Hohenwang Castle

Langenwang, Austria

Hohenwang castle dates back to the 12th century and was one of the most important medieval fortifications that time. It is exceptional long structure and one the largest castles in Styria. It consists of the stronghold and two outworks, which are separated by trenches. Their massive decline began in the late 18th century, after it was severely damaged by an earthquake. During World War II more parts of the ruins were destroyed by bombing.

Hohenwang served as a local administrative center, the protection of the population in times of crisis, the case-colonization and the associated spread of Christianity in the upper Muerztal. From the 13th century a priest resided at the castle.

Hohenwang is an elongated complex with stronghold, a deeper front castle with gatehouses and a curtain wall. It is oriented from southwest to northeast and extends over a total length of 90 meters. A donjon was not available. From the 13th to the 17th century, the romanesque core eastward to the Palas, a gallery, a kennel, a bastion and a representative gatehouse was enlarged. In a 15th-century chronicle exists a more detailed description of the interior of the castle, in the place, inter alia, of the chapel, a servants' room, some room, a large hall, four cellar, four cereal boxes, a bath-room, a kitchen and vaulted stables for twelve horses is talk. The three well-secured gates, two of which provided with a slip gate, the attachment to the ditch and finally the south, west and north, very steep cliffs made a storming of the fortress to a difficult task. In addition to the engraving by Georg Matthäus Vischer, the castle is also shown on a proclamation image that had given Ulrich Christoph von Scherffenberg in 1631 in order.



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


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Attus Mihaly (14 months ago)
A very beautiful castle in its ruins is also impressive. It is free to visit at any time. Unfortunately, its approach is difficult because it is not well signposted and the Google map takes you to a forest road where driving is prohibited. In the town of Langenwang, it is best to go to the end of Hochschloss strasse, park under the highway bridge and go up to the castle on the marked hiking trail starting from there. It is a 20-25 minute walk on foot, 1400 meters uphill. The wonderful view of the castle is worth the walk. As far as I know, the castle is owned by the local government, care is evident, the damaged walls are constantly being repaired. You can also see traces of occasional events. If more financial and human resources were devoted to it, it could be a serious tourist destination.
Daniel Stauber (17 months ago)
Very beautiful and very well preserved castle ruins. If you are in the vicinity, you should consider it as a destination. It can be reached within a short walking distance.
Marion Weigl (2 years ago)
Well looked after for many years by a committed association. Always new parts come to light. I've been visiting the ruin since the 1960s and can see every change. In addition, when the weather is good you have a great view.
Shoutou Todorokie (2 years ago)
perfect pleace
Abenteuer Jones Hans (2 years ago)
Excellent! I do not regret it. It was great on the ruins. I recommend you!
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