Ottenstein Castle

Rastenfeld, Austria

The mighty shingle-covered cone and hipped roofs of Ottenstein Castle are an impressive sight. Antique fairs, art and other special exhibitions are regularly held in the castle. Of particular interest to art-lovers is the Romanesque castle chapel with vaulted ceilings decorated with monumental frescos dating back to about 1170. There is also a restaurant.

One of Ottenstein family members was first mentioned in 1177, but the castle is probably older. Ottenstein family owned the castle until the 15th century. In 1516 the castle came into the possession of Paul Stodoligk. Under his son Eustach numerous extensions were carried out. During the Thirty Years' War the castle was besieged two times, in 1622 and 1640 without success.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Johannes Paul Schwarz (2 years ago)
Nice place - rooms downstairs outdated - new rooms are upstairs. Reception was nice and polite but gave inaccurate information about cancellation policy - which is very frustrating because we had to pay the whole amount now - cancellation needs to be in written form and not over phone. No trade off for voucher was possible only additional fees of 39€ for changing to a new date. Very disappointing.
FRANZISKA LORBEER (3 years ago)
A place of unparalleled hospitality embedded in bucolic scenery and within arms reach of several castles that are worth the visit. Jewel of the hotel is the bowling alley with its outstanding service and atmosphere!
Abel V (3 years ago)
We had an amazing time, and Szabi is the best bar tender ever. The service is generally very accommodating and flexible!
Mays A. (3 years ago)
Had the best childhood memories there. Very comfortable rooms, food is delicious, and activities are available for all ages. I love this place.
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