Ottenstein Castle

Ottenstein, 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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Michael Ludwig (3 years ago)
Wie jedes Jahr sehr zufrieden Freundliches Personal Super Essen Schöne und saubere Zimmer Was will man mehr? Freue mich auf nächstes Jahr wenn ich wieder hier bin.
Peter Gruber (3 years ago)
Great place to see historical castle building in a very nature and quiet region. Perfect for walkings.
Ekrem Canli (4 years ago)
This is a really well preserved, beautiful castle next to the Kamp river. Too bad the castle restaurant closed a few years ago and is now only operated after advance reservation for larger groups (for weddings for example).
Svitlana Kyazimova (5 years ago)
Remote. Quiet. Welcoming. Beautiful
Veronica P (5 years ago)
Also a wedding venue, great for taking wedding photos.
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