Tratzberg Castle

Tratzberg, Austria

Documented for the first time in the 13th century the Tratzberg castle was used as former border stronghold against the Bavarians and as Emperor Maximilian’s I hunting lodge. In the late 15th century the former fortress was destroyed by fire. The Emperor did not rebuild Tratzberg but exchanged the ruin for a castle of the Taenzels, wealthy owners of a silver mine. They had built the first late Gothic part of today’s Castle Tratzberg in 1500, in a particularly magnificent way, with artful ornaments made of marble, wood and iron. In 1554, Georg Knight of Ilsung, a wealthy merchant from Augsburg, acquired the castle, expanded and changed Tratzberg according to the spirit of the Renaissance age. Proof of those changes is the splendidly painted courtyard and exquisite Renaissance parlours. In 1590 Tratzberg came into the possession of the Fuggers, a well-known and wealthy family of merchants, who expanded the castle even further. Most of the now conserved inventory is from this time.

After several changes of owners there was a time when Tratzberg was uninhabited for 150 years. When Franz Count Enzenberg married Ottilie Countess Tannenberg in 1847, the rather neglected castle came into the possession of the Enzenberg family, and it has stayed their homestead since then. Thanks to the family’s dedication and efforts the 6800 sqm castle with its 5000 sqm shingle roof became a gem of a 16th century Tyrolean castle again. It is now one of the most important cultural monuments of the country and open to the public.

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Founded: 1500
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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www.schloss-tratzberg.at

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Isela Ruiz (8 months ago)
This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, the view is amazing, architecture and decoration are outstanding. It has so many details that maybe one needs to come over twice in order to appreciate everything. They offer tours in different languages using devices and recorded tour explanations. They also had a train to go up to the entrance. Don’t forget to visit the store since they have so many cute souvenirs, I bought earrings for my grandma.
Alexander Munro (9 months ago)
Wonderful wedding venue!
Marvin Grass (10 months ago)
Beautiful castle and great tour! I liked it better than Ambras castle.
Justin Wijnhoven (11 months ago)
Wel maintained castle with good and clear guide though de tour is a bit short in detail and lenght for my liking its best suited for familys
Ken Sakulku (11 months ago)
Nice castle all information mostly in German I believed it originally roots of the Habsburgs
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