Neulengbach castle dominates the view above the town of Neulengbach. The castle has a three-storey main building and double defensive ring with eight round towers. There is a magnificent Renaissance portal and a courtyard with Tuscan columns and fountain.
The Neulengbach castle was founded around 1189. The castle became the center of the local rule of Lengenbach family. After extinction of Lengenbacher in 1236 it came into the possession of the Babenberg family. In the late Middle Ages, Burg Neulengbach was the seat of a state governor. 1565 Rudolf Khuen of Belasy got Neulengbach. Under the order of Khuen, the castle was extensively extended to a residential castle at the beginning of the 17th century.
In January 1912 a fire raged in the castle. The entire interior was destroyed. In 1920 the municipality acquired the castle and used it as a children's home. In 1952, the Neulengbach was sold again to the private use.References:
The Château Comtal (Count’s Castle) is a medieval castle within the Cité of Carcassonne, the largest city in Europe with its city walls still intact. The Château Comtal has a strong claim to be called a 'Cathar Castle'. When the Catholic Crusader army arrived in 1209 they first attacked Raymond-Roger Trencavel's castrum at Bèziers and then moved on to his main stronghold at Carcassonne.
The castle with rectangular shape is separated from the city by a deep ditch and defended by two barbicans. There are six towers curtain walls.
The castle was restored in 1853 by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.