Greifenstein Castle

Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria

Greifenstein castle overlooks the Danube river. Approximately opposite is Burg Kreuzenstein, on the north shore of the Danube. The castle is thought to be built around the 11th century, and was first mentioned in 1135. However, the owners of the castle changed owners frequently during its service from the 11th century to 1918. It began life playing a significant role in the defense system along the Danube.

More recently, in the 16th century, the castle served primarily as a notorious prison of the ecclesiastical court. Throughout history, the castle was repeatedly invaded and damaged, but repaired, again and again. It was inhabited until about 1770, when it was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Until 1803, it belonged to the Bishops of Passau.

Johann I von Liechtenstein refurbished it in 1807–08 in the Romantic style but at the end of the 19th century, the castle fell again and was sold in 1918, coming into private ownership.

Today The castle has remained in private ownership and is presumed to be on sale.



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tom vie (3 years ago)
Privately owned, a small sight in passing.
Franz Steiner (3 years ago)
Beautiful hiking trails
Monika Schuckert (4 years ago)
Something different ? than usual. Looks more like a very large villa. 3 stars because on the hiking trail (circular hiking trail via Hadersfeld) from the Lourdes Grotto to the castle, trucks are constantly, really constantly driving.
Andreas Huber (4 years ago)
Hadersfeld is a very beautiful place, located in the northern Vienna Woods, on one of the hills that separate the Danube Valley and the Kierling Valley. There are very beautiful vantage points, across the Danube, along the Danube valley to the west, but also to Ötscher, Rax and Schneeberg. Wonderful, gentle circular hiking trails lasting several hours can be started from Hadersfeld, but also from one of the two valleys that connect Hadersfeld. Hadersfeld Castle is an old building that has been revitalized and used by several parties as a second home in the countryside.
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