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Aggstein Castle Has Gone Through A Lot To Look Like It Does Today!

Aggstein Castle, a ruined castle on the right bank of the Danube in Wachau, Austria, was built in the 12th century by Manegold III of Aggsbach. The castle is situated on top of a high hill, quite isolated from the rest of the place thanks to the dense forest, and the Danube River that served as a natural barrier. As you can see, the location of this fortress was so great that could resist and direct assault.

Castle ruins of Aggstein, Wachau, Lower Austria. Author: Uoaei1 CC BY-SA 3.0
Burgruine Aggstein, the remnant of a castle on the right bank of the Danube.Author: Richard Shaw CC BY 2.0
Burgruine Aggstein main chambers. Author: Tauralbus CC BY 2.0
View of the Danube River from the castle ruin of Aggstein. Author: captain.orange CC BY-ND 2.0

The fortress is indeed a sight to see! Unfortunately, it didn’t take long after its construction for the castle to be besieged and destroyed. Now, all that’s left from the elegant, original castle is just a stone structure on the east side. However, in 1429, Jörg Scheck von Wald decided to take the castle and rebuild it by making it much larger than before.

This new version of the castle survived a lot more than the original one. However, soon the Ottomans came and burned it down. After that, it was Anna Freiin von Polheim und Parz who took the courage to renovate it once more. She decided that rebuilding it in a Renaissance style would be more captivating and she did exactly so. Unfortunately, after she died, there wasn’t really anybody left that took an interest in the castle’s upkeep.

Right bank of the castle. Author: Tauralbus CC BY 2.0
Aggstein Castle. Author: Kevin Jones CC BY 2.0

Well, that was until 2003. In that year, the federal state of Lower Austria took the decision to reconstruct and make it all imposing once again. The renovations took one year to finish and a cost of $60,630. However, it was all worth it. More than 55,000 visitors a year go to Aggstein Castle now to see this beauty even closer and make the most out of that peaceful environment.

Written by Catherine

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