Raabs Castle, situated on a steep rocky promontory above the confluence of the Thaya rivers, towers over the small town. Standing on the balcony is like standing on the bow of a ship sailing into the past. The castle was built around 1050.

The castle is presently owned by the publisher Richard Pils and his family. The “province library” publishes numerous award-winning books and books are the focal point of the annual poets’ festival in August. Various exhibitions alternate during the year. Guided tours can be organized upon request.

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Founded: c. 1050
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Eugene A. (2 years ago)
По дороге домой мы целенаправленно заехали в этот городок, чтобы глянуть на знаменитую крепость (закрытую зимой) Raabs. Особая важность её заключается в том, что от чешской версии названия крепости - Rakuš, произошло чешское же название Австрии - Rakousko! Кроме этого в замке бережно охраняются фрески 11-14 веков и можно глянуть на оригинальный средневековый колодец, глубиной в 40 метров!
Codrutz nuu (3 years ago)
Un loc incarcat de istorie. Mi-a placut si doresc sa mai repet vizita. Din balconull castelului,panorama orasului Raabs and der Thaya este nemaipomenita.
Christian Boser (3 years ago)
Spannendes und imposantes Gebäude. Führung empfehlenswert.
Pavel Svoboda (3 years ago)
Raabs an der Thaya je velmi krásné městečko na soutoku řek Dyje a Moravská Dyje (německy Thaya). Dominantou toho městečka je majestátný hrad Raabs an der Thaya postavený na skále čnící nad řekou. Hned za hradem stojí velký a krásný kostel Heilige Maria, který je volně přístupný. Cestou zpět nevynechejte procházku po náměstí. Auto můžete zdarma zaparkovat na některém z parkovišť, pouze na náměstí jsou zapotřebí parkovací hodiny. Z Raabs je to jen kousek ke zřícenině Kollmitz, k ruině Eibernstein nebo do malebného Drosendorfu, kde jsou k vidění historické městské hradby. Pokud budete chtít zabavit vaše děti, vydejte se do nedalekého Natur parku u městečka Geras.
Petr Ošťádal (3 years ago)
Malebné městečko, kde mají i jídelní lístky v češtině!
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