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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Robert Falbesoner (43 days ago)
Impressive ruin. We were all alone there and could let our thoughts run free. What might have happened here?
Roxanne Schmidt (8 months ago)
Very nice castle ruins located in a rather remote area, that offer adventurous walks and outlooks or the surroundings. Some of the ascending or descending stairs are steep and might get slippery during bad weather, so be sure to bring good shoes. Definitely worth seeing with children, but be careful they don't slip. The highest tower can be climbed by lending a key from the shop. Small snacks can be bought there too.
Manfred Tschannerl (2 years ago)
Starting from Raabs / Thaya, walked the Ritterweg, length approx. 12 km. In the course of this hike you will pass the Kollmitz ruins. Also well worth seeing as a ruin with great views of the Thayatal. In front of the ruins of Kollmitz you pass the Bohemian Wall.
Marjo Aaralex (2 years ago)
From the free parking directly to the ruin. If you want to go up to the towers from where you have a really nice view, you should pay attention to the opening times and for a low entry price you can get the keys that open them. There is a lot to see here. The facility is well maintained and full of information. You can spend a good 2 hours here. We can recommend this excursion destination.
Pam Pannagl (3 years ago)
Awesome big place to explore and beautiful views. Don't forget to ask for the tower keys at the pub before climbing up there, the doors are locked, but the signs are only at the locked doors I think, didn't see them anywhere else.
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