Kollmitz Castle is a ruined castle east of Raabs an der Thaya in Lower Austria. The castle was first mentioned in the 13th century and the construction of its main tower was completed in 1319.

In the 14th century the castle was used as a district court with ownership changing often. In 1411 the Freiherr von Hofkirchen came into possession of the castle, whose family would control the castle for the next two centuries. The Hofkirchen family lost possession of the castle in 1611 when Wolfgang von Hofkirchen died in exile in Prague during the Habsburg’s Counter Reformation, which saw him as a ringleader of Protestant nobility.

Following the end of Hofkirchen control, the castle changed hands several times and may even have been abandoned. In 1708 the Castle was acquired by Franz Anton von Quarient und Raal under whom the castle fell into disrepair as it no longer could serve any practical purpose.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Helmuth Mayrhofer (18 months ago)
Imopsante und ob ihrer Größe beeindruckende Burganlage. Auf einem steil abfallenden Fels errichtet der von der Thaya umflossen wird.Die Anlage ist hervorrangend saniert und instandgesetzt und ist ein echtes Highlight einer Burgruine.
Robert Leisser (18 months ago)
Ruhe mitten in der Natur. Hier hörst du deine Seele wenn du eine hast.
Simona Weber (18 months ago)
guter Ort, eine Straße führt da hinauf..
Marta Lisičanova (19 months ago)
Jedna z nejkrásnějších zřícenin kde jsem byla. Je to tam velké a romantické. Přístup normálně volný bez omezeni. Po dotazu na věž nám byl půjčen klíček aby jsme se tam mohli podívat. Není problém mít s sebou pejska nebo děti. Bohužel to není moc pro lidi se zdravotním postižením.
Stefan F. (19 months ago)
Ein schöner Ort wo sogar eine Straße hinaufführt. Ich war im Winter oben, da ist kein Eintritt zu bezahlen allerdings sind die Türme auch geschlossen. Sollte man einmal gesehen haben.
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