Rosenburg Castle

Rosenburg, Austria

Rosenburg castle is one of Austria's most visited Renaissance castles. It is situated in the middle of a nature reserve which adds to its appeal. The Rosenburg was mentioned in a document for the first time in 1175, in relation to the area of the border along the Kamp River between Poigreich and the Babenberg settlements with the centres, the Benedictine Altenburg Abbey and the Gars-Thunau castle complex.

The Grabner brothers acquired the Rosenburg in 1487. From 1593–97, under the rule and by order of Sebastian Grabner, a Lutheran, most of the Gothic Rosenburg was demolished and the castle was reconstructed in Renaissance style with 13 towers. The Rosenburg remained in the possession of the Grabner family until 1604.

Finally, the Rosenburg became the property of the House of Sprinzenstein. A period of neglect followed, then several tragedies struck. Lightning caused a fire in 1721, and another fire broke out in 1751 which destroyed part of the courtyard gate and the chapel. In 1800, another fire damaged the Rosenburg; it was barely used for some 60 years thereafter. Fortunately, the Romantic Era caused a renewed interest in castles, and the castle was renovated by Count Ernst Carl von Hoyos-Sprinzenstein senior rebuilt the castle at great personal expense between 1859 and 1889. The castle is now a museum.

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Founded: 1593-1597
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Marcelo Almeida Ribeiro (19 months ago)
good for a visit in Spring
Tony Vitro (2 years ago)
Awesome medieval castle and fantastic Christmas Market well worth the 1hr drive from Vienna!
Christoph Schmittner (2 years ago)
Beautiful Castle, we visited for the Christmas market an it was a unique experience.
U Will (2 years ago)
It is a wonderful castle with lots of old and new rose plants and in summer there are flight shows with falcon, owl and eagle.
Babken Pashinyan (2 years ago)
Beautiful place. Falcon shows are the most attractive activities here.
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