Senftenberg Castle

Senftenberg, Austria

Senftenberg Castle was mentioned first time in 1197. In the 13th century it belonged to the Zebringer family and between the 14th and 15th centuries to the Wallseern family. The castle was destroyed during the rebellion in 1407-1409 and rebuilt later. It was a refuge place during the Siege of Vienna in the Ottoman Wars. The castle was finally destroyed by the Swedish troops in the Thirty Years' War in 1645. Today still impressive ruins with three gates and square keep exist.

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

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Sam (8 months ago)
Very nice place we enjoyed it
Mario Luef (2 years ago)
Great view and nice walk around. You can walk from the winery Nigl or drive almost to the small using a small road (corner sharply). Definitely worth a visit close to Krems
Helmuth Mayrhofer (2 years ago)
Gut erhaltene und durch den Burgverein vorbildlich instandgesetzte Burgruine, mit diversen Aus- und Zubauten zur Belebung der Burg und für diverse Veranstaltungen. Die Aussenanlagen der Burg sind frei zugänglich. Dass Innere bleibt dem Besucher jedoch leider verschlossen. Schöner Ausblick auf den Ort Senftenbach und das Kremstal. Ein Ausflug auf die Burg lohnt sich allemal.
joelwhitemusic (3 years ago)
A fantastic old ruin and great space for functions and events. Fantastic hosts, Very well looked after every time we visit.
David Filosofem (3 years ago)
Stunning Scenery, wonderfully renewed castle.
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