Neuberg Castle in Hartberg is one of the most important preserved castle of Styria. The medieval hilltop castle was built in the 12th century by Gottschalk Schirling as a border castle against the Hungarian armies. It belonged to the Herberstein family until the late 1900s.

The square tower is the oldest part of the castle, dating from c. 1160. The finely decorated Renaissance ballroom dates from the 16th century. The chapel was consecrated in 1661.

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Founded: c. 1160
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Hans Georg Claassen (11 months ago)
Private property, 2 very unfriendly women, who strongly deny this when we politely say that the castle is mentioned on the Internet. Malicious, teeth-barking dog, we were very disappointed, cancellations go politely ...
Ottó Simon (2 years ago)
Nice castle, good condition, but not visited!
WERNER Röslhuber (2 years ago)
The castle Neuberg is one of the most important preserved fortifications of Styria. The castle is a Styrian hilltop castle at 513 meters above sea level, whose medieval building was incorporated into a modern fortress. This medieval hilltop castle was built in the 12th century by Gottschalk Schirling's son Wulfings von Stubenberg as a border festival or battle castle against the dreaded Hungarian army and against all sorts of "pagan bustle" from the east. A square about 36 meters higher keep with the palace is the oldest part of the complex. The lower area is Romanesque and dates back to around 1160. In plan, the castle forms an irregular pentagon around a narrow plain courtyard.
T R (2 years ago)
Unfortunately only from the outside to visit. But very well located and the Hartberg area is very attractive.
Werner Röder (2 years ago)
Wenn man mit etwas Geduld nachfragt, findet man Zugang zur Burgkapelle...mit den Bildern der Nothelfer
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