Liechtenstein Castle is a castle near Maria Enzersdorf in Lower Austria bordering Vienna. The castle, originally built during the 12th century, was destroyed by the Ottomans in 1529 and 1683, and remained in ruins until 1884, when it was rebuilt.

Liechtenstein Castle is the origin of the name of the Liechtenstein family, the ruling house of the country of the same name, which owned the castle from at least 1140 until the 13th century and again from 1807 onwards.

Today, the castle is mainly known for the Nestroy Theatre Festival held annually during the summer months.

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Founded: c. 1140
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Digitalist (2 years ago)
The castle has undergone a number of ownership transfers and experienced destructions. It has been repaired and restored to what it is today. It certainly embodies and represents the perseverance, pride and love of those who have invested and partaken in its restoration. Located in an idyllic setting. Semi-panoramic view of Vienna from the viewing area at the top.
Georg Thomas Reitmayr (2 years ago)
It is very nice but the wall outside is a bit damaged. The charge you to watch inside.
Anton Maksimov (2 years ago)
Great place to get out to from the city, be it alone or with guests visiting.
Alex Matev (3 years ago)
The castle and the park around it are a great place for a weekend bike ride. From Vienna it takes approximately 1.5 hours to get there. The view from the castle itself is nice, but nothing that special. I would suggest visiting it with some friends during the warmer months of the year, so you could spend some quality time playing in the sun, throwing a Frisbee or something similar.
Rashmi Manohar (3 years ago)
The guide who took us around made the tour fun and interesting, though he was talking about ancient history. The view from the top is beautiful. You can see the whole of Vienna. But you are not allowed to take photos from inside. I would only recommend this place for someone interested in history.
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The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.

Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.

The well-conserved ruins of the castle, now the National Cultural Monument, are frequently visited by tourists, above all in July when the castle festival takes place. The former Ambro curia situated below the castle now shelters the exhibition of the local history.