Moosham Castle

Unternberg, Austria

Possibly built on the foundations of a Roman castrum fortress, the Moosham castle was first documented in a 1191 deed. It was seized by the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg about 1285 and from the 14th century onwards served as the residence of an episcopal burgrave. Under the rule of Prince-Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach from 1495, the castle was rebuilt and extended. In 1520 it became an administrative seat of the Lungau region and was besieged during the German Peasants' War of 1524–25. Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau stayed here on his flight from Salzburg in October 1611, shortly before he was captured.

Archbishop Count Hieronymus von Colloredo dissolved the Moosham bailiwick in 1790, whereafter the castle decayed. In 1886 the Austrian explorer and patron of the arts Count Johann Nepomuk Wilczek purchased the ruin and had it restored. Up to today the complex is a private property, though its rooms featuring Wilczek's extensive art collection are accessible to the public.

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

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maria velkova (8 months ago)
Amazing Museum to visit. The castle is very well preserved and has an extensive collection of objects. The tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, we highly recommend!
David Pfeffer (2 years ago)
Very interesting for young and old. Small tip even if it is not mentioned anywhere that dogs are not allowed, it is advisable either to put your four-legged friends in beds in the car if it is not too hot, of course, or to leave them at home. Since there are quite a few narrow stairs and also narrow spaces.
Bernard Nijdam (2 years ago)
Get artifacts present within castle kept very dark lighting
Sergey Babkevych (2 years ago)
Great castle! Privately owned .
Made Sandy Salihin (2 years ago)
It's a beautiful Castle rich with History.
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