Dobra Castle Ruins

Pölla, Austria

Dobra castle was built in the 12th century and first mentioned in 1186. The name Dobra is derived from Slavic word for forest. At the beginning of the 18th century Baron Johann Philipp von Ehrmann was the landlord Dobra. After he expanded the Wetzlas castle into a mansion, Dobra castle fell into disrepair.

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Reichhalms 488, Pölla, Austria
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Raf Ael (6 months ago)
Die ausgedehnte, sehenswerte Anlage erstreckt sich über eine romantisch gelegene Halbinsel im Stausee Dobra. Sie wird seit mehreren Jahren schrittweise restauriert und ist (mit Ausnahme derzeit noch ungesicherter und abgesperrter Baustellenbereiche) ganzjährig frei zugänglich.
Stepan Safanda (11 months ago)
Absolutely amazin place to visit!
Verbal Kensington (12 months ago)
Castle ruins with a gorgeous scenic view. There are rustic picnic grounds, as well as a few fire rings, and modern event space subtly incorporated into the castle itself [they were hosting a wedding when we stumbled upon this gem, and still graciously let us roam the exterior grounds]. Overlooks the water, and is quite stunning at sunset.
Chris Wells (14 months ago)
A real hidden gem!
ro li (3 years ago)
Fantastic place with a clean lake and open minded people around!
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