10 Magical Castles in Austria - Travel Guide

10 Magical Castles in Austria - Travel Guide

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Amazing Austria! This country is full of history and culture that offers a breathtaking mountainous backdrop that is lined with castles. Everyone may think that all the castles are only meant for history, but there is more beyond them to explore. Every castle tells you a uniquely interesting story and remarkable history of Austria. Trust me, all the castles in Austria will take you to a magical getaway that tells you a story of a remarkable country's past. Here we go with the 10 magical castles in Austria.



List of the 10 Best Castles in Austria:


Riegersburg Castle
Burg Kreuzenstein
Hochosterwitz Castle
Schloss Schonbrunn Castle
Hohensalzburg Castles
Schloss Ort
Hofburg Castle
Hermesvilla Castle
Belvedere Castle
Liechtenstein Castle



Riegersburg Castle

Riegersburg Castle was built on a 500-metre high basalt massif. It is an attractive destination, especially for families. Riegersburg is absolutely the coolest castle composed of dark volcanic rock. This castle has permanent exhibitions such as the Witch Museum, the Castle Museum, and the Force Museum. Inside the museum, you will have many displays of the historical background of the 16th and 17th centuries. Don't forget to bring your DSLR to capture the majestic location on a hilltop with a mind-blowing 360-degrees panoramic view of the landscape.



Burg Kreuzenstein

Burg Kreuzenstein is one of the most fantastic castles situated in Vienna. This destination is easily accessible for visitors. Inside the castle, you will see a collection of wooden catapults, sculptures, battering rams, a display of cooking gadgets, tools like waffle irons, pasta makers, butter makers, smoke devices, and spice holders. And also you will have a collection of medieval weaponry such as spears, crossbows, helmets, chain mail shirts, full-body armours, swords, and many more. Many movies were shot in this castle: The Pillars of the Earth, The Headsman, The Season of the Witch, the Quest tv series, and many more.


Hochosterwitz Castle

Hochosterwitz Castle is situated on a 160-metres Dolomite rock which is one of the most impressive medieval castles. The hill rising about 150 m above the valley offers a perfect view from the top. Undoubtedly this castle is one of the state's best landmarks with the long pathway through the 14 gates up to the castle. In and around the castle you will find a wider yard, medieval stalls like workshops, handcrafts, and a stone labyrinth. With full aesthetic details, you will find the castle as a unique and interesting place to spend some time also for more artsy photos. 



Schloss Schonbrunn Castle

Schloss Schonbrunn Castle is a palace-come castle that was built in 1690 and finished by 1711. This destination was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is one of the city's most impressive and famous buildings that was popularly called "The Austrian Palace of Versailles". The grand palace houses almost 1000 people with 435 acres of gardens. The main part of the palace is 175-metres wide and has 1441 rooms. You can take a tour of 40 rooms during your visit. It will be open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm and the garden will be open from 6.30 am until around dusk. The ticket pricing will vary depending on the type of grand tour you are going to visit. 



Hohensalzburg Castles

Hohensalzburg Castle was built in 1077 to safeguard the archbishop and the principality from any hostile attacks. It is the major tourist attraction of Austria for the locals as well as the foreign tourists. This castle offers a concert event in different languages like English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Hohensalzburg Castle Funicular is a cable railway fun ride to enter the castle excitingly. With the ticket, you are allowed to visit the places like prince’s chambers, the magical theatre, a tour with the audio guide, the famous funicular ride, the Rainer regiment museum, the exhibition of Alm Passage, the Castle Museum, and the Puppet Museum. 



Schloss Ort

Schloss Ort is situated on Traunsee lake surrounded by a magnificent view of the mountain. The castle is on an island connected with the land by a 123-meter long footbridge. The cute little castle in the lake with a mountain, city, and a panoramic view takes you extra close to the destination to spend some extra time with its breathtaking atmosphere. You will find a Christmas market at the front of the courtyard along with cafes and restaurants offering delicious food at a very reasonable price.



Hofburg Castle

Hofburg Castle is the Heart of Imperial Vienna and the best place to experience the luxury and royalty of Kings and Queens. Here, you can explore the royal beauty of the Castle. It is one of the most splendid complexes in the world with a wide variety of architectural styles from Gothic to Renaissance. This castle is covered with lots and lots of collections like 19th-century aristocracy, personal artefacts such as Gloves, Sisi’s Coronation gown, Parasols, Beauty regime notes, and the death mask. And Hofburg is made up of 2600 rooms, 18 collections of buildings, and 19 courtyards.



Hermesvilla Castle

Hermesvilla Castle is famously known as "The Palace of Dreams" located in the Lainzer Tiergarten. This castle was initially constructed by Emperor Franz Josep to gift his wife Empress Elisabeth. It is surrounded by a restaurant, houses, a museum, and a beautiful park. Previously it was a hunting area, later it was converted into 6,000 acres of Natural Reserve. Inside the castle, you will find the history and culture of the lovers where they spend their private life, the architecture of many towns, the Museum of Fine Art, and the Museum of Natural History.


Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle is located in the central part of Manhattan which is now used to host wedding parties also. This destination draws many visitors with the fantastic views of Turtle Pond, Great Lawn, the Ramble, and the surrounding cityscape where the castle appears as it emerges from the dramatic Vista Rock. If you want to go to the higher vantage point, make sure to access the terrace. Don't forget to make some memories by clicking the best photographs.





 Liechtenstein Castle

Liechtenstein Castle is located on the edge of the Swabian Alp. It was constructed in 1100 when the castle belonged to the lords of Liechtenstein. This castle is open from 9 am to 5.30 pm (April to October) and closed during the weekdays (February, March, and November). It will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. The tour takes place for approximately 30 minutes through the first and second floors. You can look at the stunning beauty of the interior, features, paintings, displays, and other medieval furniture. 



That’s all about the best 10 magical castles in Austria. I hope this article will help you to find out the uniqueness of every castle mentioned above. Visit the castles and enrich your knowledge of Austrian culture and history. Check out the Austria trip package from the Pickyourtrail website and book your slots to visit the castles. You can even customise your itinerary as per your likes and preferences.

HAPPY TRAVELLING!


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