marchwardus de Schoenbuchele as a defensive fortress. When his descendant Ulrich von Schonpihel died at the beginning of the 14th century, the family was extinguished. The castle was briefly owned by Conrad von Eisenbeutel, and then by the Abbey of Melk. In 1396 it was sold to the brothers Caspar and Gundaker von Starhemberg. It remained in the Starhemberg family for more than 400 years, but fell into disrepair.

In 1819 Ludwig Josef Gregor von Starhemberk sold it, together with the castle of Aggstein, to Count Franz von Beroldingen, who had it renovated and partially rebuilt, so that by 1821 it was again habitable.

In 1930 the Schönbühel estate was sold to Count Oswald von Seilern und Aspang.

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Founded: 12th century
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Zvone Ćutuk (8 months ago)
Beautiful castle worth visiting
Norbert Sáfrány (10 months ago)
Very nice castle close to the Melk Abbey
Suphatsara Khunyotying (10 months ago)
Very nice
Nikolett Dobó (10 months ago)
Privately owned castle, no visitors are allowed. It looks pretty nice from the side of the Danube.
Dan M (14 months ago)
A beautiful stop on our way from Vienna to Salzburg. You can combine it with the even more beautiful Melk Abbey which is not far from it, but which would require a longer stop. They'll give you a restful break during the 4-5 hour. trip to Salzburg
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