Seggau Castle

Leibnitz, Austria

Schloss Seggau is located on a wooded hill overlooking the town of Leibnitz. The area around Schloss Seggau has been settled since at least the Roman era, as demonstrated by the impressive lapidarium which has survived from that period. The upper castle was built by the Archbishopric of Salzburg in the twelfth century as a base for missions and supervision and this original structure was expanded in 1218 by the bishops of Seckau. Over time, a total of three castles were built: Burg Leibnitz (belonging to the Archbishopric of Salzburg), the castle of the bishops of Seckau, and Schloss Polheim. The castles were completed in their present form under Bishop Johann Ernst, Count of Thun, in the latter half of the seventeenth century. Schloss Seggau was the residence of the bishops until 1786, after which it remained their summer residence until into the twentieth century.

Schloss Seggau now serves as a site for seminars and conferences with a hotel and a Schloss Cafe. The wine cellar is over three hundred years old and offers the opportunity for wine tastings and sales.



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


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Mark C. (2 years ago)
Good lunch and very cool venue for wine tasting in the cellar.
Miloš Došen (2 years ago)
Great place to visit and enjoy view and nature. Probably one of the highlight places to visit in Steriermark. It all part of the broader set of locations in the south near Slovenia border.
Christian H. (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle & hotel & restaurant & conference Center at the hill top. Modern setting in historical building. Great views over Leibnitz and over the Sulmtal. As part of the styrian wine region you can find wide in the castle cellar and the castle taverne wide selections of wine
Olly Gronau (3 years ago)
Lovely castle. Just ashame it's a hotel. Beautiful surroundings!
Michael Lock (3 years ago)
We visited late afternoon on one day it was great. When we went for dinner the next evening it was dreadful. We waited an hour for the starter and over an hour-and-a-half for the main course. The "pink-steak" was over-cooked and tough. The waitress was apologetic and said the cook was alone. The management of this 4 star hotel was nowhere to be seen and the staff have my sympathy
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